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    Stormdrum 2 Virtual Instrument

    Overview

    Essential for film, TV, and game work! "Beautifully recorded, there is a stunning range of instruments on offer. The big sounds are absolutely huge-powerful and punchy-and the smaller ones are suitably delicate and ethereal. Providing your system is up to it, you'll be creating scores that people will never know have been made not on a Hollywood soundstage, but on a computer." - MUSIC TECH

    VIDEO TUTORIAL — Alex Pfeffer shows how he used SD2 for his demo "Herophobia." Click below for a high-quality MP4 video or high-res Quicktime MOV file:

    QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION is the sequel to QUANTUM LEAP STORMDRUM (one of the best selling acoustic percussion based virtual instruments ever released).

    QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION is over twice the size of the original Stormdrum, featuring over 12 Gigabytes of ALL NEW (except the included Metallica black drum kit from Ministry Of Rock) acoustic percussion instruments. The unique selection of drums and percussion included exceeds all other collections. As a sequel to STORMDRUM it sets new standards that will exceed the expectations of everyone who owns a QUANTUM LEAP product.

    Included is the new advanced EASTWEST PLAY sample engine offering both 64-bit and 32-bit support.

    "I am using SD2 right now on Terminator 4."

    — Danny Elfman

    Also included are 100+ film score oriented MIDI PERFORMANCES, each with dozens of variations, intros and endings from bombastic to hypnotic. The PLAY software allows for millions of variations of each midi performance so you can create custom performances at any tempo without any loss of sound quality because the samples are not time-stretched, only the sequencer tempo is changed. Want to slow it down from 120 BPM to 50 BPM? Simply change the tempo of your sequence, the sounds will remain pristine. Want to change the tone to something more aggressive, or something more subtle? Simply change the dynamics and marvel as 24 velocity multi-sampled percussion creates a completely new sound. Want to tune, add effects or filters to specific drums? No problem. Want to mute specific sounds and play in your own parts? No problem. Sound replacement? No problem. Like the sound of a performance, but don't like the rhythm? Simply use the current multi to create your own rhythms.

    "Having new sounds at my fingertips is always an inspiration and these new PLAY plug-ins have plenty of great sounds to choose from."

    — James Newton Howard

    Drawing from the secret collections of three percussionists, QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION features some of the most amazing, and unique multi-sampled percussion imaginable, all recorded with vintage Neumann microphones in the famous EASTWEST STUDIO 1 (formally United-Western) for that unmistakable Hollywood sound-stage vibe and a sound far beyond any other commercial percussion collection.

    QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION takes the concept to a whole new level. Studio 1 at the new EASTWEST STUDIOS (formally United-Western) is one of the best sounding percussion recording studios anywhere. It is very similar to the top Hollywood sound-stages, but with a more refined sound. The studio has one of the best mic collections in the world, and rare vintage recording equipment that is sonically superior to any I have used previously. Digital transfers were done through very expensive Meitner converters.

    "The entire line of Quantum Leap 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 new PLAY engine makes the instruments top of their field."

    — Brian Tyler

    I got access to some fantastic percussion collections and purchased everything I could. I even contacted Remo and had them build me the largest floor tom ever built (42"x42" +legs)! As a teenager, I remember seeing Mickey Hart playing some gigantic Remo rack toms with the Grateful Dead. That sound always stuck with me. SD1 had a cool patch called "Thunder Ensemble". This was six musicians hitting large drums in unison in a warehouse. SD2 has the "Earthquake Ensemble", which is eleven musicians hitting huge, large and sometimes smaller drums in unison in EASTWEST studio 1.

    There are many gems in SD2 and lots of subtle beautiful sounds as well. I collected many small Tibetan bells over the years and you'll find these together in one beautiful patch. Troels Follman contributed his hang-drum samples which are very unique. Other unique instruments are the Whale Drum, Giant Tongue Drum and Octaplus 9 action toms. The sound design percussion is pretty special too, as is the Glitched Electronic Percussion. There is plenty of very detailed conventional percussion included also.

