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Ethno Trailer

The following QuickTime movie highlights the features in Ethno2. Click the image below to activate and play it.

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Composed and performed live by Jordan Rudess, keyboardist for Dream Theater
Preset: India Fantasy
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In all of these videos, Jordan employs Ethno's built-in mixing features to enhance the mix. For example, at the beginning of this video, notice that the percussion instruments sit wide left and right, while the vocal phrase is just to the right of center. As Jordan brings in more instruments, they blend coherently more towards the center of the mix. By the time everything is in full swing, good balance and spread is maintained overall. All of this is achieved using Ethno's built-in pan, volume, EQ and synth engine features. You can also employ multiple separate outputs to further manage Ethno's multiple instruments within the mixing environment of your host software or hardware mixer.

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Ethno Instrument 2 — Universal world/ethnic instrument

Keyboard KeyBuy Award

"Ethno 2 should be at the top of your list. With a Key Buy award, it's sure at the top of ours."
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"Ethno 2 is fantastic by the way, had a little play today, it sounds really vibrant and organic!"
-Rik Simpson
Coldplay Producer

Ethno 2 new features

New in Ethno 2

Ethno 2 delivers the most comprehensive world/ethnic sound library ever offered in a single package, combined with the most advanced virtual instrument interface for ethnic sounds. Version 2 adds significant new features such as preset searching, microtonal scales, state-of-the-art time stretching, and much more.

Preset searching

An expanded sound library more than twice its original size

Ethno 2 more than doubles the size of Ethno’s included sound library of instruments, loops and phrases. New sounds abound in Version 2 from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Balkans, the British Isles, Latin America, Australia, and many other locations around the globe. Featured sounds include taiko drums, large African drums, thirty new instruments from India, hundreds of urban India loops (in the style of Slumdog Millionaire), Balkanish voices, Arabic voices, Persian voices, an extensive new collection of gongs and bells, extended cymbalum, and much more.

For a sampling of new instruments, loops and phrases introduced in Ethno 2.0, listen to these musical examples.

Version 2 new feature highlights

Preset searching

Instantly find presets by typing in a name or any keyword text. View results directly in the browser.

Preset searching

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Microtonal tuning and scales

Apply microtonal tuning and scales from around the globe to any Ethno 2 instrument sound. Download and import free Scala-format microtuning files from the internet, or create your own microtuning scales.

Microtonal scales and tuning

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Enhanced time-stretching

Speed up, slow down, or tempo-match any loop or phrase using state-of-the-art audio time-stretching capabilities licensed from the famed IRCAM Audio Institute in Paris, France.

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Unlimited parts

Quickly build ensembles of instrument sounds, loops and phrases, with no limits on the number of parts.

Keyswitch presets

Dozens of new, richly layered keyswitch (KS) presets in all categories for ultra-expressive performance.

Keyswitch presets

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Latest-generation UVI Engine

The UVI Engine XT provides state-of-the-art virtual instrument performance, robust compatibility with the latest DAW hosts and Mac/Windows operating systems, and 64-bit Windows 7 support.

UVI Engine XT

Enhanced effects processing

Ethno 2 includes new analog-modeled EQ, CPU-optimized convolution reverb and eight new analog modeled filters (rez, comb, analog and more)

Version 1 compatibility

Ethno 2's new sound library is compatible with Version 1, so music programmed with Version 1 presets can be loaded and played with Version 2.