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EastWest Quantum Leap SD2 - Virtual Instrument

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Product Highlights
  • Acoustic Percussion Instruments
  • MIDI Performance Loops
  • VST, Audio Units and RTAS
  • Standalone
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista

Quantum Leap SD2 - The Next Generation from EastWest is a virtual instrument, featuring 12GB of various acoustic percussion instruments, ranging from ethnic drums to found-sound percussion. Included are over one-hundred film score oriented MIDI performances, which allow for changing tempo, tuning individual instruments, altering the performances, all without audio degradation.

This collection is a follow up to the hugely successful Stormdrum, featuring over twice the content and with a built-in dedicated playback engine, the PLAY Advanced Sample Engine, which provides an easy searchable browser and the ability for users to customize the sounds. All the sounds were recorded using vintage Neumann microphone in EastWest's Studio 1.

Quantum Leap SD2 - The Next Generation functions as follows:

  • Stand-alone under ASIO, Core Audio or DirectSound
  • Plug-in for applications supporting RTAS, VST and Audio Units for Mac OS X
  • Plug-in for applications supporting VST and RTAS for Windows XP
  • 32-bit standalone and plug-in versions included
  • 64-bit PC VST (host must support 64-bit VST plug-ins) and standalone versions included

Note! Requires Pace iLok key (not included) if one is not already on the system.

Virtual instrument featuring acoustic percussion instruments along with MIDI performances created with Roland V-Drums and Zendrum percussion controllers
Total of 12GB of 24-bit/44.1kHz samples
Instruments include the struck sound of an eighty foot metal bridge, Tibetan, Indian and Chinese bells and gongs, Indonesian hand drums, a huge custom floor tom built especially for this collection and many different ethnic and found drum sound
Rather than providing loops, the collection includes numerous MIDI performances that provide the ultimate in flexibility
Over 100 film score oriented MIDI performances, each with dozens of variations, intros and endings
Up to twenty-four velocity multi-samples available per percussion instrument
Instrument plays back via the PLAY Advanced Sample Engine, a dedicated audio engine/interface providing a powerful streaming engine
All instruments listed in a single browser for easy navigation
Stereo Swap allows the user to instantly swap the left and right channels. Mono from left, mono from right, or mono sum allow for instant conversion from stereo to mono
Type Virtual Instrument
Voices CPU dependent
Sounds Yes
Effects Filters
Reverb
Delay
Output ASIO, Core Audio and DirectSound
System Requirements Mac:
Minimum:
G4 1GHz or faster
OS X 10.4 or higher
2GB RAM
DVD Drive
13GB free hard disc space (for full load)
iLok copy protection key (not included)
Internet connection required for one-time product activation
Recommended:
Core Duo or better processor
4GB RAM

PC:
Minimum:
P4 2.5GHz or faster processor
Windows XP SP 2/Vista
2GB RAM
Sound card
DVD Drive
13GB free hard disc space (for full load)
iLok copy protection key (not included)
Internet connection required for one-time product activation
Recommended:
Core Duo or better processor
4GB RAM
Sound card with ASIO drivers

Specialties No dedicated hardware or software sampler required

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EastWestQuantum Leap SD2 - Virtual Instrument
 
3.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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75%

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        1.0

        The Storm before The Drums

        By Ecclesiastes

        from East/West Europe

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Pros

        • Great Features
        • Great Samples
        • Well organized

        Cons

        • Abysmal Support
        • Disastrous Install
        • Sabotaged Computer

        Best Uses

          Comments about EastWest Quantum Leap SD2 - Virtual Instrument:

          Upon opening SD2, a piece of paper awaits the unsuspecting consumer: "ATTENTION, software on the install disc is out of date". Information to download a video and follow instructions to install the latest software follows, with no order of events given (install discs or downloads first). Your guess! If those downloads are meant to precede the loading of the discs, EW has the responsibility to CLEARLY instruct as such. They haven't.

          Disc 1's "Install Completed" message failed to prompt the "Insert Second", a signal that all was not well (I own other eastwest software). I did install the second, anyway, and after its "Install Completed" message, I continued with the necessary updates.

          The updated authorization wizard repeatedly failed to launch, and after multiple re-download/failed launches followed suit, an obligatory reboot was clearly in order. After waiting nearly 1.5 hours for shutdown to complete (to no avail), no other option existed but to unplug the computer, which subsequently wouldn't boot up (spinning ball) in any mode whatsoever!

          "Support" took a few days to say they've never heard of such a thing, that it was impossible for their software to cause such issues, that I should send a copy of the crash report (I couldn't boot up, mind you) and have my computer serviced.

          It then donned on me to search for SD2 reviews, which revealed another who had the identical, DISASTROUS, install issue (unlike me, he works with computers for a living). His review, "Great Product, Nightmarish Installation", speaks volumes of what I experienced. I shared the url [to his review] with EW "support", who replied they'd forward it to the developers, who subsequently reiterated that I need take my computer to be serviced. No acknowledgement of error on their part, whatsoever!

          Forgive me, but I erroneously thought the "storm" was just part of the product's name. I had no idea it was in reference to the experience that one should expect before getting 2 the drums! Maybe the product is an English translation of Hebrew. Maybe the product name should be read from right to left: 2 Drums, Storm!

          The Issue
          After purchasing and installing the latest OS (service's counsel), I was able to see that the PLAY software GOT INTO and was trying to launch BEFORE my computer booted up, an issue my OS vehemently disputed [rightfully]. I sent the pertinent screen shots to "Support" and asked how I may return the product. "You can't. [You touch, you buy. You register, you own.] Sorry."

