In addition to EastWest's introduction of Fab Four Virtual Instruments at the NAMM Show 2007, EastWest has also introduced its new Play software, as well as a handful of other virtual instrument collections: Quantum Leap Gypsy, Quantum Leap Ministry of Rock, Quantum Leap Pianos, Quantum Leap SD2—The Next Generation, and Quantum Leap Voices of Passion.
Now available at the reduced price of $395, Fab Four Virtual Instruments seeks to deliver that legendary Beatles sound with samples of instruments like those used by the band, though not the actual instruments. EastWest tracked down vintage replicas of everything from amps, guitars, and drums to mics, consoles, and keyboards. To maximize authenticity, EastWest consulted Beatles engineer Ken Scott (who worked on Beatles albums including A Hard Days Night, Help, Rubber Soul, Magical Mystery Tour, and The Beatles) and recorded everything to a Studer J-37 4-track tube tape machine.
The other new virtual instrument collections are, according to the manufacturer, geared toward film, TV, and game composers. Quantum Leap Gypsy ($395) features sounds from nylon string guitar, violin, and trombone in both gypsy and classical styles. Quantum Leap Ministry of Rock ($495) is a collection of rock drums, basses, and guitars that includes a modern rock toolkit covering myriad styles. Quantum Leap Pianos ($495) offers meticulously recorded grand pianos, such as a Bechstein D-280 Concert Grand, a Steinway D Concert Grand, a Bösendorfer 290 Concert Grand, and a Yamaha C7 Grand. Quantum Leap SD2—The Next Generation ($495) sequels the Quantum Leap Stormdrum acoustic percussion library, with new and improved sounds. And lastly, Quantum Leap Voices of Passion ($495) features female vocalists from Wales, Syria, India, Bulgaria, and America.
All new EastWest/Quantum Leap virtual instruments ship with Play software, EastWest's new 64-bit sample engine with built-in Network Control. Created to be played like an instrument, not programmed like a sampler, Play displays custom-designed virtual instruments with a clean interface that includes only the controls needed for each instrument. Play offers 64-bit support that allows you to load many instruments and voices, limited only by the host system's RAM (32-bit support is also included); and built-in Network Control lets you load instruments on other machines controlled from your host computer. All instruments in Play are listed in one browser, and from that browser, you can audition other collections before purchasing them.
Play supports RTAS, AU, and VST plug-in formats and works as a standalone instrument. It is compatible with Intel- and PPC-based Macs, Windows XP and Vista, and works in 64-bit and 32-bit systems.
For more information on Play and the new virtual instrument collections, please visit EastWest online.