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SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE JANUARY 13
STEVEN WILSON'S GHOSTWRITER
Produced by STEVEN WILSON and DOUG ROGERS
Played by STEVEN WILSON, MARCO MINNEMANN, and LAURENCE JUBER
Includes over 60 Gigs of unique instruments, many of which have been mutated or processed beyond all recognition!
Includes Basses, Drums, Ethnic, Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Recorded in the world famous EASTWEST studios
Includes PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC
New FX section is included with Ghostwriter, and available as an optional upgrade for all other legacy EastWest PLAY virtual instruments.
The FX section includes a SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL's legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; Echoplex EP-1 Delay, Amp Simulator, plus an upgraded "true stereo" reverb from EastWest.
One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the early nineties. As leader of his band Porcupine Tree, and more recently as a solo artist, he has gained a reputation for his songwriting, experimentation, and sonic excellence. Since learning how to produce and record music on equipment made for him as a child by his electronic genius father in the 80's, Steven's passion has always been to experiment with the possibilities of sculpting with sound. Avoiding presets or existing samples, he has instead preferred to create unique sonic worlds, thus blurring the boundaries between sound design, song-writing, and record production. However, he also recognizes that not everyone has the time or inclination to spend so much time developing sound sources when working on their productions. For the first time ever, this new virtual instrument presents many of Steven's most innovative sounds, as well as a selection of especially created instruments and some replications of instantly recognizable classic sounds originally created by other legendary producers and engineers. These organic and inspirational sounds can be used as part of the fabric of complex music productions, or as the basis for cinematic soundtrack-based music, providing a ready-made selection of sonic building blocks with years of expertise and sonic innovation already embedded in them.
In music, a Ghostwriter is a composer who writes musical pieces or makes other contributions that are officially credited to another person. The concept of Ghostwriting (or "ghosting") goes back centuries, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a well known composer paid to ghostwrite music for wealthy patrons. The practice is controversial as typically the Ghostwriter is not credited, but it's widely practiced in our industry, particularly in the creation of film and television soundtracks. We feel it is an appropriate name for this project as Steven will be bringing his vast sound design and production experience to your music, but will probably never meet you, and as such is your Ghostwriter.
DEMOS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!
60GB free hard disc space, iLok security key (not provided), either supplied on discs or optional hard drive for ease of installation (see conditions below).
MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher 4GB RAM Mac OSX 10.5 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 4GB RAM Windows XP SP2, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Sound card with ASIO drivers 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming
MAC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM Mac Pro Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz or higher 8GB RAM or more Mac OSX 10.5 or later SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming PC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher 8GB RAM or more 64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer Sound card with ASIO drivers SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming
EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix
Supported Host Mac OS X (Intel) WIN XP (32-bit) WIN XP (64-bit) WIN 8, 7, Vista (32-bit) WIN 8, 7, Vista (64-bit) Required Version
Standalone YES YES YES YES YES
Ableton Live YES YES YES 6.07 or higher
Cubase/Nuendo YES YES YES1 YES YES1 7 or higher
FL Studio YES YES5 YES YES5 7 or higher
GarageBand YES 3 or higher
Logic YES2 7.2 or higher
Performer YES2 6.02 or higher
Pro Tools3 YES YES YES 7.4 to 10
Pro Tools 113 YES YES YES6 11
Sibelius YES4 YES YES 6.0 or higher
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 2.0 or higher
Reaper YES YES YES YES YES 3.0 or higher
1 Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts. Cubase 6 and lower users will have to use PLAY 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
Other hosts may be compatible, but are untested and unsupported at this time.