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Created and produced by Doug Rogers (EastWest) and David Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips etc.), THE DARK SIDE is an unconventional, hip and exciting collection of virtual instruments, some dark and eerie, and some which have been purposely—and skillfully!—mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition. THE DARK SIDE includes a vast, 40 Gigabyte collection, including dark and eerie instruments, and highly processed drums and percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, and effected instruments, all organized into instrumental groups so you can create complete tracks.
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Created and produced by Doug Rogers (EastWest) and David Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips etc.), THE DARK SIDE is an unconventional, hip and exciting collection of virtual instruments, some dark and eerie, and some which have been purposely—and skillfully!—mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition.

THE DARK SIDE provides inspiration for all composers and artists that are looking for unique instruments, designed to work for everything from alternative to progressive rock, and of course, film, TV, and game music production.

THE DARK SIDE includes a vast, 40 Gigabyte collection, including dark and eerie instruments, and highly processed drums and percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, and effected instruments, all organized into instrumental groups so you can create complete tracks.

To produce THE DARK SIDE, Rogers partnered with Grammy Award-Winning record producer David Fridmann, whose unconventional (and successful) work with the likes of MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Mercury Rev, Saxon Shore, Ammonia, Ed Harcourt, Sparklehorse, Café Tacuba, Elf Power, Mogwai, Thursday, The Delgados, Low, Phantom Planet, Gemma Hayes, Goldrush, Tapes ’n Tapes, Hopewell, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Number Girl, Zazen Boys, Sleater-Kinney, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, OK Go, and Tame Impala etc. he had long admired.

The Concept for The Dark Side: Creativity without limits!

"THE DARK SIDE idea came to me when I was mentoring a young alternative group about some demos they sent me. To my ears, the tracks didn’t sound tough enough for their intended market, so I told them they needed to toughen up their sound,” said Doug Rogers, Award-Winning Producer at EASTWEST. “I looked around for sounds that could accomplish this and found absolutely nothing, even in our own vast collection. I saw this huge, gaping hole in the market that needed to be filled. Then and there, I decided to make it my next project after my recent pristine orchestral productions, a complete aural turn-around."

Rogers partnered with Grammy Award-Winning record producer David Fridmann. Fridmann’s “no rules” style of production was exactly what Rogers was looking for to help produce THE DARK SIDE instruments.

Once they got started, they were like bulls in a china shop: mass aural destruction was the name of the game. They turned traditional instruments into highly processed drums, percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboards, strings, and FX, all organized into instrument groups for easy audition and recall.

Rogers and Fridmann not only tapped into a wealth of recording and producing experience for THE DARK SIDE, but had the gear to match. Many individual instruments were processed through 5 or 6 effects units, some of the vintage and esoteric tube variety owned by the pair.

THE DARK SIDE distorted and mangled instruments are intended to be used with cleaner instruments to make them really stand out in a mix, or to disturb the senses. With today's brick-wall limiting, distorted instruments may be the only production trick left to make an instrument stand out in a mix, a successful technique used often by Radiohead, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, etc.

As the project progressed, they realized the instruments would work for almost every style from alternative to progressive rock, and THE DARK SIDE name was chosen as a play on words between both styles of music. However, most of these instruments would be equally at home in Pop, Dance, Electronica, and even Hip Hop.

Instruments and Articulations

Drums
- Arena Kit
- Bone Crunch
- Broken Circuit
- Chameleon Big Room (Regular & Distorted)
- Chameleon Dry (Regular & Distorted 1 & Distorted 2)
- Chameleon Morpher
- Chameleon Open Mic (Regular & Distorted)
- Chameleon Roomy (Regular & Distorted)
- Dark Dirt
- Demolition
- Dungeon
- Slamming
- Slap Kit (24 inch & 50 inch & 106 inch)
- Underground
- Verb Kit Dry
- Verb Kit Morpher
- Verb Kit (Verb 1 – 5)
- Chameleon Keyswitch C0–G#0 24
- Slap Kit Keyswitch C0-D0 25
- Verb Kit Keyswitch C0–F0 25

