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EastWest Ra Virtual Instrument (Download)

SKU: 120115


EastWest RA Virtual Instrument (Download)adds rare and unique instruments from Africa, Europe, India, the Americas, Australia, the Far East, the Middle East, and Turkish Empires to a composer's arsenal of sounds. The instrument's PLAY interface allows access to each instrument's expressive nuances including portamento, repetition, legato and improved micro-tuning, making it possible to create realistic performances.

Another aspect of this virtual instrument is the 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 captured with a phase-accurate 8-microphone setup that gives a complete 3-dimensional image of the instrument. This type of clear and broad sound takes to artificial or sampled reverb extremely well. Microphones used in the recording process were Neumann U67 (U47s as alternates), Neumann M50, AKG C12, and Schoeps.

EastWest RA Virtual Instrument (Download) - Features:

  • Collection of world and ethnic sampled instruments
  • Intelligent performance section including portamento, repetition, legato
  • Round robin reset
  • Offers improved articulation window and controls
  • Convolution reverb with pre-delay
  • Improved micro-tuning and sound quality with high-resolution audio engine
  • Hi-fidelity, one-pole filter for natural crossfades
  • Stereo image editing using channel sourcing
  • The instruments featured in the PLAY Editions are newly-programmed for PLAY from the original recordings
  • 64-bit (with 32-bit compatibility)
  • Mac Intel compatible


Africa: African Dual Wooden Shakers (Ewe), African Metal Shakers (Ewe), Atsimevu, Axatse, Batas, Berkete, Djembe Ensemble, Ekpiri, Ewe Drum Ensemble, Ewe Large, Bombshell, Ewe Medium Bombshell, 3ft FromTonFrom, 5ft FromTonFrom, Gankokwe Large, Gyil, Kalimbas, Kidi, Kora, Log Drums, Ngoni, Udu

Americas and Australia: 1890 Washburn Guitar, American Jaw Harp, Banjo, Berimbau, Cuban Percussion, Didjeridoo, Dobro, First Nations Cedar Flute, Mandolin, Pan Flute, Ukelele

Europe: Alpenhorn, Bag Pipe Ensemble, Bass Recorder, Frame Drum, Gadulka, Hardanger Fiddle, Highland Pipes, Hurdy Gurdy, Irish Low Whistle, Launeddas, Uilleann Pipes

Far East: Dizi, Erhu, Gamelan Ensemble, Gongs, Koto, Rag Dung, Shakuhachi, Shamisen, Taiko Drums, Vietnamese Jawharp

India: Bansuri, Baritone Violin (Electric), Esraj, Sarangi, Sitar, Tablas, Tambura

Middle East and Turkish Empire: Armenian Duduk, Bulgarian Duduk, Mid East Fiddle, Mid East String Section, Ney Flute, Oud, Qandahar Dumbek, Santoor, Turkish, Duduk, Yalli, Tambur, Zourna

System Requirements:


  • 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


  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1 GHz or higher
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • For plug-in use, host software that supports AAX Native or VST plug-in


  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • 14 GB free hard drive space (for full load)
  • 7200 rpm or faster (non energy-saving) hard drive for sample streaming (SSD recommended)
  • iLok account for electronic license or iLok copy protection key (not included)
  • Internet connection required for one-time product activation