If you’re in the music business, and you would like to do some studio-style production or you are a DJ who would like to play your music in public, then there are a few things that you will need. Of course, you will need the usual equipment, and if you’re a DJ you’ll probably want to have some sort of drum machine or MIDI controller on hand, but you’ll also need a computer program to put it all together with. That program is called a DAW and the virtual instrument you use inside of it is called a VST.
VSTs (virtual studio technology programs) have been in use for decades, but thanks to the widespread dissemination of technology, they are now something that you can use in your home or on the go to produce music. But because of this widespread growth, it is becoming harder and harder to find the right one for you and for what you need to do. Luckily, that’s just what this post is looking to do, to help you to find the best VST for your needs in the music world.
Best VST – Comparison Table
There are a myriad of such programs out there, and that means that it may be in our best interest to take a general look at them in order to get a feel for which one might meet your needs. Let’s take a quick look at the way that they stack up against each other. Here are our top picks for the best VST of 2017.
|Name||OS Compatibility||Format Compatibility||Amazon URL|
|Cakewalk Sonar||Windows||AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, as well as most common formats|
|Ableton Live||Windows and OS X||MIDI|
|Audacity||Windows, OS X, Linux, Unix||WAV, AIFF, MP3, OGG, FLAC, WMA, AAC, AMR, AC3, any format support by Libsndfile||Free and Open Source|
|FL Studio Fruity Edition (formerly Frooty Loops)||Android, iOS, OS X, Windows||WAV, MP3, OGG, MIDI, ZIP, and native FLP|
|Sony Sound Forge||Windows and OS X||Supports most common formats including AIF, MPEG, MP3, OGG, VOX, FRG, WMA, WMV, and more|
|WavePad Audio Editor||Windows, OS X, Android, iOS||Supports most common formats|
|Deckadance||Windows and OS X||Supports most common formats|
|Logic Pro||OS X||Supports most common formats||Available in iTunes App Store only|
This is just a basic overview of the VST that you can get a hold of that are still in common use today, of course. There are plenty of VST out there that haven’t been used in a couple of years, but these are the best of the ones in common use today. Now, let’s take a bit more of an in-depth look at each of these and what they can offer you for your VST dollar, and how they can help you to make the best music that you possibly can.