Computers and virtual instruments are incredible tools for composers. I’ve certainly loved being able to realise pieces with them that would otherwise have remained ‘silent’.
I recently put a lot of work into realising a big band piece with all vst’s. And I think the result was pretty good. But I was persuaded to take the plunge and get some of the finest musicians around -yes, playing real instruments - to play the piece. And has come alive - it is of course a whole different world. It’s just a reminder to me that, as great as they are, vst’s are just a stopgap, until we’re able to get our music played by real people on real instruments.
I’m working on a video of the performance, which I’ll share when ready. But in the meantime here’s the audio.