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    STEVEN WILSON'S GHOSTWRITER

    • Produced by STEVEN WILSON and DOUG ROGERS
    • Includes over 800 Multi-Sampled Instruments and Presets (60 GB)
    • Includes Basses, Drums, Guitars, Keyboards, Misc, and Vocals
    • Designed for Music, Film, Games, and TV Composers
    • Includes many "live" presets that can be adjusted by the user in the software
    • Musicians: Steven Wilson, Marco Minnemann, and Laurence Juber
    • Recorded in the world famous EASTWEST studios
    • Includes PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC
    • The software includes many new advanced sound shaping tools, a new EastWest AMP Simulator with 80 Amp Presets, classic Echoplex EP-1 Delay, Solid State Logic EQ & Dynamics Channel, consisting of: Filter, EQ, Compressor and Noise Gate/Expander, Solid State Logic Transient Shaper, the legendary Solid State Logic Stereo Compressor, and EastWest Expanded Convolution Reverb with 726 Additional Reverb Presets.

    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. Album releases and touring as leader of his band Porcupine Tree, and more recently as a solo artist, saw him gain a reputation for his songwriting, experimentation, and sonic excellence, resulting in many invitations to work with other artists. Among many things he has produced several albums for Grammy Award-winning Swedish metal band Opeth and he sung on UK drum and bass band Pendulum's UK number one album "Immersion". He started a solo career in 2009, and his most recent solo album "The Raven that Refused to Sing" was recorded at EASTWEST Studios with legendary recording engineer Alan Parsons at the helm. Wilson has become known for his 5.1 surround sound mixes, starting with his own projects, but more recently for remixing the catalogues of King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, XTC, and Yes, among others. His surround sound mixes have been Grammy nominated on four occasions, and he has twice won "Album of the Year" at the Surround Music Awards. Wilson is seen by many as the predominant progressive rock musician in the world today, and in 2012 he won "Guiding Light" at the "Progressive Music Awards" 2012, following this in 2013 with another win for best album for "The Raven that Refused to Sing".

    For the first time ever, this new instrument presents some of Steven's most innovative sounds, as well as a selection of especially created instruments and replications of some 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 addition some more straightforward and raw instruments are included, which can be manipulated via the powerful Ghostwriter instrument interface to create your own unique sounds.

    WHY GHOSTWRITER?

    A ghostwriter is a composer who writes music that will be officially credited to another person. The concept of ghostwriting goes back centuries: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a well-known composer paid to ghostwrite music for wealthy patrons. These days the sound design aspect of composing music has become as important as the notes, chords and rhythms, particularly in the creation of film, game, and television soundtracks, so while Ghostwriter won't write the music for you, it has been designed to be a "ghost" collaborator in the compositional process, an invaluable and inspirational tool for creating your music.

    Ghostwriter Box

    Creating authentic modern, interesting cinematic textures in this genre is hard work, as it takes a real knowledge of tone and effects to sound masterful. Given Wilson's experience and credits, I felt there was a lot of skill and integrity sitting next to me as I begin exploring the various textures. When you need dark and otherworldly, Ghostwriter is a beautifully sinister collection of sonic colors. MORE

    – KEYBOARD MAGAZINE

    Ghostwriter isn’t really a ghostwriter, but it is a fabulous and inspiring range of contemporary but slightly unconventional instruments that any serious media composer or more experimental music producer could benefit from. MORE

    – SOUND ON SOUND

    Designed with film, television and game soundtrack work in mind, Steven Wilson's Ghostwriter occupies a niche that's different from the typical all-in-one library. However, the edgy and distorted sounds in this collection would also provide a great resource for musicians working in rock, fusion, and funk. What is most remarkable is the attention to the big picture as well as details. These sounds were meant to go together, and in doing so, they provide a go-to progressive songwriter kit with little need to look outside the library.

    – ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN

    My God, those basses are fat. When I heard the Spector Bass Deep Grunge and Obliterator Bass Fuzz Monster I almost fell off my chair, so nasty, so deep. Like the bass, the guitars also have a unique character. The grunts and rattling are a delight. Everything has a dirty edge, a certain vivacity that'll make you hear the musician behind the samples.

    – INTERFACE

    Ghostwriter delivers a beautiful collection of instrumentation in an excellent interface.

