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EastWest Quantum Leap Silk - Ethnic Instruments

Quantum Leap Silk

EastWest Quantum Leap Silk - Ethnic Instruments

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Product Description for the EastWest Quantum Leap Silk - Ethnic Instruments

Quantum Leap Silk

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

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”

— Audiomidi

“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.”

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.


Quantum Leap Silk

  • 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.
  • Load as many instruments as your computer can handle in one application.
  • AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac 7 and later, Windows 7 and later, 64-bit, 32-bit

System Requirements

  • 25 GB Free Hard Disc Space


  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming


  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
  • 8GB RAM
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming


  • Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming


  • Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer)
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming
Brand East West
Weight 2.0000
Dimensions (WxHxD) No

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