EastWest Quantum Leap The Dark Side - Virtual Instruments
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Created and produced by Doug Rogers (EastWest) and David Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips etc.), THE DARK SIDE is the first of its kind: an unconventional, 40 Gigabyte, hip and exciting collection of virtual instruments, some dark and eerie, and some which have been purposely—and skillfully!—mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition.

THE DARK SIDE provides inspiration for all composers and artists looking for something unique and different, and of course, if you work in film, TV, and game music production, this will give you an edge to separate you from your competitors.

THE DARK SIDE includes a vast, 40 Gigabyte collection, including dark and eerie instruments, and highly processed drums and percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboard, strings, and effected instruments, all organized into instrumental groups so you can create complete tracks.

MIPA AWARD WINNER - Producer DOUG ROGERS was awarded the 2011 MIPA Award for THE DARK SIDEat the Frankfurt Musikmesse. Over 100 international magazines selected the winner. This is the second MIPA Award for Rogers in the last 4 years, having won it for FAB FOUR in 2008. The MIPA has become the "Grammy" of the Musical Instrument industry.

To produce THE DARK SIDE, Rogers partnered with Grammy Award-Winning record producer David Fridmann, whose unconventional (and successful) work with the likes of MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Mercury Rev, Saxon Shore, Ammonia, Ed Harcourt, Sparklehorse, Café Tacuba, Elf Power, Mogwai, Thursday, The Delgados, Low, Phantom Planet, Gemma Hayes, Goldrush, Tapes 'n Tapes, Hopewell, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Number Girl, Zazen Boys, Sleater-Kinney, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, OK Go, and Tame Impala etc. he had long admired.

The Concept for The Dark Side: Creativity without limits! THE DARK SIDE idea came to me when I was mentoring a young alternative group about some demos they sent me. To my ears, the tracks didn't sound tough enough for their intended market, so I told them they needed to toughen up their sound," said Doug Rogers, Award-Winning Producer at EASTWEST. "I looked around for sounds that could accomplish this and found absolutely nothing, even in our own vast collection. I saw this huge, gaping hole in the market that needed to be filled. Then and there, I decided to make it my next project after my recent pristine orchestral productions, a complete aural turn-around."

Rogers partnered with Grammy Award-Winning record producer David Fridmann. Fridmann's "no rules" style of production was exactly what Rogers was looking for to help produce THE DARK SIDE instruments. Once they got started, they were like bulls in a china shop: mass aural destruction was the name of the game. They turned traditional instruments into highly processed drums, percussion, basses, guitars, ethnic, keyboards, strings, and FX, all organized into instrument groups for easy audition and recall. Rogers and Fridmann not only tapped into a wealth of recording and producing experience for THE DARK SIDE, but had the gear to match. Many individual instruments were processed through 5 or 6 effects units, some of the vintage and esoteric tube variety owned by the pair. THE DARK SIDE distorted and mangled instruments are designed to stand out in a mix, or to disturb the senses. With today's brick-wall limiting, distorted instruments may be the only production trick left to highlight instruments, a successful technique used often by Radiohead, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, etc.

Instruments and Articulations


  • Arena Kit
  • Bone Crunch
  • Broken Circuit
  • Chameleon Big Room (Regular & Distorted)
  • Chameleon Dry (Regular & Distorted 1 &
    Distorted 2)
  • Chameleon Morpher
  • Chameleon Open Mic (Regular & Distorted)
  • Chameleon Roomy (Regular & Distorted)
  • Dark Dirt
  • Demolition
  • Dungeon
  • Slamming
  • Slap Kit (24 inch & 50 inch & 106 inch)
  • Underground
  • Verb Kit Dry
  • Verb Kit Morpher
  • Verb Kit (Verb 1 – 5)
  • Chameleon Keyswitch C0–G#0 24
  • Slap Kit Keyswitch C0-D0 25
  • Verb Kit Keyswitch C0–F0 25


