MOTU Ethno Instrument 2

21GB Ethnic Sound and Loop Collection with Drag and Drop Interface and Convolution Reverb - Mac/PC Standalone, RTAS, VST, AU
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A Whole World of Loops, Samples, and Voices!

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This best seller is now enhanced with more sounds from around the globe! Ethno Instrument 2 offers a whopping 21GB of world music instrument samples and loops. Four gigabytes are dedicated to sampled instruments that span the globe, including African, Asian, Australian, Latin American, and West Indian instruments, among others. The sounds were recorded to the highest standards of fidelity in world-class studios, with the instruments being played by musicians who specialize in the specific instrument. Since many of the included world instruments don't conform to the Western 12-note chromatic scale, Ethno Instrument 2 has conveniently provided the option of playing the instrument in its native tuning or in a modified Western tuning.

Twenty-one gigabytes is a lot to wade through, but Ethno Instrument 2 lets you peruse presets by geographic region or instrument category, or by a cool new search feature: type in an instrument name or other phrase and all presets with that text in their name magically appear in the browser list. You can then simply click on the name to audition sounds.

MOTU Ethno Instrument 2 Virtual Instrument Features at a Glance:
  • 21GB collections of ethnic instrument sounds and loops
  • Works standalone or as a VST, DXi, MAS, Audio Units or RTAS plug-in
  • Drag and drop loops into host application
  • Highly rhythmic and percussive loops stored as slices
  • Save combinations as Multis for use in other projects
  • Intuitive sound sculpting tools
  • Built-in convolution reverb
The MOTU Ethno Instrument 2 will make your tracks come alive!

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Tech Specs

Software Type World Instruments Sample Player
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
iLok Required Yes
Format Standalone, RTAS, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Apple G4 500Mhz CPU, 256MB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Pentium 3 800MHz AMD CPU, 256MB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.2.4
OS Requirements - PC Windows XP
Manufacturer Part Number 8710

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An amazing and realistic collection of sounds and grooves that you can use in just about any style of music or commercial application... Well worth the money spent...!!!!!
Music background: Professional musician/producer/recording artist/studio/record label owner

Great product, your own ethnic tribe at your control

I really like this plugin as well as all of Motu's products. You can have your own drum tribe if you want, and you have access to a ton of sounds. The only drawback to this tool is that the window does not resize, so it makes it difficult to see. Not sure why MOTU does this; if the window would resize like the new Machfive3 does I would have given it 5 stars.
Music background: Pro Musician
See also: Drum Software, MOTU, MOTU Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm