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Eduardo Tarilonte - ERA II - Medieval Legends [Download]

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ERA II Medieval Legends - a wonderful collection from a forgotten fantasy world of knights, princesses and dragons...

ERA II takes you to a distant journey, deeper into the medieval than ever. Eduardo Tarilonte, creator of award-winning libraries such as Forest Kingdom, Desert Winds, Epic World and Shevannai, presents the considerably expanded version of the first edition of ERA Medieval Legends.

ERA II offers an even more comprehensive selection of historic instruments. This library holds the perfect instruments for film and television soundtracks with historical background, fantasy-games as well as folk-music, medieval-rock and related compositions.

For ERA II, Eduardo Tarilonte has created 25 new instruments, resulting in a total number of over 70 instruments, all being recorded in highest detail and quality. In addition, there are a large number of soundscapes available - all ready to be used within the advanced Engine 2-Player (included with your purchase) and its generously expanded and specifically optimized user interface.

Eduardo Tarilonte - Era II Interface

ERA II Medieval Legends contains:
  • 10 flutes
  • 8 reed instruments
  • 4 war horns
  • 3 brass instruments
  • 9 bowed strings instruments
  • 13 plucked strings instruments
  • 3 keyboards
  • 20 percussion instruments
  • 1 singing voice

  • (See below for detailed breakdown of instruments)

    Recordings for ERA II took place in different selected spanish studios, such as Madrid's Infinity Studios as well as Eldana Studios in Dueñas, just to name some. Also, numerous talented musicians contributed their skills to the project, among them Rinaldo Valldeperas (crumhorns, shawms, renaissance soprano recorder), Efren López (Gittern, Bass Citole, Medieval Psaltery, Medieval Lute), Cecilia Nocilli, Lorena Porres and many others.

    All instruments and voices have been recorded using a Neumann U87 microphone being accompanied by selected highest quality preamps from manufacturers such as Avalon and Neve. The instruments have intentionally been captured with close mic techniques avoiding unwanted room information to enable the user full control over the following sound shaping process and added effects.

    ERA II pursues the goal of capturing the musical atmosphere and sound aesthetics of the medieval, porting these old times into the computer-based production environment. The carefully programmed user interface of the Engine-Player supports easy use of the library, allowing the sounds of ERA II to create inspiration and unfold the musician's full creativity. ERA II is very much like an exciting fantasy-novel, taking musicians and composers to a journey into dark and long forgotten times.

    ERA II is well suited for different styles and genres ranging from medieval scores with authentic sounding instruments to fantasy-music, soundtracks and new-age-spheres.

    The sounds of ERA II are absolutely unique and cannot be found in any other library. Added is an overwhelming choice of instruments, sounds and soundscapes that provide musicians with a complete sonic compendium for the task that virtually needs no additional sounds.

    The instruments in ERA II use extensive multisampling, dynamic layering, diverse articulations, round-robin and true-legato-samples. The library contains 25 gigabytes of sample data including all instruments and sounds of part one.

    Era II Medieval Legends Instruments

    * new in Era II

  • Renaissance Soprano Recorder
  • Renaissance Alto Recorder
  • Renaissance Tenor Recorder
  • Renaissance Bass Recorder
  • Traditional Soprano Recorder
  • Traditional Wooden Flute
  • Gemshorn
  • 2 holed flute*
  • Tin Whistle*
  • Wooden Transverse Flute*

  • Reeds
  • Crumhorn Soprano
  • Crumhorn Alto
  • Crumhorn Tenor
  • Crumhorn Bass
  • Bagpipe A
  • Bagpipe D
  • Chirimia
  • Bombarde

  • War Horns
  • Anyafil
  • Shofar
  • Celtiberic War Horn*
  • War Horn*

  • Brass
  • Natural Trumpet*
  • Sackbut*
  • Cornetto*

  • Bowed Strings
  • Bass Viola da Gamba
  • Fidule
  • Hurdy Gurdy
  • Viola de Roda*
  • Bowed Psaltery*
  • Tromba Marina*
  • Nyckelharpa*
  • Fiddle Grooves*
  • Tenor viola da gamba*

  • Plucked Strings
  • Baroque Guitar
  • Renaissance Lute
  • Renaissance Small Harp
  • Renaissance Small Bray Harp
  • Zither
  • Psaltery (Beaten)
  • Medieval Psaltery*
  • Gittern*
  • Bass Citole*
  • Medieval Lute*
  • Small Psaltery*
  • Gothic Harp*
  • Langeleik*

  • Keys
  • Organetto
  • Spinet
  • Virginal

  • Voices
  • Tavern Singers*

  • Percussion
  • Army Piccolo Snare
  • Barbarian Frame Drum I
  • Barbarian Frame Drum II
  • Frame Drum (stick)
  • Bombo Leguero
  • Bumbac High
  • Bumbac Mid
  • Bumbac Low
  • Distant Drums
  • Execution Snare I
  • Execution Snare II
  • Juglar Snare
  • Tambourine I
  • Tambourine II
  • Tambourine III
  • Church Bells
  • Napoleonic Snare*
  • Field Drum*
  • Kettle Drums*
  • Claps*

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    Era Medieval Legends: Endorsements

    Trevor Morris
    2 time EMMY winning composer, The Borgias, Immortals, The Scorpion King 3
    "I have lived in the language of Ancient and Medieval instruments for more than a few years in my work on "The Tudors" and "Pillars of the Earth", and I can say that ERA is the best sounding, most cinematic library of its kind I have heard. An instant addition to my palette, Bravo."