  • Bass Hemorrhage Sus
  • Bass Snatchers Legato
  • Bass Snatchers Slide (Up & Down)
  • Bass Snatchers Sus
  • Destroyer Bass
  • Distorted Attack Bass
  • Fuzz Bass
  • Mean Synth Bass
  • Nuclear Bass
  • Perc Bass
  • Radioactive
  • Rattly Bass
  • Relatively Clean Bass FX
  • Relatively Clean Bass Harmonics
  • Relatively Clean Bass Legato
  • Relatively Clean Bass Slide (Up & Down)
  • Relatively Clean Bass Sus
  • Slightly Dirty Bass
  • Slightly Dirty Bass Light
  • Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
  • Fuzz_Rattly Bass MOD
  • Hemorrhage_Fuzz Bass MOD
  • Rattly_Perc Bass MOD
  • Bass Snatchers Keyswitch C0–D#0 25
  • Relatively Clean Bass Keyswitch C0–F0 25
  • The Dark Side Basses Keyswitch C0–A0 26


  • Backwards Distorted Guitar Dry
  • Backwards Distorted Guitar wEFX
  • Dirt Boy Guitar
  • Distorted Lead (Regular & Short)
  • Freak Shimmer Combo
  • Freak Shimmer Dry
  • Freak Shimmer EFX
  • Ghost Guitar
  • Guitar Orchestra
  • Guitars on Mars Down
  • Guitars on Mars Up
  • Guitars on Mars RR
  • Insanity
  • Organic Guitar
  • Organic Guitar wGlissando
  • Relatively Clean Strings
  • Tunnel Lead
  • Tunnel Lead Clean End
  • Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
  • Freak Shimmer Keyswitch C0–D0 26
  • The Dark Side Guitar Keyswitch C0–B0 26


  • Amadeus Organ
  • Bent Funeral Organ
  • Brain Damage
  • Broken Jaw Harp
  • Chaos
  • Chorus Strings
  • ClockworkO
  • ClockworkO PercAttack
  • Demonic
  • Dist Org String Thing
  • Distorgan
  • Freak Show
  • Fuzzy Keys
  • Grand Dist Strings
  • LFO Strings
  • Morse Code
  • Psycho
  • Psycho Shimmer Keys
  • Underwater Piano Short
  • Underwater Piano Sustain
  • Keyswitch and Mod Wheel Cross-Fades
  • Amadeus Organ_Brain Damage MOD
  • Amadeus Organ_Broken Jaw Harp MOD
  • Bent Funeral Organ_Brain Damage MOD
  • Bent Funeral Organ_Freak Show MOD
  • Broken Jaw Harp_Chaos MOD
  • ClockworkO PercAttack_Bent Funeral MOD
  • ClockworkO PercAttack_Chaos MOD
  • The Dark Side Keys Keyswitch C-1 – D#0 27
  • The Dark Side Strings Keyswitch C0–D#0 27

Other Instruments & Articulations Sections Include: Ethnic & Choirs, Instruments WFX, & Miscellaneous & Percussion

System Requirements

  • 40 GB Free Hard Disc Space


  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming


  • Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming


  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
  • 8GB RAM
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming


  • Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer)
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

All Systems

  • iLok account required for machine (electronic) license placed on your computer or use optional iLok Key; internet connection required for one-time product activation

Included for both PC and Mac

  • 64-bit standalone and plug-in versions included (for 32-bit compatibility please use PLAY 4.3.5).
  • Check the compatibility chart for supported hosts.

EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

Tested DAW Mac OS
10.9 - 10.12.3
WIN 10, 8, 7,
Vista (32-bit)
WIN 10, 8, 7,
Vista (64-bit)
Standalone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Ableton Live Yes Yes   Yes Yes (1) 6.07+
Cubase/Nuendo Yes (2) Yes Yes (3) Yes Yes (3) 6+
FL Studio   Yes Yes Yes Yes 7+
GarageBand Yes         3+
Logic Yes (4)         7.2+
Digital Performer Yes (4)     Yes Yes 6.02+
Pro Tools (5) Yes Yes   Yes   7.4 to 10
Pro Tools 11+ (5) Yes   Yes   Yes (6) 11+
Sibelius Yes (7) Yes   Yes   6+ (8)
Sonar   Yes Yes Yes Yes 6.2+
VE Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 4.0.54+
Studio One Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2+
Reaper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 3+


1: Play 5 (and above) is compatible with all 64-bit hosts that use VST, AU, or AAX plugins. Use Play 4 for 32-bit hosts.
2: Mac OS 10.7 or newer is required.
3: Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts.
4: WordBuilder is not supported in Logic 7 or lower, and DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
5: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24).
6: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8.
7: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Mac OS 7.
8: Sibelius 6.2 is required to run in Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks).