Wednesday, February 27, 2019

REVIEW: DARK ERA by Eduardo Tarilonte



Epic sound designer Eduardo Tarilonte releases DARK ERA from Best Service. This is a collection of Nordic instruments from an age long ago.
There is a lot of content here so let’s get started.

8,25 GB in size  and contains over 50 instruments, 100+ soundscapes, and was created with 20,000 samples.

(Requires the Best Service Engine 2 Sample Player which is included with this product)

Here is a list of instruments that comes with Dark ERA:

  • Bowed Strings: Tagelharpa / Jouhikko Small, Tagelharpa / Jouhikko Big and Crwth.
  •     Plucked Strings: Cologne Lyre, Ancient Lyre, Trossingen Lyre and Utrecht Lute.
  •   Winds: War Horn, White Horn, Curved Horn, Shofar, Bukkehorn, Shell, Long Trumpet, Big Horn, Double Flute, Small Bone Flute, Vulture Bone Flute, Pictish Pipes, Elderwood Flute, Overtone Fujara, Didgeridoo and Wooden Lur.
  •     Percussion: Shamanic Drum Small, Shamanic Drum Big, Big Frame Drum, 5 Square Drums, 2 Skin Drums, 2 Skin Snares, Skin Tom, Sieves, Anvil, 3 Viking Mouth Harps, Jawbone, Pan Medium, Pan Rusted, 7 Seed Shakers, Small Bells, 2 Cowbells, Bullroarer, Horseshoe and Bronze Mortar.
  •  Voices: Vocal Rhythms, Shouts, Whispers, Throat Singing, and Shamanic Invocations

1. ORB:

This orb acts like a volume meter.


VOLUME: Changes the volume of the layer.

• EXPRESSION: Use this slider to change the dynamic of the voice.

• PAN: Change the panorama.

• PITCH: Change the pitch.

• EQ COLOR: Add bass or high frequencies with a single knob.

• REVERB: Dark ERA uses a beautiful convolution reverb, perfect for previewing or live situations. For larger projects you can turn it off via the on/off button and use your own reverb.




Displays the current keyswitch name and the numerical value of any control - simply hover over it.


Special controls for every instrument.


one click takes you to the second page, which contains more information about the instruments or the mixer
 (sound design instruments only)


    I've always been fascinated with the period of mystical cultures and the barbaric survival of the Vikings during the medieval age. There is a strange connection I have when I hear these rare ethnic instruments. I’m not sure if it’s because the majority of my ancestral DNA roots connect to Scandinavian and Western Europe or because they just sound so cool. Either way, Dark Era really connects with me and the samples used in this library are simply beautiful, dark, and spellbinding. It’s no wonder why so many composers endorse Eduardo Tarilonte’s sample libraries. His sound design in the days of old eras cannot be duplicated, he is the master when designing fantasy driven libraries. 

    The interface of Dark Era is intuitive and notably designed. It is always practical to have all the effects easily accessed on the first page. On the bottom right of the page you can find the mixer button where it will access the mixer page. This is where you can manipulate individual instrument parts within the collection of epic loops, rhythmic pads, and soundscapes. I did find the loops provide instant inspiration and perfect for time sensitive deadlines but just make sure you take advantage of the mixer page so you can design something a little more to your own liking. 

    The main folders in Dark Era are listed as Instruments, Sound design, and Voices. After clicking on a main folder, you are presented with a collection of sub-folders. When you open the instrument folder you will find the percussion, strings, and wind instruments. If you click on the sound
    design folder you will find the epic loops, rhythmic pads, and soundscapes. There is a lot of presets in these sections that are full of awe-inspiring moments. The last folder in Dark Era is voices which contains a handful of shouts, chants, and throat singing. 

    There is a ton of content I love in this library and nothing I don't like. Original, unique, and above all perfectly executed.
    I did make a video below where you can check out a lot of the presets.

    Dark Era is a library for composers of dark age type fantasy films, television series, documentaries, and video game scoring. However, the new age musician, electronic artist, and even folk metal bands will find this library worth its weight in gold.

    I let Eduardo Tarilonte transport me to the soundscapes of Nordic lands and mythical times. Dark Era granted me safe passage and while I was there, I had to give it a 

    5 Out of 5 Stars !!
    AVAILABLE: Best Service

    Written by Steve Montgomery (Darkmood/Infinite Mindscape)

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