New Gear Review: Eastwest Ghostwriter

GhostWriter, produced by Steven Wilson and EastWest’s Doug Rogers, is a fully-realized virtual instrument with a comprehensive, professional-level sound design processor module and mixer. It comes with a collection of 800 multi-sampled instruments and presets on 8 double-density DVDs (80GB) including: electric basses, drums, guitars, keys, vocals and miscellaneous noises and soundscapes.


With this collection of sounds, Steven Wilson’s prog rock music sensibility leans toward the dark side and is well handled with GW’s ability to allow layering, individually processing, and mixing several sets of samples. This process happens intuitively all within EW’s Play engine technology and without initially reading any manual.

Music, film, game, TV music composers and music (re) mixers will find their own creative ways to use GhostWriter as a kind of self-contained musical sound designer tool. GW comes with: AMP Simulator, Echoplex EP-1 Delay, Solid State Logic EQ & Dynamics Channel plus Transient Shaper and SSL stereo bus compressor processors and a version of EW’s QL Spaces convoluted reverb with 726 presets.

A mature virtual instrument embedded with an evocative collection of cinematic sounds, EastWest’s Ghostwriter is only limited by your imagination. Ghostwriter runs as an instrument plug-in in most DAWS and also standalone on modern multi-core MAC and PC computers. It sells for $395 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.