The recipient of multiple major awards, these newly created EastWest MIDI Guitar Instruments from producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, differ from other EastWest virtual instruments, which are optimized for keyboards. They have been specially programmed to take advantage of the complex and unique waveforms produced by a guitar’s vibrating strings. These five titles cover a wide range of musical styles and instrument families.
The EastWest production team, working closely with Fishman’s software developers, optimized the instruments for guitar players. Pitch bends, whammy bar, dynamics, etc. all function as expected, and in fact provide a much more organic experience than using the instruments with a keyboard and mod wheel. The tracking and latency is superb as you can see in the product videos EastWest produced. Even the sampled guitars are useful, you no longer have to take multiple guitars, acoustic guitars, etc. on the road, but still have access to a vast array of guitar sounds that can be switched with the TriplePlay FC-1 Floor Controller. The other volumes offer sounds that allow you to produce any kind of music you desire, the collection offers every genre imaginable, even inspirational soundscapes and percussion. The guitar has entered the 21st century with a palette of sounds that are the best available!
“We have been testing MIDI guitar systems for many years, and the Fishman TriplePlay Wireless MIDI Guitar Controller is the best in class,” says EastWest producer Doug Rogers. “So EastWest and Fishman worked closely together, re-programming the instruments and making adjustments to the software specifically for the Fishman MIDI Guitar Controller. It all works incredibly well as you can see and hear in the videos we produced for each collection. In fact, it opens up a whole new world for guitar players who have been grappling with decades-old technology. I know many of our users consider themselves to be guitar players first, so they will now be able to compose ‘anything’ using their preferred instrument, instead of a keyboard.”
Fishman founder and president, Larry Fishman states, “The opportunity of collaborating with EastWest is very exciting for not only our two companies, but also for guitarists who are looking to explore new avenues of creativity and sound. EastWest virtual instruments are the choice of top music, film, TV, and gaming performers and composers. We worked with the EastWest team to expand the TriplePlay orbit of guitar-optimized, easily accessed and compatible virtual instruments that will build on the already formidable list of TriplePlay features and benefits.”
It’s great to see one of the bigger sample library developers taking the needs of MIDI Guitar players seriously. The five volumes of the EastWest MIDI Guitar Series integrate well with the impressive Fishman TriplePlay pickup. (Sound On Sound Best Software Instruments Award nomination)
— Sound on Sound
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 1: Orchestra
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 1: Orchestral is comprised of 190 instruments divided into 4 categories: Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion. In total, this volume contains over 18 GB of 16 bit / 44.1 kHz samples. Spanning the multi-award winning virtual instrument collection of Symphonic Orchestra, these instruments were recorded by 11-time Grammy nominated classical recording engineer Prof. Keith O. Johnson, now redesigned for use with MIDI guitar controllers. Symphonic Orchestra is the only orchestral collection to win Sound On Sound ‘Readers Choice Award’ – twice!
Watch the Orchestra Video
INSTRUMENTS INCLUDED (190):
STRINGS (72): 3 Cellos, 4 Violins, 9 Double Basses (6), 10 Cellos (7), 10 Violas (7), 11 Violins (8), 18 Violins (7), Harp (3), Harpsichord, Large String Ensemble (6), Solo Cello (7), Solo Contrabass (6), Solo Viola (5), Solo Violin (7).
BRASS (50): 2 Trumpets (4), 3 Wagner Tuben (2), 4 Trombones (5), 4 Trumpets (3), 6 French Horns (6), Solo French Horn (4), Solo Piccolo Trumpet (3), Solo Trombone (5), Solo Trumpet 1 (4), Solo Trumpet 2 (9), Solo Tuba (5).
WOODWINDS (55): 3 Clarinets (2), 3 Flutes (4), 3 Oboes (4), Solo Alto Flute (5), Solo Bass Clarinet (5), Solo Bassoon (5), Solo Clarinet (6), Solo Contrabassoon (5), Solo English Horn (4), Solo English Horn 2 (3), Solo Flute (5), Solo Oboe (4), Solo Piccolo Flute (3).
