Quantum Leap Ra


    Now available in PLAY format with a new intelligent performance section including portamento, repetition, legato and improved micro-tuning. "Quite simply, RA is the best collection of world or ethnic sampled instruments I've ever used." - SOUND ON SOUND

    Sibelius Sound Set Now Online

    For the benefit of all, EW/QL user Jonathan Loving has created a Sound Set for using Quantum Leap RA within Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6. Please read the documentation for more information and support details.

    Quantum Leap RA Sound Set

    Quantum Leap - RA - PLAY Edition, THE DEFINITIVE RARE AND ETHNIC VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT now available with the advanced featuers of PLAY

    In addition to PLAY's intuitive custom interface, Quantum Leap RA - PLAY Edition includes many other features, such as:

    • 64-bit (with 32-bit compatibility)
    • Intelligent performance section including portamento, repetition, legato
    • Features round robin reset
    • Offers improved articulation window and controls
    • State-of-the-art convolution reverb with pre-delay
    • Improved micro-tuning
    • Improved sound quality with high-resolution audio engine
    • Hi-fidelity one pole filter for natural cross-fades
    • Stereo image editing is now possible using channel sourcing
    • The instruments featured in the PLAY Editions are newly-programmed for PLAY from the original recordings

    Quantum Leap RA - PLAY Edition provides composers with access to a variety of rare and unique instruments from Africa, Europe, India, the Americas and Australia, the Far East, and the Middle East and Turkish Empires. Musicians will find that RA has an amazing sound quality and they'll marvel at the articulation of each instrument which has a wide range that goes from controlled to expressive. All of the instruments and ensembles featured in the collection were sampled extensively as a means of preserving the true character and expression of each instrument. For the first time with the Quantum Leap RA - PLAY Edition, users will have more control over the sounds offered in the collection along with the ability to load even more instruments than ever before

    "With ethnic instruments, the key to authenticity of sound is expression," says Quantum Leap Producer Nick Phoenix. "Now with the incorporation of our advanced PLAY sample engine, with its built-in sensing technology that monitors a player's style and adjusts the software and sounds accordingly, users will experience a level of detail that was lacking in other products in the market, making their projects come to life with range and emotion."


    In ancient Egypt, RA was regarded as the creator of everything, the god of the sun. RA is usually represented with the body of a man and the head of a hawk, holding an ankh & sceptre. The chief location of RA worship was Heliopolis (a Greek word meaning city of the sun). RA is an appropriate name for the largest, and most comprehensive rare and ethnic virtual instrument ever made.

    RA was born a few years ago, as a sample library called “Rare Instruments.” All of the sounds from Rare Instruments are included in RA, but this only represents approximately one-tenth of the content. The other ninety percent of RA was recorded at a top studio in Hollywood. Because of the size and complexity of the project, I brought in two talented producers, Pacemaker and Tony Austin to co-produce RA with me. They have worked on some other Quantum Leap projects and had some great ideas for RA. We spent time hunting down the best ethnic artists on the West Coast. Los Angeles is so ethnically diverse and blessed with excellent institutions like Cal Arts, it is actually the ideal place to record a rare and ethnic collection.

    You will find RA has amazing sound quality. RA was captured with a phase accurate 8-mic setup that gives a complete 3 dimensional image of the instrument. It is this type of sound that takes to artificial or sampled reverb extremely well. The sound is clear and broad. Mics used were Neumann U67 (U47s as alternates), Neuman M50, AKG C12 and Shoepps.

    Another cool aspect of this virtual instrument is the fact that we recorded ethnic ensembles. This was done with African drums, bagpipes, gamelan and a Middle Eastern string section. The sound of these ensembles cannot be realistically simulated by layering solo instruments.

    RA was a very expensive project, but well worth the cost. A lot of thought went into selecting instruments that would appeal to composers of all types, from dance music, to film. You might want to put the middle eastern string section in your next pop tune, or the hardanger fiddle in a sweeping romantic score ala LOTR.

    You might also be surprised at how little percussion is included in this giant ethnic collection. The reason is, we already covered much of this in Quantum Leap Stormdrum. Stormdrum is the ideal companion to RA. The percussion in RA compliments Stormdrum perfectly.

    You can have a lot of fun with RA. The possibilities are simply endless, especially when you mix the sounds of different cultures together. Load up the middle eastern string section, apply an Indian or Egyptian tuning from the micro-tuning presets and play octaves. Make a really cool groove with the didgeridoo fx and the Vietnamese jaw harp. Take a classical filmscore piece and replace all of the instruments with their ethnic counterparts: strings with middle eastern string section, solo violin or cello with electric baritone violin, hardanger fiddle or erhu, french horn with alpenhorn, flute with dizi, oboe with duduk, percussion with taikos and African percussion, harp with kora, trombones with rag dung etc. etc.... Or perhaps try the hurdy gurdy, hardanger fiddle, washburn guitar, mandolin and the dizi and make an interesting folk ensemble or the gamelan ensemble with the ney flute, duduk and esraj. And don’t forget the reverb!

    Instruments and Articulations

      • African Dual Wooden Shakers (Ewe)
      • African Metal Shakers (Ewe)
      • Atsimevu
      • Axatse
      • Batas
      • Berkete
      • Djembe Ensemble
      • Ekpiri
      • Ewe Drum Ensemble
      • Ewe Large
      • Bombshell
      • Ewe Medium Bombshell
      • 3ft FromTonFrom
      • 5ft FromTonFrom
      • Gankokwe Large
      • Gyil
      • Kalimbas
      • Kidi
      • Kora
      • Log Drums
      • Ngoni
      • Udu
      • 1890 Washburn Guitar
      • American Jaw Harp
      • Banjo
      • Berimbau
      • Cuban Percussion
      • Didjeridoo
      • Dobro
      • First Nations Cedar Flute
      • Mandolin
      • Pan Flute
      • Ukelele
      • Alpenhorn
      • Bag Pipe Ensemble
      • Bass Recorder
      • Frame Drum
      • Gadulka
      • Hardanger Fiddle
      • Highland Pipes
      • Hurdy Gurdy
      • Irish Low Whistle
      • Launeddas
      • Uilleann Pipes
      • Dizi
      • Erhu
      • Gamelan Ensemble
      • Gongs
      • Koto
      • Rag Dung
      • Shakuhachi
      • Shamisen
      • Taiko Drums
      • Vietnamese Jawharp
      • Bansuri
      • Baritone Violin (Electric)
      • Esraj
      • Sarangi
      • Sitar
      • Tablas
      • Tambura
      • Armenian Duduk
      • Bulgarian Duduk
      • Mid East Fiddle
      • Mid East String Section
      • Ney Flute
      • Oud
      • Qandahar Dumbek
      • Santoor
      • Turkish
      • Duduk
      • Yalli
      • Tambur
      • Zourna


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

      RA Interface Thumbnail
      RA: 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

      • 14 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.

      Desktop Wallpaper

      RA Wallpaper

      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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        Item: EW-181 Web Page 2013 - Quantum Leap RA
        J.J. Abrams

        J.J. Abrams

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