Ethno Trailer

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

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Demo Movies

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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Mix Certified Hit

Mix Certified Hit
Winter NAMM 2010
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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 Instrument's 21 GB sound library provides over 7,600 loops and phrases.

Ethno Instrument loops are typically several bars long and include one or more related instruments played in stylistically authentic fashion. Loops are different from phrases because they are designed to play as a loop (over and over, seamlessly). Phrases, on the other hand, would usually be played one at a time, such as a vocal phrase.

Browsing loops and phrases

The number and variety of loops and phrases is, again, staggering. But Ethno's elegant browser makes it quick an easy to find the sound you are looking for.

Loop and phrase presets

If necessary, presets are organized into sub-menus with scroll bars to help you locate sounds quickly. Depending on the preset category or sub-menu, the number of presets that Ethno provides can be staggering, as demonstrated in the movie above.

New in Ethno 2

Searching for presets

Use the Search Loops feature to quickly find loops and phrases. Type in any text string and all presets with that name instantly appear in the list.

Preset searching

New in Ethno 2

Loading multiple presets quickly

You can keep the browser open while auditioning and loading presets into parts. This lets you build entire ensembles of any size quickly, thanks to Ethno 2's unlimited parts. Click here for a demonstration of this.

Loop example

Play the movie below to hear an example of Ethno Instrument's loops. This example features an African percussion ensemble, one of the preset enembles ("multis") that are included with Ethno Instrument.