EastWest Quantum Leap Silk

Virtual Instruments Collection, 25GB, with Chinese, Persian, and Indian Instruments and Included 64-bit PLAY Advanced Sample Engine - Mac/PC AAX Native, AU, VST
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Expressive Instruments From China, Persia, and India!

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Quantum Leap Silk includes an astounding collection of Silk Road instruments from China, Persia, and India. With over 25GB of content—all instruments captured in multi-sample detail—Quantum Leap Silk delivers an extensive range of articulations, for smooth, natural-sounding phrase performances using the custom PLAY sample engine. From the electric cello to the kemenche to the erhu, dilruba, dizi, and far beyond—you'll find and impressive range of unusual ethnic string, brass, and wind instruments, in always-first-class Quantum Leap fashion, with the Silk collection.

Quantum Leap Silk at a Glance:
  • Incredibly detailed 25GB collection of Silk Road instruments
  • Includes the custom PLAY interface

Incredibly detailed 25GB collection of Silk Road instruments
This ambitious collection from Quantum Leap encompasses a stunning range of instruments, found at the hearts of Chinese, Persian, and Indian cultures. All captured with an unwavering attention to detail, Quantum Leap recorded master musicians at EastWest Studios and Capitol Studios, using vintage Neumann micropohones through Neve consoles and Meitner converters. Quantum Leap Silk delivers an extensive set of articulations, legato scripting, alternate sampling, and phrasing, to give performances with Silk natural, smooth sound. What's more, for the first time ever in a Quantum Leap collection, you can adapt the instruments using dozens of micro-tunings, to adjust them to the key of your choice. Read on below to see the complete list of instruments included in EastWest Quantum Leap Silk.

Includes the custom PLAY interface
The Quantum Leap Silk includes the custom PLAY advanced sample engine, designed to give you deep access to the sounds within Silk. This 64-bit interface (with 32-bit support as well) lets you load many instruments and voices—up to the maximum your RAM will allow. It also offers built-in networking support, so you can load instruments on other machines and control them from your host computer—it's a professional, fully integrated solution for the most demanding production environments. And, for easy navigation, all of the instruments in the collection are listed in one browser. A favorites section lets you group the instruments you use most and you can even preview instruments in a simple column viewer. An articulations list lets you reference all expressions within the instruments—so there's no need to look up key-switches in charts. Other features include Legato detection, stereo handling, and a built-in microphone mixer, so you can control all microphone positions expressively. What's more, there's a built-in effects engine with a premium reverb section, featuring multiple impulse responses from concert halls and EastWest's premier studios. PLAY works as an AAX Native, AU, VST, and plug-in and can also work standalone on Mac and PC computers.

Quantum Leap Silk Features:
  • Incredibly detailed Silk Road instruments from China, Persia and India.
  • 25GB instrument: 20GB of multi-samples and 5GB of authentic performances
  • Recorded legato intervals for erhu, zhonghu, jinhu, electric cello, kemenche, duduk, 30 piece string section, dilruba, bansuri
  • aster musicians recorded at East West Studios and Capitol Studios, using vintage Neumann microphones, Neve consoles and Meitner converters
Instruments from Persia
  • Electric Cello (bowed string)
  • Kemenche (bowed string)
  • Nay (wind)
  • Duduk (wind)
  • Tar (string)
  • Qanun (string)
  • 30 piece string section (bowed string)
Instruments from China
  • Erhu (bowed string)
  • Zhonghu (bowed string)
  • Jinhu (bowed string)
  • Pipa (string)
  • Guzheng (string)
  • Yangqin (string)
  • Sheng (accordion)
  • Suona low (brass)
  • Suona high (brass)
  • Dizi low (wind)
  • Dizi hi (wind)
  • Xiao (wind)
  • Bawu (wind)
Instruments from India
  • Dilruba (bowed string)
  • Sarod (string)
  • Tanpura (string)
  • Bansuri (wind)
PLAY Advanced Sample Engine
  • Compatible as a AAX Native, VST, AU, and plug-in
  • 64-bit with 32-bit compatibility for PC
  • 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 micro-tuning
  • Improved sound quality with high-resolution audio engine
  • High-fidelity one pole filter for natural cross-fades
  • Stereo image editing is now possible using channel sourcing
System Requirements:
  • 25GB Free Hard Disc Space
  • DVD Drive
  • iLok Security Key, not included
For Mac
  • Required: G5 or Intel Processor, 2GB RAM, Mac OS 10.4 or higher, DVD drive
  • Recommended: Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz or faster processor, 4GB+ RAM, DVD drive
For PC:
  • Required: P4 2.5Ghz or faster, 2GB RAM, Windows XP SP 2 or Vista, sound card with ASIO drivers, DVD drive
  • Recommended: Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz or faster processor, 4GB+ RAM, sound card with ASIO drivers, 64-bit OS and host, DVD drive
Included for both Mac and PC:
  • 32-bit standalone and plug-in versions included
  • 64-bit PC VST (host must support 64-bit VST plugins) and standalone versions included

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Persia, India, China based instrument library
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
iLok Required Account only required
Bit Depth 32-bit, 64-bit
Format Standalone, AAX Native, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz or higher, 8GB RAM minimum (16GB RAM recommended), 7200 RPM drive or faster (SSD recommended)
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Dual 2.1 GHz or higher, 8GB RAM minimum (16GB RAM recommended), 7200 RPM drive or faster (SSD recommended)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number EW-185D

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