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Amp Simulator and Ohmicide
Amp Simulator and Ohmicide multi-band distortion plugins are now included with the EastWest Play software for use with all EastWest collections. For film/tv/game composers or musicians looking for more edgy sounds, this powerful combination opens up a whole new world of possibilities using real instruments as the sources instead of oscillators, or combinations of both.

Fab Four Virtual Instrument 

FAB FOUR is a virtual (software) instrument that includes 45 instruments inspired by the sounds of the Beatles. "The quality is undeniable, I can't imagine what East West must have gone through to track down these sounds (and get Beatles engineer Ken Scott on board)." - EQ
2008 M.I.P.A Winner ; judged most innovative instrument by 100 music magazines

For those new to this technology we used some of the 45 instruments in the FAB FOUR collection to create these demos. To listen to .wav versions select the demo and click on the "?" at the bottom of the player, and download the .wav file. Everything you hear (except the foot taps at the end of "Something In the Sky") is in the box (even the screaming girls!). New video tutorials have been posted below, so if you want to get more familiar with the technology behind this award-winning collection, check these out.



FAB FOUR is a virtual instrument 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, including "A Hard Days Night", "Help", "Rubber Soul", "Magical Mystery Tour" (engineer), and "The Beatles" (engineer) - also known as the "White Album". Drummer DENNY SEIWELL and Guitarist LAURENCE JUBER were both members of Paul McCartney and Wings.

"The Beatles had a profound impact on me, as they did for millions of others" said FAB FOUR producer DOUG ROGERS, "and they were the initial influence for my fascination with sounds. They were creative geniuses that never rested on their laurels, always producing exciting new music and sounds with each new record, much of it ground-breaking! Putting this project together took well over a year of research, equipment procurement (much of it from collectors), and putting together a team that could pull off such a feat; but it was a labor of love for us all, and we feel the result is truly worth it."

No expense was spared finding the same kind of period instruments and rare authentic EMI and other recording equipment the Beatles used to create their sounds to produce this collection, much of which, ironically, will end up in EASTWEST Studios, where the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" was recorded, the inspiration for the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, according to Paul McCartney.

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 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 fab!



Produced by DOUG ROGERS
Engineered by KEN SCOTT (Beatles/David Bowie/Elton John/Supertramp etc.)
Includes authentic rare period guitars (acoustic and electric), basses, drums, keyboards, stringed and other misc instruments
The same kind of microphones were used to record all instruments (Neumann/AKG/Cole/STC)
The same kind of period amplifiers - Fender Tan Showman (1963), Fender Bassman (1963), Vox AC30 (1963), Vox AC50 (1965), Vox Defiant (1966), Vox 730 (1966), Vox 7120 (1966), Fender Showman (1967), Fender DeLuxe (1967) - were used with the electric guitars
The same kind of recording desks and preamps, including a very rare EMI REDD tube desk, EMI TG12345 desk (the same kind of desk used to record "Abbey Road" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"), and EMI REDD47 preamps, were used to record all instruments
The same kind of limiters (Fairchild) and compressors (rare EMI RS124 modified Altec) were used for dynamics control
The same kind of Studer J-37 tube 4-track was used to record everything



Guitars (some costing over $200,000 each) played by LAURENCE JUBER (Paul McCartney and Wings) include Gretsch Firebird (1959), Gretsch Tennessean (1963), Rickenbacker 360-12 (1965), Martin D-28 (1966), Fender Stratocaster (1956), Epiphone Casino (1965), Fender Telecaster (1951), Gibson SG (1960), Les Paul Goldtop (1957), Gibson J200 (1966), Hofner 500 Bass (1963) and Rickenbacker 4001S Bass (1964).
Guitars were sampled with up and down strokes, multiple velocities and picking styles, some with chords and effects
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
Drums played by DENNY SEIWELL (Paul McCartney and Wings) include a rare 1960 Ludwig downbeat kit with Zildjian cymbals (snare 5 x 14/toms 9 x 13/16 x 16/kick 22 x 14/zildjan 20" crash ride/18" crash medium/14" Hi-Hat)
Drums are all multi-sampled with up to 16 velocity layers, 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). We even recorded some heavily modulated cymbals through a Fairchild limiter for authenticity
Keyboards include Baldwin Electric Harpsichord (Because I'm a Harpsichord), Clavioline (Baby I'm a Clavioline), Lucy in the Lowery, Strawberry Flutes, We Can Work a Harmonium, and other stringed instruments including Swarmandel Forever



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 the smoothest filters you'll ever hear, delay, and multiple high quality reverb choices.




