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EastWest The Dark Side

EastWest The Dark Side

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The Dark Side

  • Produced by award-winner producer Doug Rogers and Grammy winner David Fridmann
  • 40 GB of distorted and eerie percussion, guitars, choirs and more
  • Pre-rendered sounds pushed through analog vintage & tube effect chains
  • Easy to drop into metal, industrial, or hybrid orchestral songs
  • Powerful tool for film, TV, and game music production
  • Winner of a MIPA Award
  • Now included in OPUS, along with individual downloads, custom keyswitches, and dozens of MIDI Tools and Mixer Effects

OPUS Interface


If you’re looking for an exercise in mangling, no library will take you farther than The Dark Side. With a vast collection of crushed, battle-scarred drums, guitars, keys and more, it was designed with a single purpose in mind: to push conventional instruments beyond the point of recognition and take a stand against bland, sterile recordings. It would be impossible to ask for more attitude and grunge than is available to you here.


If you need to push any instrument you can think of beyond the point of recognition through distortion, feedback, flutter and more, The Dark Side will become a welcome playground for you. Nearly every instrument was recorded with intense effect chains, and the player interface contains even more ways to push a range of sounds into oblivion. You can create virtually any grungy sound you need by pulling up one of these instruments and putting it through the ringer of intense FX.


These have been pushed so hard that you may wonder if your speakers are crumbling. The core tone of these kits is preserved, heavily compressed for punch and explosive releases, and overdriven through a series of unforgiving analog distortion modules.


A premier collection of industrial basses and synths that make for a hefty low-end foundation. They’ve been forced through a number of aggressive effects, turning them into a monstrous force when paired with heavy drums.


The Dark Side’s premium example of grunge, these guitars will boldly cut through any mix with force. They shine when you’re ready to throw away melodic control for unconstrained power.


These were designed to be as unsettling as humanly possible, whether through distortion or nails-on-a-chalkboard intervals baked into the library. A single note should be enough to set your listeners on edge.


Chopped, punished, and overdriven, this collection is ideal if you want to add a more organic touch but still need a heavy dose of edginess.


A combination of instruments pulled from other sections and run through significant variations in effects and other processing. Feel free to make changes of your own and save them as new .ewi files to recall later!


Everything that was too weird or obtrusive to be included anywhere else in this library, from unusual percussion to complex, synthesized FX.


Below are the minimum and recommended hardware and software specifications for using Opus on Windows and MacOS systems.


  • CPU: Quad-core (four cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
  • Drive: HDD (7200 rpm, non-energy saving)


  • CPU: Octa-core (eight cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
  • RAM: 32 GB or more
  • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
  • Drive: SSD (SATA or PCIe)

The chart below outlines the MacOS and Windows 64-bit operating systems and sequencers that are officially supported and fully tested with the latest version of Opus. Please note that while most Sequencers / DAWs are VST 2, VST 3, AU and AAX plug-in format compatible, only those listed in the chart below are officially supported.

Product Version MacOS (10.13+) Windows 10
EW Play 6 Stand-Alone 6.0+ YES YES
EW Opus Stand-Alone 1.0+ YES YES
Ableton Live 10.0+ YES YES
Apple Logic Pro 10.0+ YES -
Apple Garageband 10.3+ YES -
Avid Pro Tools 2018.1+ YES YES
Bitwig Studio 3.0+ YES YES
Cockos Reaper 6.0+ YES YES
Image-Line FL Studio 20+ YES YES
Motu Digital Performer 9.0+ YES YES
Steinberg Cubase(1) 9.0+ YES YES
Steinberg Nuendo(1) 8.0+ YES YES
Presonus Studio One 4.0+ YES YES
VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro 6.0+ YES YES
Notation Software(2) Version
Avid Sibelius 2018.1+ YES YES
MakeMusic Finale 25.0+ YES YES
Steinberg Dorico 3.0+ YES YES
  • (1) VST3 usage is recommended
  • (2) Sibelius / Finale / Dorico notation programs work with Opus, but do not support the full feature set of some Opus/Play Libraries, such as those that use WordBuilder. Please contact support for details.
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