Musikmesse News For EASTWEST


Largest, Most Detailed Collection of Pop/Rock and Classical Grand Piano Sounds

EASTWEST (, the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, announces that Quantum Leap Pianos, the most detailed collection of the world’s finest grand pianos, is in stock and ready for shipping. Quantum Leap Pianos will be on exhibit at Musikmesse 2008, March 12-15 (Hall: 5.1 Walkway: A booth: 71).

More than half a half a million Euros’ worth of pianos are included in this collection, all meticulously recorded by EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix. These include a $225,000 (approximately €169,00.00) Bechstein D-280 Concert Grand, the same kind of piano engineer/producer Ken Scott used to record Elton John, David Bowie, and Supertramp. EASTWEST invited Scott to engineer the Bechstein’s close-miced recordings to provide users with a cutting, dynamic pop/rock piano sound, in addition to the variety of other piano sounds included in the collection.

Other pianos featured in the library include a Steinway D Concert Grand; a Bösendorfer 290 Concert Grand; and a Yamaha C7.

“Quantum Leap Pianos is an innovative collection featuring the finest pianos captured with state-of-the-art recording equipment in a world-class studio,” Producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix state. “We personally own three of these pianos, and were able to match the sound of the Virtual Instruments to the sound of the actual pianos during production. We have developed a comprehensive set of fantastic piano sounds that will enable songwriters and composers to make recordings limited only by their creativity.”

The Quantum Leap Pianos library is packed with 270 GB of content at 24-bit/44.1k resolution, the largest and most detailed piano collection ever created. Users can install one, two, three or all four pianos on their computer’s hard drive. The collection also offers added flexibility, providing users with three microphone positions per piano as well as ten to 16 velocities per note (and again in soft pedal, sustain pedal, and soft sustain). In addition, every piano offers 16 distinct staccato velocities. 

For a true repetition sound, repetition samples are taken from 180 BPM performances and the software detects true repetitions. Pedal resonance was recorded for every note at multiple velocities, as well as with the soft pedal down. Proprietary resonance was captured on the Bösendorfer. True multi-velocity soft pedal samples with and without sustain pedal are also included, as well as release samples with software envelope follower.

The Quantum Leap Pianos library was recorded at EASTWEST Studios—formerly Cello Studios and site of the legendary United-Western Studios in Hollywood, California—with three user-controllable microphone positions for each piano. Every sample was recorded in a proper piano environment with vintage Neumann microphones, a vintage Neve 8078 console, and Meitner analog-to-digital converters.

Quantum Leap Pianos carries a MSRP of€339.

the EASTWEST/Quantum Leap Complete ComposerS Collection for Kompakt/Kontakt Now ShiPping At Musikmesse 2008

Company’s Popular Virtual Instruments in One Cost-Effective Package

Music, TV, film and game composers using Native Instruments’ Kompakt/Kontakt software now have access to over 130 Gigabytes of EASTWEST’s high quality virtual instruments in one package with the Complete Composers Collection for Kompakt/Kontakt. The Complete Composers Collection will start shipping at Musikmesse 2008 (Hall: 5.1 Walkway: A booth: 71).

The EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Complete Composers Collection features seven of the company’s most popular virtual instrument collections along with Native Instruments’ Kompakt player (Kontakt 2.2 or higher is required for Intel Macs, not included). Virtual instrument libraries featured in Complete Composers Collection include:

EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Symphonic Orchestra Gold Complete: (Gold Edition and Gold Pro Expansion (Gold PRO XP): recorded in a state-of-the-art concert hall by Grammy winning classical recording engineer Prof. Keith O. Johnson, this virtual instrument eclipses all others with the highest level of fidelity and realism. Beyond the orchestra's phenomenal recording quality is its ability to breathe life into the virtual world, creating a real space and filling it with sound.

EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Symphonic Choirs: imagine typing words into your computer, in any language, and hearing a world class Symphonic Choir sing those words in any key(s) you play "live" on your keyboard controller! Well imagine no more, that's exactly what this revolutionary "award-winning" virtual instrument does. In addition, this is the first 24-bit Choir virtual instrument to include three simultaneous stereo mic setups (close, stage and hall), so users can mix any combination of mic positions to control ambience.

QUANTUM LEAP Colossus: a massive 32 Gigabyte (not Megabyte) virtual instrument, that includes 160 high-quality instruments, and covers all of the basic musical genres, the way a keyboard workstation attempts to, except COLOSSUS offers much higher quality instruments and dynamics than any keyboard available today.

QUANTUM LEAP Ra: one of the largest and most detailed collections of ethnic instruments from six areas of the world: Africa, Americas and Australia; Europe, Far East, Middle East and the Turkish Empire; and India. Every instrument and ensemble was sampled extensively so that the character of each instrument is preserved.

QUANTUM LEAP Stormdrum: a massive 6 Gigabyte collection of loops and multi-samples from three world-class percussionists. The content is classic film score stuff: big fat booming drums, smaller ethnic hand percussion, enough metallic hits to make a steelworker feel at home, and a range of acoustic kits.

EASTWEST Percussive Adventures 2: the sequel to the multi-award winning Percussive Adventures. Designed for film, TV, game and music composers, Percussive Adventures 2 goes further than PA1 with lengthy and evolving rhythmic terrains. All edited into loop segments, alternate mixes and completely isolated layers.

EASTWEST/PMI Bösendorfer 290: this pristine piano library has finally captured all of the beauty of this piano. Up to 16 velocity layers, true release samples, true repedalling and two different microphone positions (close and ambient) for ultimate ambience control.

“With the Complete Composers Collection, you can use the included Native Instrument’s Kompakt player, or import the collections into Kontakt, while being able to experience the superior sonic quality of EASTWEST products,” says EASTWEST Founder and Producer Doug Rogers. “Whether you’re a composing novice or veteran, our Complete Composers Collection is the most affordable way to round out your sound collection.”

The EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Complete Composers Collection retails for €815.

Since 1988, EASTWEST ( 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.