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    The Dark Side Virtual Instrument

    Created and produced by Doug Rogers (EastWest) and David Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips etc.), THE DARK SIDE is the first of its kind: an unconventional, 40 Gigabyte, 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.

    THE DARK SIDE provides inspiration for all composers and artists looking for something unique and different, and of course, if you work in film, TV, and game music production, this will give you an edge to separate you from your competitors.

    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.

    The Dark Side MIPA award

    To produce 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.

    Producer DOUG ROGERS was awarded the 2011 MIPA Award for THE DARK SIDE at the Frankfurt Musikmesse. Over 100 international magazines selected the winner. This is the second MIPA Award for Rogers in the last 4 years, having won it for FAB FOUR in 2008. The MIPA has become the "Grammy" of the Musical Instrument industry.

    The Concept for The Dark Side: Creativity without limits!

    "THE DARK SIDE idea came to me when I was mentoring a young alternative group about some demos they sent me. To my ears, the tracks didn't sound tough enough for their intended market, so I told them they needed to toughen up their sound," said Doug Rogers, Award-Winning Producer at EASTWEST. "I looked around for sounds that could accomplish this and found absolutely nothing, even in our own vast collection. I saw this huge, gaping hole in the market that needed to be filled. Then and there, I decided to make it my next project after my recent pristine orchestral productions, a complete aural turn-around."


    THE DARK SIDE user interface combines intuitive handling and functions as a plug-in instrument, without the need for a sampler. (Click to enlarge)

    Rogers partnered with Grammy Award-Winning record producer David Fridmann. Fridmann's "no rules" style of production was exactly what Rogers was looking for to help produce THE DARK SIDE instruments.

    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 designed to 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 highlight instruments, a successful technique used often by Radiohead, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, etc.

    Tutorials

    An in-depth look at the creation of the "Ex Vita Morte" demo for EastWest's "The Dark Side" virtual instrument produced by Zennor Alexander.

    Ex Vita Morte Video Tutorial part 1

    Download Quicktime Movie (higher quality) | Watch on YouTube (HD)

    Ex Vita Morte Video Tutorial part 2

    Download Quicktime Movie (higher quality) | Watch on YouTube (HD)

    Ex Vita Morte Video Tutorial part 3

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    Reviews

    Sound On Sound Review Page 1 Sound On Sound Review Page 2 Sound On Sound Review Page 3
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    Instruments and Articulations

