EASTWEST’S Quantum Leap Sd2 - The Next Generation Sequel To Stormdrum, Available At Musikmesse 2008

EASTWEST (www.soundsonline-europe.com), the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, proudly announces that Quantum Leap SD2 - The Next Generation virtual instrument, the sequel to Stormdrum is now shipping. EASTWEST will feature Quantum Leap SD2 – The Next Generation at Musikmesse 2008, March 12-15 (Hall: 5.1 Walkway: A booth: 71).

"The original Stormdrum was the most successful acoustic percussion library ever released,” states Quantum Leap producer Nick Phoenix. “SD2 – The Next Generation, is a completely new and improved concept that eclipses the original, and is destined to become the new standard for years to come”

Packed with over 12 GBs of percussion, SD2 – The Next Generation draws from the secret collections of three world-class percussionists, offering some of the most amazing multi-sampled percussion imaginable.

For the maximum customization without sound degradation, SD2 – The Next Generation delivers MIDI performances created with Roland V-Drums and Zendrum percussion controllers. This allows the user to change anything, with absolutely no effect to sound quality. MIDI performances are pre-mixed, panned and produced for quick use.

All recordings were made with vintage Neumann microphones in the famous EASTWEST STUDIO 1, providing that unmistakable Hollywood soundstage vibe and a sound far beyond any other commercial percussion library. Superior reverb impulses are included, recorded by Prof. Keith O. Johnson and Nick Phoenix.

Key sounds featured in SD2 – The Next Generation include:

  • Tibetan, Indian and Chinese bells and gongs
  • bowed gongs and bowls
  • Indonesian hand drums
  • Anklung, Udu, and Chinese bowl drums
  • 5-foot O Daiko.

SD2 – The Next Generation also features typical drums like congas and bongos, finally recorded in a way that does the instruments justice.

Additionally, SD2 – The Next Generation provides access to 100 film score-oriented MIDI performances, each with dozens of variations, intros and endings ranging from bombastic to hypnotic. The SD2 software allows for millions of variations of each MIDI performance and enables users to change sequence tempo, enhance tone, add effects, alter dynamics, create unique rhythms, and mute or replace specific sounds. This feature can be a real timesaver, allowing composers to achieve a full Hollywood sound without scrolling through their instrument collections, selecting instruments to create a similar end result.

A huge collection of original sound design percussion includes: 

  • Earthquake Ensemble
  • Devil Chasers
  • Whale Drum
  • An 80-foot metal bridge
  • Giant Log Drums
  • Godzilla Toms
  • Brushed Percussion
  • The biggest floor tom on earth, specifically built for this project by Remo.

 Quantum Leap SD2 – The Next Generation carries a MSRP of €339.

Since 1988, EASTWEST (soundsonline-europe.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality, setting the industry standard as the #1 producer and distributor of sample CDs and virtual (software) instruments. With over 30 years’ experience in the audio industry, founder and producer Doug Rogers has the expertise in music production to understand the creative tools professional musicians need. The recipient of numerous gold and platinum records including Recording Engineer of the Year, and over 50 international awards, Rogers is featured in The Art of Digital Music: 56 Visionary Artists and Insiders by
David Battino andKelli Richards.

QUANTUM LEAP is a wholly owned division of EASTWEST. Quantum Leap Virtual Instruments are mostly produced by multiple award-winning producer and composer Nick Phoenix. Some of the larger productions, such as Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs are co-produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix.

In January 2006, EASTWEST purchased the legendary Cello (formally United-Western) Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, re-naming it EASTWEST Studios. The non-technical areas of the 21,000 sq. ft. facility are currently being redesigned by master designer Philipe Starck. EASTWEST Studios houses six recording studios and is the world headquarters for EASTWEST.