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EastWest The Dark Side
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EastWest The Dark Side

Created and produced by Doug Rogers (EastWest) and David Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips etc.), EastWest The Dark Side is the first of its kind: an unconventional, hip and exciting collection of virtual instruments, some dark and eerie, and some which have been purposely, and skillfully, mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition.

EastWest The Dark Side Features:
-Easy to use browser displays all of your instruments. Interface automatically changes to display current instrument.
-Perfect for pop (to toughen up the hook), alternative (everything you need), and, of course, film, TV, and game music production
-Included are 40GBs of highly processed drums and percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, and FX instruments and
  sounds, all organized into instrumental groups
-Includes PLAY 2 32-bit and 64-bit* sample player, plug-in and standalone (*64-bit is PC only at this time)
-Easy authorization system puts licenses on hardware iLok, allowing you to use the software on any computer.
-AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, Windows XP, Vista and 7

The Dark Side provides inspiration for all composers and artists that are looking for unique instruments, designed to work for everything from alternative to progressive rock, and of course, film, TV, and game music production.  The Dark Side includes a vast, 40 Gigabyte collection, including dark and eerie instruments, and highly processed drums and percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, and effected instruments, all organized into instrumental groups so you can create complete tracks.

To produce EastWest The Dark Side, Rogers partnered with Grammy Award-Winning record producer David Fridmann, whose unconventional (and successful) work with the likes of MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Mercury Rev, Saxon Shore, Ammonia, Ed Harcourt, Sparklehorse, Café Tacuba, Elf Power, Mogwai, Thursday, The Delgados, Low, Phantom Planet, Gemma Hayes, Goldrush, Tapes ’n Tapes, Hopewell, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Number Girl, Zazen Boys, Sleater-Kinney, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, OK Go, and Tame Impala etc. he had long admired.

Once they got started, they were like bulls in a china shop: mass aural destruction was the name of the game. They turned traditional instruments into highly processed drums, percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboards, strings, and FX, all organized into instrument groups for easy audition and recall.

Rogers and Fridmann not only tapped into a wealth of recording and producing experience for The Dark Side, but had the gear to match. Many individual instruments were processed through 5 or 6 effects units, some of the vintage and esoteric tube variety owned by the pair.

The Dark Side distorted and mangled instruments are intended to be used with cleaner instruments to make them really stand out in a mix, or to disturb the senses. With today's brick-wall limiting, distorted instruments may be the only production trick left to make an instrument stand out in a mix, a successful technique used often by Radiohead, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, etc.

As the project progressed, they realized the instruments would work for almost every style from alternative to progressive rock, and The Dark Side name as chosen as a play on words between both styles of music. However, most of these instruments would be equally at home in Pop, Dance, Electronica, and even Hip Hop.

EastWest The Dark Side Supported Interfaces:
-Mac: VST, Audio Units, Core Audio, RTAS

EastWest The Dark Side System Requirements:
-40 GB Free Hard Disc Space
-DVD Drive
-iLok Security Key, not included (a free soundsonline.com account is required for retrieving and managing iLok licenses)
  -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (Mac Pro Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz or higher  recommended)
  -2GB RAM (4GB RAM recommended)
  -Mac OSX 10.5 or later
  -7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming
  -Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher (Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher recommended)
  -2GB RAM (4GB RAM recommended)
  -Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7 (64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer recommended)
  -Sound card with ASIO drivers
  -7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

*Delivery of the hard Drive version of this product is subject to hard-drive duplication time.  Please be aware there may be a delay in shipping while the hard drive is prepared.


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