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EastWest Fab Four Virtual Instruments Collection   

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Fab Four from EastWest Sounds is a virtual instruments collection inspired by the sounds of the Beatles, using the same kind of period instruments an...Read More

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Delivers the real sounds of the first British Invasion.

Fab Four from EastWest Sounds is a virtual instruments collection inspired by the sounds of the Beatles, using the same kind of period instruments and authentic rare EMI recording equipment the Beatles used to create their music. Fab Four sound engineer Ken Scott worked on five Beatles albums and drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Laurence Juber were both members of "Paul McCartney and Wings".

No expense was spared finding similar instruments and other recording equipment the Beatles and their producers used back in the day to produce this modern collection. Well over a million dollars worth of instruments, amplifiers, microphones, recording desks (including very rare EMI REDD tube and TG12345 desks), outboard equipment (including Fairchild limiters and EMI RS124 modified Altec compressors), and Studer J-37 tube multi-tracks were used in this production.

If you are a film/TV/game composer, or a musician/producer looking for vintage sounds not found in other collections, this is it. Blending these unique and sometimes bizarre sounds with today's music should enable you to produce something truly spectacular.

Instruments:

•Guitars (some costing over $200,000 each) played by Laurence Juber include Gretsch Firebird (1959), Gretsch Tennessean (1963), Rickenbacker 360-12 (1965), Martin D-28 (1966), Fender Stratocaster (1956), Epiphone Casino (1956), Fender Telecaster (1951), Gibson SG (1960), Les Paul Goldtop (1957), Gibson J200 (1966), Hofner Bass (1963) and Rickenbacker Bass (1964)
•Guitars were sampled with up and down strokes, multiple velocities, and picking styles, some with chords and effects
•Most of the sounds would be impossible to create without all of the above equipment. For example, the "revostortion" guitar sound was created by feeding a Epiphone Casino guitar into one EMI REDD 47 preamp, and the output into a second EMI REDD 47 preamp, which is exactly how it was created originally by the EMI/Abbey Road engineers
•Drums played by Denny Seiwell include a rare 1960 Ludwig downbeat kit with Zildjian cymbals (22" x 14" kick, 5" x 14" snare, 9" x 13", 16" x 16" toms, 18" crash medium, 20" crash ride, 14" Hi-Hat)
•Drums are all multisampled with up to 16 velocity layers, as well as left and right hand. The sounds were all matched to a particular style (e.g. A Day in the Drums, Ticket to Drums, Yer Drums). They even recorded some heavily modulated cymbals through a Fairchild limiter for authenticity
•The keyboards in this collection are categorized by in catchy titles that match the instrument to the songs they were made famous by such as Because I'm a Harpsichord Baldwin Electric Harpsichord), Baby I'm a Clavioline (Clavioline/Baldwin amp), Lucy in the Lowery (Lowery Heritage Deluxe Organ), Strawberry Flutes (original sound licensed from www.mellotron.com), We Can Work a Harmonium (Harmonium), and other stringed instruments including Swarmandel Forever (Swarmandel).

Effects:

Fab Four includes a software version of ADT (artificial double tracking) with built-in tape simulator, created and programmed specially for this project. The software includes smooth filters, delay, and multiple high-quality reverb choices.

Interface

Powered by EastWest's PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine with built-in Network Control (plug-in or standalone), this virtual instrument combines intuitive handling with excellent sound quality, and functions as a plug-in instrument without the need for a sampler.

FEATURES
Key facts:
  • Produced by Doug Rogers
  • Engineered by Ken Scott (Beatles/David Bowie/Elton John/Supertramp, etc.)
  • Includes authentic rare period guitars (acoustic and electric), basses, drums, keyboards, stringed and other misc. instruments
  • The same kind of microphones were used to record all instruments (Neumann/AKG/Cole/STC)
  • The same kind of period amplifiers - Vox AC30 (1963), Fender Showman (1967), Fender DeLuxe (1967), Fender Tan Showman (1963), Vox Defiant (1966), Vox 730 (1966), Vox 7120 (1966), Fender Bassman (1963) - were used with the electric guitars
  • The same kind of recording desks and preamps, including a very rare EMI REDD tube desk, the EMI TG12345 desk (the same kind of desk used to record "Abbey Road" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"), and EMI REDD47 preamps, were used to record all instruments
  • The same kind of limiters (Fairchild) and compressors (rare EMI RS124 modified Altec) were used for dynamics control
  • The same kind of Studer J-37 tube 4-track was used to record everything
  • All instruments are newly recorded multisamples for this collection and none of the sounds came from any Beatles music or records (Beatles is a registered trademark of Apple Corp, Ltd. All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective holders.)
  • (Please Note: This product is not affiliated with, or endorsed by the Beatles or Apple Corps, LTD.)
PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine
  • A complete high-performance sample management system
  • Offers native support for many platforms
  • Network support for large studios, expandable systems
  • 64-bit supports next generation operating systems
  • High sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)
  • The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers
  • Intuitive controls, custom designed for each library
  • Complete portability

Authentic instruments, vintage-correct equipment, and top notch performances are yours! Just call or click now!

SPECIFICATIONS

Fab Four Virtual Instruments Collection

  • System Requirements:
  • 13GB Free Hard Disc Space
  • DVD Drive
  • iLok Security Key (a free soundsonline.com account is required for retrieving and managing iLok licenses)
  • One iLok key will hold 100 registrations for all future releases.
  • Recommended system
  • Windows XP (32 and 64-bit), Vista (32 and 64-bit), PIV, 1GB of RAM,
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or higher , Power PC or Intel MAC
  • Supported interfaces:
  • WIN: VST, RTAS, ASIO, DirectSound
  • MAC: VST, Audio Units, Core Audio, RTAS
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4.0

Finally Plays Friendly with Pro Tools

By DANtheMAN-9vA.3

from Texas

Well, its me again from a previous review to report that after the Aug 5th 2010 update on the Play Engine, Fab Four ACTUALLY WORKS within Pro Tools for me. I'm using Pro Tools 8.0.3 on Win XP Home 3gb 32bit and all is well so far. Make sure you update both the Play engine and any updates for the product as well. I've also got Ministry of Rock working and its been great to actually use these excellent sound libraries. Thanks East West for updating these. These products have great sounds just not tons of different sounds like many other virtual instruments out there. The sounds are generally excellent though. At regular price they are too expensive in my opinion but are enjoyable to use.

 
2.0

Doesn't Play friendly with Pro Tools

By DanMan-OOXm0

from Texas

I own this (And Ministry of Rock) but can't use either because it just doesn't work with Pro Tools. It works in stand alone mode but that's only good for jamming and it would be very nice to actually use these nice sounds with Pro Tools. Not sure if any other platform is having problems but with Pro Tools it it just doesn't work properly (Unless they have fixed it, which I doubt very much). The problem is the "Play" engine which seems cool but requires tons and tons or RAM. If they would have used the Kontakt or Sampletank engine or similar then all would have been well. EastWest has great sounds, its the the "Play" engine that requires too much resources.

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