      • Arena Kit
      • Bone Crunch
      • Broken Circuit
      • Chameleon Big Room (Regular & Distorted)
      • Chameleon Dry (Regular & Distorted 1 & Distorted 2)
      • Chameleon Morpher
      • Chameleon Open Mic (Regular & Distorted)
      • Chameleon Roomy (Regular & Distorted)
      • Dark Dirt
      • Demolition
      • Dungeon
      • Slamming
      • Slap Kit (24 inch & 50 inch & 106 inch)
      • Underground
      • Verb Kit Dry
      • Verb Kit Morpher
      • Verb Kit (Verb 1 – 5)
      • Chameleon Keyswitch C0–G#0 24
      • Slap Kit Keyswitch C0-D0 25
      • Verb Kit Keyswitch C0–F0 25
      • Bass Hemorrhage Sus
      • Bass Snatchers Legato
      • Bass Snatchers Slide (Up & Down)
      • Bass Snatchers Sus
      • Destroyer Bass
      • Distorted Attack Bass
      • Fuzz Bass
      • Mean Synth Bass
      • Nuclear Bass
      • Perc Bass
      • Radioactive
      • Rattly Bass
      • Relatively Clean Bass FX
      • Relatively Clean Bass Harmonics
      • Relatively Clean Bass Legato
      • Relatively Clean Bass Slide (Up & Down)
      • Relatively Clean Bass Sus
      • Slightly Dirty Bass
      • Slightly Dirty Bass Light
      • Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
      • Fuzz_Rattly Bass MOD
      • Hemorrhage_Fuzz Bass MOD
      • Rattly_Perc Bass MOD
      • Bass Snatchers Keyswitch C0–D#0 25
      • Relatively Clean Bass Keyswitch C0–F0 25
      • The Dark Side Basses Keyswitch C0–A0 26
      • Backwards Distorted Guitar Dry
      • Backwards Distorted Guitar wEFX
      • Dirt Boy Guitar
      • Distorted Lead (Regular & Short)
      • Freak Shimmer Combo
      • Freak Shimmer Dry
      • Freak Shimmer EFX
      • Ghost Guitar
      • Guitar Orchestra
      • Guitars on Mars Down
      • Guitars on Mars Up
      • Guitars on Mars RR
      • Insanity
      • Organic Guitar
      • Organic Guitar wGlissando
      • Relatively Clean Strings
      • Tunnel Lead
      • Tunnel Lead Clean End
      • Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
      • Freak Shimmer Keyswitch C0–D0 26
      • The Dark Side Guitar Keyswitch C0–B0 26
      • Amadeus Organ
      • Bent Funeral Organ
      • Brain Damage
      • Broken Jaw Harp
      • Chaos
      • Chorus Strings
      • ClockworkO
      • ClockworkO PercAttack
      • Demonic
      • Dist Org String Thing
      • Distorgan
      • Freak Show
      • Fuzzy Keys
      • Grand Dist Strings
      • LFO Strings
      • Morse Code
      • Psycho
      • Psycho Shimmer Keys
      • Underwater Piano Short
      • Underwater Piano Sustain
      • Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
      • Amadeus Organ_Brain Damage MOD
      • Amadeus Organ_Broken Jaw Harp MOD
      • Bent Funeral Organ_Brain Damage MOD
      • Bent Funeral Organ_Freak Show MOD
      • Broken Jaw Harp_Chaos MOD
      • ClockworkO PercAttack_Bent Funeral MOD
      • ClockworkO PercAttack_Chaos MOD
      • The Dark Side Keys Keyswitch C-1 – D#0 27
      • The Dark Side Strings Keyswitch C0–D#0 27
      • 2-Bit Choir (Regular & Wide)
      • Eleanor Keys
      • Electric Medieval
      • Ethnic Dulcimer
      • Furry Ethnic Orch
      • Granular (Regular & Wide)
      • Leslie Choir (Regular & Wide)
      • Mandamadness
      • Old Bombay
      • Snake Charmer
      • Toxic Choir 1 (Regular & Wide)
      • Toxic Choir 2 (Regular & Wide)
      • UFO Choir (Regular & Wide)
      • Whirly Keys
      • Zitherland
      • Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
      • Eleanor Keys_Electric Medieval MOD
      • Eleanor Keys_Old Bombay MOD
      • Eleanor Keys_Zitherland MOD
      • Furry Orch Guitar_Electric Medieval MOD
      • Granular_Leslie Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
      • Granular_Toxic Choir 1 MOD (Regular & Wide)
      • Granular_Toxic Choir 2 MOD (Regular & Wide)
      • Granular_UFO Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
      • Leslie_Toxic Choir 1 MOD (Regular & Wide)
      • Leslie_Toxic Choir 2 MOD (Regular & Wide)
      • Leslie_UFO Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
      • Mandamadness_Ethnic Dulcimer MOD
      • Whirly Keys_Furry Ethnic Orchestra MOD
      • The Dark Side Choirs Keyswitch C-1 – F-1 (Regular & Wide) 28
      • The Dark Side Ethnic Keyswitch C0–A0 28
      • Basses wFX
      • Bass Hemorrhage wFX
      • Destroyer Bass wFX
      • Fuzz Bass wFX
      • Slightly Dirty Bass wFX
      • Drums wFX
      • Bone Crunch wFX
      • Broken Circuit wFX
      • Dark Dirt wFX
      • Slap Kit 24 inch wFX
      • Ethnic and Choirs wFX
      • 2-Bit Choir wFX
      • Electric Medieval wFX
      • Ethnic Guitar wFX
      • Leslie Choir wFX
      • Snake Charmer wFX
      • UFO Choir wFX
      • Zitherland wFX
      • Guitars wFX
      • Distorted Lead wFX
      • Guitars on Mars wFX
      • Insanity wFX
      • Tunnel Lead wFX
      • Keys and Strings wFX
      • Bent Funeral Organ wFX
      • Brain Damage wFX
      • Broken Jaw Harp wFX
      • Chorus Strings wFX
      • Dist Org String Thing wFX
      • Freak Show wFX
      • Perc Tonal wFX
      • Super Tabla wFX
      • Backwardspell
      • Big Broken Ben
      • Big Broken Ben Extreme
      • Bumblebee 01 Non-Tonal
      • Bumblebee 02 Non-Tonal
      • Earthquake
      • Ethereal
      • FX Madness 01–13
      • Horror 01 Non-Tonal
      • Horror 02 Non-Tonal
      • OC Notes ("OC" refers to the Omnichord)
      • OC Notes Kaoss
      • Perc Bells
      • Perc Sci-Fi
      • Static
      • SuperTabla
      • Timp Explosion
      • Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
      • OC Chords Arp Keyswitch C0–E0 29
      • OC Chords Kaoss Keyswitch C0–E0 29
      • OC Chords Arp Kaoss Keyswitch C0–A0 29
      • The Dark Side Misc FX Keyswitch C1–B1 29
      • The Dark Side Perc Tonal Keyswitch C0–F0

