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release date: 15.02.2019

Dark ERA

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Dark ERA, ancient pagan music and the sound of the Vikings

With Dark ERA, Eduardo Tarilonte – the master of mystical sounds – leads us back into the dark age where legends were born and where old northern gods still determined the fate of mankind. This library allows you to discover sounds to which the vikings and other already forgotten cultures and tribes were celebrating and singing their myths.

The fascinating sound of Dark ERA ranges from the transcendental drones of the ancient stringed-harp Tagelharpa to the unmatched grace of the gut-stringed Lyre to the distinctive and characteristic sound of the Nordic bone flutes and the overtone flute Fujara. Goose bumps are guaranteed with the sound of war horns such as the wooden Lur, thunderous mighty percussion, a full ensemble of frame-drums as well as mystical throat chants.

These instruments are complemented by an impressive collection of pulsating pads and atmospheric soundscapes which evolve over longer periods. These unique sounds ensure that Dark ERA can clearly be regarded as the next masterpiece created by Eduardo Tarilonte.

Dark ERA Box and GUI ImageThe Instruments

Dark ERA offers more than 50 instruments consisting with over 20,000 samples. The library contains seven string instruments, 17 wind instruments and 33 drums and percussion. In order to maximize playability, several play techniques have been recorded and made available in the library respectively our powerful cross-platform compatible sample-player Engine. The wind instruments offer different articulations as well as true legato. In addition, the flutes provide some really unusual and haunting effect sounds.

Furthermore, the string instruments offer round robin samples for notes being picked in up and down directions. The plucked instruments were recorded with different play techniques such as using a plectrum, fingers or being strummed.

Dark ERA InstrumentsIncluded Instruments

  • Bowed Strings: Tagelharpa / Jouhikko Small, Tagelharpa / Jouhikko Big and Crwth.

  • Plucked Strings: Cologne Lyre, Ancient Lyre, Trossingen Lyre and Utrecht Lute.

  • Winds: War Horn, White Horn, Curved Horn, Shofar, Bukkehorn, Shell, Long Trumpet, Big Horn, Double Flute, Small Bone Flute, Vulture Bone Flute, Pictish Pipes, Elderwood Flute, Overtone Fujara, Didgeridoo and Wooden Lur.

  • Percussion: Shamanic Drum Small, Shamanic Drum Big, Big Frame Drum, 5 Square Drums, 2 Skin Drums, 2 Skin Snares, Skin Tom, Sieves, Anvil, 3 Viking Mouth Harps, Jawbone, Pan Medium, Pan Rusted, 7 Seed Shakers, Small Bells, 2 Cowbells, Bullroarer, Horseshoe and Bronze Mortar.

Sound Design

The instrument collection is complemented by more than one hundred programmed soundscapes. These are partially rhythmically animated to pulsate in sync with the current tempo or to create unreal atmospheres using complex sound textures. These textures consist of several elements which can be adjusted in level and panning to your liking in the mixer page of Engine.

Dark ERA Mixer ScreenTo support the sound rhythmically, dedicated Epic Loops have been designed. These consist of up to 20 instruments and up to 16 separate elements which can all be individually adjusted, allowing to flexibly arrange beats. Available are four variations for each main loop, different fills and endings (ensemble and single hits) as well as a pulsating sound matching the rhythm. The loops will automatically adapt to the tempo of your DAW.

The rhythmic pads containing melodic as well as rhythmic elements gap the bridge between drums and solo instruments. Just as for the soundscapes, the individual pad elements can be individually be panned and mixed.

Another specialty of Dark ERA is the vocal section. Vocal rhythms, being inspired by the Inuit, can be constructed and arranged from single notes. 24 MIDI-files serve as templates which trigger and play the individual shouts. Of course, the rhythms can be edited or even be created from scratch.

The throat singing recordings have been divided into four styles. It is also possible to add harmonics using a dedicated slider. Shaman ritual chants and sole vocals add liveliness and authentic elements to the music.

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Who is it for?

This library is the perfect instrument for movie soundtracks and television documentaries covering corresponding topics. At the same time, the library is equally suited for historical music productions as well as for ambient music. In addition, it provides suitable stylish background music for games within this setting.

The Recordings

The stringed and wind-instruments as well as some of the drums being used for this library have been handmade by the master instrument maker Benjamin Simao . The instruments were performed by :

  • Benjamin Simao: String Instruments, Shamanic Drums, Tympanum Romano
  • Iván Carlón: Wind Instruments
  • Adal Fernández del Castillo: Percussion
  • Moisés Pérez: Throat and Overtone Singing, Vocal Rhythms
  • Joaquim Manjón: Overtone Singing

During recording of the skin drums, special focus was paid to a full sounding, powerful bass while retaining punch. You can almost feel the sticks hitting the skins. This sound character will be preserved during the mix – present and powerful. In addition, the metallic percussion instruments, including an anvil and horseshoes, sound piercing and fierce.

Eldana Studio Sonically, Dark ERA is fully compatible to the other libraries of the ERA-series since it has again been recorded by Jorge Calderón Muriel in the Eldana Studio in Spain, using highest quality equipment such as the Kahayan 4K7 microphone and 12K72 preamp. The instruments have been close mic’ed in order to capture all details and to provide a direct sound experience which can be flexibly edited and shaped in all directions by external tools.

