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EASTWEST, the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, is pleased to announce that all of its EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA “PLAY� EDITIONS will start shipping July 15, 2008.

In addition to receiving a turbo boost from the company’s PLAY 64-bit sampling engine, each version in the new PLAY line—Platinum, Gold, Silver and now Platinum Plus—has, for the first time, combined the previous versions with many new features such as:

• 64-bit* with 32-bit compatibility for PC (*see system specifications).
• Full memory access with MAC (requires 64-bit MAC).
• The software is now Mac Intel compatible.
• An intuitive custom interface.
• Intelligent performance section including portamento, repetition, legato
• Features round robin reset.
• Offers improved articulation window and controls.
• On-screen Mic position mixing with Platinum and Platinum Plus versions.
• Switchable 24-bit/16-bit depth with Platinum Plus version.
• State-of-the-art convolution reverb with pre-delay.
• Convolution reverb includes the hall the orchestra was recorded in.
• An intelligent release trail engine that follows note-on samples volume at all times.
• Improved sound quality with high-resolution audio engine.
• Hi-fidelity one pole filter for natural cross-fades.
• Stereo image editing is now possible using channel sourcing.
• Original and corresponding Pro XP expansions combined into one version.
• The instruments featured in the PLAY Editions are newly-programmed for PLAY from the original recordings.

The new version also has several time saving features. For instance, users can recall custom key-switches instantly. The size of these key-switches are unlimited. Also, the compatibility between Silver to Gold to Platinum to Platinum Plus has been streamlined, allowing all versions to be easily utilized on one project.

“EASTWEST/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra has already come out on top in a recent roundup of orchestral collections for its level of warmth and detail,� says EASTWEST Founder and Producer Doug Rogers. “Now with the incorporation of PLAY, users of EASTWEST/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra PLAY Edition will experience the benefits of the new sample engine immediately. With the typical orchestral composition encompassing a large amount of instruments, EASTWEST’s PLAY software streamlines the process by allowing many more instruments to be loaded at one time, while also providing enhanced control of the instruments’ sounds.�

In addition to the added flexibility and sound quality, those who purchase the Silver collection will receive a seven-day fully functional trial version of Gold, and those purchasing the Gold collection will get a seven-day trial version of Platinum. With the Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus versions, users will also receive a free seven-day trial version of the Steinway piano from EastWest/Quantum Leap Pianos. This is just one of several fine grand pianos included in this collection, which has been meticulously recorded by EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix.

PLAY-Powered Quantum Leap Platinum Plus carries an MSRP of $1,295, Platinum $1,195, Gold $695 and Silver $295.

Special upgrade pricing is available to registered users of the previous Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra versions on the company’s website, www.soundsonline.com/orchestra until June 30, 2008.