    – COMPUTER MUSIC

    Anyone looking for dark to shrill and intense sounds cannot go wrong with EastWest Ghostwriter. The Library can accompany or handle even entire compositions. The sample player is clearly laid out and you quickly get to the desired result. The sounds are well-produced and coordinated. You can tell that Steven Wilson and Doug Rogers put in a lot of effort to make sure everything sounds rich and intimate.

    – DELAMAR.de

    They literally raise the bar, and I truly think that this is a library people will be talking about for years, as one of those ‘go-to’ libraries.

    – ASKAUDIO

    5/5 - The sound quality is outstanding. If you own suitable speakers, you’ll be nothing short of amazed.

    – KEYS

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    Demos

    Project Files

    Ghostwriter Horror Demo: LOGIC

    Ghostwriter Demo 1: LOGIC

    Videos

    Ghostwriter Horror Demo - Part 1. Full Resolution Download: MAC | WIN

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    Project Files

    Ghostwriter Horror Demo: LOGIC

    Ghostwriter Demo 1: LOGIC

    Ghostwriter Horror Demo - Part 1

    Ghostwriter Horror Demo - Part 2

    Ghostwriter Demo 1 - Part 1

    Ghostwriter Demo 1 - Part 2

    Ghostwriter Demo 1 - Part 3

    Ghostwriter Demo 1 - Part 4

    STEVEN WILSON

    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. Album releases and touring as leader of his band Porcupine Tree, and more recently as a solo artist, saw him gain a reputation for his songwriting, experimentation, and sonic excellence, resulting in many invitations to work with other artists. Among many things he has produced several albums for Grammy Award-winning Swedish metal band Opeth and he sung on UK drum and bass band Pendulum's UK number one album "Immersion".

    He started a solo career in 2009, and his most recent solo album "The Raven that Refused to Sing" was recorded at EASTWEST Studios with legendary recording engineer Alan Parsons at the helm. Wilson has become known for his 5.1 surround sound mixes, starting with his own projects, but more recently for remixing the catalogues of King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, XTC, and Yes, among others. His surround sound mixes have been Grammy nominated on four occasions, and he has twice won "Album of the Year" at the Surround Music Awards. Wilson is seen by many as the predominant progressive rock musician in the world today, and in 2012 he won "Guiding Light" at the "Progressive Music Awards" 2012, following this in 2013 with another win for best album for "The Raven that Refused to Sing".

    tape machine

    The multi-track tape machine his father built him in the 80's.

    Steven Wilson photo

    Steven Wilson (photo)

    DOUG ROGERS

    With over 30 years experience in the audio industry, producer DOUG ROGERS is the recipient of many industry awards including "Recording Engineer of the Year". "The Art of Digital Music" named him one of "56 Visionary Artists & Insiders" in the book of the same name.

    In 1988 he founded EASTWEST, the most critically acclaimed virtual (software) instrument developer in the world. Since then, EASTWEST has been the recipient of over 60 international industry awards. Rogers uncompromising approach to quality, and innovative ideas has enabled EASTWEST to lead the industry for more than 25 years.

    Rogers most recent productions include Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass and Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds, co-produced with Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen, and engineered by Shawn Murphy; Fab Four (with Beatle's engineer Ken Scott), inspired by the sounds of the Beatles; and The Dark Side (co-produced with MGMT producer David Fridmann), aimed at alternative musicians. Fab Four and The Dark Side both won M.I.P.A Awards, judged by over 100 international music magazines.

    Doug Rogers Photo

    Doug Rogers (photo)

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    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

    Tested DAW 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 YES1 6.07 or higher
    Cubase/Nuendo YES2 YES YES3 YES YES3 6 or higher
    FL Studio YES YES4 YES YES4 7 or higher
    GarageBand YES 3 or higher
    Logic YES5 7.2 or higher
    Performer YES5 6.02 or higher
    Pro Tools6 YES YES YES 7.4 to 10
    Pro Tools 116 YES YES YES7 11
    Sibelius YES8 YES YES 6.0 or higher9
    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: 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).
    2: Mac OS 10.7 or newer is required.
    3: Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts. Cubase 5 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.
    4: FL Studio is only supported while in 32-bit operation currently.
    5: DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
    6: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24).
    7: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8.
    8: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Snow Leopard.
    9: 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.

