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EastWest releases Complete Composers Collection HD

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EastWest Complete Composers Collection

EastWest has announced an upgrade of its popular Complete Composers Collection (HD), a collection of virtual instruments on a hard drive.

At $995, this customizable bundle is the most inexpensive way to obtain seven EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP virtual instruments, which now ship on a 1TB high performance Western Digital Black Caviar internal hard drive, which avoids the tedious and time consuming process of installation from dozens of DVDs.

The standard version of the Complete Composers Collection HD includes seven of EW/QL’s most popular virtual instruments for music, film, TV, and game composers: EW/QL Symphonic Orchestra Gold, EW/QL Pianos Gold, EW/QL Symphonic Choirs, Quantum Leap Goliath, Quantum Leap Stormdrum 2, Quantum Leap Voices of Passion, and Quantum Leap RA. Individually, these products retail for more than $3,000, including the free hard drive. Purchased in the Complete Composers Collection HD upgrade, they are more than 67% off at $995.

The Complete Composers Collection HD can be customized by replacing any of the standard titles with any other EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP title at the same percentage discount off the retail price. Changes may increase the overall bundle price, but enables purchasers to get the absolute best price on these award-winning products.

The Complete Composers Collection HD is available with free shipping until October 31, 2010 for $995 USD / 699 EUR (Standard version).

More information: SoundsOnline / Complete Composers Collection

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EastWest announces Rocktober Special

EastWest Rocktober Special

EastWest has announced the Rocktober Special, a chance to save 53% off the individual retail price of any 3 EastWest/Quantum Leap virtual instruments in October.

The standard edition of the ROCKTOBER PACK features MINISTRY OF ROCK, GOLIATH, and FAB FOUR. If purchasers have one or more of the standard selection, they can change any or all of the 3 virtual instruments and still get more than 53% off the retail price. The product selection may increase the overall price.

Sound on Sound Magazine called MINISTRY OF ROCK “a screeching, howling, booming, clanging, clattering, bashing noise-fest that will fool your neighbors into thinking you have a tame death-metal band lurking in your studio”. MOR is a huge modern day rock toolkit that covers a myriad of styles that’s perfect for songwriters and composers.

GOLIATH is a massive virtual instrument that includes over 180 instruments and over 600 patches. It features Drums, percussion, guitars, keyboards, pianos, orchestra, choir/vocals and more. GOLIATH is a Swiss army knife of songwriting/composing that you will reach for time and time again.

Inspired by the signature sounds of the Beatles, the MIPA Award-Winning FAB FOUR includes authentic and rare acoustic and electric guitars, basses, drums, keyboards, stringed and other misc instruments, all played through and recorded on the same kind of vintage equipment used at Abbey Road Studios by Beatle’s engineer KEN SCOTT and EASTWEST multiple-award winning producer DOUG ROGERS.

The ROCKTOBER PACK can be customized to suit a customer’s individual needs. Eligible products include Quantum Leap Ministry Of Rock, EW/QL Goliath, EW Fab Four, EW/QL Pianos, Quantum Leap Gypsy, Quantum Leap Ra, Quantum Leap Silk, EW/QL Symphonic Choirs, EW/QL Symphonic Choirs Bundle, EW/QL Symphonic Orchestra, Quantum Leap Stormdrum 2, Quantum Leap Stormdrum PRO Bundle, and Quantum Leap Voices of Passion. Any combination can be built at over 53% off the retail price.

The Rocktober Pack is available until October 31, 2010 for $595 USD / 429 EUR. Custom packs are hand assembled and shipped in one package, usually ship within 2 business days.

More information: SoundsOnline / SoundsOnline Europe

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EastWest / Quantum Leap releases Hollywood Strings

EastWest / Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings

EastWest / Quantum Leap has released Hollywood Strings, a virtual (software) instrument featuring a collection of 44.1khz 24-bit string instruments with unprecedented control over sound and performance, all supplied on a hard drive for ease of installation.

Recording for HOLLYWOOD STRINGS took place at the famous EASTWEST STUDIO 1, the same studio where many Hollywood soundtracks and television themes were recorded with a live orchestra. Heading this project were co-producers DOUG ROGERS, NICK PHOENIX and THOMAS BERGERSEN and sound engineer SHAWN MURPHY.

HOLLYWOOD STRINGS has many groundbreaking features not found in any other collection. Finger position is, for the first time, controllable by the user, so you can play as far up the strings as you want, and get a fuller more romantic Hollywood sound. Vibrato intensity and extensive dynamics are controllable by the user. Extensive multi-dynamic true legato has been sampled for all sections in three different categories: slurred, portamento, and bow change. This results in unsurpassed legato performance that has never been available. HOLLYWOOD STRINGS has five user-controllable mic positions, including main pickup (Decca tree), mid pickup, close pickup, surround pickup, and an alternate vintage circa 1945 RCA ribbon room pickup.

Hollywood Strings is available to purchase for PC and Mac at a special introductory price of $1,495 USD until May 15, 2010 (regular $1,695 USD).

NOTE: Each drive must be built to order, so your account will be charged immediately. Orders will ship beginning May 1 in the order received. Introductory price expires May 15th at midnight USA-Pacific time.

More information: SoundsOnline / Hollywood Strings

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EastWest/Quatum Leap announces Hollywood Strings

EastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings

EastWest/Quantum Leap has announced the debut of its latest virtual (software) instrument, Hollywood Strings, a collection of string instruments with unprecedented control over sound and performance.

HOLLYWOOD STRINGS has many groundbreaking features not found in any other collection. Finger position is, for the first time, controllable by the user, so you can play as far up the strings as you want, and get a fuller more romantic Hollywood sound. Vibrato intensity and extensive dynamics are controllable by the user. Extensive multi-dynamic true legato has been sampled for all sections in three different categories: slurred, portamento, and bow change. This results in unsurpassed legato performance that has never been available. HOLLYWOOD STRINGS has five user-controllable mic positions, including main pickup (Decca tree), mid pickup, close pickup, surround pickup, and an alternate vintage circa 1945 RCA ribbon room pickup.

Hollywood Strings features

  • Articulations
    • Multiple finger positions for all sections including open strings
    • 3 unique styles of legato interval sampling, including never-before-sampled bow change legato, slurred legato, and portamento sliding legato, sampled at 3, 3 and 2 dynamics respectively, all with speed control
    • 5 dynamics of up- and down-bowed sustains
    • Multiple vibrato intensities
    • Up- and down-bowed notes
    • Extensive runs
    • Playable runs
    • Powerful scripting
    • Other articulations: Bartók pizzicato, Col legno, Detaché, Flautando, Harmonics, Marcato, Measured tremolo, On-the-string staccato, Pizzicato, Repetitions, Ricochet, Spiccato, Staccatissmo, Staccato, Sul ponticello tremolo, Tremolo, Trills (major and minor).
  • Instrumentation
    All sections were sampled with wide extended ranges including almost 4 octaves for violins.

    • 16 1st Violins (9/7 divisi mode)
    • 14 2nd Violins (8/6 divisi mode)
    • 10 Violas (6/4 divisi mode)
    • 10 Cellos (6/4 divisi mode)
    • 7 Basses (4/3 divisi mode)
  • Recording
    • Recorded in the famous EASTWEST STUDIOS 1
    • Neve 8078 mixing console
    • Meitner ADC converters
    • 5 user-mixable microphone positions (use as sound options): Main – Decca tree (Neumann M50s) and Brauner VM1 KHE (Klaus Heyne Edition) outriggers, Mid – Neumann KMi, Neumann KM 254, Sony C37A, Neumann U-47, Close – AKG C12, Neumann U47, Neumann U67, Nordic Audio Labs NU-47, Surround – Neumann KM 83, Alternate Room – Vintage RCA44 Ribbon
  • Pricing
    • Diamond Edition – pre-order at $1,495 USD
      All articulations and bowings; Includes five user-controllable optional mic positions; 44.1kHz 24-bit and 16-bit samples; Supplied on hard drive (List price $1,695, scheduled to ship on February 15)
    • Gold Edition – pre-order at $995 USD
      All articulations and bowings, except divisi, bow-change legato, and sordino; Includes single mic position; 44.1kHz 16-bit samples; Supplied on dual-layer DVD (List price $1,195 USD, scheduled to ship on February 26)

Hollywood Strings will be presented at the NAMM Show on January 14, 2010, and a series of tutorials demonstrating the features of the library will then be available from the SoundsOnline website.

More information: Sounds Online / Hollywood Strings

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Soundsonline releases Symphonic Orchestra Free PLAY Edition

Soundsonline EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra PLAY Edition

Soundsonline has announced Symphonic Orchestra Free PLAY Edition, a free starter edition of the popular symphonic orchestra virtual instrument by EastWest/Quantum Leap.

Answer a short survey, CLICK HERE, and get a FREE starter version of the most popular professional symphonic orchestra virtual instrument ever made. It works with most sequencer/notation hosts including Ableton Live, Cubase/Nuendo, Digital Performer, Finale, FL Studio, Garageband, Logic, Pro Tools, Sibelius, Sonar, etc. Or you can use it as a standalone application with your music keyboard.

If you like the starter version, you can upgrade to the Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Plus versions. Using the promotional code in your email, CLICK HERE, enter the promotional code and you will see the discounted price. European customers CLICK HERE. This offer expires January 31, 2010.

Of course, if you choose not to upgrade, you get to keep this version which is not time limited, and not copy protected!!

Symphonic Orchestra Free PLAY Edition is available as an instrument plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS).

More information: Soundsonline

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