Basses
- Bass Hemorrhage Sus
- Bass Snatchers Legato
- Bass Snatchers Slide (Up & Down)
- Bass Snatchers Sus
- Destroyer Bass
- Distorted Attack Bass
- Fuzz Bass
- Mean Synth Bass
- Nuclear Bass
- Perc Bass
- Radioactive
- Rattly Bass
- Relatively Clean Bass FX
- Relatively Clean Bass Harmonics
- Relatively Clean Bass Legato
- Relatively Clean Bass Slide (Up & Down)
- Relatively Clean Bass Sus
- Slightly Dirty Bass
- Slightly Dirty Bass Light
- Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
- Fuzz_Rattly Bass MOD
- Hemorrhage_Fuzz Bass MOD
- Rattly_Perc Bass MOD
- Bass Snatchers Keyswitch C0–D#0 25
- Relatively Clean Bass Keyswitch C0–F0 25
- The Dark Side Basses Keyswitch C0–A0 26

Guitars
- Backwards Distorted Guitar Dry
- Backwards Distorted Guitar wEFX
- Dirt Boy Guitar
- Distorted Lead (Regular & Short)
- Freak Shimmer Combo
- Freak Shimmer Dry
- Freak Shimmer EFX
- Ghost Guitar
- Guitar Orchestra
- Guitars on Mars Down
- Guitars on Mars Up
- Guitars on Mars RR
- Insanity
- Organic Guitar
- Organic Guitar wGlissando
- Relatively Clean Strings
- Tunnel Lead
- Tunnel Lead Clean End
- Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
- Freak Shimmer Keyswitch C0–D0 26
- The Dark Side Guitar Keyswitch C0–B0 26

Keys and Strings
- Amadeus Organ
- Bent Funeral Organ
- Brain Damage
- Broken Jaw Harp
- Chaos
- Chorus Strings
- ClockworkO
- ClockworkO PercAttack
- Demonic
- Dist Org String Thing
- Distorgan
- Freak Show
- Fuzzy Keys
- Grand Dist Strings
- LFO Strings
- Morse Code
- Psycho
- Psycho Shimmer Keys
- Underwater Piano Short
- Underwater Piano Sustain
- Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
- Amadeus Organ_Brain Damage MOD
- Amadeus Organ_Broken Jaw Harp MOD
- Bent Funeral Organ_Brain Damage MOD
- Bent Funeral Organ_Freak Show MOD
- Broken Jaw Harp_Chaos MOD
- ClockworkO PercAttack_Bent Funeral MOD
- ClockworkO PercAttack_Chaos MOD
- The Dark Side Keys Keyswitch C-1 – D#0 27
- The Dark Side Strings Keyswitch C0–D#0 27

Ethnic and Choirs
- 2-Bit Choir (Regular & Wide)
- Eleanor Keys
- Electric Medieval
- Ethnic Dulcimer
- Furry Ethnic Orch
- Granular (Regular & Wide)
- Leslie Choir (Regular & Wide)
- Mandamadness
- Old Bombay
- Snake Charmer
- Toxic Choir 1 (Regular & Wide)
- Toxic Choir 2 (Regular & Wide)
- UFO Choir (Regular & Wide)
- Whirly Keys
- Zitherland
- Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
- Eleanor Keys_Electric Medieval MOD
- Eleanor Keys_Old Bombay MOD
- Eleanor Keys_Zitherland MOD
- Furry Orch Guitar_Electric Medieval MOD
- Granular_Leslie Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
- Granular_Toxic Choir 1 MOD (Regular & Wide)
- Granular_Toxic Choir 2 MOD (Regular & Wide)
- Granular_UFO Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
- Leslie_Toxic Choir 1 MOD (Regular & Wide)
- Leslie_Toxic Choir 2 MOD (Regular & Wide)
- Leslie_UFO Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
- Mandamadness_Ethnic Dulcimer MOD
- Whirly Keys_Furry Ethnic Orchestra MOD
- The Dark Side Choirs Keyswitch C-1 – F-1 (Regular & Wide) 28
- The Dark Side Ethnic Keyswitch C0–A0 28

