Ministry of Rock 1


    It's a screeching, howling, booming, clanging, clattering, bashing noise-fest that will fool your neighbours into thinking you have a tame death-metal band lurking in your studio. It's hard to imagine any rock library getting much more powerful than this." — SOUND ON SOUND


    Please note, additional sounds from other Quantum Leap collections are used in these demos, only the drums, bass, and guitars are from Ministry Of Rock.

    Video Tutorials!

    See Ministry of Rock in action. Click below for MP4 videos or full screen resolution Quicktime MOV files!


    Don't be fooled by the acronym: MOR is definitely NOT middle of the road. It's a screeching, howling, booming, clanging, clattering, bashing noise-fest that will fool your neighbours into thinking you have a tame death-metal band lurking in your studio. It's hard to imagine any rock library getting much more powerful than this, and bearing in mind the enduring popularity of the genre, I have a feeling it will be one of Quantum Leap's biggest sellers. - SOUND ON SOUND

    The whole library is like that: start loading programs and you're guaranteed to find something cool. If anyone thinks for a minute that there's no reason for another sample library with drums, guitars, and bass, Ministry of Rock proves them wrong. This library is a perfect example of why sampling is unlikely to be replaced completely by synthesizers, no matter how close their emulations get: you can feel the energy in every note. - VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT MAGAZINE

    MINISTRY OF ROCK is a HUGE 20 Gigabyte collection of Rock Drums, Basses and Guitars recorded in the famous EASTWEST Studio 2, and the ultimate production toolbox for rock producers.

    MINISTRY OF ROCK is a modern day rock toolkit that covers a myriad of styles. Songwriters, film, TV and game composers as well as drummers and guitarists will love this library. Sound quality and playability is superior to anything else available.

    MINISTRY OF ROCK features sounds used in todays music and the entire library was created with one goal in mind: to create a virtual instrument capable of producing sounds that could actually produce a hit record or filmscore without any live drum, bass or guitar overdubs. Articulations and programming were all reverse engineered from actual performances.

    • Produced by NICK PHOENIX
    • Approximately 20 Gigabytes of rock drums, basses and guitars recorded in EASTWEST STUDIO 2

    Special Features

    • Legato Bass and Guitar Samples
    • Legato and Staccato Repetitions
    • Truly playable rhythm guitars and leads, clean and distorted
    • Release samples
    • Guitars and basses recorded in dual amp configurations and software allows user to choose amp, or mix the sound from both amps
    • Dynamic bass that can play everything from ballads to the most hardcore music imaginable
    • Round robin bass drums, snares, toms and hats. performance drum hits extracted from live playing
    • The world famous EASTWEST STUDIO 2 rock drum sound featured on countless gold and platinum records
    • Drumkits also optimized for use with Roland VDrums.
    • Drums utilize PLAY's easy replacement feature.



    • Octaplus (9 Toms)
    • Ayotte
    • Ludwig
    • Gretch (the actual kit used to make Metallica's "Black" record


    • Fender P-Bass Custom
    • Fender 5 String
    • Specter
    • Kubiki
    • Musicman

    All recorded thru an Ampeg SVT rig and an Ashdown rig


    • Fender Telecaster
    • Fender Stratocaster
    • Gibson Les Paul Standard
    • Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
    • Ibanez Universe 7
    • PRS

    All recorded thru Marshall, Fender, Bogner, Vox and Budda amps


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

    Ministry of Rock Interface Thumbnail
    MINISTRY OF ROCK: 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

    • 20 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 X
    8, 7, Vista
    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 YES4 YES YES4 7 or higher
    GarageBand YES 3 or higher
    Logic YES5 7.2 or higher
    Digital Performer YES5 YES YES 6.02 or higher
    Pro Tools6 YES YES YES 7.4 to 10
    Pro Tools 116 YES YES YES7 11
    Sibelius YES8 YES YES 6.0 or higher9
    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 2.0 or higher
    Reaper YES YES YES YES YES 3.0 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: FL Studio is only supported while in 32-bit operation currently.
    5: WordBuilder is not supported in Logic 7 or lower, and DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
    6: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24).
    7: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8.
    8: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Snow Leopard.
    9: 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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    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).

    Mac files (JPEG)

    Windows files (BMP)


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