EastWest RA

World & Ethnic Virtual Instruments

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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.


Features

  • 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


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 Schoeps.

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 a la 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/Quantum Leap 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 film score 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.

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!


System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.13 High Sierra and above
  • Windows 7 and above (64-bit only)
  • Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon CPU
  • 16GB RAM or more (32GB or more recommended)
  • Free iLok account and iLok License Manager
  • iLok Machine and iLok USB licensing methods are supported

Plugin Formats

AAX Native, AU, VST2, and Standalone


User Manual

Crossgrade Proof

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A copy of your purchase receipt for the original license or the most recent update/upgrade

A screenshot of your product registration

A photo of your package (either CD/DVD or printed manual), with the unique serial number included in the photo.