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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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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

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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

Sliced Loops

Sometimes you want to play the entire loop, but other times you want access to each individual beat slice.

Slice loop mapping

Many of the loops in Ethno Instrument are rhythmic in nature. Many of them consist of actual percussion or drum instruments. But many consist of other instruments, such as guitar or vocals, played in rhythmic fashion.

Either way, loops are different than phrases because they can be instantly divided into individual slices with a single click of the 'Map' button, allowing you to play each individual slice from your MIDI keyboard, drum pad or other MIDI controller.

Here is a djembe loop, before it is sliced:

Below is the same djembe loop from above, with the Map button engaged. That's right, it takes just one click to have access to each individual beat slice in the loop. Below, we're using Digital Performer's MIDI Keys feature so you can see the relationship between what you are hearing and what you would play on your MIDI keyboard, drum pad or other MIDI controller: