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Eastwest offers 50% off Symphonic Orchestra and Pianos

Eastwest has announced it is offering 50% off the retail prices of two critically-acclaimed titles: Eastwest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra and Pianos on all purchases made through March 31, 2012.

Eastwest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra

Recorded by 11-time Grammy nominated classical recording engineer Prof. Keith O. Johnson, and produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, the EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA is the most awarded orchestral collection ever, and the only orchestral collection to be recorded in a “state of the art” concert hall where orchestras mainly perform.

Eastwest/Quantum Leap Pianos

EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP PIANOS is the most detailed collection of the world’s finest grand pianos ever recorded and includes a Bechstein D-280, Steinway D, Bösendorfer 290, and Yamaha C7, each recorded with 3 mixable mic positions.

“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!” said 12-time Grammy winning pianist and composer Herbie Hancock. “The new meaning of heavyweight. Players agreed that EastWest/Quantum Leap has by far the most detailed and biggest-sounding pianos of the bunch.” Said KEYBOARD Magazine.

The PLAY interface includes impulses from the same hall the producers used to record Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs so the pianos can blend with those collections.

Customers can receive 50% off the retail price at Sounds Online and at authorized EastWest dealers now through March 31, 2012.

More information: Sounds Online / Sounds Online (European customers)

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Eastwest releases Quantum Leap Solo Violin sample library

Eastwest has announced the release of Quantum Leap Solo Violin, a world-class solo violin for the most demanding virtual orchestrations.

Eastwest / Quantum Leap Solo Violin

Produced by Nick Phoenix, Quantum Leap Solo Violin is a virtuoso solo violin recorded at Remote Control Productions, a film score facility in Santa Monica, California run by veteran film composer Hans Zimmer and home to the scores of many of today’s top films.

Quantum Leap Solo Violin includes 5 passes of true legatos sampled intervals, Legato soft, legato forte, expressive legato, portamento and fast legato/ trill/ run.

Quantum Leap Solo Violin features round robin up and down bowing on most articulations and is the first violin virtual instrument that can handle very fast playing and live trill playing with ease. All of the basic articulations were sampled as well as various expressive articulations, vibrato styles, and non vibrato.

Quantum Leap Solo Violin has a sound and character ideally suited for film and classical work.

Quantum Leap Solo Violin includes the latest version of EastWest’s PLAY software featuring 2 new solo violin reverb impulses designed to make Quantum Leap Solo Violin blend well with other EastWest/Quantum Leap collections.

Eastwest/Quantum Leap Solo Violin is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Sounds Online (USA + World excl. Europe) / Sounds Online (Europe)

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EastWest offers 50% off with Rocktober 3 Pack HD

Eastwest has announced the return of its popular and updated ROCKTOBER 3 PACK HD special.

Customers can save 50% of the individual retail price of any eligible 3 EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP virtual instruments until October 31, 2011.

EastWest Rocktober 3 Pack HD

The standard edition of the ROCKTOBER 3 PACK HD features some of EASWEST’s latest products; Ministry of Rock 2, The Dark Side, and Spaces Convolution Reverb, all for $599/€459 shipped on a Terabyte hard drive. If customers already own one or more of the standard selection, they can change any or all of the 3 products and still get 50% off the retail price, and they can add as many products as they wish at the same discount. Changes to the standard product selection may increase the overall price. The ROCKTOBER 3 PACK HD includes FREE worldwide shipping and ships on Terapack 2, or customers can choose DVDs. All available selections are included on the 1TB hard drive, and those not purchased can be auditioned for 10 days each, the ultimate way to test drive the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP collection.

Ministry Of Rock 2 was created with one goal in mind: to create a virtual software instrument capable of producing sounds that could actually produce a hit record or film score without any live drum, bass, or guitar overdubs. The Dark Side (2011 MIPA winner) is an unconventional, hip and exciting collection of virtual instruments, some dark and eerie, and some that have been purposely, and skillfully, mangled, distorted, or effected out of all recognition. Spaces Convolution Reverb is a 24-bit, true stereo convolution reverb that sets a new standard by utilizing new impulse recording techniques developed over the past seven years.

Purchasers can add more items to the ROCKTOBER 3 PACK HD and get the same 50% discount. In addition to Ministry of Rock 2, The Dark Side, and Spaces, eligible products include Hollywood Strings Gold, Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Choirs, Symphonic Choirs Bundle, Pianos, Stormdrum 2, Stormdrum Pro Bundle, Voices of Passion, Ministry Of Rock 1, Fab Four, Goliath, Silk, Ra, and Gypsy. Any combination can be built at 50% off the retail price.

The ROCTOBER 3 PACK HD is available until October 31, 2011 for $599 USD / €459 EUR.

More information: SoundsOnline / SoundsOnline Europe

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EASTWEST Hollywood Brass now shipping

EASTWEST has announced it is now shipping Hollywood Brass, a massive 150GB instrument that features unprecedented sound quality and the brand new PLAY 3 playback engine for the very latest in performance and control.

EastWest / Quatum Leap Hollywood Brass

Hollywood Brass adds to EASTWEST’s multiple award-winning Hollywood Strings Virtual Instrument as the second installment in the Hollywood series, once again combining the talents of Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen and Shawn Murphy. Recorded in place at EastWest Studio 1, widely regarded as the “best brass recording room in the entire world” with 5 user-controllable mic positions (Diamond Edition), Hollywood Brass is designed to work seamlessly with Hollywood Strings (and the upcoming Woodwinds and Percussion) for the ultimate in virtual Hollywood scoring.

