The guitars are real, via a PODxt Pro. I also have a real bass, but in this case I didn't use it. I used a piano synth instead and just processed the sound so that it sounded like a bass. The reason I did it was to get a specific type of super-tight kick/bass sound. I programmed the drums, and then I copied and pasted the kick drum MIDI into the piano synth track and just changed the notes to what I wanted. So the kick and 'bass' are literally the same notes and it gives it this really tight sound together.
The saxes and piano/bass are Dimension Pro soft-synths. And the drums are the BFD drum soft synth, which must just provides really high quality raw drum samples, so you really have to learn drum mixing to use it, but the results are much more reaslistic. I used a Trigger Finger pad device to play the drums, plus some extensive hand-correction and modification after the fact.
One of the hardest things has been to learn to mix. It's an art unto itself and I'd not done it at all previously. This one is my own mix, and it's probably the most mixed 4 minutes in history because I had to work so much to get my mixing technique up to reasonable levels.
Here is an earlier piece that I did. It wasn't finished since I'd learned enough by that time, in such an early experiement, to just want to move on and apply the lessons learned:http://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/Tmp...gPreview12.wma