EastWest The Dark Side

Heavy-weight Virtual Instrument packing a uniquely tough punch of distortion, darkness and outright mass aural destruction

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THE DARK SIDE is the first of its kind: an unconventional, 40 Gigabyte, hip and exciting collection of virtual instruments, some dark and eerie, and some which have been purposely—and skillfully!—mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition.

THE DARK SIDE, created and produced by Doug Rogers (EastWest) and David Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips etc.), provides inspiration for all composers and artists looking for something unique and different, and of course, if you work in film, TV, and game music production, this will give you an edge to separate you from your competitors.

THE DARK SIDE includes a vast, 40 GB collection, including dark and eerie instruments, and highly processed drums and percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, and effected instruments, all organized into these instrumental groups so you can create complete tracks:

  • DRUMS
  • BASSES
  • GUITARS
  • KEYS AND STRINGS
  • ETHNIC AND CHOIRS
  • INSTRUMENTS WFX
  • MISC AND PERC

 

The Concept for The Dark Side: Creativity without limits! 

"THE DARK SIDE idea came to me when I was mentoring a young alternative group about some demos they sent me. To my ears, the tracks didn't sound tough enough for their intended market, so I told them they needed to toughen up their sound," said Doug Rogers, Award-Winning Producer at EASTWEST. "I looked around for sounds that could accomplish this and found absolutely nothing, even in our own vast collection. I saw this huge, gaping hole in the market that needed to be filled. Then and there, I decided to make it my next project after my recent pristine orchestral productions, a complete aural turn-around."

To produce THE DARK SIDE, Rogers partnered with Grammy Award-Winning record producer David Fridmann, whose unconventional (and successful) work with the likes of MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Mercury Rev, Saxon Shore, Ammonia, Ed Harcourt, Sparklehorse, Café Tacuba, Elf Power, Mogwai, Thursday, The Delgados, Low, Phantom Planet, Gemma Hayes, Goldrush, Tapes 'n Tapes, Hopewell, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Number Girl, Zazen Boys, Sleater-Kinney, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, OK Go, and Tame Impala etc. he had long admired.

The Concept for The Dark Side: Creativity without limits!

"THE DARK SIDE idea came to me when I was mentoring a young alternative group about some demos they sent me. To my ears, the tracks didn't sound tough enough for their intended market, so I told them they needed to toughen up their sound," said Doug Rogers, Award-Winning Producer at EASTWEST. "I looked around for sounds that could accomplish this and found absolutely nothing, even in our own vast collection. I saw this huge, gaping hole in the market that needed to be filled. Then and there, I decided to make it my next project after my recent pristine orchestral productions, a complete aural turn-around."

Rogers partnered with Grammy Award-Winning record producer David Fridmann. Fridmann's "no rules" style of production was exactly what Rogers was looking for to help produce THE DARK SIDE instruments.

Once they got started, they were like bulls in a china shop: mass aural destruction was the name of the game. They turned traditional instruments into highly processed drums, percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboards, strings, and FX, all organized into instrument groups for easy audition and recall.

Rogers and Fridmann not only tapped into a wealth of recording and producing experience for THE DARK SIDE, but had the gear to match. Many individual instruments were processed through 5 or 6 effects units, some of the vintage and esoteric tube variety owned by the pair.

THE DARK SIDE distorted and mangled instruments are designed to stand out in a mix, or to disturb the senses. With today's brick-wall limiting, distorted instruments may be the only production trick left to highlight instruments, a successful technique used often by Radiohead, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, etc.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS & COMPATIBILITY:

  • 40 GB Free Hard Disc Space

 

MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

 

PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
  • 8GB RAM
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

 

MAC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM:

  • Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

 

PC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM:

  • Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer)
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

 

ALL SYSTEMS:

iLok account required for machine (electronic) license placed on your computer or use optional iLok Key; internet connection required for one-time product activation

 

INCLUDED FOR BOTH PC AND MAC:

64-bit standalone and plug-in versions included (for 32-bit compatibility please use PLAY 4.3.5).

Please check the compatibility chart below for supported hosts.

EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

Tested DAW Mac OS 10.9 - 10.12.3 WIN XP
(32-bit)
WIN XP
(64-bit)
WIN 10, 8, 7,
Vista (32-bit)
WIN 10, 8, 7,
Vista (64-bit)
Required Version
Standalone YES YES YES YES YES  
Ableton Live YES YES   YES YES1 6.07 or higher
Cubase/Nuendo YES2 YES YES3 YES YES3 6 or higher
FL Studio   YES YES YES YES 7 or higher
GarageBand YES         3 or higher
Logic YES4         7.2 or higher
Digital Performer YES4     YES YES 6.02 or higher
Pro Tools5 YES YES   YES   7.4 to 10
Pro Tools 11 or higher5 YES   YES   YES6 11 or higher
Sibelius YES7 YES   YES   6 or higher8
Sonar   YES YES YES YES 6.2 or higher
VE Pro YES YES YES YES YES 4.0.54 or higher
Studio One YES YES YES YES YES 2 or higher
Reaper YES YES YES YES YES 3 or higher

1: Play 5 (and above) is compatible with all 64-bit hosts that use VST, AU, or AAX plugins. Use Play 4 for 32-bit hosts.
2: Mac OS 10.7 or newer is required.
3: Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts.
4: WordBuilder is not supported in Logic 7 or lower, and DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
5: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24).
6: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8.
7: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Mac OS 7.
8: Sibelius 6.2 is required to run in Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks).

INSTRUMENTATION:

DRUMS

Arena Kit
Bone Crunch
Broken Circuit
Chameleon Big Room (Regular & Distorted)
Chameleon Dry (Regular & Distorted 1 &
Distorted 2)
Chameleon Morpher
Chameleon Open Mic (Regular & Distorted)
Chameleon Roomy (Regular & Distorted)
Dark Dirt
Demolition
Dungeon
Slamming
Slap Kit (24 inch & 50 inch & 106 inch)
Underground
Verb Kit Dry
Verb Kit Morpher
Verb Kit (Verb 1 – 5)
Chameleon Keyswitch C0–G#0 24
Slap Kit Keyswitch C0-D0 25
Verb Kit Keyswitch C0–F0 25


BASSES

Bass Hemorrhage Sus
Bass Snatchers Legato
Bass Snatchers Slide (Up & Down)
Bass Snatchers Sus
Destroyer Bass
Distorted Attack Bass
Fuzz Bass
Mean Synth Bass
Nuclear Bass
Perc Bass
Radioactive
Rattly Bass
Relatively Clean Bass FX
Relatively Clean Bass Harmonics
Relatively Clean Bass Legato
Relatively Clean Bass Slide (Up & Down)
Relatively Clean Bass Sus
Slightly Dirty Bass
Slightly Dirty Bass Light
Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
Fuzz_Rattly Bass MOD
Hemorrhage_Fuzz Bass MOD
Rattly_Perc Bass MOD
Bass Snatchers Keyswitch C0–D#0 25
Relatively Clean Bass Keyswitch C0–F0 25
The Dark Side Basses Keyswitch C0–A0 26


GUITARS

Backwards Distorted Guitar Dry
Backwards Distorted Guitar wEFX
Dirt Boy Guitar
Distorted Lead (Regular & Short)
Freak Shimmer Combo
Freak Shimmer Dry
Freak Shimmer EFX
Ghost Guitar
Guitar Orchestra
Guitars on Mars Down
Guitars on Mars Up
Guitars on Mars RR
Insanity
Organic Guitar
Organic Guitar wGlissando
Relatively Clean Strings
Tunnel Lead
Tunnel Lead Clean End
Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
Freak Shimmer Keyswitch C0–D0 26
The Dark Side Guitar Keyswitch C0–B0 26


KEYS AND STRINGS

Amadeus Organ
Bent Funeral Organ
Brain Damage
Broken Jaw Harp
Chaos
Chorus Strings
ClockworkO
ClockworkO PercAttack
Demonic
Dist Org String Thing
Distorgan
Freak Show
Fuzzy Keys
Grand Dist Strings
LFO Strings
Morse Code
Psycho
Psycho Shimmer Keys
Underwater Piano Short
Underwater Piano Sustain
Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
Amadeus Organ_Brain Damage MOD
Amadeus Organ_Broken Jaw Harp MOD
Bent Funeral Organ_Brain Damage MOD
Bent Funeral Organ_Freak Show MOD
Broken Jaw Harp_Chaos MOD
ClockworkO PercAttack_Bent Funeral MOD
ClockworkO PercAttack_Chaos MOD
The Dark Side Keys Keyswitch C-1 – D#0 27
The Dark Side Strings Keyswitch C0–D#0 27


ETHNIC AND CHOIRS

2-Bit Choir (Regular & Wide)
Eleanor Keys
Electric Medieval
Ethnic Dulcimer
Furry Ethnic Orch
Granular (Regular & Wide)
Leslie Choir (Regular & Wide)
Mandamadness
Old Bombay
Snake Charmer
Toxic Choir 1 (Regular & Wide)
Toxic Choir 2 (Regular & Wide)
UFO Choir (Regular & Wide)
Whirly Keys
Zitherland
Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
Eleanor Keys_Electric Medieval MOD
Eleanor Keys_Old Bombay MOD
Eleanor Keys_Zitherland MOD
Furry Orch Guitar_Electric Medieval MOD
Granular_Leslie Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
Granular_Toxic Choir 1 MOD (Regular & Wide)
Granular_Toxic Choir 2 MOD (Regular & Wide)
Granular_UFO Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
Leslie_Toxic Choir 1 MOD (Regular & Wide)
Leslie_Toxic Choir 2 MOD (Regular & Wide)
Leslie_UFO Choir MOD (Regular & Wide)
Mandamadness_Ethnic Dulcimer MOD
Whirly Keys_Furry Ethnic Orchestra MOD
The Dark Side Choirs Keyswitch C-1 – F-1 (Regular & Wide) 28
The Dark Side Ethnic Keyswitch C0–A0 28


INSTRUMENTS WFX

Basses wFX
Bass Hemorrhage wFX
Destroyer Bass wFX
Fuzz Bass wFX
Slightly Dirty Bass wFX
Drums wFX
Bone Crunch wFX
Broken Circuit wFX
Dark Dirt wFX
Slap Kit 24 inch wFX
Ethnic and Choirs wFX
2-Bit Choir wFX
Electric Medieval wFX
Ethnic Guitar wFX
Leslie Choir wFX
Snake Charmer wFX
UFO Choir wFX
Zitherland wFX
Guitars wFX
Distorted Lead wFX
Guitars on Mars wFX
Insanity wFX
Tunnel Lead wFX
Keys and Strings wFX
Bent Funeral Organ wFX
Brain Damage wFX
Broken Jaw Harp wFX
Chorus Strings wFX
Dist Org String Thing wFX
Freak Show wFX
Perc Tonal wFX
Super Tabla wFX


MISC AND PERC

Backwardspell
Big Broken Ben
Big Broken Ben Extreme
Bumblebee 01 Non-Tonal
Bumblebee 02 Non-Tonal
Earthquake
Ethereal
FX Madness 01–13
Horror 01 Non-Tonal
Horror 02 Non-Tonal
OC Notes ("OC" refers to the Omnichord)
OC Notes Kaoss
Perc Bells
Perc Sci-Fi
Static
SuperTabla
Timp Explosion
Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
OC Chords Arp Keyswitch C0–E0 29
OC Chords Kaoss Keyswitch C0–E0 29
OC Chords Arp Kaoss Keyswitch C0–A0 29
The Dark Side Misc FX Keyswitch C1–B1 29
The Dark Side Perc Tonal Keyswitch C0–F0

Please click on the link below to view the download and install guide for this product.

http://help.timespace.com/home/east-west

Customer Reviews

Press Quotes

"A thoroughly enjoyable collection of heavily processed instruments from a master of distortion...The Dark Side's applications are extensive; though it may scare off those of a delicate disposition, the weird, heavy, idiosyncratic, gloriously scrambled and mad noises it contains will bring a slightly twisted smile to many faces." - Sound on Sound

"Take a walk on The Dark Side... The sounds of the instruments do not disappoint... The drum kits are mostly awe-inspiring with some frightful deep basses, snares that feel as though you've been slapped on the ears (please don't try that at home), chest rattling tom and crisp hi hats and cymbals...When it comes to bass sounds... Mmmmm... Beautiful! I don't think there's a weak sound in the collection... The guitar sounds hit the spot... The FX sounds are good... The instruments are so well recorded that it is not necessary to add any effects on them other than to master the track. You will hear for yourself just how great The Dark Side sounds. It's quite easy to get carried away to the point whereby you're only using The Dark Side in your compositions." - Blip Bop

MIPA AWARD WINNER
Producer DOUG ROGERS was awarded the 2011 MIPA Award for THE DARK SIDE at the Frankfurt Musikmesse. Over 100 international magazines selected the winner. This is the second MIPA Award for Rogers in the last 4 years, having won it for FAB FOUR in 2008. The MIPA has become the "Grammy" of the Musical Instrument industry.

Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument

Product Specs:

System Requirements
  • 40 GB Free Hard Disc Space

MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
  • 8GB RAM
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

MAC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

  • Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

PC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

  • Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer)
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

ALL SYSTEMS

  • iLok account required for machine (electronic) license placed on your computer or use optional iLok Key; internet connection required for one-time product activation

INCLUDED FOR BOTH PC AND MAC:

  • 64-bit standalone and plug-in versions included (for 32-bit compatibility please use PLAY 4.3.5).

Please check the compatibility chart in TECH SPECS for supported hosts.

Compatibility