Quantum Leap Gypsy

    "When you pair this up with the top-notch PLAY engine, you get an unbeatable duo. There is some true character represented in Gypsy. Even more than that, I'm always enthralled when something inspires me to create, which is what I believe this library does beautifully." - MUSIC4GAMES.

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    This flamenco library has four accordions (one of them a bandoleon), three guitars, percussion, cimbalo, flamenco percussion and two flamenco dancers, trombone, and a wonderfully over-the-top gypsy violin. That violin is probably the most high-profile instrument in this library, with its big, rich sound. The Master program brings up a large variety of keyswitched articulations (24 if anyone's counting), plus there's a legato auto-sensing program; turn up the mod wheel, and instead of playing connected notes in one bow, you'll bring in some serious portmento, the kind that's absolutely essential for a hammed-up gypsy violin part. This instrument is a lot of fun if you cheese it up, but it works well for other kinds of music as well. It might be miked a little close-up for classical, but you can move it back by adding some reverb. And the close-up sound is just right for a gypsy violin, plus the default EW Fat Hall sounds really good on it. The trombone is another highlight, and it's also quite versatile. Its Master program has eight different articulations, and its legato program has real recorded slides between notes. One of the keyswitches brings in blatty tones ("farty" in the manual), which lets it work well in all kinds of contexts. The accordians are all really good and full of character, with air in and out samples, and lots of other goodies. They can sound remarkably real. Gypsy's flamenco guitar has a lot of characteristic strums and noises recorded and assigned to keyswitches—taps, tremolo, etc. For the most part they want to be overdubbed and turned down, because they're at the same level as the notes. The Django guitar has several chord types assigned to keyswitches, and it makes it easy to create surprisingly Django-like parts. Then there's a Spanish steel guitar, the percussion and flamenco dances, a cimbalom…and finally what for me personally is the hit of all four libraries: the classical guitar. That instrument is absolutely lovely, and the programming is excellent. Between the velocity layers, auto-round robin samples, release samples, and above all the overall sound, it's a real joy to play. I personally would find Gypsy worth the price just for that instrument, but it has a lot of other great stuff too.

    EastWest has recently come out with a handful of sample libraries using their new 64-bit Play engine. I was assigned Gypsy, a collection of Mid-Eastern and European instruments. From what I've experienced so far, it is a remarkable tool with extremely high production values, an attention to detail, and an even greater consideration to the end-user experience. In the box is two DVD's. Yet on those two DVD's are some exquisitely captured instruments, an intuitive interface and implementations, and a robust, powerful playback engine, aptly titled PLAY. So you get 11GBs of ethnic guitars, accordions, trombones, rare percussion, and just about the best sampled violin and violin performance you'll find anywhere. The 64-bit PLAY engine really brings these recordings to life by not simply reproducing the recording, but truly reproducing the performance. They do this by a very intuitive articulation implementation and appropriate parameters to tweak such as reverb types (several real world convolution based settings), ADSR of course, other filters and delays to create exactly the sound you are looking to capture. About the articulation implementation: Very nice. Initially, it's hard to describe because…well, you'd expect it to be a lot more complicated to evoke the exact performance you want. Intuitive is definitely the word. I don't want to overuse the term, but "intuitive" to me is something that works the way you expect it to, and works well. Typically, playing any of these instruments at default settings is just amazing, you almost don't want to mess with the settings too much because the presets are great. The PLAY engine really captures how you play and adapts it to that instrument. Guitars, for instance have a second sampled note when the same note is played again to differentiate between the first and second strum. This simple idea really opens up the world of MIDI-based guitar at least for me, and will save me a ton of editing time when playing in some guitar lines in the future. Also for bowed instruments we have superb legato detection. Running notes into each other, the engine detects and keeps the initial "bow" of the first note and slides the other notes in if you so choose and can then change playing style with a simple key switched mapped to the keyboard. On the interface itself is a representation of all the articulations available to a particular instrument and what key that switch may be mapped. Double that with on-screen key switch highlighting, and it seems like you can never be lost, or want of directions on what does what or why. In a word, intuitive! Really, when looking at the product, was there anywhere else to go? I listen to a ton of soundtracks and work as an audio engineer, so I can spot samples versus true performance regardless of recording techniques, usually. Save for a few instruments in certain key ranges, the performances here are impeccable. When you pair this up with the top-notch PLAY engine, you get an unbeatable duo. There is some true character represented in Gypsy, one that I think a lot of musicians will want to inject into their compositions. Even more than that, I'm always enthralled when something inspires me to create, which is what I believe this library does beautifully. — MUSIC4GAMES