Hollywood Brass is approximately 150 gigabytes of pure Hollywood magic and includes Solo Trumpet, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trumpets, Solo French Horn, 2 French Horns, 6 French Horns, Solo Trombone, 2 Tenor + 1 Bass Trombone, Solo Tuba, Solo Cimbasso, and a low brass section consisting of 2 Tenor Bones, 1 Bass Trombone, 1 Tuba and 1 Cimbasso. A world-class group of brass artists was gathered for a sampling marathon that lasted for 21 straight 11-hour days followed by a year of post-production.

An exhaustive list of articulations, techniques, and features make Hollywood Brass the most expressive and realistic orchestral brass library on the market. Hollywood Brass also includes new brass reverb impulses taken from the smash hit convolution reverb Quantum Leap SPACES.

EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Hollywood Brass is now available for the introductory price of $795 USD for the Diamond Edition, and $495 USD for the Gold Edition. Offer valid through August 15, 2011 (regular $995/$595 USD MSRP respectively).

More information: Soundsonline / Soundsonline (Europe)

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EastWest releases PLAY 3 + Summer Sale launched

EastWest PLAY 3

EastWest has announced that the PLAY 3 software update is now available for download.

PLAY 3 has been greatly improved and optimized on both Mac and Windows platforms. Sample Streaming and CPU performance have been improved, and for the first time the user can now set their maximum voices all the way up to 2,048, double the amount possible in PLAY 2.

On Mac OS 10.6 and later PLAY is now fully 64-bit, allowing you to load larger projects than ever before. Both saving and loading times are now improved (especially when using our new “Fast Disk Mode”, see below for more information on that).

Apart from optimizations, we have also solved several bugs and known issues that were present in previous versions of PLAY, making this our most stable and robust version to date.

Changes in PLAY 3

  • Optimized performance on all platforms, including increased ‘max voices’ setting now up to 2,048.
  • Added 64 bit compatibility on Mac OS 10.6 (AU, VST, and Standalone).
  • Added ‘Fast Disk Mode’ feature for Mac for enhanced streaming and faster load times.
  • Improved save times.
  • Added ‘autosave’ feature (standalone only).
  • Fixed potential noise bursts.
  • Fixed other minor bugs on all platforms.

The update is recommended for all owners of PLAY 1.0 and above on Mac OS X (10.5 and later Intel Macs) and Windows (all versions).

EastWest has also announced a Summer Sale, offering 40% off sound libraries until July 31st, 2011.

More information: EastWest

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EastWest announces Hollywood Brass, PLAY 3 powered virtual brass instrument

EastWest has announced Hollywood Brass, the second installment in the Hollywood series, once again combining the talents of Shawn Murphy, Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen.

EastWest Hollywood Brass

Recorded in place at EastWest Studio 1, widely regarded as the “best brass recording room in the entire world” with 5 true mic positions, Hollywood Brass is designed to work seamlessly with Hollywood Strings (and the upcoming Woodwinds and Percussion). Running on the next generation and completely revamped engine, PLAY 3, Hollywood Brass will run flawlessly on your system along with Hollywood Strings. This is also exciting news for current Hollywood Strings users, as PLAY 3 and the new Hollywood Strings program update are free to all users.

Hollywood Brass is approximately 150 gigabytes of pure Hollywood magic. A world class group of brass artists, worthy of a Shawn Murphy recording, was gathered for this brass sampling marathon which lasted for 21 straight 11 hour days followed by a year of post production.

Hollywood Brass gives you complete control over the players and includes:

Solo Trumpet, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trumpets, Solo French Horn, 2 French Horns, 6 French Horns, Solo Trombone, 2 Tenor + 1 Bass Trombone, Solo Tuba, Solo Cimbasso and a low brass section consisting of : 2 Tenor Bones, 1 Bass trombone, 1 tuba and 1 cimbasso

But most importantly check out our articulations chart which really shows how far we went to create the ultimate orchestral brass library. No Shortcuts here!!

Hollywood Brass also includes new brass reverb impulses taken from the smash hit convolution reverb Quantum Leap SPACES.

Hollywood Brass features

  • Produced by Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, and Thomas Bergersen.
  • Sound engineered by Shawn Murphy (Academy Award, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society), BAFTA, and EMMY award-winng sound engineer).
  • Extensive multiple-dynamic “true legato” solo and ensemble brass, with multiple sized sections and mutes.
  • 5 user-mixable mic positions, extensive articulations, and no shortcuts!
  • Includes new PLAY 3 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC, powerful scripting for ease of use, more user control and detail than any other collection, all recorded in the world famous EASTWEST Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes.

Hollywood Brass will be available July 10th, 2011. Introductory prices for Hollywood Brass Diamond and Gold editions are available.

More information: SoundsOnline / Hollywood Brass

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EastWest ships Best Service ElectraX in US

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Best Service / Tone2 ElectraX

EastWest has announced it in now distributing the Best Service ElectraX virtual instrument in the US market.

Created in cooperation with Tone2 and Best Service, ElectraX is not only four powerful synthesizers in one interface – it’s the next generation of high-end audio equipment.

ElectraX lets you explore the vast musical universe of multi-synthesis oscillators, analog modelled filters, chaotic fractals, samples, psychoacoustic processing, flexible modulation and an immense sonic range. Combine multiple polyphonic or monophonic synthesizers and 13 different synthesis methods to create incredible results. The comfortable preset management provides instant access to a large library of sounds by professional designers. This version includes an exclusive sample/wavetable pack produced by Best Service.

All this comes with an easy-to-use interface, high-end sound quality and remarkable low CPU usage for an instrument as feature-rich as ElectraX.

ElectraX is available in the US for $249 USD (MSRP).

More information: SoundsOnline / ElectraX

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