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EastWest RA provides composers with access to a variety of rare and unique instruments from Africa, Europe, India, the Americas and Australia, the Far East, and the Middle East and Turkish Empires. Musicians will find that RA has an amazing sound quality and they'll marvel at the articulation of each instrument which has a wide range that goes from controlled to expressive. All of the instruments and ensembles featured in the collection were sampled extensively as a means of preserving the true character and expression of each instrument. For the first time, users will have more control over the sounds offered in the collection along with the ability to load even more instruments than ever before.

With the combination of EastWest RA, Gypsy and Silk collections you have the most detailed and expressive ethnic instruments ever produced.

"With ethnic instruments, the key to authenticity of sound is expression," says EastWest Producer Nick Phoenix. "Now with the incorporation of our advanced sample engine, with its built-in sensing technology that monitors a player's style and adjusts the software and sounds accordingly, users will experience a level of detail that was lacking in other products in the market, making their projects come to life with range and emotion."

EastWest RA includes many features, such as:

  • Intelligent performance section including portamento, repetition, legato
  • Features round robin reset
  • Offers improved articulation window and controls
  • State-of-the-art convolution reverb with pre-delay
  • Improved micro-tuning
  • Improved sound quality with high-resolution audio engine
  • Hi-fidelity one pole filter for natural cross-fades
  • Stereo image editing is now possible using channel sourcing

    Quite simply, RA is the best collection of world or ethnic sampled instruments I've ever used.

    — SOUND ON SOUND

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    In ancient Egypt, RA was regarded as the creator of everything, the god of the sun. RA is usually represented with the body of a man and the head of a hawk, holding an ankh & sceptre. The chief location of RA worship was Heliopolis (a Greek word meaning city of the sun). RA is an appropriate name for the largest, and most comprehensive rare and ethnic virtual instrument ever made.

    RA was born a few years ago, as a sample library called “Rare Instruments.” All of the sounds from Rare Instruments are included in RA, but this only represents approximately one-tenth of the content. The other ninety percent of RA was recorded at a top studio in Hollywood. We spent time hunting down the best ethnic artists on the West Coast. Los Angeles is so ethnically diverse and blessed with excellent institutions like Cal Arts, it is actually the ideal place to record a rare and ethnic collection.

    You will find RA has amazing sound quality. RA was captured with a phase accurate 8-mic setup that gives a complete 3 dimensional image of the instrument. It is this type of sound that takes to artificial or sampled reverb extremely well. The sound is clear and broad. Mics used were Neumann U67 (U47s as alternates), Neuman M50, AKG C12 and Shoepps.

    Another cool aspect of this virtual instrument is the fact that we recorded ethnic ensembles. This was done with African drums, bagpipes, gamelan and a Middle Eastern string section. The sound of these ensembles cannot be realistically simulated by layering solo instruments.

    RA was a very expensive project, but well worth the cost. A lot of thought went into selecting instruments that would appeal to composers of all types, from dance music, to film. You might want to put the middle eastern string section in your next pop tune, or the hardanger fiddle in a sweeping romantic score ala Lord Of The Rings.

    You might also be surprised at how little percussion is included in this giant ethnic collection. The reason is, we already covered much of this in EastWest Stormdrum. Stormdrum is the ideal companion to RA. The percussion in RA compliments Stormdrum perfectly.

    You can have a lot of fun with RA. The possibilities are simply endless, especially when you mix the sounds of different cultures together. Load up the middle eastern string section, apply an Indian or Egyptian tuning from the micro-tuning presets and play octaves. Make a really cool groove with the didgeridoo fx and the Vietnamese jaw harp. Take a classical filmscore piece and replace all of the instruments with their ethnic counterparts: strings with middle eastern string section, solo violin or cello with electric baritone violin, hardanger fiddle or erhu, french horn with alpenhorn, flute with dizi, oboe with duduk, percussion with taikos and African percussion, harp with kora, trombones with rag dung etc. etc.... Or perhaps try the hurdy gurdy, hardanger fiddle, washburn guitar, mandolin and the dizi and make an interesting folk ensemble or the gamelan ensemble with the ney flute, duduk and esraj. And don’t forget the reverb!

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    For the benefit of all, EW user Jonathan Loving has created a Sound Set for using EastWest RA within Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6. Please read the documentation for more information and support details.

    EastWest RA Sound Set

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      MANUAL

        INSTRUMENTS

          • African Dual Wooden Shakers (Ewe)
          • African Metal Shakers (Ewe)
          • Atsimevu
          • Axatse
          • Batas
          • Berkete
          • Djembe Ensemble
          • Ekpiri
          • Ewe Drum Ensemble
          • Ewe Large
          • Bombshell
          • Ewe Medium Bombshell
          • 3ft Frontomfrom
          • 5ft Frontomfrom
          • Gankokwe Large
          • Gyil
          • Kalimbas
          • Kidi
          • Kora
          • Log Drums
          • Ngoni
          • Udu
          • 1890 Washburn Guitar
          • American Jaw Harp
          • Banjo
          • Berimbau
          • Cuban Percussion
          • Didjeridoo
          • Dobro
          • First Nations Cedar Flute
          • Mandolin
          • Pan Flute
          • Ukelele
          • Alpenhorn
          • Bag Pipe Ensemble
          • Bass Recorder
          • Frame Drum
          • Gadulka
          • Hardanger Fiddle
          • Highland Pipes
          • Hurdy Gurdy
          • Irish Low Whistle
          • Launeddas
          • Uilleann Pipes
          • Dizi
          • Erhu
          • Gamelan Ensemble
          • Gongs
          • Koto
          • Rag Dung
          • Shakuhachi
          • Shamisen
          • Taiko Drums
          • Vietnamese Jawharp
          • Bansuri
          • Baritone Violin (Electric)
          • Esraj
          • Sarangi
          • Sitar
          • Tablas
          • Tambura
          • Armenian Duduk
          • Bulgarian Duduk
          • Mid East Fiddle
          • Mid East String Section
          • Ney Flute
          • Oud
          • Qandahar Dumbek
          • Santoor
          • Turkish Duduk
          • Yalli
          • Tambur
          • Zourna

          INTERFACE

          Interface

          SYSTEM
          REQUIREMENTS

          Below are the minimum and recommended hardware and software specifications for using Opus on Windows and MacOS systems.

          MINIMUM SYSTEM

          • CPU: Quad-core (four cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
          • RAM: 16 GB
          • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
          • Drive: SSD for HW Orchestra Opus Edition

          RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

          • CPU: Octa-core (eight cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
          • RAM: 32 GB or more
          • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
          • Drive: NVMe SSD

          The chart below outlines the MacOS and Windows 64-bit operating systems and sequencers that are officially supported and fully tested with the latest version of Opus. Please note that while most Sequencers / DAWs are VST 2, VST 3, AU and AAX plug-in format compatible, only those listed in the chart below are officially supported.

          Product Version MacOS (10.13+) Windows 10
          EW Play 6 Stand-Alone 6.0+ YES YES
          EW Opus Stand-Alone 1.0+ YES YES
          Ableton Live 10.0+ YES YES
          Apple Logic Pro 10.0+ YES -
          Apple Garageband 10.3+ YES -
          Avid Pro Tools 2018.1+ YES YES
          Bitwig Studio 3.0+ YES YES
          Cockos Reaper 6.0+ YES YES
          Image-Line FL Studio 20+ YES YES
          Motu Digital Performer 9.0+ YES YES
          Steinberg Cubase(1) 9.0+ YES YES
          Steinberg Nuendo(1) 8.0+ YES YES
          Presonus Studio One 4.0+ YES YES
          VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro 6.0+ YES YES
          Notation Software(2) Version    
          Avid Sibelius 2018.1+ YES YES
          MakeMusic Finale 25.0+ YES YES
          Steinberg Dorico 3.0+ YES YES
          • (1) VST3 usage is recommended
          • (2) Sibelius / Finale / Dorico notation programs work with Opus, but do not support the full feature set of some Opus/Play Libraries, such as those that use WordBuilder. Please contact support for details.

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          • Intelligent performance section including portamento, repetition, legato
          • Features round robin reset
          • Offers improved articulation window and controls
          • State-of-the-art convolution reverb with pre-delay
          • Improved micro-tuning
          • Improved sound quality with high-resolution audio engine
          • Hi-fidelity one pole filter for natural cross-fades
          • Stereo image editing is now possible using channel sourcing