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MOTU Ethno Instrument 2

Ethno Instrument 2, Virtual Sound Module from MOTU.

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MOTU Releases Ethno Instrument 2

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MOTU has announced the release of version 2.0 of Ethno Instrument, an upgrade designed to double the size of the included sound library of instruments, loops and phrases.

New features have also been added, including preset searching, microtonal scales, "state-of-the-art" time stretching, and more, according to MOTU.

EI 2 includes new sounds from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Balkans, the British Isles, Latin America, Australia, and 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 more.

To help users find sounds in this 21 GB library, Ethno 2 lets users browse presets by geographic region or instrument category, or by a new search feature: users type in an instrument name or other text phrase and all presets with that text in their name instantly appear in the browser list. Users then simply click to audition sounds, without having to close the browser, for previewing and loading of sounds into separate parts. Version 2 now supports unlimited parts, so users can build ensembles of instrument sounds, loops and phrases, with no limits on the size of the ensemble.

Users can browse microtuning presets from all over the world, organized by world region or by scale type, and then play non-western tempered scales of any size (from five tones to 24 tones) via a standard MIDI controller. The supplied microtonal presets were developed by a world expert in micro-tuning and conform to the Scala open file standard (.scl) for microtuning, according to MOTU. Users can visit the scala web site, browse microtuning files, download them for free, and drag and drop them into Ethno 2 to add them as user presets.

Other Version 2 feature highlights include:
  • Enhanced effects processing: includes new modeled analog EQ, CPU-optimized convolution reverb and eight new analog modeled filters (rez, comb, analog and more).
  • Keyswitch presets: dozens of new, richly-layered keyswitch (KS) presets in all categories for ultra-expressive performance.
  • 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.
  • Latest-generation UVI Engine: provides state-of-the-art virtual instrument performance, 64-bit native operation and robust compatibility with the latest Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, plus the latest DAW hosts.

Pricing & Availability
Priced at $395, Ethno Instrument Version 2 is available now for Windows, Windows x64 and Mac OS X in VST, AU, MAS and RTAS instrument plug-in formats. Upgrades are $179.
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