    "SD2 is simply a must-have library for any serious musician working today. Whether you use the massive stacked sounds or build your own from the meticulously recorded elements SD2 provides, a composer can achieve anything from a majestic, percussive wall of sound to a violent, edgy hit or a gentle and subtly articulated rhythm. The MIDI files that accompany SD2 are incredibly flexible and fun to work with, without the limitations of an audio loop. The SD2 library is of the highest quality and I use it literally every day."

    — Joel Goldsmith

    Generally there is a lot of velocity switching going on and some round robin (alternate) sample switching. The sounds are usually organized with the middle of the drum hits on the lowest keys, and as you move up the keys, the hits move to the outside of the drum. Use CC11 volume and CC12 pan inside your sequencer, because they work per midi channel, unlike CC7 and CC10 which control the entire instance of PLAY's volume and pan. The mod-wheel controls a fantastic filter which can give the sounds more life and sound design options.

    The MIDI PERFORMANCES included in QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION are in type 0 midi file format. This means that 16 tracks of midi data is compressed into a single midi file data stream. You can playback the data as is, or expand it onto 16 tracks using the expand/unpack function in your sequencer. Set up a template that allocates 16 tracks to PLAY, midi channel 1-16. Once expanded, you have access to every parameter of the sequence, as if you had created it yourself. Tempo, muting instruments, adding instruments and parts, changing the tone using velocity and controllers, quantizing etc... are all possible. If you are not experienced with creating MIDI percussion performances, they might be educational too. The .ewi multi files that contain the 16 sound patches for each midi performance are also useful as templates to create your own MIDI performances.

    You may want to add some reverb on top of the natural sound-stage ambience, as is typically done in film-scores. PLAY's convolution reverb is perfect for this. The delay is useful also. Use the stereo width control to widen the sound-stage, and channel sourcing to get a mono signal for exact placement in the stereo field. You'll find that the left and right channels often sound quite different, which is useful.

    QUICK FACTS

    QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION is a new and improved concept that is destined to become the new standard for years to come.

    • Produced by NICK PHOENIX
    • Includes over 12 Gigabytes of percussion insanity!
    • Includes 100+ MIDI Performance files
    • Includes PLAY advanced 64-bit (with 32-bit compatibility) software engine

    Reviews

    "I had high expectations for SD2 because of how good the original StormDrum library was, and because of sound designer Nick Phoenix's reputation of releasing high-quality sound libraries. I was not disappointed with this second go-around of completely fresh material.

    "The powerful, forcedul, driving, exhilarating, mix-ready samples out-of-the-box are to die for, especially if you score for flm or video. Even better are the included MIDI loops that allowed me to actually see how a loop was constructed in full detail, and easily remove anything out of a loop that I didn't care for. Those of you looking for a more eclectic, and dare I say unique selection of drums, this library should not be missed. SD2 is highly recommended, from film composer to drum connoisseur."

    — Devon Brent, Recording, January 2009


    "Beautifully recorded, there is a stunning range of instruments on offer, from gongs, buddha bells and a Roman war drum to all manner of things you've probably never heard of. Each is unique and brilliantly suited to film music, whether it's as part of an exhilarating chase scene or subtle mood enhance. The big sounds are absolutely huge-powerful and punchy-and the smaller ones are suitably delicate and ethereal. Providing your system is up to it, you'll be creating scores that people will never know have been made not on a Hollywood soundstage, but on a computer."

    — MUSIC TECH


    "This is an overwhelming truckload of fresh percussion to have dropped at one's fingertips. Thanks to the acoustics of that gorgeous Hollywood soundstage, you feel the sound as much as you hear it. It shakes your bones and brings tears to your eyes for its sonic purity, majesty and realism. You totally forget you're playing a VI; that's what makes SD2 the "big percussion" instrument on the market today."

    — REMIX


    "Ok, the phrase "big ass drum" is definitely pigeonholing Stormdrum 2, but when I find myself showing off what SD2 can do, I'm loading up the epic bangers of the Godzilla set or the Earthquake ensemble or the likes and just pound away. It's an instant wow factor demonstrating the presence and quality of some of these drums. SD2, the hands down winner of percussion libraries."

    — MUSIC4GAMES


    "Stormdrum 2 contains 16,000 samples, and I don't even want to think about how long it took to record the countless performances in Gypsy and Voices Of Passion. There's a sense of devotion about these projects, the long months spent recording and programming seeming to go well beyond the call of duty. As a consequence, each of the three Play titles is an artistic success. Sample libraries don't get much better than these, and any composer with an ear for sound will find much inspirational material in them."

    — SOUND ON SOUND


    "If you're doing Film/TV work, ya gotta have it. The sounds are really that amazing."

    — FILM MUSIC MAGAZINE

    FULL REVIEW — SOUND ON SOUND

    Cited modestly by its creator as "the most successful acoustic percussion library ever released", Quantum Leap's Stormdrum has won many fans since its release four years ago. This being a product aimed at the Hollywood movie industry, there had to a sequel, and sure enough we now find ourselves confronted by 'Stormdrum 2 ‹ The Next Generation'. (I like to think the subtitle is ironic.) The brutal metallic graphics alone are enough to scare anyone half to death, so it was with trembling fingers that I tore open the box and installed the library.

    Hang drums, just one of the many types of unusual percussion instruments to be found in Stormdrum 2. What I found was a very satisfying mix of ethnic and processed percussion, presented as separate hits and also blended together in various fiendishly clever ways. The variety of sounds is enormous, as can be seen by a quick look at the instrument list above. Rather than souping up the samples with EQ and compression, the producers concentrated on capturing the natural resonance of the drums and added a very pleasing room ambience. This means that while the timbales (for example) don't clang manically like the ones in the theme tune of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, big drums such as the giant odaiko and large, ambient dumbek really boom out impressively as nature intended. This boomy quality reaches its zenith in 'Earthquake Ensemble', a collection of low-pitched drums whose seismic rumble is capable of demolishing a row of houses. It's the kind of percussion sound that film composer Hans Zimmer is known for, with a low bass end designed to shake the walls of cinemas equipped with 5.1 surround systems.

    Although culturally aware, the library is by no means purist; the producer thinks nothing of bunging a lot of reverb on a sample if it helps it achieve its effect. Consequently the massive, reverb-enhanced crescendo hits in the patch 'Rumpfs' sound absolutely devastating. But it's not all big bangs: some of the smaller hand drums sound very tuneful, making it easy to program more delicate grooves. I found some of the nomenclature a little unhelpful: the 'Malaysian' djembe sounds exactly like the African drum of the same name and the Indonesian 'bongos' sound more like high-pitched clay drums. I thought the intriguingly-named Roman war drum was going to raise the roof, but it turns out to have a rather pacific sound, somewhat like a softly-played tImpani! The drum performances are comprehensive and varied, and it's good to hear brushes as well as sticks used on some of them.

    There's a lot of very nice stuff in the metals department: the bell-like Asian bowl gongs (bowed and hit), some great large gongs (including deep Javanese-sounding specimens), the obligatory spooky waterphone, scary piano noises and even an "80-foot metal bridge". (How did they get that in the car on the way to the studio?) The stand-out instrument for me was the 'hang drum', a resonant, metal, drum-like instrument that produces tuneful pitches in the manner of a Caribbean steel drum, but with a much softer, more beautiful sound. I found myself jamming along for ages with its attractive, understated, almost gamelan-like tones (which are tuned to a D-minor scale). For those who need a drum kit, Quantum Leap have included a scaled-down version of the 'Black' Gretsch kit from Ministry Of Rock. A set of powerful tom-tom samples from different kits recorded at the MOR sessions (but not used in that library) are also included.

