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EastWest launches Steven Wilson’s Ghostwriter virtual instrument library

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EastWest has announced the release of Ghostwriter, a virtual instrument library by Steven Wilson and Doug Rogers.

For the first time ever, this new instrument presents some of Steven’s most innovative sounds, as well as a selection of especially created instruments and replications of some instantly recognizable classic sounds originally created by other legendary producers and engineers.

These organic and inspirational sounds can be used as part of the fabric of complex music productions, or as the basis for cinematic soundtrack-based music, providing a ready-made selection of sonic building blocks with years of expertise and sonic innovation already embedded in them. In addition some more straightforward and raw instruments are included, which can be manipulated via the powerful Ghostwriter instrument interface to create your own unique sounds.

Steven Wilson’s Ghostwriter features

  • Includes over 800 Multi-Sampled Instruments and Presets (60 GB).
  • Includes Basses, Drums, Guitars, Keyboards, Misc, and Vocals.
  • Designed for Music, Film, Games, and TV Composers.
  • Includes many “live” presets that can be adjusted by the user in the software.
  • Performed by Steven Wilson, Marco Minnemann, and Laurence Juber.
  • Recorded in the world famous EASTWEST studios.
  • Includes PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC.
  • The software includes many new advanced sound shaping tools, a new EastWest AMP Simulator with 80 Amp Presets, classic Echoplex EP-1 Delay, Solid State Logic EQ & Dynamics Channel, consisting of: Filter, EQ, Compressor and Noise Gate/Expander, Solid State Logic Transient Shaper, the legendary Solid State Logic Stereo Compressor, and EastWest Expanded Convolution Reverb with 726 Additional Reverb Presets.

The virtual instrument is available to purchase for the introductory price of $395 USD. Until January 31st, 2014, it can be ordered on a Western Digital USB3 (with USB2 compatibility) Hard Drive at no extra charge ($70 USD value).

More information: SoundsOnline (US) / SoundsOnline (Europe)

EastWest updates PLAY to v4.1.0

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EastWest has announced the release of version 4.10 of its PLAY virtual instrument engine.

This is a significant update including our most requested feature, full background loading, that is recommended for all PLAY users, and is required for all upcoming releases.

Changes in PLAY v4.1.0

  • Implemented full background loading.
  • Added ability to move loading bar during project load.
  • Added compatibility for Choirs Gold and Pianos Silver products.
  • Added folder icon in browser view now denotes whether selection is a folder or an instrument.
  • Fixed tempo sync and other issues with some WordBuilder patches.
  • Improved text in load error messages.
  • Fixed loading issues in VEPro.
  • Fixed reverb menu not displaying correctly in some hosts.
  • Fixed Choirs intermittent pitch issue when reopening project.
  • Fixed interface flashing/crashing when switching to Player during load.
  • Fixed mixer recall of channels on reopen.
  • Fixed graphical glitches in envelopes.
  • Fixed product launchers not opening in Apple Mavericks.

The PLAY Software update is available to download now at EastWest support.

More information: SoundsOnline (World) / SoundsOnline (Europe)

EastWest announces Stormdrum 3 pre-order

EastWest Stormdrum 3

EastWest has announced that its Stormdrum 3 percussion instrument is now available to pre-order.

Stormdrum 3 is the first virtual instrument to include EastWest’s new PLAY 4 software. In PLAY 4, EastWest replaced some third party components; added Avid’s new AAX format that will allow Pro Tools 11 users to use EastWest’s virtual instruments 64-bit, greatly improving performance; added new time-stretch software optimized for loops (with sync to sequencer); added a new mixer page (with sub-channels for mic positions), added background loading, and other new features. To top it all off, EastWest now offers SSL FX from Solid State Logic, the industry leader in mixing technology; and an upgraded EastWest reverb. The new FX section is available as an optional upgrade for all legacy EastWest PLAY collections, but will be included FREE for SD3 users.

In addition, customers who place a pre-order for SD3, scheduled to ship July 15, will be able to use the SSL/EW FX section for other PLAY collections as an additional bonus when available. The FX section includes a SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL’s legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; plus an upgraded “true stereo” reverb from EastWest plus new features. Now, with it’s combination of the new PLAY 4 software, the best sound processing tools available, and world class percussion instruments, Stormdrum 3 is the most advanced percussion virtual instrument to date and a must-have.

EastWest Stormdrum 3
Stormdrum 3 includes 90 Gigabytes of all new percussion.

Stormdrum 3 features

  • Features the best instruments from the private collection of Mickey Hart.
  • Features additional instruments from the Remo private collection, hand picked by Remo himself.
  • Played by master percussionists Mickey Hart, Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo.
  • Produced by Nick Phoenix, “Two Steps From Hell” composer and creator of Stormdrum 1 and 2, epic percussion collections.
  • Includes tempo synced percussion performances directed and played by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick Phoenix
  • Includes 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument.
  • Recorded in the world famous EASTWEST Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes.
  • Includes new PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC, more user control and detail than any other collection.

Stormdrum 3 is available to pre-order for $395 USD / 295 EUR (ex. VAT). The projected release date is July 15th, 2013.

More information: Soundsonline / Soundsonline (Europe)

EastWest intros Silver Editions of Hollywood Strings & Hollywood Brass

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EastWest has announced the release of Silver Editions of its Hollywood Strings and Hollywood Brass virtual instruments for Windows and Mac.

The price for these editions is $199 each, which is an incredible bargain given the critical acclaim this series has received, and the fact the Gold and Diamond versions are in wide use by top composers. The Silver editions allow students and those who are on a tight budget or use average computers to work with sound quality and detail only known from movies and professional recordings.

