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EastWest Fab Four Virtual Instrument (Download)

SKU: 120101

$299.00

EastWest Fab Four Virtual Instrument (Download) is a virtual instrument featuring instrumentation inspired by the sounds of the Beatles. All the sounds were generated and processed using equipment identical to that which the Beatles played and recorded.

Various vintage guitars were sampled with up and down strokes, multiple velocities and picking styles, some with chords and effects. Basses used were the Hofner 500 Bass (1963) and Rickenbacker 4001S Bass (1964). Drums included a rare 1960 Ludwig downbeat kit with Zildjian cymbals.

The recording equipment was just as equally meticulously acquired. Items included very rare EMI REDD tube and TG12345 recording desks, Fairchild limiters, EMI RS124 modified Altec compressors, and Studer J-37 tube multi-tracks, among other microphones, amplifiers, and other outboard units.

Having worked on multiple Beatles albums, project engineer Ken Scott was able to recreate from his direct experience, many of the unique techniques developed by the Beatles during their musical odyssey. The Fab Four virtual instrument utilizes a dedicated playback engine, the PLAY Advanced Sample Engine, which provides an easy searchable browser and the ability for users to customize the sounds.

Fab Four Virtual Instrument (Download) - Features:

  • Virtual instrument featuring instrumentation inspired by the music and sound of the Beatles
  • Total of 13GB of 24-bit / 88.2 kHz samples
  • Includes authentic rare period guitars (acoustic and electric), basses, drums, keyboards, stringed, and other miscellaneous instruments
  • Neumann, AKG, Cole and STC microphones were used to record all instruments
  • The period amplifiers used to record the electric guitars included the Fender Tan Showman (1963), Fender Bassman (1963), Vox AC30 (1963), Vox AC50 (1965), Vox Defiant (1966), Vox 730 (1966), Vox 7120 (1966), Fender Showman (1967) and the Fender DeLuxe (1967)
  • Drums were all multi-sampled with up to sixteen velocity layers, left and right hand. The sounds were all matched to a particular style, e.g. A Day in the Drums, Ticket to Drums, Yer Drums
  • Includes various keyboards
  • The same kind of recording desks and preamps were used to record all instruments, including a very rare EMI REDD tube desk, EMI TG12345 desk (the same kind of desk used to record "Abbey Road" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"), and EMI REDD47 preamps
  • The same kind of 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 everything
  • Instrument plays back via the PLAY Advanced Sample Engine, a dedicated audio engine/interface providing a powerful streaming engine
  • All instruments listed in a single browser for easy navigation
  • Stereo Swap allows the user to instantly swap the left and right channels. Mono from left, mono from right, or mono sum allow for instant conversion from stereo to mono

Instruments:

  • Guitars (some costing over $200,000 each) played by Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney and Wings) include Gretsch Firebird (1959), Gretsch Tennessean (1963), Rickenbacker 360-12 (1965), Martin D-28 (1966), Fender Stratocaster (1956), Epiphone Casino (1965), Fender Telecaster (1951), Gibson SG (1960), Les Paul Goldtop (1957), Gibson J200 (1966), Hofner 500 Bass (1963) and Rickenbacker 4001S Bass (1964)
  • Guitars were sampled with up and down strokes, multiple velocities and picking styles, some with chords and effects
  • Most of the sounds would be impossible to create without all of the above equipment. For example, the "revostortion" guitar sound was created by feeding an Epiphone Casino guitar into one EMI REDD 47 preamp, and the output into a second EMI REDD 47 preamp, which is exactly how it was created originally by the EMI/Abbey Road engineers
  • Drums played by Denny Seiwell (Paul McCartney and Wings) include a rare 1960 Ludwig downbeat kit with Zildjian cymbals (snare 5 x 14; toms 9 x 13 / 16 x 16; kick 22 x 14; Zildjan 20" crash ride; 18" crash medium; 14" Hi-Hat)
  • Drums are all multi-sampled with up to 16 velocity layers, left and right hand. The sounds were all matched to a particular style (e.g. A Day in the Drums, Ticket to Drums, Yer Drums). We even recorded some heavily modulated cymbals through a Fairchild limiter for authenticity
  • Keyboards include Baldwin Electric Harpsichord (Because I'm a Harpsichord), Clavioline (Baby I'm a Clavioline), Lucy in the Lowery, Strawberry Flutes, We Can Work a Harmonium, and other stringed instruments including Swarmandel Forever

