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 - 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 for PC (*see system specifications)
Full memory access with MAC (requires 64-bit MAC)
Mac Intel 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 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!
RA is powered by EASTWEST'S PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine
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
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, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 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.
14 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, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 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
7 or higher
7 or higher
3 or higher
7.2 or higher
6.02 or higher
7.4 to 10
Pro Tools 113
6.0 or higher8
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. Cubase 6 and lower users will have to use PLAY 3.0.47. Steinberg fixed the issue in Cubase 7 if you wish to use PLAY 4.
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
6: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8
7: 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)
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.
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).
"Having new sounds at my fingertips is always an inspiration and these new EastWest/Quantum Leap PLAY plug-ins have plenty of great sounds to choose from."
- The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Bourne Legacy
"EastWest/Quantum Leap instruments have become an important part of my sonic template. I am using EW/QL Pianos and Silk in my scores and I am using Stormdrum right now on Terminator."
- American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Alice In Wonderland
"I am a big fan of the EastWest/Quantum Leap libraries. Their collections contain generous sound palettes with great attention to detail. I am very impressed by the new PLAY engine."
- Rio, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda
"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."
- Thor, Iron Man 3, Now You See Me
"EastWest/Quantum Leap sound libraries have enjoyed an invaluable place in my palette for many years both in the mock up and final phase, these sounds offer absolute stunning quality, fidelity, and musicality."
- House Of Cards, Blackfish, Rome
"The EastWest/Quantum Leap samples have that rare ability to inspire creative thinking. Always something I want out of sounds to lead me somewhere, to let myself go."
- Skyfall, Saving Mr. Banks, Wall-E
"EastWest/Quantum Leap 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."
- Ice Age, Tarzan, Scooby-Doo
"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 Wars: VII, Star Trek, Lost
Mark "Spike" Stent
"EastWest/Quantum Leap SPACES 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 absolutely amazed. EastWest/Quantum Leap has gone the extra mile to provide stunning quality acoustic piano character - the whole collection is superb!"
- 12 time Grammy Winning Pianist & Composer
"The EastWest/Quantum Leap instruments jump into my tracks, finding places for themselves. Their richness and variety make combinations of style and sound so engaging to work with in our increasingly recombinant musical world."
- Producer: Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey
"EastWest/Quantum Leap Pianos 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!!"
- Producer Michael Jackson "Dangerous" and "Invincible"
Paul "Wix" Wickens
"As musical director and keyboard player for PAUL McCARTNEY, I need the best sounds available; EastWest Quantum Leap Virtual Instruments give me that and are an essential part of my set-up."
- Musical Director/Keyboards - PAUL McCARTNEY
"EastWest's The Dark Side is exactly what I've been looking for in a moody, expertly distorted Virtual Instrument ... I'm using it everyday now in my video games music scores."
- Video Games: Pacific Rim, Despicable Me, Dead Space
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