Getting the most out of your EastWest libraries requires you to really understand how to use and optimize PLAY. Composer David Earl uses the EastWest sample libraries in all of his productions from songs to games. That's why we consider him our go-to trainer for everything EastWest! In this course, you learn all of the ins and outs of the PLAY engine technology from your initial setup to various optimizations and workflows for all kinds of productions and DAWs.
This course begins with a section on how the PLAY engine works. You learn all about the various settings, preferences, menus, speed options, the GUIs, the mixer, the player and how all the EastWest content is addressed. The next sections dive into the details of setting up templates for all kinds of different pro workflows. You learn about multi-timbral, standalone, 3rd party router options, Soundflower and more. From there, this course expands into more advanced workflow-based scenarios exploring various pro setups in Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and Ableton Live.
The last section in this PLAY course is dedicated to your understanding of articulations. It explores everything including keyswitching, crossfading, DXF, Elements, Performances and the use of common FX. By completing this course you will have the knowledge and ability to get the most out of your collection of EastWest sample libraries!
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CARY wrote on January 2, 2021
If you are an expert you will probably lke this course. If not, then this course is incomprehensible. If you are using Ableton, and using a PC, almost none of the material is of any help.
Helen wrote on January 9, 2020
It was a useful overview and explainded a number of things I hadn't yet figured out in PLAY. It would have been nice if you had included using it with Cubase but I expect I can gradually work out the similarities between that and Logic.
Craig Koller wrote on March 19, 2016
Another great tutorial by David Earl. Now that EW offers ComposerCloud, although I've bought individual libraries over the years, I'm excited to have access to all of the gold-level instruments, primarily in Logic. This was exactly what I needed to backfill some of my knowledge and plug the holes I've had in my Play kung fu for years (I admit it, I've dead-reckoned my way through the UI with a little forum troubleshooting). Looking forward to the subsequent courses.
Besides knowing his s**t, Dave's laid-back approach makes slogging through this stuff pretty painless. Finally going to dust off my VE Pro dongles and set up a solid template once and for all.
David wrote on December 9, 2015
This is super informative and really helped with some of the big questions I had, like how on earth am I going to learn what articulations to use and how to use them in a DAW and how to set up a template. If you are a Cubase user I'm afraid you are out of luck. There is no mention of it and as Logic, Pro Tools and Ableton Live are all covered, it seems a bit slack to leave it out considering it's well up there along with the other most popular DAW's. Let's face it, Hans Zimmer uses it!
Having said that, as long as you know your way about music software in general you will be able to pick up what you need to do with things like Vienna Ensemble Pro or Soundflower. It has definitely helped and as I have read in other places, with East West you really do need to read the manualâ€¦. It will pay dividends!
Jono not Bono wrote on November 23, 2015
Such a useful Tutorial course. I have just signed up for Composers Cloud Complete because I needed some Instruments I don't yet own and this tutorial got me straight up to speed for working with EW Play. I am now watching the 103 Tutorial on Specific Libraries by Eastwest. Great stuff.
Showing it with Cubase would have been helpful.
Shawn G wrote on August 1, 2015
I liked the fact that Play was givin a tutorial but I think there should have been less examples of logic and play together cause not everyone has a Mac or even logic
Starbuckna wrote on June 22, 2015
Good clear examples on how to use Play inside and externally to a DAW in multi-input and output modes and with VE Pro and Soundflower. Well done!
Mark wrote on June 19, 2015
Finally a fantastic course on the PLAY Engine. This a topic I always wish MacPro Video offered and now they delivered with a superb instructor, David Earl. I really liked how David showed the integration of the PLAY plugin into various DAWs. He went step by step through the interface with clear and concise explanations and excellent examples with a variety of instruments loaded to hear and get familiar with different libraries. I was also impressed with the integration of Sound Flower to reduce CPU load in Logic to allow Stand-Alone application to feed into the DAW. That was a nice addition to learn more about how to set up Soundflower Bed with the 64 multi out feature. I am thrilled that Dave is continuing this series to show workflows and templates with different genres of music. That is something that will help me be more efficient in my music creation. I will be constantly checking for new courses teaching more about PLAY integration. 5 stars all the way!