    QUANTUM LEAP GYPSY features a collection of extremely detailed Gypsy style virtual instruments capable of playing completely realistic performances. Gypsy is essential for film, TV and game composers.

    The nylon string guitar, violin and trombone can play in both Gypsy and Classical styles. In the classical realm these three instruments are unparalleled in the sampling world in terms of playability, diversity and sound quality.

    The new king of sampled violins has arrived. The violin and trombone feature many articulations, repetitions and even true legato intervals. All of the guitars were sampled with up and down strokes, many velocities and picking styles, release trails, chords and effects.

    GYPSY's guitars sound incredible and were played by one of the best session guitarists in Los Angeles, David Kole.

    The accordions feature many different setups, all with air flow in and out samples, as well as expressive samples, chords, and left hand bass.

    GYPSY also has a very cool GYPSY percussion program and two flamenco dancers (foot stomps, as well as traditional castanets).

    GYPSY also features an incredible bandoneon and cimbalom, two very rare instruments.


    • Produced by NICK PHOENIX
    • Approximately 11 Gigabytes of content
    • Solo instruments with unprecedented detail
    • Violin (true legato intervals) classical and gypsy style
    • Classical Guitar
    • Flamenco Guitar
    • Django Style Guitar
    • Spanish Steel String Guitar
    • Campana Accordion
    • Silvestri Accordion
    • Excelsior Accordion
    • Bandoneon (tango accordian)
    • Trombone (true legato intervals) classical and gypsy style
    • Cimbalom (Eastern European Hammered Dulcimer)
    • Flamenco Dancer foor stomps and castanets
    • Gypsy percussion



    Gypsy is powered by EASTWEST'S PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine

    Gypsy Interface Thumbnail
    GYPSY: PLAY interface (click to magnify)

    This VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT combines intuitive handling with excellent sound quality, and functions as a plug-in instrument, without the need for a sampler.

    PLAY is a 64-bit (with 32-bit compatibility) Advanced Sample Engine. PLAY is Included with all new EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Virtual (software) Instruments.


    PLAY includes custom designed Virtual Instruments that look as beautiful as they sound

    • Interface designed to eliminate clutter, including only the controls needed for each individual virtual instrument collection

    Load MORE thanks to 64-bit support

    • 64-bit support allows you to load many more instruments and voices, limited only by your system RAM (32-bit support is included also)

    All instruments are listed in one browser

    • Easy to use browser displays all of your instruments
    • Favorites section to group the instruments you use most
    • Preview your instrument of choice in an easy-to-use column viewer
    • Interface automatically changes to display current instrument
    • There are over 12,000 award-winning virtual (software) instruments in the PLAY eco system, the largest virtual instrument collection available!