    Acoustic percussion is only half the story, a large part of Stormdrum 2 centres on processed 'sound design' percussion, much of it distorted, reversed and generally messed up. This kind of thing has been done before, but SD2's programmers have a talent for creating hip, contemporary noises that work well for programmed rhythm patterns, especially in conjunction with the library's giant drums. To get you in the programming mood, 106 MIDI files are included, in a variety of tempos. Each has its own multi-instrument set-up; the moods range from Alien 2-style military snares and bass drums to BT-esque fuzzed-up breakbeats. There are so many fantastic electronic noises in there I couldn't begin to describe them ‹ suffice it to say that they rock, big time.

    Play Away

    Reviewing these wildly disparate sound libraries gave me the opportunity to get more familiar with the Play audio engine. The absence of on-screen multiple sound slots gives the erroneous impression that it's a single-instrument player, but in fact one instance of Play can handle multiple instruments operating independently on up to 16 MIDI channels. To create a multi-channel setup, you load a selection of instruments (choosing the 'Add' option rather than 'Replace'); their names are then listed in the Instrument window, and clicking on one reveals its individual screen display, where you can select the instrument's MIDI channel (which may be set to 'omni') and/or alter its volume, pan, ADSR and effects settings. It's a simple, flexible and effective system that enables you to quickly build complex setups without having to continually look at a cluttered screen.

    Stormdrum 2 contains 16,000 samples, and I don't even want to think about how long it took to record the countless performances in Gypsy and Voices Of Passion. There's a sense of devotion about these projects, the long months spent recording and programming seeming to go well beyond the call of duty. As a consequence, each of the three Play titles is an artistic success. Sample libraries don't get much better than these, and any composer with an ear for sound will find much inspirational material in them."

    — SOUND ON SOUND


    FULL REVIEW — FILM MUSIC MAGAZINE

    As a former percussion major and as someone who's spent many an hour on the scoring stages of Los Angeles with some of the best percussionists in the world, I am mightily impressed. But as someone who writes and produces, I am grateful, because what I'm hearing in Storm Drum 2, just with the percussion, and not the MIDI performances, is the caliber of percussive sound I've heard so often at Fox, MGM, Universal and Warner Brothers studios that I can now use in my music.

    As a composer, Storm Drum 2 is the percussion section I always wanted as a composer. I'm confident that if Jerry Goldsmith were alive today, he would echo my sentiments, as so many of the sounds I'm hearing I've heard live in many memorable sessions.

    This is a great collection that offers no end of possibilities for those involved not only in dramatic scoring, but who also want one crackin' good drumset that can handle a variety of musical assignments.

    There's also the matter of sound quality. PLAY sounds great. In fact, I like the sound of PLAY much better than I do Kontakt as it's a little brighter and clearer. I like Kontakt, but I always felt the audio sound of GigaStudio was far superior. The PLAY audio engine is in that tradition. The clarity and precision sound is just outstanding.

    If you're doing Film/TV work, ya gotta have it. The sounds are really that amazing.

