EastWest The Dark Side

40GB Virtual Instrument Collection on DVD - Mac/PC AAX Native, AU, VST, Standalone
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40GB of Dark, Eerie Instruments!

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After suggesting that a young indie band make their sound "darker" and "tougher," award-winning East West producer Doug Rogers realized there wasn't anything in the vast East West virtual instrument offering that did just that. So, Doug got together with acclaimed indie producer David Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse, OK Go, Weezer, MGMT, and more). Together, the two brainstormed their vision of the ultimate "dark" virtual instrument that was loaded with a little bit of everything, but all dark - drums, percussion, basses, keyboards, strings, FX, guitars, and more. Meet their creation: The Dark Side.

Call up The Dark Side, and you've got 40GB of dark and eerie instruments, all really easily organized so you can find what you want. You'll find the instruments you know and love, but morphed to their spookiest selves. Many instruments, in fact, were processed through five or six effects units to really give them serious flavor. If you're after the ultimate in mangled instruments, in the flavor of Radiohead, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, etc... The Dark Side is for you.

East West The Dark Side Virtual Instrument Plug-in Features at a Glance:
  • 40GB virtual instrument plug-in
  • Features skillfully distorted, mangled, and effected instrument sounds for a dark, eerie sonic flavor
  • Includes drums, percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, FX, and more
  • All sounds are easily organized in instrumental groups
  • Includes PLAY 2 32-bit and 64-bit sample player - plug-in and standalone
  • AAX Native, AU, VST, and Standalone compatible
Take your sounds to The Dark Side with East West!

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type World instrument library
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
iLok Required Account only required
Format Standalone, AAX Native, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz or higher, 8GB RAM minimum (16GB RAM recommended), 7200 RPM drive or faster (SSD recommended)
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Dual 2.1 GHz or higher, 8GB RAM minimum (16GB RAM recommended), 7200 RPM drive or faster (SSD recommended)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later, 40GB free hard disc space
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later, 40GB free hard disc space
Manufacturer Part Number EW-198D

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The Dark Side has all the sounds needed to produce dark, eerie music. A must have for composers of dark rock music.
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