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, using vintage Neumann microphones, Neve consoles and Meitner converters
PLAY 64 bit (and 32-bit) interface features state of the art convolution reverb, scripting and new revolutionary micro-tuning system
With the combination of Silk, Ra, and Gypsy collections you have the most detailed and expressive ethnic instruments ever produced.
“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), 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.”
"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: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Lost
James Newton Howard
"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
"The EastWest/Quantum Leap instruments are a unique and valuable tool, and have become a key component of my writing, recording and producing process."
- Zedd, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande
"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, Shrek, 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
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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