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EastWest Pianos Virtual Instruments Collection

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This Pianos Virtual Collection from Quantum Leap and EastWest is a highly detailed, 263GB collection of some of the world's finest grand pianos. Reco...Click To Read More About This Product

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The piano sounds you've always wanted in one collection.

This Pianos Virtual Collection from Quantum Leap and EastWest is a highly detailed, 263GB collection of some of the world's finest grand pianos. Recorded in one of the "temples of sound," EASTWEST STUDIOS (more RIAA certified platinum and gold records awarded than any other recording studio) with 3 mic positions for each piano, it features over a half million dollars worth of pianos, including a Bechstein D-280 Concert Grand Piano - close mics engineered by Ken Scott (Elton John, Supertramp, Bowie), Steinway D Concert Grand Piano, Bösendorfer 290 Concert Grand Piano, and a Yamaha C7 Grand Piano.

Each of these pianos were sampled with three different mic positions allowing you to mix together any combination of mics, using the interface, for the ultimate in real-time tone and ambiance control. This feature enables users to customize the sound of each piano to their own requirements.

PLAY
Powered by EastWest's PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine with built-in Network Control (plug-in or standalone), this virtual instrument combines intuitive handling with excellent sound quality, and functions as a plug-in instrument, without the need for a sampler. It includes impulses from the same hall the producers used to record Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs so the pianos can blend smoothly with those collections.

Load MORE thanks to 64-bit support
64-bit support allows you to load many more instruments and voices, limited only by your system RAM (32-bit support is included also)
While most high-end computers will support 16GB, a very small set of high-performance enterprise computers (with Microsoft Vista Ultimate) can already use 128GB of RAM. As hardware develops, the theoretical limit is 17,179,869,184 gigabytes = 16 exabytes, or 17 billion gigabytes.

Networking Support
If you still need more power, the built-in NETWORK CONTROL allows you to load instruments on other machines controlled from your host computer. This means no more trips back and forth between computers, or KVM switching when loading projects. This also means there's no need to buy additional software. The PLAY system is a professional, fully integrated solution for those with the most demanding production requirements.

All instruments are listed in one browser
The easy-to-use browser displays all of your instruments with a Favorites section to group the instruments you use most, and a way to preview your instrument of choice in an easy-to-use column viewer. Load instruments into one instance to take advantage of your sequencer's instrument tracks, or several if you so desire. The interface automatically changes to display current instrument.

Articulations
Forget browsing through complicated patch names: pick the instrument and play, and turn on/off articulations as you wish. The Articulations list also serves as reference for all expressions within the instrument (no need to look up key-switches in charts). You can save your favorite configuration for quick retrieval.

Legato Detection
PLAY senses legato and repetitive playing and responds accordingly.

Stereo Handling
PLAY allows the user to manipulate stereo samples in very useful ways. Stereo Swap allows the user to instantly swap the left and right channels. Mono from left, Mono from right, or Mono Sum allow for instant conversion from stereo to mono.

Mic Mixer
Control all mic positions for the orchestra, choirs, pianos, and other instruments with multiple mic positions with the built-in mic mixer. You can now do it right in the patch. Load, unload, adjust, pan, mute mic positions as you wish. Simply pick your instrument, and PLAY.

Effects Engine
This great sounding, powerful effects engine was built from the ground up for the highest possible quality. The Reverb section includes multiple impulse responses from halls, and the famous EASTWEST studios and live chambers (more RIAA certified Platinum and Gold records awarded than any other studio). It also provides some of the smoothest filters you'll ever hear, and specialized effects, including the first Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) software available.

Playback Engine
The high-quality resampling engine was built from the ground up to create the most intuitive instruments possible. It allowed the engineers design instruments every step of the way without compromise.

FEATURES
  • 263 GB of content
  • Highly detailed piano recordings
  • Load any piano or mic position individually (each piano is approx. 60Gbs)
  • 3 positions are included per piano for maximum flexibility
  • 10-18 velocities per note of sustain and sustain with pedal
  • 8-12 velocities per note of repetitions and repetitions with pedal
  • 5-8 velocities of soft pedal and soft pedal with sustain pedal
  • 16 velocity staccato on every piano
  • Repetition samples taken from 180BPM performances for a true repetition sound and not simply an alternate take
  • Software detects true repetitions
  • Resonance - pedal resonance recorded for every note at multiple velocities, as well as with the soft pedal down
  • Proprietary resonance captured on the Bössendorfer
  • Release samples with software envelope follower
  • Articulations on each piano include sustain, sustain with pedal, repetitions, repetitions with pedal, soft pedal, soft pedal with sustain pedal, staccato, and release trails
  • Recorded in a proper piano environment with vintage Neumann microphones, Meitner AD converters, and a vintage 8078 Neve console
  • Stereo swap possible in software
  • Mic position mixing in software
  • Lid position simulation
  • Articulation matrix for quick and straightforward loading
  • Powerful streaming engine with high polyphony counts
  • 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
  • PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine
    • A complete high-performance sample management system
    • Offers native support for many platforms
    • Network support for large studios, expandable systems
    • 64-bit supports next generation operating systems
    • High sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)
    • The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers
    • Intuitive controls, custom designed for each library
    • Complete portability
    • Let's you try and buy new instruments any time, anywhere with an internet connection
    SPECIFICATIONS
    System Requirements
    • Up to 11GB Free hard disc space
    • DVD drive
    • iLok Security Key, not included (a free soundsonline.com account is required for retrieving and managing iLok licenses)
    • Internet connection
    • Minimum Requirments for Mac:
    • G4, 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.4 or higher
    • Recommended for Mac:
    • Core Duo or better processor, 2GB RAM
    • Minimum Requirements for PC:
    • P4 2.5GHz or faster, 1GB RAM, Windows XP SP 2 or Vista, sound card, DVD drive
    • Recommended for PC:
    • Core Duo or better processor, 2GB RAM, sound card with ASIO drivers
    • Included for both PC & Mac:
    • 32-bit standalone and plug-in versions included
    • 64-bit PC VST (host must support 64-bit VST plugins) and standalone versions included
    Supported Interfaces:
    • WIN: VST, RTAS, ASIO, DirectSound
    • MAC: VST, Audio Units, Core Audio, RTAS
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    Inconsistent Samples

    By Henry & Reinhardt

    from Denver

    Everyone raves about this software, and I have to say the tone of the piano samples is lovely. But, unfortunately,the samples are wildly inconsistent. I've tried the Bosendorfer, Bechstein, and Steinway pianos, and with each of them immediately noticed that something was wrong. While the notes in the upper ranges sound beautiful, most (but not all) of the notes in the left half of the keyboards of these pianos sound soft--as if someone is pressing down the soft pedal. I've used dozens of other software pianos (including some of EastWest's), and never had this problem with any other software. On top of that, this software is so system-demanding that I can't play even the "lite" versions of the samples in my DAW (Cubase) at anything close to reasonable latencies on my quad-core computer. (The stand-alone version can be played live without a problem.) All-in-all, this software has sadly proved worthless to me.

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