Requires Engine Version 2.6.0.24!

Crossgrade IconRegistered users of ERA II Medieval Legends, ERA II Vocal Codex, Ancient ERA Persia or Celtic ERA, qualify for the Crossgrade at a reduced price.

                                             Only available until end of March 2019!

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Flag ENspaceStrongMocha 03/2019


StrongMocha

Rating:  Five out of five stars

Composers who are composing to a dark age or fantasy style vibe for a trailer, to picture or games need to have this one. If you are a producer in need for some glue and special signature sounds for your next song you also need to take a look, not only lounge tracks will benefit from this collection. I could see modular being pulled out of their boring Elektro sounds into fusion and complete new lands.

Dark ERA is a northern god, fantasy and pagan style library, super versatile. You get that northern ancient sound. Dark Era is a must-have if you are excited by the barbaric Vikings and the northern vibe. There is a strange connection I have when I hear these rare ethnic instruments. Dark Era manages to be lovely, deep, and disturbing.

Full Dark ERA review at StrongMocha


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Bonedo

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Dark ERA besitzt definitiv die gleichen Qualitäten der mir bekannten bisherigen stilbildenden Libraries von Eduardo Tarilonte und von meinem subjektiven Empfinden ist die Klangqualität sogar noch etwas satter und druckvoller, sodass Instrumente ohne weitere tontechnische Finessen direkt in Produktionen eingebunden werden können. Das erfreut wahrscheinlich in erster Linie Musiker, die ihre Brötchen mit Scoring (Film, Games) verdienen, die Verwendung von Dark ERA im weiten Feld der Musikproduktion ist aber absolut nicht auszuschließen. Stilistisch wird einerseits Neues (z. B. Kehlkopfgesang) geboten, andererseits gibt es Überschneidungen zu bereits erschienenen Tarilonte Libraries, was den Wert dieser Neuerscheinung aber nicht schmälert, sondern Dark ERA vielleicht sogar für Musiker interessant macht, die noch kein Produkt des spanischen Sounddesigners besitzen und mit der neuen Library eine breitgefächerte Sammlung historischer Instrumente, und Scoring-tauglicher Loops/Sounds erhalten.

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Best Service Dark ERA Test – Fazit

Ich gebe zu, ich bin ein Fan dieser ERA-Serie, wobei ich Dark ERA fast schon als beste Variante dieser Reihe bezeichnen möchte. Angefangen bei der Vielzahl der Instrumente mit den über die Keyswitches abrufbaren Artikulationen und Effekten, über die Soundscapes mit den Loops und Voices bis hin zu Klangqualität – hier stimmt eigentlich alles.

Auch die automatische Anpassung der Loops an die Projektgeschwindigkeit der DAW und der Mixer, mit den man sich die Soundscapes nach Bedarf mischen kann, tun ein Übriges.

Sicher, Best Service hat bei der Konzeption von Dark ERA an die Vielzahl der Sounddesigner gedacht, die mit dieser Library sehr komfortabel Musik und für Film und vor allem die Gameindustrie erstellen kann. Doch ich kann Dark ERA wirklich jedem empfehlen, der mit ungewöhnlichen Klängen und Rhythmen seine Musik verändern will. Mit Dark ERA bekommt man eine Menge fürs Geld.

Gerald Dellmann

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SampleSoundReview Logo 85 Stars"Dark Era really connects with me and the samples used in this library are simply beautiful, dark, and spellbinding. It’s no wonder why so many composers endorse Eduardo Tarilonte’s sample libraries. His sound design in the days of old eras cannot be duplicated, he is the master when designing fantasy driven libraries." 

5 Out of 5 Stars - Steve Montgomery (Darkmood/Infinite Mindscape) Full Review at Sample Sound Review

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The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europe’s largest independent customer review company.

 
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

Great sample quality and detail. User friendly ui. I'm using it to write epic tracks. No other library I have can add a such convincing viking sound like this one.

09.03.2019
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

Every product is top of the line - and I finds inspires my creative thinking more than other products. *A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!*

08.03.2019
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

Dark Era is a fun exploration of sounds and soundscapes. I love everything from Eduardo Tarilonte

26.02.2019
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Engine poweredBest Service ENGINE 2 Sample Player is included in this product!

Mac OS

  • Mac OS 10.9 - 10.14 
  • Min. recommended: Intel Mac 2GHz, 2GB Ram
  • Interfaces: Standalone, AU, VST (64bit only) 
  • AAX Support for Pro Tools 11+

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 and 10, 32bit & 64bit
  • Min. recommended: Intel Core 2.0GHz, 2GB Ram
  • Interfaces: Standalone, VST (32bit and 64bit)
  • AAX Support für Pro Tools 11+

for all systems

  • Internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)
  • Additional hard disc space according to the library size

The latest Engine 2 and a tutorial video can be downloaded here:

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Q: How can I add a new library to Engine and activate the sounds?
A: That´s pretty easy. Have a look at our step by step tutorial video on YouTube.

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Q: I cannot find my library´s title in ProTools instruments?
A: First you have to open "Engine" in ProTools, then you can load the library.
Watch this short tutorial

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Q: My 64 Bit Logic does not show Engine as a Plug-In after installation?
A: Engine 2.1.0.186 or later is required for OSX 64 Bit support - Download HERE

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