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Keyboard says "Ethno 2 should be at the top of your list"

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Are you making your holiday gift list? According to Keyboard Magazine, "If you're in the market for a world/ethnic sample collection, Ethno 2 should be at the top of your list. With a Key Buy award, it's sure at the top of ours." In their December 2010 issue, Keyboard raves, "Ethno 2 puts a staggering amount of world instruments, loops, and phrases at your fingertips at a budget-friendly price. With the original Ethno, the bang-for-buck factor was high. With Ethno 2 it's through the roof."

Keyboard magazine December 2010 issue

A specialized software instrument

"Ethno 2 is a specialized software instrument that comprises a diverse and impressively recorded set of sampled 'world' instruments, loops, and phrases, all wrapped in a proprietary software workstation that provides a ton of flexibility for tweaking, massaging, rearranging, remixing, and re-contextualizing the existing sample content to fit into a wide range of musical applications."



"With the original Ethno, the bang-for-buck factor was high. With Ethno 2 it's through the roof."


A "staggering amount" of content

"There's now a staggering amount of phrases and loops to work with. Whether you're in the mood for klezmer wedding band, kilt-approved Celt riffs, hypnotic African dance grooves, saucy Spanish flamenco flavors, vibe-inducing Indian beds, tranquil Asian soundscapes, or any otherworldly ethno-organic combination, Ethno 2 delivers the goods."


A staggering amount of ethnic/world sound content

Not your typical ethnic collection

"One of Ethno 2's unique selling points is that unlike most other 'ethnic' collections, which are typically packaged to work inside of another soft sampler or player, E2 gives you not only great raw content, but a custom virtual instrument packed with tools to manipulate the content in a variety of musically useful ways."


"By exploiting Expert mode, I programmed presets that let me achieve the kind of realism you'd expect from an exhaustively sampled instrument. Nice."


A higher level of dynamics and expression

Keyswitch presets

"MOTU has provided more articulations and more velocity-switched layers for many of the instruments, making it possible to coax a higher level of dynamics and expression from these samples. What's more, using Expert mode, you can create layered presets that let you define velocity ranges, keymap zones, and even keyswitches to individual patches within a multi (a combination of multiple patches). By exploiting Expert mode, I programmed presets that let me achieve the kind of realism you'd expect from an exhaustively sampled instrument. Nice."

The verdict

"Ethno 2 puts a staggering amount of world instruments, loops, and phrases at your fingertips at a budget-friendly price. With the original Ethno, the bang-for-buck factor was high. With Ethno 2 it's through the roof. But more importantly, the content is highly usable and flexible, the collection is rich with inspiring and widely applicable loops and phrases, and it's packaged in a software instrument that lets you stretch these sounds into all manner of authentic and hybrid musical contexts. If you're in the market for a world/ethnic sample collection, Ethno 2 should be at the top of your list. With a Key Buy award, it's sure at the top of ours."


"If you're in the market for a world/ethnic sample collection, Ethno 2 should be at the top of your list. With a Key Buy award, it's sure at the top of ours."