Steven Wilson's Ghostwriter

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    STEVEN WILSON 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

    Ghostwriter Box

    "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. 8/10"

    – COMPUTER MUSIC

    Ghostwriter Screen Shot

    Demos

    Project Files

    Ghostwriter Horror Demo: LOGIC

    Ghostwriter Demo 1: LOGIC

    Videos

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

    Ghostwriter Horror Demo - Part 2. Full Resolution Download: MAC | WIN

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

    Ghostwriter Demo 1 - Part 2. Full Resolution Download: MAC | WIN

    Ghostwriter Demo 1 - Part 3. Full Resolution Download: MAC | WIN

    Ghostwriter Demo 1 - Part 4. Full Resolution Download: MAC | WIN

    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

    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 YES7 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
    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)
    Other hosts may be compatible, but are untested and unsupported at this time.

    Reviews

    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. 8/10

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    — COMPUTER MUSIC

    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.

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    — ASK Audio Magazine

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    Mac Hard Drive

    • Comes on a Western Digital USB3 external hard drive (with USB2 compatibility).
    • If your computer does not have a USB3 connection, you can use the USB2 connection supplied with the hard drive to copy the data to another (non energy saving) internal hard drive of at least 7200rpm, or external drive of at least 7200rpm that has a Firewire 800 (not 400) connection or preferably faster, and use the supplied hard drive for backup. USB2 is too slow to stream these ultra detailed virtual instruments, and may result in poor performance (pops/clicks/dropouts etc.).

    Ghostwriter
    Win Hard Drive

    • Comes on a Western Digital USB3 external hard drive (with USB2 compatibility).
    • If your computer does not have a USB3 connection, you can use the USB2 connection supplied with the hard drive to copy the data to another (non energy saving) internal hard drive of at least 7200rpm, or external drive of at least 7200rpm that has a Firewire 800 (not 400) connection or preferably faster, and use the supplied hard drive for backup. USB2 is too slow to stream these ultra detailed virtual instruments, and may result in poor performance (pops/clicks/dropouts etc.).
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