Hollywood Strings is the most detailed string orchestra library available today. Recorded with a live orchestra at the famous EASTWEST STUDIO 1, the same studio where many Hollywood soundtracks and television themes were produced, Hollywood Strings offers unprecedented control over sound and performance. This collection of virtual sounds made by co-producers Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen and Emmy Award winning sound engineer Shawn Murphy is a must have compositional tool for serious composers.

Hollywood Brass, also recorded at EASTWEST STUDIO 1 and the second installment in the Hollywood series, is the most powerful, realistic and extensive brass library ever created. Revolutionary fanfare patches are light on computer resources, but offer the most playable and instantly gratifying results on just one midi channel. Especially noteworthy are the articulations which really show how far EASTWEST went to create the ultimate orchestral brass library. Just like the Gold and Diamond editions, Hollywood Brass Silver contains pure Hollywood magic.

The Silver editions allow all musicians to experience superb samples and work on the same level as top professionals. They are a great opportunity to get one’s feet wet before moving on to the larger Gold and Diamond editions to which customers can easily upgrade for the difference in cost and a small upgrade fee of $50 (€40).

  • Diamond editions include all 5 mic positions, includes bow change legato and divisi exclusively and 24-bit samples
  • Gold editions include 1 mic position, all other instruments and articulations except these detailed above and 16-bit samples
  • Silver editions include 1 mic position, with limited instruments and articulations and 16-bit samples

More information: SoundsOnline

EastWest celebrates 25 year anniversary with new logo, new website & new products

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EastWest has announced that is has launched a new, redesigned website and a new logo in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

EASTWEST is the brainchild of producer Doug Rogers, who has won many awards, including “Recording Engineer of the Year”. He founded EASTWEST in 1988, and since then, the company has received more than 60 international industry awards.

EASTWEST is pulling out all of the stops to celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary in 2013. Only a handful of music software companies can claim a quarter-century of longevity and success, and EASTWEST has been an industry leader and innovator from the beginning.

Rogers has signed several industry heavyweights to develop a, no expense spared, “Masters Series” of Virtual Instruments. Producers in this high-profile group are MARK “SPIKE” STENT (Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Madonna, Muse, etc.); JOE CHICCARELLI (Raconteurs, Killers, White Stripes, etc.); STEVEN WILSON (lead guitarist and singer of the progressive rock band Porcupine Tree); drummers MATT CHAMBERLAIN (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, etc.); and STEVE SIDELNYK (Madonna, Seal, Massive Attack). Nick Phoenix has produced Stormdrum 3 (SD3) with Grateful Dead percussionist MICKEY HART, and Solo Cello with TINA GUO, to be released later this year.

“I am honored to work with such an amazing and talented group of people,” said Rogers. “Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, a British producer/engineer brings his experience of working with international superstars such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Madonna, U2, Beyoncé, Muse, Björk, Depeche Mode, Green Day, and many more, to the table. Accordingly, our new “Masters Series” of Virtual Instruments will reflect that kind of quality.”

Another milestone is the completion of the multiple Award-Winning Hollywood Orchestral Virtual Instruments series with Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, planned for late 2013, again engineered by ACADEMY AWARD, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society), BAFTA, and EMMY award-winning sound engineer SHAWN MURPHY, who has recorded and mixed the scores for more than 300 feature films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: Episode II and III, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park The Lost World, and many more.

EastWest is offering a 50% discount on selected EastWest & Quantum Leap products.

More information: SoundsOnline

50% off on EastWest/Quantum Leap Virtual Instruments in Holiday Special

EastWest Holiday Special

EastWest has launched a Holiday Special, offering its virtual instruments at half off.

Soundsonline.com, the industry leader in virtual instruments distribution, is ringing in the holidays with a spectacular offer: Through December 31, 2012, save 50% on EastWest/Quantum Leap virtual instruments.

This straightforward holiday special requires no minimum purchase. Simply save 50% on your favorite instruments – it doesn’t get better than that!

For complete promotion details and ordering information, visit www.soundsonline.com or www.soundsonline-europe.com for European purchasers. Promotional offers may not be combined.

More information: SoundsOnline / SoundsOnline (Europe)

50% off during Rocktober at Soundsonline

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SoundsOnline has announced it is offering the ROCKTOBER 3 Pack which allows musicians to purchase any 3 of the eligible EastWest/Quantum Leap virtual instruments for 50% off the individual retail price already installed on a free hard drive.

Create your own 3 Pack HD, either on DVD or on a free hard drive! Free worldwide shipping!

Purchasers can change any of the standard selections for any other eligible items, plus add more than 3 items if they wish, and still get the same discount (product selection may increase the price).

This promotion ends October 31, 2012.

More information: SoundsOnline / SoundsOnline (Europe)

EastWest Complete Composers Collection HD+ 75% off in Fall Promotion

EastWest has announced that they are offering a sensational additional promotion on their most popular bundle: The EastWest/Quantum Leap Complete Composers Collection HD+ through Sept. 30, 2012.

EastWest Complete Composers Collection HD+ Sale

The Complete Composers Collection HD+ provides composers with 7 award-winning virtual instrument collections preinstalled on a performance quality internal hard drive.

During this promotion the Complete Composers Collection HD+ is available at 75% off the retail price. PLUS each purchase includes ONE ADDITIONAL FREE TITLE during this promotion and FREE Worldwide Shipping.

The Complete Composers Collection HD+ may be customized at the same discount with any 7 or more titles from a list of 16 titles.

More information: Soundsonline / SoundsOnline (Europe)