All sounds in demos 1-4 are SILK multi-samples triggered from a midi keyboard, except the percussion, which is from SD2 PRO. The sound you hear in the demos is the raw sound coming from PLAY. No external effects, EQ or reverb was used in these demos, except a subtle compressor, which was placed on the master bus. No phrases or performances from SILK were used in demos 1-4.
Incredibly detailed Silk Road instruments from China, Persia and India. The most ambitious ethnic instrument ever created
25 gig instrument: 20 gigs of multi-samples and 5 gigs of authentic performances
Recorded legato intervals for erhu, zhonghu, jinhu, electric cello, kemenche, duduk, 30 piece string section, dilruba, bansuri
Master musicians recorded at East West Studios and Capitol Studios, using vintage Neumann microphones, Neve consoles and Meitner converters
New PLAY 32 bit/64 bit interface features state of the art convolution reverb, scripting and new revolutionary micro-tuning system
“Silk is beautiful. It was initially designed as an extension of East West Quantum Leap's RA, THE go-to library for world/ethnic instruments in the TV/film/video game world. It is much more than that; it definitely stands on its own. The detail in the instruments is stunning, and the playability factor is high. In regarding to the TV/film/documentary world, this should be in every composer's collection”
“The sounds themselves are a delight—recorded at East West's beautiful studio (formerly Cello, formerly Ocean Way, formerly United Western, as built by Bill Putnam in the 1950s), they're clear, lush, impeccably edited, and mapped together beautifully. New discoveries await in every folder, from the traditional sounds of the Indian tanpura and sarod or the Chinese bawu and dizi, to an amazing 30-piece string section powering through unison lines, to tiny touches like a subfolder of breath noises. Fantastic! PLAY as a player has made a very good impression on this reviewer, doing a great job of showcasing these gorgeous sounds with a lovely mix of expressiveness and authenticity. Give Silk a listen, and be carried away.”
Producer Nick Phoenix takes you through Quantum Leap SILK in this tutorial. Topics include legato intervals, modwheel control of legato, vibrato and dynamics, channel sourcing, portamento, microtuning, live performance, and keyswitches. Click below for a high-quality MP4 file, a high-resolution Quicktime MOV file, or a YouTube playlist. Videos launch in a new browser window.
All instruments featured in SILK are multi-sampled with extreme
attention to detail offering the maximum in expression. Quantum Leap
SILK contains extensive articulations, interval sampling (where
appropriate), round robin (alternate samples), legato scripting, and
phrases to give the feeling of smooth effortless performance - like
silk. Each musician recorded for SILK is a master of his instrument,
providing the best and most accurate sound available. SILK also allows
users to adapt the instruments using dozens of useful micro tunings in
the key of their choice. This microtuning system is the first of it's
kind, and is a true breakthrough for PLAY.
"Intended as an extension of Quantum Leap RA, Quantum Leap SILK looks to
give users access to rare instruments from across Asia played
masterfully by renowned artists,"
says QUANTUM LEAP Producer Nick Phoenix.
"Extensive scripting is employed in SILK along with our PLAY
64-bit (with 32-bit capability) sample engine, offering composers a lot
of control over the end result. PLAY's scripting, microtuning and
convolution reverb are a powerful combination, making it an unparalled
interface for these sounds. SILK is revolutionary in that the
microtuning and scales actually teach users how to employ these sounds
in an authentic way."
Instruments from Persia
Electric Cello (bowed string)
Kemenche (bowed string)
30 piece string section (bowed string)
Instruments from China
Erhu (bowed string)
Zhonghu (bowed string)
Jinhu (bowed string)
Suona low (brass)
Suona high (brass)
Dizi low (wind)
Dizi hi (wind)
Instruments from India
Dilruba (bowed string)
“Quantum Leap instruments have become an important part of my sonic template. I am really looking forward to using QL Pianos and Silk in my future scores and I am using SD2 right now on Terminator 4.”
— Danny Elfman
“The Quantum Leap samples have that rare ability to inspire creative thinking. Always somethings I want out of sounds. To lead me somewhere, to let myself go.”
— Thomas Newman
“The best sounding ethnic sample-based instruments available, head and shoulders above everything else like it out there. The sound quality is just amazing. Everything is well-organized and easily accessible. The pro will get this as a matter of course.”
“This is a must-have for the pro and the very best thing next to an actual ethnic performer. The sound quality, detail and sample performance in each instrument is startlingly good. You really have to hear it to believe it. This is the very best of its kind.”
POWERED BY EASTWEST'S PLAY 64-bit/32-bit software
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 with built-in Network Control* (plug-in or standalone).
PLAY is Included with all new EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Virtual (software) Instruments.
User interface custom designed for each virtual instrument, including only the controls needed.
64-bit support** allows you to load many more instruments and voices, limited only by your system RAM.
Easy to use browser displays all of your instruments. Interface automatically changes to display current instrument.
Articulation list shows all expressions within the instrument. No need to look up key-switches.
Real time performance analysis detects legato and repetitive playing and responds accordingly.
Stereo handling allows swapping left and right channels, mono from left, mono from right, or mono sum.
Load, unload, mix, pan, mute mic positions with built-in mic mixer (Pianos, Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Choirs).
The best sounding and most powerful effects engine available, including impulse response reverb, filters, and specialized effects such as Artificial Double Tracking (ADT).
Highest quality resampling engine.
Custom engine allows us to design instruments without compromise.
Easy authorization system puts licenses on hardware iLok, allowing you to take your software on any computer.
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.
Load as many instruments as your computer can handle in one application.
AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, PPC Mac, Windows XP and Vista, 64-bit, 32-bit
PC: VST™, ASIO™, RTAS™
Mac: VST™, Audio Units™, Core Audio™, RTAS™
More details about the new iLok copy protection for our PLAY SYSTEM powered products is available here
**MAC 64-bit support is not yet available.
25 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.
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.
EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix
8, 7, Vista
8, 7, Vista
6.07 or higher
6 or higher
7 or higher
3 or higher
7.2 or higher
6.02 or higher
7.4 to 10
Pro Tools 116
6.0 or higher9
6.2 or higher
4.0.54 or higher
2.0 or higher
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. Cubase 5 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.
4: FL Studio is only supported while in 32-bit operation currently.
5: 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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"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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