Baby I'm A Clavioline (Clavioline/Baldwin Amp)
Bass Tripper (1963 Hofner 500 Bass)
Because I'm A Harpsichord (Baldwin Electric Harpsichord/Baldwin Amp)
Come To Bass (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S Bass)
Come To Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
Come To Guitar Rhythm (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1967 Fender DeLuxe Amp)
Come To Guitar Solo (1957 Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar/1963 Fender Bassman Amp)
Day In The Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
Everybody's Got Guitar (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1966 Vox Defiant Amp)
Fairchild Modulated Cymbals (Zildjian Cymbals)
Fixing A Guitar Solo (1956 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar/1966 Vox Defiant Amp)
Getting A Better Guitar (1951 Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar/1966 Vox 730 Amp)
Get Back My Guitar (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1967 Fender Showman Amp)
Help I'm A Snare (plus kit) (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
Here Comes The Guitar (1966 Gibson J200 Acoustic picked)
I'm Only A Backwards Guitar (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1966 Vox 7120 Amp)
I Want Guitar (Epiphone Casino/Fender DeLuxe and Fender Strat/Fender Tan Showman/doubled)
I Will Play A Guitar Solo (1966 Martin D28 with ADT)
I'm A Blackbird (1966 Martin D28 Acoustic Guitar fingered and picked)
In The End There Will Be Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
Let It Be Organ (Hammond B3 Organ)
Lucy In The Lowery (Lowery Heritage Deluxe Organ)
Lucy Lead Guitar (1956 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Leslie Speaker)
Michelle Is A Guitar Solo (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/1963 Fender Bassman Amp)
Madonna Piano (Steinway B Piano)
Miscellaneous (Claps, Tambourine, Cowbell, Screaming Girls)
Nowhere Guitar (1956 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar/1963 Vox AC30)
Party Guitar (Gretsch Tennessean Electric Guitar/1963 Vox AC50 Amp)
Penny Snare (plus kit) (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
Pepper Guitar (Gibson SG Guitar/1966 Vox Defiant Amp)
Revostortion Guitar (1965 Epiphone Casino Electric Guitar/2 x REDD 47 Preamps)
Roll Over Guitar (1959 Gretsch Country Gentleman Electric Guitar/1964 Vox AC100 Amp)
Something Is A Guitar Solo (1957 Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar/1963 Fender Bassman Amp)
Something Is A Rhythm Guitar (1951 Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar with Leslie Speaker)
Strawberry Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
Strawberry Flutes (original sound licensed from
Swarmandel Forever (Swarmandel)
Ticket To Guitar (Rickenbacker 360-12 Electric Guitar/1965 Vox AC50 Amp)
Ticket To Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
We Can Work A Harmonium (Harmonium)
With a Little Help From My Bass (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S Bass)
Within A Sitar / Love You Sitar (Sitar)
Within A Tabla (Tabla)
What You're Drumming (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit)
Yer Drums (1960 Ludwig Downbeat Kit in Small Room)


All instruments are newly recorded multi-samples for this collection and none of the sounds came from any Beatles music or records (Beatles is a registered trademark of Apple Corps, Ltd. All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective holders.)


User Interface and Software

Fab Four is powered by EASTWEST'S PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine

This VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT combines intuitive handling with excellent sound quality, and functions as a plug-in instrument, without the need for a sampler.

PLAY is a 64-bit (with 32-bit compatibility) Advanced Sample Engine. PLAY is Included with all newEASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Virtual (software) Instruments.



PLAY includes custom designed virtual instruments that look as beautiful as they sound

Interface designed to eliminate clutter, including only the controls needed for each individual virtual instrument

Load MORE thanks to 64-bit support

64-bit support allows you to load many more instruments and voices, limited only by your system RAM (32-bit support is included also)
While most high-end computers will support 16Gb, a very small set of high-performance enterprise computers (with Microsoft Vista Ultimate) can already use 128Gb of RAM. As hardware develops, the theoretical limit is 17,179,869,184 gigabytes = 16 exabytes, or 17 billion gigabytes!

