EastWest Fab Four (download)

Virtual Instrument Collection Featuring Period-specific Guitars, Basses, Drums, and Keyboards - Mac/PC Standalone, AAX 64, VST, AU
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The Sounds of the Fab Four in a Virtual Instrument Collection!

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The East West Fab Four virtual instrument collection was painstakingly assembled, using period-specific instruments, mics, and signal-processing gear to achieve "that" sound. Inspired by the Beatles and the breadth of their recorded material, the Fab Four collection offers accurate tones from the instruments the legendary group made famous. Guitars, drums, keyboards, complete with their respective amplifiers, are represented within the context of the songs they were played on. Get inspired to stage your own British invasion with the East West Fab Four collection.

East West Fab Four Virtual Instrument Collection at a Glance:
  • The sound connection
  • Authentic and rare instruments from the period
  • Details make the difference

The sound connection
In addition to his lauded engineering work for music icons such as David Bowie, Elton John, and Supertramp (among others), Fab Four sound engineer Ken Scott worked on five Beatles albums, including A Hard Days Night, Help, Rubber Soul, Magical Mystery Tour, and The Beatles (also known as the White Album). Drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Laurence Juber were both members of Paul McCartney and Wings.

Authentic and rare instruments from the period
Over a million dollars' worth of rare period 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 to create the Fab Four instrument. If you are a film/tv/game composer, or musician/producer looking for some truly period-accurate, unique sounds, this is a great place to start!

Details make the difference
Bringing back the sound of authentic mid-1960s production involves more than simply obtaining instruments that were used during that period. No matter how well-documented and great-sounding they are (and they certainly are), the instruments and gear only give you the incredible Fab Four vibe if they're accompanied by the techniques of the era. Lacking the preset-loaded multi-effects and feature-packed plug-ins today's musicians and engineers take for granted, the producers and artists of the "old days" used well-thought-out, judiciously placed effects such as Artificial Double Tracking (ADT), tape-flanging, and other means to get their effects. In keeping with the production values of the day, EASTWEST's Fab Four collection includes period- and project-specific signal processing samples, as well as a software version of ADT (artificial double tracking) with built-in tape simulator, created and programmed specially for this project.

East West Fab Four Virtual Instrument Collection Features:
  • Engineered by KEN SCOTT (Beatles/David Bowie/Elton John/Supertramp etc.)
  • Includes authentic rare period guitars , 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, EMI TG12345 desk, and EMI REDD47 preamps, were used to record all instruments
  • Period- and project-specific 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 all sessions
  • Includes a software version of ADT (artificial double tracking) with built-in tape simulator
The East West Fab Four re-creates the legendary sounds of a legendary band!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Beatles instrument library - Guitar, Bass, Drums and Keyboard
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, 13GB free hard disc space
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later, 13GB free hard disc space
Manufacturer Part Number EW-170D

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