    Instruments and Articulations

      • Black Kit Basic MOR
      • Black Toms Power 6
      • Black Toms Soundstage 6
      • Ludwig Toms Soundstage 3
      • Octaplus Mallet Toms 9
      • Octaplus Rod Toms 9
      • Octaplus Stick Toms 9
      • Octaplus Toms Monster 9
      • Octaplus Toms Power 9
      • Octaplus Toms Soundstage 9
      • Orchestral Cymbal Rolls
      • Orchestral Marching Kit
      • The Beast SR
      • The Beast
      • African Bowl drums
      • Brushed Drums
      • Chinese Kettle Drums
      • Custom Bongos
      • Custom Congas
      • Darabuka with Metals
      • Dholak
      • Dynasty O Daiko
      • Earthquake Ensemble
      • Giant Ambient Dumbek
      • Indonesian Bongos
      • Malaysian Djembe
      • Moroccoan Darubaka
      • Nagado Fortissimo
      • Nepalese Two-Headed Drum
      • O Daiko Set SR
      • O Daiko Set
      • Roman War Drum
      • Table Hits
      • Timbales
      • Tong Zi Set
      • Udu
      • 11 Bowl Gongs
      • Action Melody rev
      • Action Melody
      • Aluminaphone
      • Bowed Bowl Timp
      • Bowed Cymbal
      • Bowed Superball Gongs
      • Brake Drums
      • Cajun Triangle
      • Chinese Cymbal
      • Finger Cymbal 1
      • Finger Cymbal 2
      • Finger Cymbal 3
      • Finger Cymbal 4
      • Giant Buddha Bell
      • Gongs 7inch to 22inch
      • Gongs 24inch to 35inch
      • Hang Drum
      • Indian Hi Bells
      • Indian Low Bells
      • Large Riq
      • Mallet Waterphone
      • Metal Bridge
      • Metal Objects
      • Opera Gong
      • Persian Castanets
      • Prepared FX
      • Spring Drum
      • Tibetan Prayer Circle
      • Waterphone
      • Whale Drum
      • 12 ft Log Drums
      • Aboriginal Percussion
      • Anklungs
      • Bamboo Sticks
      • Chinese Noisemaker
      • Chinese Opera Blocks
      • Clacks
      • Danmo
      • Devil Chasers
      • Tambourines
      • Ticki-Ticki
      • Tongue Drum MOD
      • Vietnamese Shakers and Rattles
      • 120 bpm glitched drone
      • 120 bpm glitched drums
      • 125 bpm glitched drone
      • 125 bpm glitched drums
      • 130 bpm glitched drone
      • 130 bpm glitched drums
      • 135 bpm glitched drone
      • 135 bpm glitched drums
      • 140 bpm glitched drone
      • 140 bpm glitched drums
      • 150 bpm glitched drone
      • 150 bpm glitched drums
      • 160 bpm glitched drone
      • 160 bpm glitched drums
      • Ambient Contortion
      • Ambient Largeness
      • Deja Vu
      • Distorbia
      • Fuzzbox
      • Godzilla Hits SR
      • Godzilla Hits
      • Neural Exposure
      • Old Skool Neve
      • Panic Attack
      • Psycho FX
      • Radiostatic Anomaly
      • Rumpfs
      • Stutter Maker high
      • Stutter Maker low
      • Stutter Maker reg
      • Swoosh Maker high
      • Swoosh Maker low
      • Swoosh Maker reg
      • Anklungs ZEN m
      • Brushed Drums ZEN m
      • Brushed Drums ZEN
      • Danmo ZEN m
      • Darabuka with Metals ZEN
      • Devil Chasers ZEN
      • Dholak ZEN
      • Earthquake Ensemble ZEN
      • Godzilla Hits ZEN
      • Hang Drum ZEN
      • Indonesian Bongos ZEN m
      • Malaysian Djembe ZEN
      • Moroccoan Darubaka ZEN
      • Nepalese 2hd Drum ZEN m
      • Orchestral Marching ZEN
      • Taikos ZEN
      • The Beast ZEN
      • Tibetan Prayer Circle ZEN
      • Ticki-Ticki ZEN
      • Tong Zi Set ZEN
      • Udu ZEN
      • Whale Drum ZEN

      Loop Features

      QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION does not offer loops. Instead we give you 100 MIDI performances created with Roland VDrums and Zendrum percussion controllers. What this means is that you can change ANYTHING with no sound quality loss.

      • Want to slow it down from 120 BPM to 50 BPM? Simply change the tempo of your sequence, the sounds will remain pristine
      • Want to change the tone to something more aggressive, or something more subtle? Simply change the dynamics and marvel as 24 velocity multi-sampled percussion creates a completely new sound
      • Want to tune, add effects or filters to specific drums? No problem
      • Want to mute specific sounds and play in your own parts? No problem
      • Sound replacement? No problem
      • Like the sound of a performance, but don't like the rhythm? Simply use the current multi to create your own rhythms
      • MIDI PERFORMANCES: 100 film score oriented midi performances, each with dozens of variations, intros and endings from bombastic to hypnotic are included
      • Software allows for millions of variations of each midi performance so you can create custom performances at any tempo

      Stormdrum 2 Pro Upgrade

      QUANTUM LEAP SD2 PRO is an expansion for Quantum Leap SD2 - The Next Generation with over 4 gigabytes of additional samples. QUANTUM LEAP SD2 PRO is only available as an upgrade to registered owners of SD2 - The Next Generation.

