Pianos Bundle Gold

Piano / Keys by EastWest
Quantum Leap Pianos
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Pianos Bundle Gold

After two years of recording, editing, and programming, EastWest/Quantum Leap proudly present the most detailed collection of the world's finest grand pianos ever recorded in one of the 'temples of sound', EastWest Studios (more RIAA certified platinum and gold records awarded than any other recording studios) with 3 mic positions for each piano.

This virtual instrument includes four of the world's finest grand pianos: a Bechstein D-280, Steinway D, Bösendorfer 290, and Yamaha C7. 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.

EastWest/Quantum Leap Pianos Gold Edition, which provides only the player's perspective mics and 16-bit samples, is available for users with less powerful systems. A low-cost upgrade path is available for users of the Gold Edition who wish to move up to the Full Edition.

Additional close mics version engineered by Ken Scott (Elton John, Supertramp, David Bowie, Beatles).

Details:

  • The most 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 180 BPM 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 Bösendorfer.
  • Release samples with software envelope follower.
  • Articulations on each piano include
    • A. Sustain.
    • B. Sustain with pedal.
    • C. Repetitions.
    • D. Repetitions with pedal.
    • E. Soft pedal.
    • F. Soft pedal with sustain pedal.
    • G. Staccato.
    • H. 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.
  • Most powerful streaming engine available with highest 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.

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User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 reviewAdd A Review

Reviewed By Paul Russell
December 31, 2008

Simply the best sounding pianos out there right now.

This is an enormous sample set. Out of the five pianos here, the largest is the Bechstein, which weighs in at over 80GB. Even using the Direct From Disk capability, this piano's full articulation version takes up just over 3GB of RAM, so unless you're running a slave machine or an x64 based host, you are going to have to do some tweaking to run it.

Thankfully there is a neat sample purge system which allows you to play the song once, then purge the samples that aren't used in the track. This frees up memory. And there are some lite versions that allow you to compose before plugging in the big brother for a full rendering to audio.

But it's all worth it. The sheer depth and the quality of the sample sets make them sound really dynamic and rich in detail. Now the ball is definitely in Synthogy's court to see if they can follow up with Ivory 2.

Play itself has been getting a lot of stick. It can be finicky to install, and the support forum isn't as open and transparent as it could be. There was one issue regarding losing favourites where the support team would only PM out the solution, but this has (thanks to some user pressure) now been made a sticky thread.

The 1.1.6 version of Play now seems much more stabie than previous versions. It works well and crash-free on my rig, which runs SONAR X64 on Vista X64. I can load up the full Bechstein piano and three other instances of Play with StormDrum 2, Voices of Passion and Gypsy all at once and still keep latency at 5ms at 24bit 88.2KHz. (It helps to have a big box full of RAM).Read more

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