PERCUSSION (13): Bass Drum Concert, Castanets, Church Organ, Cymbals, Zildjan Crash, Field Ensemble, Gong, Marimba, Orchestra Chimes, Timpani Hits, Triangle, Vibraphone, Woodblock Symphony.
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 2: Ethnic and Voices
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 2: Ethnic and Voices is comprised of 120 instruments divided into 4 categories: Bowed, Plucked, Voices, and Wind. In total, this volume contains over 17 GB of 16 bit / 44.1 kHz samples. Comprised from multiple award winning virtual instrument collections that includes Ra, Silk, Voices of Passion, Ghostwriter, Fab Four and Goliath, these instruments have been redesigned specifically for MIDI guitar controllers.
Watch the Ethnic and Voices Video
INSTRUMENTS INCLUDED (120):
BOWED (19): 30pc String Section (3), Baritone Violin (2), Dilruba, Electric Cello (2), Erhu, Esraj, Jin Hu, Kemenche, Middle Eastern Fiddle (3), Sarangi, Sarod, Tar, Zhong Hu.
PLUCKED (27): Banjo (3), Guzheng (4), Kora, Koto, Mandolin, Pipa (4), Qanun, Santoor (4), Shamisen, Sitar (3), Swarmandel (2), Tambura, Yangqin.
VOICES (28): America Oh, Boys Chorus Oh, Fem Vox Aahs (8), Fem Vox Oohs (6), Full Chorus Ah, Full Chorus Oh, India Elements, Male Vox Aahs (4), Male Vox Oohs (3), Syria Elements, Wales Legato Ah.
WIND (46): Alpenhorn (2), Bag Pipe Ensemble (2), Bandoneon, Bansuri (3), Bass Recorder, Bawu (2), Campana Accordian (3), Didgeridoo Drones (2), Dizi (4), Duduk (5), Excelsior Accordian (3), First Nations Cedar Flute, Irish Low Whistle, Lucy in the Lowery Organ, Ney (4), Pan Flute (2), Shakuhachi (2), Sheng, Suona (2), Xiao (4).
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 3: Soundscapes
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 3: Soundscapes is designed for inspiration, to build a track using these sounds as a foundation. Soundscapes is comprised of 72 instruments. In total, this volume contains over 11 GB of 16 bit / 44.1 kHz samples. Spanning multiple award winning virtual instrument collections including Ghostwriter, Goliath, The Dark Side, these instruments have been redesigned specifically for MIDI guitar controllers.
Watch the Soundscapes Video
INSTRUMENTS INCLUDED (72):
Andreus Kugelschreiber, Astral Pad, Backwards Distorted Guitar (2), Backwardspeil, Bird of Peace, Cambot, Chi and Chang, Colossus Pad, Crystal Tower, CS80 Orchestra, Deep Breathing, Dhali Pad, Distorted Cello Ethereal (2), Ebow Guitar (3), Electric Medieval, Ethereal, Ethnic Dulcimer, Fallen, Freak Shimmer (3), Furry Ethnic Orchestra, FX (Atmosphere), FX (Brightness), FX (Crystal), FX (Soundtrack), Gamelan Box (2), Heartstone, Les Dulcimer (3), Les Sitar Spacey (2), Leslie Choir Wide, Mandamadness, Men From Manilla Pad, Neptune Strings, Old Bombay, Pad 1 (New Age), Perc Sci-Fi, Proc Bells Spacey, Progsichord (2), Rivensong, Sigur Guitar (5), Snake Charmer, Spiritual Warrior, Stone Therapy, Sultan, Sundial, Synth Strings, Time Guitar (4), Traveller, UFO Choir, Weeping Dragon, Weird Celesta (3), X-mas Pad, Zitherland.
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 4: Guitar and Bass
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 4: Why take so many guitars to a gig when you can switch between the guitars in this vast collection? Guitar and Bass is comprised of 94 instruments divided into 2 categories: Guitar and Bass. In total, this volume contains nearly 38 GB of 16 bit / 44.1 kHz samples. In addition to the instruments redesigned for MIDI guitar controllers from award winning collections of Ministry of Rock 1 & 2, The Dark Side, Ghostwriter, and Fab Four, this volume also contains two new guitars, one acoustic and one electric. These two guitars have been deeply sampled and include the entire range of notes on each string, giving even more flexibility when used with MIDI guitar controllers. Use the electric with the built in Amp Simulator with it’s 80 Amp Presets.
