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Leading Composer Gives an Insider’s Tour of New Products

HOLLYWOOD, APRIL 21, 2009 — EASTWEST, the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, is offering tutorials for its EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP “SILK� and “PIANOS� collections free for download on the company’s website.

SILK creator and EW/QL Pianos co-producer (with Doug Rogers), Nick Phoenix, gives visitors an inside tour of the collections’ interfaces and the capabilities of the instruments. To date, Phoenix has developed scores and licensed music for more than 1,000 major motion picture trailers including; Wall-E, Speed Racer, Indiana Jones 4, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Happening, Hellboy 2, Spiderman 3, The Golden Compass, The Assassination of Jesse James and Pirates of the Caribbean 3. With extensive industry experience, Phoenix offers users a professional insight into both collections during their one-on-one video tour.

SILK brings the mystique and splendor of sounds from the Silk Road to users’ workstations. The Virtual (software) Instrument features a collection of historic and unique string and woodwind instruments from China, Persia and India. All instruments featured in SILK are multi-sampled with extreme attention to detail, offering the maximum in expression. The collection also contains extensive articulations, interval sampling (where appropriate), round robin (alternate samples) and phrases to give the feeling of smooth effortless performance – like silk. (

EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP PIANOS, is the most detailed collection of the world’s finest grand pianos. More than half a million dollars’ worth of pianos are a part of this collection, including a $225,000 Bechstein D-280 Concert Grand, the same kind of piano engineer/producer Ken Scott used to record Elton John and Supertramp. EASTWEST invited Scott to engineer the Bechstein’s close-mic’d recordings to provide users with a cutting, dynamic pop/rock piano sound, in addition to the variety of additional piano sounds included in the collection. Other pianos featured in the library include a Steinway D Concert Grand; a Bösendorfer 290 Concert Grand; and a Yamaha C7.
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“For those who are unable to make it out to shows and get first-hand product demos, these tutorials are a great way to be introduced to SILK and PIANOS,� says EASTWEST Founder and Producer Doug Rogers. “Also, for those who already own SILK and PIANOS, these tutorials are an excellent opportunity to explore the extensive features, provided in each collection.�

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 and Symphonic Choirs are co-produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix.