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Collection of Instruments from China, Persia and India

FRANKFURT, GERMANY, APRIL 7, 2009 — EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP brings the mystique and splendor of sounds from the Silk Road to users’ workstations with the introduction of Quantum Leap SILK. The Virtual (software) Instrument features a collection of historic and unique string and woodwind instruments from China, Persia and India, and was introduced to the European market at Musikmesse 2009.

All instruments featured in SILK are multi-sampled with extreme attention to detail, offering the maximum in expression. Quantum Leap SILK contains extensive articulations, interval sampling (where appropriate), round robin (alternate samples) and phrases to give the feeling of smooth effortless performance – like silk. Each musician recorded for SILK is a master of his instrument, providing the best and most accurate sound available. SILK also allows users to adapt the instruments using dozens of useful micro tunings in the key of their choice.

“Intended as an extension of Quantum Leap RA, Quantum Leap SILK looks to give users access to rare instruments from across Asia played masterfully by renowned artists,� says Quantum Leap Producer Nick Phoenix. “Extensive scripting is employed in SILK along with our PLAY 64-bit (with 32-bit capability) sample engine, offering composers a lot of control over the end result.�

Some of the instruments featured in SILK include:

CHINA: erhu, zhonghu, jinhu, gaohu, pipa, guzheng, yangqin, sheng, suona low, suona high, dizi low, dizi hi, xiao and bawu.

PERSIA: electric cello, kemenche, nay, duduk, tar, qanun and 30 piece string section.

INDIA: dilruba, sarod, tanpura and bansuri.

Quantum Leap Silk retails for €455.00. For more information, please visit the EASTWEST website, or within the US .

Since 1988, EASTWEST ( has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality, setting the industry standard as the #1 producer and distributor of sample CDs and virtual (software) instruments. With over 30 years’ experience in the audio industry, founder and producer Doug Rogers has the expertise in music production to understand the creative tools professional musicians need. The recipient of numerous gold and platinum records including Recording Engineer of the Year, and over 50 international awards, Rogers is featured in The Art of Digital Music: 56 Visionary Artists and Insiders by David Battino and Kelli Richards.

QUANTUM LEAP is a wholly owned division of EASTWEST. Quantum Leap Virtual Instruments are mostly produced by multiple award-winning producer and composer Nick Phoenix. Some of the larger productions, such as Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Choirs and EastWest/Quantum Leap Pianos are co-produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix.