Best Service Dark ERA Virtual Instrument Plug-In Software (Crossgrade, Download)

Best Service Dark ERA Virtual Instrument Plug-In Software (Crossgrade, Download)

Best Service Dark ERA Virtual Instrument Plug-In Software (Crossgrade, Download)

B&H # BE77036 MFR # 77036
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Product Highlights

  • Evocative of Vikings & Norse Mythology
  • For Composers & Sound Designers
  • Strings, Lutes, Lyres, & War Horns
  • Percussion & Throat Singing
  • Over 100 Sound Design Pads & Patches
  • More than 50 Instruments
  • Over 20,000 High-Quality Samples
  • Includes ENGINE 2 Sample Player
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
  • Operates in VST, AU, and AAX
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Best Service 77036 Overview

  • 1Description

For those who score films, historical documentaries, or period-specific audio dramas, Best Service's Dark ERA will come in handy. This is a virtual instrument, available for download, that offers the sound of the dark ages, evoking classic tropes such as Norse mythology and Viking conquests.

This library offers many period-accurate instruments, such as string harps like the Tagelharpa, as well as gut-string lyres and Nordic bone flutes. Of course, no instrument pack from the dark ages would be complete without the mighty sound of war horns and resonant drums.

Over 50 instruments are provided in total, with more than 20,000 samples provided. The instruments were recorded in Spain's Eldana Studio, using high-quality gear and close miking techniques for a more guttural impact.

As with other entries in the ERA series, you not only get individual, playable instruments, but over 100 pads and soundscapes offering atmospheric, evocative textures for underscoring and other bits of sound design. The sound design patches were programmed by Eduardo Tarilonte, the mastermind behind the ERA series.

These instruments are playable via the Best Service ENGINE 2 Sample Player, which is included in this product. It's compatible with Mac and Windows platforms, and operates in AU, VST, and AAX formats.

Note: This pricing is for users of ERA II Medieval Legends, ERA II Vocal Codex, Ancient ERA Persia, or Celtic ERA. You must have previously purchased one of these ERA instruments to qualify for this pricing.

Instruments Provided

Bowed Strings
  • Tagelharpa
  • Jouhikko Small
  • Tagelharpa
  • Jouhikko Big 
  • Crwth
Plucked Strings
  • Cologne Lyre
  • Ancient Lyre
  • Trossingen Lyre
  • Utrecht Lute
War Horns
  • 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 
  • Wooden Lur
  • 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 100 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.
Dedicated Epic Loops
To 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 you to flexibly arrange beats. Four variations are available for each main loop, different fills and endings (ensemble and single hits) as well as a pulsating sounds that match the rhythm. Loops will automatically adapt to the tempo of your DAW.
Rhythmic Pads
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.
Vocal Flourishes
Another specialty of Dark ERA is the vocal section. Vocal rhythms, being inspired by the Inuit, can be constructed and arranged from single notes. Twenty-four MIDI-files serve as templates which trigger and play the individual shouts. Of course, the rhythms can be edited or even 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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Best Service 77036 Specs

Mac System Requirements Intel Core 2 GHz
OS X 10.9 through 10.14
Windows System Requirements Intel Core 2 GHz
Windows 7, 8, 10 (32-/64-bit)
Plug-In Compatibility Standalone, Audio Units (Mac only), VST
AAX Support for Pro Tools 11+

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