Networking Support*

If you still need more power, our built-in NETWORK CONTROL allows you to load instruments on other machines controlled from your host computer
No more trips back and forth between computers, no more KVM switching when loading projects
No need to buy additional software
The PLAY system is a professional fully integrated solution for those with the most demanding production requirements

All instruments are listed in one browser

Easy to use browser displays all of your instruments
Favorites section to group the instruments you use most
Preview your instrument of choice in an easy-to-use column viewer
Load instruments into one instance to take advantage of your sequencer's "instrument tracks", or many if you so desire.
Interface automatically changes to display current instrument


Forget browsing through complicated patch names: pick the instrument and play
Turn on/off articulations as you wish
Articulations list also serves as reference for all expressions within the instrument (no need to look up key-switches in charts)
Save your favorite configuration for quick retrieval

Legato Detection

PLAY senses legato and repetitive playing and responds accordingly

Stereo Handling

PLAY allows the user to manipulate stereo samples in very useful ways
Stereo Swap allows the user to instantly swap the left and right channels
Mono from left , Mono from right, or Mono Sum allow for instant conversion from stereo to mono

Effects Engine

The best sounding and most powerful effects engine out there, built from the ground up for the highest possible quality
Reverb section includes multiple impulse responses from halls, and the famous EASTWEST Studiosand live chambers (more RIAA certified Platinum and Gold records awarded than any other studio)
The smoothest filters you'll ever hear
Specialized effects including the first Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) software available

Playback Engine

Highest quality resampling engine
Built from the ground up to create the most intuitive instruments possible. Allowed us to design instruments every step of the way without compromise

Security system

Authorize purchased instruments easily using the industry standard iLok security system
Offers complete portability, take your plugin anywhere you want, use it on any computer
Easy to authorize and manage (up to 100 authorizations on one key)

Supported Platforms

AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 64-bit, 32-bit
Natively supported in all major hosts on all major operating systems - PLAY no matter what your platform
More native support than any other plug-in
Standalone: PLAY as many instruments as your computer can handle in one application
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X


PLAY isn't just a sampler, the PLAY SYSTEM is a professional fully integrated sample playback software solution for those with the most demanding production requirements

Offers native support for more platforms than any other software engine
Network support* for large, expandable systems
The latest in technology (64-bit, supports next generation operating systems)
The highest sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)
The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers
The most intuitive controls, custom designed for each library
Complete portability

*This feature will be available after release as a free download for all registered users.


System Requirements

13 GB Free Hard Disc Space
DVD Drive
iLok Security Key, not inlcuded (a free account is required for retrieving and managing iLok licenses)
If you do not own an iLok Security Key you can purchase at your local authorized EASTWEST retailers. One iLok key will hold 100 registrations for all future releases.


Minimum Requirements for Mac

G5 1.6GHz, 2GB of free RAM, Mac OS 10.4 or newer

Recommended Mac System

Mac Pro Quad-Core Xeon 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM

Minimum Requirements for PC

Pentium 4 3.0GHz, 2GB of free RAM, Windows XP SP2, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 sound card with ASIO drivers

Recommended PC System

Intel or AMD Quad Core 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 64-bit OS and host

All Systems

iLok required (not included), internet connection required for one-time product activation

Included for both PC and Mac:

32-bit standalone and plug-in versions included.
64-bit PC VST (host must support 64-bit VST plugins) and standalone versions included.
Check the following compatibility chart for availability of other 64-bit versions and updates.

Supported Interfaces

Mac: VST™, Audio Units™, Core Audio™, RTAS™

EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

Supported HostMac
8, 7, Vista
8, 7, Vista
Required Version
Ableton LiveYESYES YESYES76.07 or higher
Cubase/NuendoYESYESYES1YESYES17 or higher
FL Studio YESYES5YESYES57 or higher
GarageBandYES    3 or higher
LogicYES2    7.2 or higher
PerformerYES2    6.02 or higher
Pro Tools3YESYES YES 7.4 to 10
Pro Tools 113YES YES YES611
SibeliusYES4YES YES 6.0 or higher8
Sonar YESYESYESYES6.2 or higher
VE ProYESYESYESYESYES4.0.54 or higher
Studio OneYESYESYESYESYES2.0 or higher
ReaperYESYESYESYESYES3.0 or higher
1: Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts. Cubase 6 and lower users will have to usePLAY 3.0.47. Steinberg fixed the issue in Cubase 7 if you wish to use PLAY 4.
2: DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
3: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24)
4: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Snow Leopard.
5: FL Studio is only supported while in 32-bit operation currently
6: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8
7: Ableton Live 7 and 8 are only 32bit, so users will have to set their VST folder to the 32bit version of the installed Play VST (even on a 64bit operating system)
8: Sibelius 6.2 is required to run in Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks)
Play is compatible with all DAWs that use VST, AU, or AAX plugins.

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