    Reviews

    Creating authentic modern, interesting cinematic textures in this genre is hard work, as it takes a real knowledge of tone and effects to sound masterful. Given Wilson's experience and credits, I felt there was a lot of skill and integrity sitting next to me as I begin exploring the various textures. When you need dark and otherworldly, Ghostwriter is a beautifully sinister collection of sonic colors.

    Click here for the full article

    — KEYBOARD MAGAZINE

    Ghostwriter isn’t really a ghostwriter, but it is a fabulous and inspiring range of contemporary but slightly unconventional instruments that any serious media composer or more experimental music producer could benefit from.

    Click here for the full article

    — SOUND ON SOUND

    Designed with film, television and game soundtrack work in mind, Steven Wilson's Ghostwriter occupies a niche that's different from the typical all-in-one library. However, the edgy and distorted sounds in this collection would also provide a great resource for musicians working in rock, fusion, and funk. What is most remarkable is the attention to the big picture as well as details. These sounds were meant to go together, and in doing so, they provide a go-to progressive songwriter kit with little need to look outside the library.

    Click here for the full article

    — ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN

    Dirty, warped and fuzzy. My God, those basses are fat. When I heard the Spector Bass Deep Grunge and Obliterator Bass Fuzz Monster I almost fell off my chair, so nasty, so deep. Like the bass, the guitars also have a unique character. The grunts and rattling are a delight. Everything has a dirty edge, a certain vivacity that'll make you hear the musician behind the samples. This also applies to the drums. Of course, Ghostwriter contains processed drum sounds, with huge rumble and other tasteful effects but the drydrum set with a wonderful dynamic sound contains the necessary imperfections making it sound like a real drummer.

    Conclusion: For producers of film music, Ghostwriter can be a huge source of inspiration. And musicians with a preference for the more obscure can indulge themselves with this library. Writers of nice, airy songs, however, will see their good mood disappear like snow in the sun after fifteen minutes on the Evil Piano. The dark side of Ghostwriter will not appeal to everyone. I think the sheer depth and uniqueness of the sounds surpass what is currently on offer when it comes to virtual instruments. Ghostwriter sounds great and very distinctive.

    Click here for the full article (Dutch)

    — INTERFACE

    Producer, solo artist and Porcupine Tree main man Steven Wilson has teamed up with EastWest producer and industry veteran Doug Rogers to produce this 63GB instrumental (plus a few vocals) library for the multitimbral Play engine (included), available on a pile of DVDs or a pocket USB 3 hard drive.

    Comprising over 800 multisampled instrument patches, Ghostwriter is aimed at the "cinematic" composer, be they working in movies, games, TV or music. It's intended to be a source of high-quality 'alternative' bread and butter sounds, so we're talking guitars, basses, drums, keys, etc, rather than crazy synths and electronic tones.

    The vibe throughout is epic, organic and big; Wilson has true insight into the tasteful use of ambience and distortion, and both are used extensively – and quite brilliantly – in most of the recordings and patches.

    The latest version of the Play engine helps here, with its vast roster of convolution reverbs and a superb new amp simulation effect with 80 presets – not to mention the SSL channel strip and EP-1 Delay.

    Guitars are by far the best represented category, taking in a staggering array of acoustics and electrics with plenty of keyswitched articulations to aid in creating realistic performances.

    The diversity of patches in the Bass section belies the fact that only three instruments were used to make them all.

    Of the drums, the Mono Amp Kits are the grimy highlight, while the Keys folder is full of splendidly twisted and gutsy pianos, clavs, celestas and more. And although we wouldn't call it a headline, the folder of male and female 'Oohs' and 'Aahs' is sure to be useful for those panoramic movie moments.

    Ghostwriter delivers a beautiful collection of instrumentation in an excellent interface. It's not really one for the dance music producer seeking fuel for their latest banger, but if deep, fascinating sounds, capturing all the energy and soul of the electric and acoustic instruments from which they were elicited, appeal, then this is a must-hear.

    Click here for the full article

    — COMPUTER MUSIC

    Successful producer and musician Steven Wilson has created this library together with Doug Rogers in the East West Studios. Our review will reveal if Ghostwriter keeps its promise and let you create music, film, game and television compositions at the highest level.