    • Forget browsing through complicated patch names: pick the instrument and play
    • Turn on/off articulations as you wish
    • Articulations list also serves as reference for all expressions within the instrument (no need to look up key-switches in charts)
    • Save your favorite configuration for quick retrieval

    Legato Detection

    • PLAY senses legato and repetitive playing and responds accordingly

    Stereo Handling

    • PLAY allows the user to manipulate stereo samples in very useful ways
    • Stereo Swap allows the user to instantly swap the left and right channels
    • Mono from left , Mono from right, or Mono Sum allow for instant conversion from stereo to mono

    Effects Engine

    • The best sounding and most powerful effects engine out there, built from the ground up for the highest possible quality
    • Reverb section includes multiple impulse responses from halls, and the famous EASTWEST Studios and live chambers (more RIAA certified Platinum and Gold records awarded than any other studio)
    • The smoothest filters you'll ever hear
    • Specialized effects including the first Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) software available
    • Our latest products include many new advanced sound shaping tools, a new EastWest AMP Simulator with 80 Amp Presets, classic Echoplex EP-1 Delay, Solid State Logic EQ & Dynamics Channel, consisting of: Filter, EQ, Compressor and Noise Gate/Expander, Solid State Logic Transient Shaper, the legendary Solid State Logic Stereo Compressor, and EastWest Expanded Convolution Reverb with 726 Additional Reverb Presets.

    Playback Engine

    • Highest quality resampling engine
    • Built from the ground up to create the most intuitive instruments possible. Allowed us to design instruments every step of the way without compromise

    Security system

    • Activate purchased instruments easily using the industry standard iLok security system (machine license placed on your computer or iLok key)

    Supported Platforms

    • AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, Windows 7 and above, 64-bit, 32-bit


    PLAY isn't just a sampler, the PLAY ECO SYSTEM is a professional fully integrated sample playback software solution for those with the most demanding production requirements with the largest selection of virtual instruments available

    • The highest sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)
    • The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers
    • Professional industry standard FX not available in any other sample playback engine
    • The most intuitive controls, custom designed for each library

    System Requirements

    • 11 GB Free Hard Disc Space

      • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
      • 8GB RAM
      • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
      • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming


      • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
      • 8GB RAM
      • Windows 7 or later
      • Sound card with ASIO drivers
      • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming


      • Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above
      • 16GB RAM or more
      • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
      • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming


      • Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
      • 16GB RAM or more
      • Windows 7 or later (64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer)
      • Sound card with ASIO drivers
      • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

      All Systems

      • iLok account required for machine (electronic) license placed on your computer or use optional iLok Key; internet connection required for one-time product activation

      Included for both PC and Mac:

      • 32-bit standalone and plug-in versions included.
      • 64-bit standalone and plug-in versions included.
      • Check the compatibility chart for supported hosts.

      EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

      Supported Host Mac OS
      10.9, 10.10, 10.11
      WIN 10,
      8, 7, Vista
      WIN 10
      8, 7, Vista
      Required Version
      Standalone YES YES YES YES YES
      Ableton Live YES YES YES YES1 6.07 or higher
      Cubase/Nuendo YES2 YES YES3 YES YES3 6 or higher
      FL Studio YES YES YES YES 7 or higher
      GarageBand YES 3 or higher
      Logic YES4 7.2 or higher
      Digital Performer YES4 YES YES 6.02 or higher
      Pro Tools5 YES YES YES 7.4 to 10
      Pro Tools 11 or higher5 YES YES YES6 11 or higher
      Sibelius YES7 YES YES 6 or higher8
      Sonar YES YES YES YES 6.2 or higher
      VE Pro YES YES YES YES YES 4.0.54 or higher
      Studio One YES YES YES YES YES 2 or higher
      Reaper YES YES YES YES YES 3 or higher
      1: Ableton Live 7 and 8 are only 32bit, so users will have to set their VST folder to the 32bit version of the installed Play VST (even on a 64bit operating system).
      2: Mac OS 10.7 or newer is required.
      3: Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts. Steinberg fixed the issue in Cubase 7 if you wish to use PLAY 4.
      4: WordBuilder is not supported in Logic 7 or lower, and DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
      5: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24).
      6: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8.
      7: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Snow Leopard.
      8: Sibelius 6.2 is required to run in Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks).
      Play is compatible with all DAWs that use VST, AU, or AAX plugins.

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