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:
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