Quantum Leap Pianos
Summary Articulations Staccato samples are a feature not found in other piano libraries; played at bpm, these very short notes can be accessed simply by pushing the mod wheel up above the halfway point. Initially I wondered why they were included, but after playing them I realised that the ‘real staccatos’ sound completely different from sustained notes played in staccato style. This is partly due to the longer release time of the sustains which can be reduced if you wish , and also because with the played staccatos you can clearly hear the muting effect of the damper returning to the string at the end of the note. EastWest’s studio formerly Western Recorders provides an excellent venue for sampling practically anything — in this case one of the Quantum Leap pianos.
Anyone with EW Quantum Leap Pianos, the Platinum edition? Like it?
I’m absolutely amazed. It’s love at first touch. When I first heard it, I had to play it, and I fell in love. The recording quality and playablity is fantastic and these are the only digital piano sounds they faithfully reproduce the resonances of a well tuned piano. Always somethings I want out of sounds. To lead me somewhere, to let myself go.
The PLAY interface gives me a ton of control and flexibility, but it’s also really easy to use which allows me to experiment and get the sound I want quickly.
The sounds are impeccable and naturalistically captured while the ease of use and the power of the new PLAY engine makes the instruments top of their field. The greatest accomplishment, in my view, is the way the room sound was captured. Even when using only the Player position I found it almost unneccessary to invoke the built-in convolution reverb, which is amazing in and of itself.
If you’re looking for the most authentic sounding sampled grand pianos available at this time, and have a system that can handle it, Quantum Leap Pianos is a must-consider. Just make sure you have the latest vesion – and a computer that is ready for it!
Whatever your preference, it’s clear that all four are very good sampled pianos, and since they’re sold as a bundle, buyers will be spoiled for choice!
This collection of four superb instruments raises the bar for sampled grand piano playability without hiking the price too high.
Keyboard Magazine The new meaning of heavyweight. It makes me want to play late 19th Century classical – if I could! It’s very lively, with just the right combination of depth and brilliance. There’s a nice singing quality and melodic projection over chords. I have a sense of comfort here, even more than with the Steinway.
Lean back, and it’s brooding and mellow. You’ll need a bad-ass computer to play the full-size presets with abandon, but if you have one – wow!
Virtual Orchestra (Download)
Tweet An early banner from EastWest, promoting their new subscription-based instrument library, Composer Cloud. For as inextricably tied to technology as we studio rats are, there is often a distinct a trend towards neo-luddism with regards to the advancement of technology in the field. I find myself hugely guilty of this. In this tradition, it is only this past year that we have begun to see within the audio world what has already been a trend in the rest of the software industry for quite some time now:
VIDEO: East West/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Review
Synthogy, East West Quantum Leap Piano, Galaxy’s Pianos, PMI’s, etc, etc . library with Production Grand Platinum 24 bit 96k, Production Grand Gold 24 bit. Sibelius sound sets, integrations, and playback solutions for EastWest sample seven EastWest Sibelius sound sets, including Symphonic Orchestra Platinum and Derived from the QL Pianos integration, the Pianos Gold Sibelius sound set. Drums / Percussion, Yes. E-Pianos, No. Ethno / Folk, No. Guitars/plucked instruments, No. Loops/Construction-Kits, No. Orchestra Instruments, Yes. Organs, No.