Software Synthesizers

The first commercial soft synths spawned an industry
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The late 20th century gave birth to a new type of instrument that existed only in software running on desktop computers. In 1997, Seer Systems Reality ran on Pentium-based PCs in real time—an unprecedented achievement—offering a variety of sound engines, including sample playback and physical modeling, earning our first Editors’ Choice Award for a soft synth.

The initial version of Generator, Native Instruments’ debut product, required a proprietary audio interface in 1996, but it grew into Reaktor just two years later. Like Reaktor, it supplied the components you needed to build your own synths and effects processors.