Fab Four from EastWest Sounds is a virtual instruments collection inspired by the sounds of the Beatles, using the same kind of period instruments and authentic rare EMI recording equipment the Beatle... Read More
Fab Four from EastWest Sounds is a virtual instruments collection inspired by the sounds of the Beatles, using the same kind of period instruments and authentic rare EMI recording equipment the Beatles used to create their music. Fab Four sound engineer Ken Scott worked on five Beatles albums and drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Laurence Juber were both members of "Paul McCartney and Wings".
No expense was spared finding similar instruments and other recording equipment the Beatles and their producers used back in the day to produce this modern collection. Well over a million dollars worth of instruments, amplifiers, microphones, recording desks (including very rare EMI REDD tube and TG12345 desks), outboard equipment (including Fairchild limiters and EMI RS124 modified Altec compressors), and Studer J-37 tube multi-tracks were used in this production.
If you are a film/TV/game composer, or a musician/producer looking for vintage sounds not found in other collections, this is it. Blending these unique and sometimes bizarre sounds with today's music should enable you to produce something truly spectacular.
â¢Guitars (some costing over $200,000 each) played by Laurence Juber include Gretsch Firebird (1959), Gretsch Tennessean (1963), Rickenbacker 360-12 (1965), Martin D-28 (1966), Fender Stratocaster (1956), Epiphone Casino (1956), Fender Telecaster (1951), Gibson SG (1960), Les Paul Goldtop (1957), Gibson J200 (1966), Hofner Bass (1963) and Rickenbacker Bass (1964)
â¢Guitars were sampled with up and down strokes, multiple velocities, and picking styles, some with chords and effects
â¢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 a 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
â¢Drums played by Denny Seiwell include a rare 1960 Ludwig downbeat kit with Zildjian cymbals (22" x 14" kick, 5" x 14" snare, 9" x 13", 16" x 16" toms, 18" crash medium, 20" crash ride, 14" Hi-Hat)
â¢Drums are all multisampled with up to 16 velocity layers, as well as 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). They even recorded some heavily modulated cymbals through a Fairchild limiter for authenticity
â¢The keyboards in this collection are categorized by in catchy titles that match the instrument to the songs they were made famous by such as Because I'm a Harpsichord Baldwin Electric Harpsichord), Baby I'm a Clavioline (Clavioline/Baldwin amp), Lucy in the Lowery (Lowery Heritage Deluxe Organ), Strawberry Flutes (original sound licensed from www.mellotron.com), We Can Work a Harmonium (Harmonium), and other stringed instruments including Swarmandel Forever (Swarmandel).
Fab Four includes a software version of ADT (artificial double tracking) with built-in tape simulator, created and programmed specially for this project. The software includes smooth filters, delay, and multiple high-quality reverb choices.
Powered by EastWest's PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine with built-in Network Control (plug-in or standalone), this virtual instrument combines intuitive handling with excellent sound quality, and functions as a plug-in instrument without the need for a sampler.
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I bought this title due to the buy one/get one free offer; I chose Fab Four as my first choice and chose Symphonic Orchestra Silver Edition as my second free pick. I had been looking at Fab Four ever since it came out, but had a hard time justifying the cost of $355 for a lone software title (after all, it isn't a DAW). When the 2 fer 1 deal was offered at GuitarCenter, I thought, "take the plunge"! Well, I plunged in and did it. The sounds, to me, are well represented and as advertised. I only wish there were more instruments, but the library is fairly huge as it is. Essentially, I am pleased with Fab Four and I don't know of any other collection that I could buy that would satisfy me more. If you love Beatles music, then this is THE title to get. You're thinking, there must be some caveats...and here they are: The sounds might sound a little thin to some folks; I would not describe them as big and fat, but they sit very well in a mix and are probably created to do so. Sometimes fat sounds seem good individually, but not so good in the overall mix (less is more). Another point is IMHO that the playability lends itself more to keyboard input rather than midi guitar. I play fairly well and used the Blackbird patch, but was getting a lot of glitches and artifacts, even while attempting to play as cleanly as I could. When played on a keyboard, it articulates fine. (I may have to adjust the settings on my midi guitar setup to improve the triggering of the sounds). Keyboards have modulation and pitch bend wheels which make it easier to use as sound modifiers to better effect than a midi guitar, not to mention the key switches which are keyboard enabled. Unless you are strictly a midi guitar person, don't let that dissuade you from picking up this collection of Beatle tones. I play both keyboard and guitar (guitar better), but can still get by using a keyboard for a better sound. I had a little hassle installing the Fab Four the first time due to my non-experience with the iLok key and the program updates. It would be better if EastWest published an exact procedural order of how to install the program, updates and iLok. Once I got past that, then things went well. Customer service, so far, has been very responsive as they have responded to my two inquiries. Check out the website www.soundsonline.com to get more info as well as their forum. The second title, which came remarkably fast after sending in the rebate form, installed without nary a hitch and was extremely smooth. I've had a lot of fun with that title, too. In summary, if you want Beatle sounds, then you want this!
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