Watch the Guitar and Bass Video
INSTRUMENTS INCLUDED (94):
GUITAR (54): 7 String Ibanez (2), Arp Les Guitar, Baritone Monolithic, Danelectro Baritone (2), Nylon String Classical Guitar (2), Dirty Leslie Guitar (2), Distorted Telecaster, Django hollow-body Jazz (2), Fano Electric Guitar (2), Nylon String Flamenco Guitar (2), Guitars On Mars, Epiphone Casino/Fender Stratocaster “I Want Guitar” (doubled), 1966 Martin D28 Acoustic “I’m A Blackbird Guitar” (2), Fender Jaguar (3), Les Paul Guitar (7), LoFi Crunch (3), Vintage Les Paul Deluxe (2), Martin D28 Acoustic (2), Nasal Guitar, Octave Distortion (3), Schecter C7 Hellraiser 7-String Guitar (2), Spanish Steel Guitar (2), 1972 Telecaster Thinline Guitar (3), Rickenbacker 360-12 “Ticket to Guitar”, 1890 Washburn Guitar (4).
BASS (40): 1961 Fender Jazz Fretless (2), 1966 Danelectro Silvertone (2), 1972 Rickenbacker 4003, Bass Hemorrhage, Bass Snatchers, Destroyer Bass, Distorted Attack Bass, Fender Precision Bass (3), Fuzz Bass, Lakland 55-94 Skyline Standard (2), Mean Synth Bass, Vintage Musicman, Nuclear Bass, Obliterator Bass, Perc Bass, Radioactive, Rattly Bass, Relatively Clean Bass, Spector Bass (13), Stingray 5 String (2), Tunnel Bass (2).
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 5: Keyboards and Percussion
MIDI Guitar Series Vol 5: Keys and Percussion is comprised of 91 instruments divided into 2 categories: Keyboards and Percussion. In total, this volume contains nearly 23 GB of 16 bit / 44.1 kHz samples. These instruments are redesigned specifically for MIDI guitar controllers and are comprised of multiple award winning virtual instrument collections that includes Ghostwriter, The Dark Side, Goliath, Fab Four, Ministry Of Rock, and ProDrummer.
Watch the Keyboards and Percussion Video
INSTRUMENTS INCLUDED (93):
KEYS (78): Armadeus Organ, B3 Full Organ, B3 Jazz Organ (3), B3 Soul Organ (3), Baby I’m A Clavioline (2), Because I’m A Harpsichord, Bent Funeral Organ, Brain Damage, Celeste, Chaos, Chorus Strings, Church Organ, Clavinet Leslie (4), Clavinet/Lowery Organ Leslie (6), CP-80 (2), Death Piano Nasal, Distorted Cello Ethereal, Distorted Hammond, Distorted Organ, Evil Piano (3), Farfisa (4), Floyd Piano (7), Fuzzy Keys, Glockenspiel and Vibes (2), Glockenspiel, GS-1 Hybrid Piano, GS-1 Rhodes Boosted-Tone, GS-1 EP1 (2), Harpsichord, Madonna Piano, Marimba, Mellotron Strings (2), Music Box, Pin Piano (3), Psychedelic Rhodes, Psycho Shimmer Keys (2), Rhodes 88 Suitcase, Steinway B Piano, Strawberry Flutes, Tunnel Keys (2), Tutti Fluti, Underwater Piano, Vibraphone, We Can Work A Harmonium (2), Xylophone.
PERCUSSION (15): Ludwig kit, Dirt kit, 11 Bowl Gongs, 12 ft Log Drums, Dynasty O Daiko, Earthquake Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble Tuned, Large African Djembe, Lion Drum Ensemble Hits, Lord of the Toms Ensemble, Middle Earth Ensemble, Moroccan Darubaka, Pharoahs Dumbek, Punjabi Dhol, Tabla Guru.