"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.
Sibelius Sound Set Now Online
For the benefit of all, EW/QL user Jonathan Loving has created Sound Sets for using Quantum Leap Gypsy within Sibelius 5, 6 and Sibelius 7. Please read the documentation for more information and support details.
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. — VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT MAGAZINE
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.
Violin (true legato intervals) classical and gypsy style
Django Style Guitar
Spanish Steel String Guitar
Bandoneon (tango accordian)
Trombone (true legato intervals) classical and gypsy style
Cimbalom (Eastern European Hammered Dulcimer)
Flamenco Dancer foor stomps and castanets
Gypsy is powered by EASTWEST'S PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine
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
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)
While most high-end computers will support 16Gb, a very small set of high-performance enterprise computers (with Microsoft Vista Ultimate) can already use 128Gb of RAM. As hardware develops, the theoretical limit is 17,179,869,184 gigabytes = 16 exabytes, or 17 billion gigabytes!
If you still need more power, our built-in NETWORK CONTROL allows you to load instruments on other machines controlled from your host computer
No more trips back and forth between computers, no more KVM switching when loading projects
No need to buy additional software
The PLAY system is a professional fully integrated solution for those with the most demanding production requirements
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
Load instruments into one instance to take advantage of your sequencer's "instrument tracks", or many if you so desire.
Interface automatically changes to display current instrument
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
PLAY senses legato and repetitive playing and responds accordingly
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
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
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
Authorize purchased instruments easily using the industry standard iLok security system
Offers complete portability, take your plugin anywhere you want, use it on any computer
Easy to authorize and manage (up to 100 authorizations on one key)
AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, Windows XP and Vista, 64-bit, 32-bit
Natively supported in all major hosts on all major operating systems - PLAY no matter what your platform
More native support than any other plug-in
Standalone: PLAY as many instruments as your computer can handle in one application
PLAY isn't just a sampler, the PLAY SYSTEM is a professional fully integrated sample playback software solution for those with the most demanding production requirements
Offers native support for more platforms than any other software engine
Network support* for large, expandable systems
The latest in technology (64-bit, supports next generation operating systems)
The highest sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)
The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers
The most intuitive controls, custom designed for each library
*This feature will be available after release as a free download for all registered users.
11 GB Free Hard Disc Space
iLok Security Key, not included (a free soundsonline.com account is required for retrieving and managing iLok licenses)
If you do not own an iLok Security Key you can purchase one at your local authorized EASTWEST retailers, or here.
More details about the new iLok copy protection for our PLAY SYSTEM powered products is available here
Minimum Requirements for Mac
G5 1.6GHz, 2GB of free RAM, Mac OS 10.4 or newer
Recommended Mac System
Mac Pro Quad-Core Xeon 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM
Minimum Requirements for PC
Pentium 4 3.0GHz, 2GB of free RAM, Windows XP SP2 or Vista, sound card with ASIO drivers
Recommended PC System
Intel or AMD Quad Core 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 64-bit OS and host
iLok required (not included), internet connection required for one-time product activation
Included for both PC and Mac:
32-bit standalone and plug-in versions included.
64-bit PC VST (host must support 64-bit VST plugins) and standalone versions included.
Check the following compatibility chart for availability of other 64-bit versions and updates.
PC: VST™, ASIO™, RTAS™
Mac: VST™, Audio Units™, Core Audio™, RTAS™
EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix
8, 7, Vista
8, 7, Vista
6.07 or higher
4 or higher
7 or higher
3 or higher
7.2 or higher
6.02 or higher
7.4 or higher
6.0 or higher
6.2 or higher
4.0.54 or higher
2.0 or higher
3.0 or higher
1 Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts.
2 DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
3 Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24)
4 Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Snow Leopard.
5 FL Studio is only supported while in 32-bit operation currently
Other hosts may be compatible, but are untested and unsupported at this time.
There are a number of sizes in each .zip file for both standard and widescreen monitors including (800x600, 1024x768, 1280x960, 1600x1200, 1280x800, 1440x900, 1680x1050, 1920x1200).
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- Spiderman, Nightmare Before Christmas, Terminator 4
"I am a big fan of the EastWest / Quantum Leap libraries. Their collections contain generous sound palettes with great attention to detail. I am also very impressed by the power of the PLAY engine."
- Hancock, Kung Fu Panda, The Bourne Trilogy
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"Quantum Leap SPACES from EastWest is my new go to reverb, it's absolutely the best reverb plug-in on the market."
- Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Muse
"These are real acoustic piano sounds. I'm absolutley amazed. EastWest/Quantum Leap has gone the extra mile to provide stunning quality acoustic pianocharacter - the whole collection is superb!"
- 12 time Grammy Winning Pianist & Composer
"Pianos is the best software available today. The recording quality and playability are fantastic. These are the only digital piano sounds that faithfully reproduce the resonances of a well tuned piano."
- The Spirit, Cat in the Hat, Ice Age
"If you're lucky, the tools themselves will inspire you. It looks- and sounds- like EastWest/Quantum Leap does just that with every new product they release."
- Director/Creator: Star Trek, Lost, The Fringe
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- KÀ, Mystère, Alegria - Cirque du Soleil
"The entire line of EastWest instruments are an essential part of my composing rig. The sounds are impeccable and naturalistically captured while the ease of use and the power of the PLAY engine makes the instruments top of their field."
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- Luis Miguel's keyboardist, composer, programmer
"This is not just a Virtual Piano collection, it's a
masterpiece ... it's love at first touch. When I first heard it, I had to play it, and I fell in love - WOW!!"
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Paul "Wix" Wickens
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- Musical Director / Keyboards - PAUL McCARTNEY
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