      Specifications and System Requirements

      Features

      • Produced by multiple Award-Winning producer DOUG ROGERS and Grammy Award-Winning producer DAVID FRIDMANN (MGMT, Flaming Lips etc.)
      • Many instruments have been purposely—and skillfully!—mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition (plus a selection of dark and eerie instruments).
      • Easy to use browser displays all of your instruments. Interface automatically changes to display current instrument.
      • 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

      Supported Interfaces

      • PC: VST™, ASIO™, RTAS™
      • Mac: VST™, Audio Units™, Core Audio™, RTAS™

      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). If you do not own an iLok Security Key you can purchase one here.

      MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

      • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher
      • 2GB RAM
      • Mac OSX 10.5 or later
      • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

      MAC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

      • Mac Pro Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz or higher
      • 4GB RAM
      • Mac OSX 10.5 or later
      • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

      PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

      • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
      • 2GB RAM
      • Windows XP SP2, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
      • Sound card with ASIO drivers
      • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

      PC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

      • Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
      • 4GB RAM
      • 64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer
      • Sound card with ASIO drivers
      • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

      EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

      Supported Host Mac
      OS X
      (Intel)
      Windows
      XP
      (32-bit)
      Windows
      XP
      (64-bit)
      Windows
      8, 7, Vista
      (32-bit)
      Windows
      8, 7, Vista
      (64-bit)
      Required Version
      Standalone YES YES YES YES YES
      Ableton Live YES YES YES YES1 6.07 or higher
      Cubase/Nuendo YES2 YES YES3 YES YES3 6 or higher
      FL Studio YES YES4 YES YES4 7 or higher
      GarageBand YES 3 or higher
      Logic YES5 7.2 or higher
      Performer YES5 6.02 or higher
      Pro Tools6 YES YES YES 7.4 to 10
      Pro Tools 116 YES YES YES7 11
      Sibelius YES8 YES YES 6.0 or higher9
      Sonar YES YES YES YES 6.2 or higher
      VE Pro YES YES YES YES YES 4.0.54 or higher
      Studio One YES YES YES YES YES 2.0 or higher
      Reaper YES YES YES YES YES 3.0 or higher
      1: Ableton Live 7 and 8 are only 32bit, so users will have to set their VST folder to the 32bit version of the installed Play VST (even on a 64bit operating system).
      2: Mac OS 10.7 or newer is required.
      3: Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts. Cubase 5 and lower users will have to use PLAY 3.0.47. Steinberg fixed the issue in Cubase 7 if you wish to use PLAY 4.
      4: FL Studio is only supported while in 32-bit operation currently.
      5: DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
      6: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24).
      7: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8.
      8: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Snow Leopard.
      9: Sibelius 6.2 is required to run in Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks).
      Play is compatible with all DAWs that use VST, AU, or AAX plugins.

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