Instruments wFX
- Basses wFX
- Bass Hemorrhage wFX
- Destroyer Bass wFX
- Fuzz Bass wFX
- Slightly Dirty Bass wFX
- Drums wFX
- Bone Crunch wFX
- Broken Circuit wFX
- Dark Dirt wFX
- Slap Kit 24 inch wFX
- Ethnic and Choirs wFX
- 2-Bit Choir wFX
- Electric Medieval wFX
- Ethnic Guitar wFX
- Leslie Choir wFX
- Snake Charmer wFX
- UFO Choir wFX
- Zitherland wFX
- Guitars wFX
- Distorted Lead wFX
- Guitars on Mars wFX
- Insanity wFX
- Tunnel Lead wFX
- Keys and Strings wFX
- Bent Funeral Organ wFX
- Brain Damage wFX
- Broken Jaw Harp wFX
- Chorus Strings wFX
- Dist Org String Thing wFX
- Freak Show wFX
- Perc Tonal wFX
- Super Tabla wFX

Misc and Perc
- Backwardspell
- Big Broken Ben
- Big Broken Ben Extreme
- Bumblebee 01 Non-Tonal
- Bumblebee 02 Non-Tonal
- Earthquake
- Ethereal
- FX Madness 01–13
- Horror 01 Non-Tonal
- Horror 02 Non-Tonal
- OC Notes (“OC” refers to the Omnichord)
- OC Notes Kaoss
- Perc Bells
- Perc Sci-Fi
- Static
- SuperTabla
- Timp Explosion
- Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
- OC Chords Arp Keyswitch C0–E0 29
- OC Chords Kaoss Keyswitch C0–E0 29
- OC Chords Arp Kaoss Keyswitch C0–A0 29
- The Dark Side Misc FX Keyswitch C1–B1 29
- The Dark Side Perc Tonal Keyswitch C0–F0

Features

- Produced by multiple Award-Winning producer DOUG ROGERS and Grammy Award-Winning producer DAVID FRIDMANN (MGMT, Flaming Lips etc.)
- Many instruments have been purposely—and skillfully!—mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition (plus a selection of dark and eerie instruments).
- Easy to use browser displays all of your instruments. Interface automatically changes to display current instrument.
- Perfect for pop (to toughen up the hook), alternative (everything you need), and, of course, film, TV, and game music production
- Included are 40GBs of highly processed drums and percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, and FX instruments and sounds, all organized into instrumental groups
- Includes PLAY 2 32-bit and 64-bit* sample player, plug-in and standalone (*64-bit is PC only at this time)
- Easy authorization system puts licenses on hardware iLok, allowing you to use the software on any computer.
- AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, Windows XP, Vista and 7

Product Details

Product Details

Manufacturer Part # EW-198
UPC 837206201982
Manufacturer EASTWEST
System Requirements (Windows) - 40 GB Free Hard Disc Space; DVD Drive
- iLok Security Key, not included

Minimum Requirements
- Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
- 2GB RAM
- Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
- Sound card with ASIO drivers
- 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

Recommended
- Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
- 4GB RAM
- 64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer
- Sound card with ASIO drivers
- 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming
System Requirements (Mac) - 40 GB Free Hard Disc Space; DVD Drive
- iLok Security Key, not included

Minimum Requirements
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher
- 2GB RAM
- Mac OSX 10.5 or later
- 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

Recommended
- Mac Pro Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz or higher
- 4GB RAM
- Mac OSX 10.5 or later
- 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming
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