Effects

  • Includes a software version of ADT (artificial double tracking) with built-in tape simulator, created and programmed specially for this project.
  • The software includes filters, delay, and multiple high-quality reverb choices

Instrument List

  • Baby I'm A Clavioline (Clavioline/Baldwin Amp)
  • Bass Tripper (1963 Hofner 500 Bass)
  • Because I'm A Harpsichord (Baldwin Electric Harpsichord/Baldwin Amp)
  • Come To Bass (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S Bass)
  • Come To Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
  • Come To Guitar Rhythm (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1967 Fender DeLuxe Amp)
  • Come To Guitar Solo (1957 Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar/1963 Fender Bassman Amp)
  • Day In The Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
  • Everybody's Got Guitar (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1966 Vox Defiant Amp)
  • Fairchild Modulated Cymbals (Zildjian Cymbals)
  • Fixing A Guitar Solo (1956 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar/1966 Vox Defiant Amp)
  • Getting A Better Guitar (1951 Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar/1966 Vox 730 Amp)
  • Get Back My Guitar (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1967 Fender Showman Amp)
  • Help I'm A Snare (plus kit) (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
  • Here Comes The Guitar (1966 Gibson J200 Acoustic picked)
  • I'm Only A Backwards Guitar (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1966 Vox 7120 Amp)
  • I Want Guitar (Epiphone Casino/Fender DeLuxe and Fender Strat/Fender Tan Showman/doubled)
  • I Will Play A Guitar Solo (1966 Martin D28 with ADT)
  • I'm A Blackbird (1966 Martin D28 Acoustic Guitar fingered and picked)
  • In The End There Will Be Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
  • Let It Be Organ (Hammond B3 Organ)
  • Lucy In The Lowery (Lowery Heritage Deluxe Organ)
  • Lucy Lead Guitar (1956 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Leslie Speaker)
  • Michelle Is A Guitar Solo (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1963 Fender Bassman Amp)
  • Madonna Piano (Steinway B Piano)
  • Miscellaneous (Claps, Tambourine, Cowbell, Screaming Girls)
  • Nowhere Guitar (1956 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar/1963 Vox AC30)
  • Party Guitar (Gretsch Tennessean Electric Guitar/1963 Vox AC50 Amp)
  • Penny Snare (plus kit) (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
  • Pepper Guitar (Gibson SG Guitar/1966 Vox Defiant Amp)
  • Revostortion Guitar (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/2 x REDD 47 Preamps)
  • Roll Over Guitar (1959 Gretsch Country Gentleman Electric Guitar/1964 Vox AC100 Amp)
  • Something Is A Guitar Solo (1957 Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar/1963 Fender Bassman Amp)
  • Something Is A Rhythm Guitar (1951 Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar with Leslie Speaker)
  • Strawberry Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
  • Strawberry Flutes (original sound licensed from www.mellotron.com)
  • Swarmandel Forever (Swarmandel)
  • Ticket To Guitar (Rickenbacker 360-12 Electric Guitar/1965 Vox AC50 Amp)
  • Ticket To Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
  • We Can Work A Harmonium (Harmonium)
  • With a Little Help From My Bass (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S Bass)
  • Within A Sitar / Love You Sitar (Sitar)
  • Within A Tabla (Tabla)
  • What You're Drumming (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
  • Yer Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit in Small Room

System Requirements:

Mac

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1 GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
  • OS X 10.7 or higher
  • For plug-in use, host software that supports AAX Native, Audio Units, or VST plug-in formats

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1 GHz or higher
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers

General

  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB RAM or more recommended)
  • 13 GB free hard drive space (for full load)
  • 7200 rpm or faster (non-energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming (SSD recommended)
  • For plug-in use, host software that supports AAX Native, Audio Units, or VST plug-ins
  • iLok account for electronic license or iLok copy protection key (not included)
  • Internet connection required for download  one-time product activation