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ANAHEIM, CA — EASTWEST (, the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, proudly announces that Quantum Leap SD2 – The Next Generation virtual instrument, the sequel to Stormdrum is now shipping. EASTWEST featured Quantum Leap SD2 – The Next Generation at NAMM 2008.

“The original Stormdrum was the most successful acoustic percussion library ever released,” states Quantum Leap producer Nick Phoenix. “SD2 – The Next Generation, is a completely new and improved concept that eclipses the original, and is destined to become the new standard for years to come”

Packed with over 12 GBs of percussion, SD2 – The Next Generation draws from the secret collections of three world-class percussionists, offering some of the most amazing multi-sampled percussion imaginable.

For the maximum customization without sound degradation, SD2 – The Next Generation delivers MIDI performances created with Roland V-Drums and Zendrum percussion controllers. This allows the user to change anything, with absolutely no effect to sound quality. MIDI performances are pre-mixed, panned and produced for quick use.

All recordings were made with vintage Neumann microphones in the famous EASTWEST STUDIO 1, providing that unmistakable Hollywood soundstage vibe and a sound far beyond any other commercial percussion library. Superior reverb impulses are included, recorded by Prof. Keith O. Johnson and Nick Phoenix.

Key sounds featured in SD2 – The Next Generation include: • Tibetan, Indian and Chinese bells and gongs

• bowed gongs and bowls

• Indonesian hand drums

• Anklung, Udu, and Chinese bowl drums

• 5-foot O Daiko.

SD2 – The Next Generation also features typical drums like congas and bongos, finally recorded in a way that does the instruments justice.

Additionally, SD2 – The Next Generation provides access to 100 film score-oriented MIDI performances, each with dozens of variations, intros and endings ranging from bombastic to hypnotic. The SD2 software allows for millions of variations of each MIDI performance and enables users to change sequence tempo, enhance tone, add effects, alter dynamics, create unique rhythms, and mute or replace specific sounds. This feature can be a real timesaver, allowing composers to achieve a full Hollywood sound without scrolling through their instrument collections, selecting instruments to create a similar end result.

A huge collection of original sound design percussion includes:

• Earthquake Ensemble

• Devil Chasers

• Whale Drum

• An 80-foot metal bridge

• Giant Log Drums

• Godzilla Toms

• Brushed Percussion

• The biggest floor tom on earth, specifically built for this project by Remo.

Quantum Leap SD2 – The Next Generation carries a MSRP of $495.