      QUANTUM LEAP SD2 PRO features an additional 2.5 gigabytes of brand new recordings featuring tremendous new ensembles and solo percussion instruments. As a bonus, you will receive an additional 1.5 gigabytes of the best multi-samples from the original QUANTUM LEAP STORMDRUM.

      QUANTUM LEAP SD2 PRO and QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - The Next Generation contain a combined total of over 16 gigabytes of the best acoustic percussion instruments currently available. The unique selection of drums and percussion included exceeds all other collections. As a sequel to STORMDRUM and SD2 all together set new standards that will exceed the expectations of everyone who owns a QUANTUM LEAP product.

      New Ensemble Instruments:

      • Chinese Lion drums: 3 giant drums played by 6 percussionists
      • Middle Earth Ensemble: Performed by 8 percussionists playing various bass drums, floor drums and small toms. These are the best sounding big drums we have ever done.
      • Persian Battle Drums: 2 large battle drums
      • Trailer Toms: A set of 8 huge tom ensembles, Out of the box trailer sound. Middle Earth + Trailer Toms = SCARY

      New Solo Instruments:

      • Mridangam: 2 headed Indian drum capable of dozens of tones like tablas, but with a different harmonic structure. Played by a lifetime Mridangam master. 10 way round robin program that captures every aspect of this instrument. 1000 perfect samples whittled down from 3000 samples taken originally.
      • Brushed Percussion: Following in the tradition of the brushed percussion from SD2, we sampled 10 new drums played with a variety of brushed techniques.
      • Khamak: Rare Indian stringed percussion instrument with a wild sound.
      • Daf: Persian hand drum. Beautiful high pitched drum.
      • Chinese Toms: Beautiful sounding Chinese toms set of 4.
      • Chinese Gongs: Various new Chinese gongs played with many techniques.
      • Chinese Cymbals: Various new Chinese cymbals played with many techniques.
      • Chinese Blocks: Chinese blocks.

      Interface

      Stormdrum 2 is powered by EASTWEST'S PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine

      Stormdrum 2 Interface Thumbnail
      SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION: 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.

      FEATURES

      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!

      Networking Support*

      • 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

      Articulations

      • 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

      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

      • 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)

      Supported Platforms

      • 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
      Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X

      SUMMARY

      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
      • Complete portability

      *This feature will be available after release as a free download for all registered users.

      System Requirements

      • 13 GB Free Hard Disc Space
      • DVD Drive
      • 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

      Please note, to use some of the larger MIDI file performances, you will need a recommended system. For those with slower systems, here are some tips to improve performance.

      If your system is below our recommended specifications, here are some tips for optimizing PLAY and SD2:

      1. Install samples on a fast drive that is not too full. Make sure all software is up to date.
      2. Change PLAY's streaming settings to buffer factor 5
      3. Change audio driver buffer to 512 or even 1024 if you just need to mix down an SD2 performance.
      4. Turn off reverb.
      5. Mute some tracks of an SD2 performance and render in two passes. Maybe separate the low drums from the hi frequency drums, so you have two audio mixes that can be processed later.

      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

      All Systems

      • 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.

      Supported Interfaces

      • PC: VST™, ASIO™, RTAS™
      • Mac: VST™, Audio Units™, Core Audio™, RTAS™

      EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

      Supported Host Mac
      OS X
      (Intel)
      Windows
      XP
      (32-bit)
      Windows
      XP
      (64-bit)
      Windows
      8, 7, Vista
      (32-bit)
      Windows
      8, 7, Vista
      (64-bit)
      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
      Performer YES5 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. 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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