    Short test. What can you expect? In East West Studios in sunny California, Madonna, Elton John, Johnny Cash and other global stars have recorded many super hits. This is also where producer and solo artist Steven Wilson and studio owner Doug Rogers produced the sample library tested here today. It comes with a variety of different sounds, with a focus on sound for music, film, game or TV compositions. The 60-gigabyte library includes 8 DVDs with 800 multi-sampled instruments. Each instrument comes with several presets.

    To install you need an iLok, which is not included. In the Sample Browser, you can choose between bass, drums, guitars, keyboards, vocals, and other sounds; for my taste there could be more vocals.

    Each category has several sub-sections that are easy to navigate. In my opinion, the content of this library allows you to handle complete productions. There are many different instruments, including modulated chimes and similar options, to give your sound design a special touch. The editing options are also abundant.

    Play 4 - the sampler software: The clearly arranged and easy to use Play 4 software provides quick access to a high-and low-pass filter, an envelope and pitch and delay, amp, and reverb effects in the main menu. Once you selected a sound, you can edit it quickly and without any problems. The mixer offers more editing options such as various SSL Oxford effects in the usual quality and a convolution reverb with over 700 presets.

    In the mixer section you can mix the sounds, and find common functions such as pan, mute and solo. The player is available for the plug-in interfaces VST, AU, AAX; if necessary, it can also operate as a standalone software. Via the routing settings it can easily be integrated into your DAW. Each channel can be assigned a separate MIDI or audio channel. Thanks to the MIDI Learn function you can assign each regulator a control element.

    The software is not included. During the installation of the library you can download the 32 - or 64-bit version for Windows or Mac via a link.

    Effects: The software includes various options for sound design. New on board are the amp simulator with 80 presets, the tape delay Echoplex EP-1 and a convolution reverb with 726 impulse responses of different rooms. As a special feature, there is a Channel Strip by Solid State Logic. This includes filters, EQ, compressor and noise gate / expander. In addition, you can find a Transient Shaper and the popular EastWest bus compressor.

    The 80 presets on the amp simulator consist of different amps and boxes that were recorded with known microphones such as the Shure SM57 or the EV RE-20. The 726 presets of the convolution reverb are admirable. They sound good with the sounds of the library and there is enough choice for every taste.

    The sound: The sounds are generally in the genres of action, crime, thriller and horror. There is a lot on offer for both game and film music design. It is perfect for those who like to use gloomy atmospheres in their productions. The sounds are intense and you’ll easily manage to turn your listeners’ blood cold. You’re not going to find sounds to design a score for a chocolate bar ad.

    The bass sounds nasty and convincing. The clean and distorted guitar sounds create a mystical atmosphere. The guitars are my favorites in this library, and you will have rarely heard such quality. Despite the clear sentiment, the sounds are very diverse with lots of different facets. Even longer compositions will stay exciting.

    Those who like it a little harder will have a lot of fun with the amp effect. The 80 presets offer plenty of variety. The well-tuned drum sounds bring additional excitement and action. The convolution reverb and tape delay provide the necessary depth.

    Conclusion: Anyone looking for dark to shrill and intense sounds cannot go wrong with EastWest Ghostwriter. The Library can accompany or handle even entire compositions. The sample player is clearly laid out and you quickly get to the desired result. The sounds are well-produced and coordinated. You can tell that Steven Wilson and Doug Rogers put in a lot of effort to make sure everything sounds rich and intimate.

    You won’t find happy, funny sounds but fans of the genres horror, thriller and crime will get their money’s worth. The included instruments complement each other perfectly. Thanks to the many editing options and effects along with the presets, it’s fun to compose with the sounds and experiment.

    Overall, we give EastWest Ghostwriter four and a half out of five points, a very good rating. For productions in the genres mentioned before, this is a highly recommended product.

    — DELAMAR.de

    A beautiful stage of instruments that are as terrifying as they are lovely, while still being sonically rich and expressive. The bass guitar patches are straight up bad ass. And the guitars are otherworldly and highly experimental, without being silly.

    Click here for the full article

    — ASK Audio Magazine

    5/5 - The sound quality is outstanding. If you own suitable speakers, you’ll be nothing short of amazed.

    — KEYS

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