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release date: 15.02.2019

Dark ERA Crossgrade

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***Crossgrade for owners of at least one current ERA Library

Do you own one of Eduardo Tarilonte´s ERA Libraries? If so, this crossgrade gives you the opportunity to purchase Dark ERA at a discounted price.

Owners of the following libraries are qualified for the crossgrade:

  • ERA II Medieval Legends | ERA Vocal Codex | Ancient ERA Persia | Celtic 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 & 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!

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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

Ich nutze Dark ERA für meine privaten Klangräume und Fantasy-Scores. Die Qualität ist jedoch auch für jeden anspruchsvollen Profi auf sehr hohem Niveau. Man kommt schnell zu wirklich überzeugenden Ergebnissen und die Vielfalt der Klänge, Rhythmen und Zusatzfeatures ist erstaunlich. Auf jeden Fall jeden Euro wert!

09.08.2019
Language: englisch
4.0 of 5

I purchased cross grade DARK ERA from ERA II We have purchased this series continuously since ERA I, since Desertwind and Forestkingdom The reason is the idea stock as an approach to the dark world view It is a primitive Nordic or regional shamanic rather than a Celtic If you play a game, imagine the music of Witcher 3. Special stringed instruments and bone drums will create a sense of the world It will continue to be important for Shamanic Metal's backbone, game musicians who need a scenario with the dark world, and those who love the world and want to reproduce it Quality is not a business problem If you need more quality, you will have to spend a long time and money searching for rare, real instruments People who know or have used the ERA or ENGINE user interface will not get lost. The only thing that gets lost is what instruments are most suitable.

28.05.2019
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

Wonderful sounds! Wonderful loops ! Very useful for game and movie music writing.

27.03.2019
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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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System FAQs - Dark ERA Crossgrade

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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