EastWest Fab Four
FAB FOUR is a virtual instrument inspired by the sounds of the Beatles, using the same kind of period instruments and authentic rare EMI recording equipment the Beatles used to create their music.
FAB FOUR sound engineer KEN SCOTT worked on five Beatles albums, including "A Hard Days Night", "Help", "Rubber Soul", "Magical Mystery Tour" (engineer), and "The Beatles" (engineer) - also known as the "White Album". Drummer DENNY SEIWELL and Guitarist LAURENCE JUBER were both members of Paul McCartney and Wings.
No expense was spared finding the same kind of period instruments and rare authentic EMI and other recording equipment the Beatles used to create their sounds to produce this collection, much of which, ironically, will end up in EASTWEST Studios, where the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" was recorded, the inspiration for the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, according to Paul McCartney.
Well over a million dollars worth of instruments, amplifiers, microphones, recording desks (including very rare EMI REDD tube and TG12345 desks), outboard equipment (including Fairchild limiters and EMI RS124 modified Altec compressors), and Studer J-37 tube multi-tracks were used in this production. If you are a film/tv/game composer, or a musician/producer looking for sounds not found in other collections, this is it.
Fab Four Key Features
- Produced by DOUG ROGERS
- Engineered by KEN SCOTT (Beatles/David Bowie/Elton John/Supertramp etc.)
- Includes authentic rare period guitars (acoustic and electric), basses, drums, keyboards, stringed and other misc instruments
- The same kind of microphones were used to record all instruments (Neumann/AKG/Cole/STC)
- The same kind of period amplifiers - Fender Tan Showman (1963),
Fender Bassman (1963), Vox AC30 (1963), Vox AC50 (1965), Vox Defiant
(1966), Vox 730 (1966), Vox 7120 (1966), Fender Showman (1967), Fender
DeLuxe (1967) - were used with the electric guitars
- The same kind of recording desks and preamps, including a very
rare EMI REDD tube desk, EMI TG12345 desk (the same kind of desk used to
record "Abbey Road" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"), and EMI
REDD47 preamps, were used to record all instruments
- The same kind of limiters (Fairchild) and compressors (rare EMI RS124 modified Altec) were used for dynamics control
- The same kind of Studer J-37 tube 4-track was used to record everything
- Guitars (some costing over $200,000 each) played by LAURENCE JUBER
(Paul McCartney and Wings) include Gretsch Firebird (1959), Gretsch
Tennessean (1963), Rickenbacker 360-12 (1965), Martin D-28 (1966),
Fender Stratocaster (1956), Epiphone Casino (1965), Fender Telecaster
(1951), Gibson SG (1960), Les Paul Goldtop (1957), Gibson J200 (1966),
Hofner 500 Bass (1963) and Rickenbacker 4001S Bass (1964).
- Guitars were sampled with up and down strokes, multiple velocities and picking styles, some with chords and effects
- Most of the sounds would be impossible to create without all of
the above equipment. For example, the "revostortion" guitar sound was
created by feeding a Epiphone Casino guitar into one EMI REDD 47 preamp,
and the output into a second EMI REDD 47 preamp, which is exactly how
it was created originally by the EMI/Abbey Road engineers
- Drums played by DENNY SEIWELL (Paul McCartney and Wings) include a
rare 1960 Ludwig downbeat kit with Zildjian cymbals (snare 5 x 14/toms 9
x 13/16 x 16/kick 22 x 14/zildjan 20" crash ride/18" crash medium/14"
- Drums are all multi-sampled with up to 16 velocity layers, left
and right hand. The sounds were all matched to a particular style (e.g. A
Day in the Drums, Ticket to Drums, Yer Drums). We even recorded some
heavily modulated cymbals through a Fairchild limiter for authenticity
- Keyboards include Baldwin Electric Harpsichord (Because I'm a
Harpsichord), Clavioline (Baby I'm a Clavioline), Lucy in the Lowery,
Strawberry Flutes, We Can Work a Harmonium, and other stringed
instruments including Swarmandel Forever
- FAB FOUR includes a software version of ADT (artificial double
tracking) with built-in tape simulator, created and programmed specially
for this project. The software includes the smoothest filters you'll
ever hear, delay, and multiple high quality reverb choices.
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