    Christophe Heral
    Video Game composer of Rayman Origins, The Adventures of Tintin: The Shadow of the Unicorn among others
    "As a composer I worked last year on Rayman Origin´s, a UbiSoft Video Game. I needed to find Middle-ages Instruments to animate the World of princesses and dragons in our next project, Rayman Legend! I found all I needed in ERA. I was really thankful to Eduardo to have succeded in making such a wonderful program allowing the best playability possible. Thank you Eduardo for your wonderful work."

    Rupert Gregson-Williams
    Winter's Tale, Disney´s Bed Time Stories, Bee Movie, Over the Hedge, Made of Honor…
    "Era has been loaded into my template, and has already proven really useful. Eduardo Tarilonte´s attention to detail is always top drawer."

    Era Medieval Legends: Reviews

    Era II - The Audio Spotlight 04/2015 (Zdravko Djordjevic)
    4.9 out of 5! ERA II Medieval Legends is full with content that will keep you busy for a long time. I know that I have said before that Eduardo Tarilonte makes instruments that have great authenticity and I have to say that ERA II will not let you down in that regard. There are however a couple of instruments that aren’t up to par with the rest of the library’s quality, in my opinion.

    The sound of the percussion is one example. It could be the matter of taste and me being spoiled by big percussion libraries but I just couldn’t connect with the sound of the percussion. At times it sounded too hollow and perhaps too thin. It just feels like there is something missing.

    Luckily, I only had that feeling with the percussion. The rest of the library is pretty much spot on. The plucked instruments sound great with a lot of details to them. A nice bonus are also the release samples that ERA II comes with. Release samples trigger whenever you release the key on your keyboard. It’s just a nice detail that puts a smile on my face.

    The controls are really easy to use and if you have any issues understanding the instrument you can always refer to the info page. Said info page also explains how the key switches are mapped but in reality they don’t need any explanation as they are quite visible in the keyboard section of Engine.

    I really can’t find any major issues with Engine or specifically with ERA II patches. It looks great, it’s easy to work with and understand.

    Overall the quality is something Eduardo is known for and ERA II is up to par if not better in terms of sound quality then what Eduardo has released before.

    ...the sound quality of the whole library is simply staggering. ERA II Medieval Legends is simply an Awesome library.

    Era II - SoundBytes Magazine 04/2015 (Aleksander Arsov)
    What has Tropical House got to do with ERA II? This is a sample library containing sampled medieval instruments aimed mainly at media composers. But as many of you are not media producers, we will try and find out how ERA II could also be useful for producers of pop, dance EDM and rock, seeing as all cinema, advertising, game and other media producers will probably buy this library anyway. The reason is pretty simple: in the world of sample libraries Eduardo Tarilonte has a reputation. He’s the one who killed the spirit of sample pack competitions. In the sound library field, Eduardo is something of a legend, like Tomba was for ski sports, or Schumacher was for Formula 1… Why bother competing when you know who will win? While all other competitors put goggles on at the start of a race, he never takes them off. He wears the goggles all the time – obviously he is some sort of natural born winner.

    Era I - Sound On Sound Magazine 09/2013 (Martin Walker)
    For me, the strength of Tarilonte's libraries is that all their round-robin and phrasing complexity is taken care of under the surface, so playing Era: Medieval Legends expressively becomes a real pleasure. Highly recommended! 5 out of 5 Stars.

    Click here to read the full Sound On Sound review

    Era I - Music Tech Magazine 09/2012
    While a collection of authentic medieval instruments won't be to everyones's tastes or requirements, there's little doubt that Era perfectly fills a gap in respect to sensitively sampled authentic music instruments. Those of a more creative persuasion will undoubtedly see the musical potential behind the sounds included especially given the detail and expression behind their sampling and mapping, and for instant inspiration, the Sound Design collection is a great additional resource to an otherwise plentiful collection of instruments. 8 out of 10 Stars.

    Era I - 08/2012 (Chris Mooney)
    I don’t believe there’s a product on the market that can match this libraries sound and level of detail on such a wide array of historical instruments. Eduardo Tarilonte has really hit it out of the park with the entire package. Although I have my gripes about the interface, it can be easily overlooked when there is such a wealth of opportunity within the library.

    I believe this library is going to immediately appeal to video game composers as fantasy and historical music tends to be more prevalent in the medium, although many film and TV composers would have use for this library if their projects are fantasy/historical orientated.

    Era Medieval Legends provides a great collection of realistic, authentic and most importantly, usable instruments. If you’re a composer looking to add some new color into your historical or fantasy music, this library is a must buy.


    ERA II Medieval Legends Teaser

    Era II Medieval Legends (Limited Edition) First Look
    (Starts at 00:45 in to video)

    Era I Medieval Legends Trailer

    "Through the Night" - Official Era: Medieval Legends Demo
    Music and lyrics by Alex Pfeffer / Vocals by Malukah

    Era I - Bagpipe Demo

    Era I - Baroque Guitar Demo

    Era I - Bass Viola da Gamba Demo

    Era I - Renaissance Lute Demo

    Era I - Traditional Soprano Recorder and Early Harp Demo

    Era I - Soundscapes

    System Specs

    ERA uses the Best Service ENGINE 2 Sample Player
    so no extra player software is required.

    Click Here to Download the Free Engine 2 Player.

    Mac OS
    Mac OS 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
    Min. recommended: Intel Mac 2GHz, 2GB Ram
    Interfaces: Standalone, AU, VST (64bit only)
    Beta AAX Support for Pro Tools 11+

    Windows 7, 8 and 10, 32bit & 64bit
    Min. recommended: Intel Core 2.0GHz, 2GB Ram
    Interfaces: Standalone, VST (32bit and 64bit)
    Beta AAX Support for Pro Tools 11+

    for all systems

  • 1G free disc space for player installation
  • 13.48GB Additional hard disc space according to the library size
  • Internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)