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EastWest Quantum Leap Virtual Instruments

Quantum Leap Ministry of Rock

EastWest introduces three new Quantum Leap virtual instruments: Ministry of Rock ($495), Gypsy ($395) and Voices of Passion ($495).

Ministry of Rock is an 18GB collection of rock drums, basses and guitars recorded in EastWest’s Studio 2. Articulations and programming were all reverse-engineered from actual performances. Drum kits are optimized for use with Roland V-Drums and include Octaplus (nine toms), Ayotte, Ludwig and Gretsch (the actual kit used to make Metallica’s Black album). Basses include Fender P-Bass Custom, Fender 5-string, Specter and Kubicki basses. All were recorded through an Ampeg SVT and an Ashdown rig. Guitars include Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, Ibanez Universe 7 and various PRS guitars, all recorded through Marshall, Fender, Bogner, Vox and Budda amplifiers.

Gypsy is primarily aimed at film, TV and videogame composers. The collection comprises violin, trombone, accordions, classical guitar, flamenco guitar, Spanish steel-string guitar, percussion and more. The nylon string guitar, violin and trombone can play in both gypsy and classical styles. The violin and trombone feature articulations, repetitions and true legato intervals. The trombone was recorded in EastWest’s Studio 1 (formerly United-Western Studios). Gypsy also features a gypsy percussion program and extensive flamenco dancers’ foot stomps, as well as traditional castanets.

Voices of Passion features 8 GB of vocal samples—more than 1,000 ethnic phrases—performed by female vocalists from Wales, Syria, India, Bulgaria and the U.S. who were recorded in EastWest’s Studio 1. The vocalists sing vowels, words, morphing vowels, effects, phrases, calls, whispers and breath noises. Middle Eastern and Indian phrases are presented in a construction kit format. It also offers a phrase generator for Welsh vocals, non vibrato, delayed vibrato, new age vocal performances and reverb impulses recorded by Professor Keith O. Johnson and Nick Phoenix.

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