eJay eQuality: Entry-level software has DAW features
eJay is best known for its simple loop-based music creation packages, but with its new eQuality range of software, it's set to offer something rather more feature-rich. This contains Dance, Urban, Rock and Professional titles, all of which will ship with thousands of royalty-free samples but also enable you to record your own material.
The eQuality packages are built around what eJay is calling its High Definition engine and sport completely redesigned interfaces. Each one comes with a selection of effects and instruments and, crucially, there's support for VST plug-ins, too. The Professional edition also benefits from ReWire functionality, meaning that it can be used in conjunction with other music software.
The new titles have MIDI In support, so you can play their instruments with a keyboard. You can export your finished mixes in a variety of formats – MP3, WAV, AIFF, WMA and OGG are all supported – or burn them straight to CD.
Although the eQuality range is more advanced than previous eJay titles, the company is staying true to its beginner-friendly roots by equipping all the new products with introductory tutorials.
Despite all this new functionality, the prices of the eQuality titles have been kept pretty low. Dance, Urban and Rock will cost £30/$40/€40 each, and the Professional version will retail for £50/$80/€60. Limited editions of the Professional version will also be available – these will ship with mammoth sample collections and cost £80/$100/€100 in DVD format and £100/$140/€130 on Blu-ray.
All the new software is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2008 – you can stay in touch with its development on the eJay website.