East West Quantum Leap Complete Composers Collection


Torley offers his first impressions of the East West Quantum Leap Complete Composers Collection, a gargantuan collection of virtual instruments.

These are not intended to be reviews of the sound libraries or musical performances. Instead, Torley demonstrates the ranges of sounds available in the Composers Collection and riffs on the sounds.

Quantum Leap Silk Virtual Instrument

At the 2009 NAMM Show, Eastwest/Quantum Leap introduced Quantum Leap SILK – a virtual (software) instrument that features a collection of historic and unique string and woodwind instruments from China, Persia and India.

I was able to check SILK out at NAMM, and it’s an awesome-sounding sound library that’s likely to see a lot of work on soundtracks.

The instruments featured in SILK are multi-sampled and feature extensive articulations, interval sampling (where appropriate), round robin (alternate samples) and phrases to give the feeling of smooth effortless performance. Continue reading

Quantum Leap Forbidden Planet

Winter NAMM Show: EASTWEST previewed Quantum Leap Forbidden Planet, a virtual sample-based synth collection of more than 1,000 cutting-edge presets which allows users to combine, morph, process and modulate sample-based sounds.

I’m not sure if it’s the sounds or the graphics, but their preview video reminded me of BT’s This Binary Universe.

Forbidden Planet is geared towards film, TV and game composers as well as hard-driving electronica, gothic punk, industrial and ambient composers. Continue reading

EastWest’s Quantum Leap “Gypsy”

Quantum Leap GypsyMusikMesse: EastWest introduced Quantum Leap Gypsy, a collection of detailed virtual instruments aimed at film, TV and game composers. The nylon string guitar, violin and trombone can play in both gypsy and classical styles.

“All of the guitars were sampled with up and down strokes, many velocities and picking styles, various picking angles, release trails, chords and effects,” states Quantum Leap Gypsy producer Nick Phoenix. “Gypsy’s guitars, played by top Los Angeles session guitarist David Kole, simply have to be heard to be believed.”

The violin and trombone feature many articulations, repetitions and even true legato intervals. The trombone in Quantum Leap Gypsy was recorded in EASTWEST Studio 1 (formerly United-Western Studios) in Hollywood California, referred to by many engineers as “the best brass room on the planet.”

The accordions feature multiple setups, all with air flow in and out samples as well as expressive samples, chords and left-hand bass. True to its name, Gypsy also features a gypsy percussion program and extensive flamenco dancers’ foot stomps, as well as traditional castanets. Continue reading