          "Register schmegister! I couldn't launch the authorization wizard! Did you read my emails? Did you look at my screen shots (attached photos)? Your program totally commandeered my computer and… "

          It took nearly an hour before I came to understand how to resolve the pre-boot launch issue. Thank God for support communities (which companies like eastwest seem to cleverly rely on... Ingenious business plan, no?! ).

          Next, I realized I had to launch (with much trepidation) SD2. As expected, it was corrupted (few of the samples actually loaded, but most did not). After deciding to uninstall/re-download [the recent mess], the product finally functioned properly. It was my computer that was now stormed with the dreaded kernel attacks (I just learned that vernacular last week, thanks to SD2).

          Whatever mechanism the Play software used to get into my boot-up chain, it somehow affected other programs to follow suit. After roughly 40 hours of pouring through countless community help sites, seeking answers to questions I didn't know existed before SD2 came onboard: what to look for, how to look for and find it… Mind you, I don't work with computers for a living. This exercise was neither of my choosing, nor my pleasure!

          Conclusion
          1) The OS system install was not the "fix-all" it was promised to be, nor was the Play uninstall/redownload (though it resolved the SD2 issues). 2) Despite evidence, eastwest took the position that their product was blameless (a posture that is foolish, at best, in the internet-product-review era)! 3) I have other eastwest products, and I have never, ever had one single issue with them (nor with my computer for that matter) until this episode. 4) EW's posture was preposterous, at best (I downgraded them from the aforementioned foolish)!

          Value
          So is this product worth what I experienced? Need I answer? Was my experience typical of this product? By other reviews, I trough not (olde English). But buyer beware. Make certain your computer is fully backed up, your OS is up to date, and your OS install disc is at hand! Comb the internet for reliable OS communities, and make certain there is a reputable computer service center nearby BEFORE YOU BUY! Expect the best, but take every precautionary measure to be prepared for the worst! Hopefully, you will be like others who were spared the Storm before the Drum, 2!

          The stars. (My personal experience!)

          INSTALLATION: 0 stars. Consumer is unaware the shipped product is knowingly outdated. The provided document is not "instructionally sound" (information vs. instruction). Consider that there may be corrupt download issues, as well (I am still unclear as to where, in the entire process, failure occurred). BTW, this is not rocket science: 2 DVD's, 2 Downloads (intended to correct the knowingly outdated DVDs).

          "SUPPORT": 0 stars. Abysmal. With their "[Not our fault, nor our problem, neither our worry]" policy, EW "support" added [to an already bad equation] foolishness raised to the power of ignorance! (Oh, I like that!) With screen shots looking them in the face, they chose silence! The only apology they offered was that they couldn't take the product back. "Sorry".

          TOTAL EXPERIENCE (install plus "support"): 0 stars. Needlessly horrific, frustrating and en-angering, to say the least!

          PRODUCT QUALITY: Undeterminable… I haven't used it [for composition] yet. I don't even want to look at it, for the time being. (But I'll need to get over this affair soon. My music requires superb samples!).

          SOUND QUALITY: 5 stars... The samples I listened to are on par with samples from other ew products, whose par is 5!

          THE END
          And herein lies the temptation. Is the bait (the samples) worth the possible experience? In that I lived it, absolutely not! But who knows? Maybe you will be spared 2 Drums The Storm! Maybe…

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Great product, Nightmarish Installation

          By Aaron Krogh

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast and Powerful
          • Great Features

          Cons

          • Crashes or Freezes
          • Hard To Install or Upgrade

          Best Uses

          • Creativity
          • Music composition

          Comments about EastWest Quantum Leap SD2 - Virtual Instrument:

          The samples, loops and MIDI packs that come with SD2 are amazing. Composers such as Danny Elfman and James Newton-Howard sing its praises in their reviews. I thoroughly enjoy the ease of use and the massive scope of instruments to choose from in this collection.The folks at B&H were very helpful and friendly during the online ordering process. No complaints there. :)HOWEVER, and this is a big "However," the installation of this product was a Nightmare. Upon opening the box, I was instructed to visit [@]for immediate product updates, as there is a "critical error" with the first installation disk for PC and Mac users alike. I followed the instructions, because I received the error message during installation. I spent the next six hours patching this, installing that, and not once was I prompted to insert the second disk! Finally I got the message that the first disk was installed successfully. And then, to my horror, my computer would not reboot to the desktop. It stopped at the spinning gear on the Gray Screen of Death. I work with Apple computers for a living, and it took unconventional, borderline dangerous, changes to the inner Library folders to get my computer to simply turn on. I eventually went into Safe Boot mode and took out a few startup folders and .plists. No one is a happy camper when they experience a full hour unsuccessfully restarting their MacBook. At one point I had considered reinstalling the operating system. I ended up manually ripping all of the content from the disks, uninstalling the "Play" interface that houses the library and the instrument settings, only to reinstall it from an internet download.I got everything to work the next morning. What a scare, though. I paid nearly [$]for this software, including the iLok anti-piracy feature that cost [$].Just to clarify: there is nothing wrong with the product itself. The quality of the virtual instruments and samples is extraordinary, and the PLAY interface is easy to use. I got what I paid for, and I got a good deal on it from B&H. My issue is with the difficulty of the installation.Overall, after having successfully installed the product, I am happy with it. I am not happy with the effort I had to put into installing it. I'll think twice about purchasing content from the EastWest developers again.

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          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Great Sounds for Filmcomposers!!!

          By markusmusic

          from Miami-Florida

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Navigate
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Slows Down System

          Best Uses

          • Multimedia

          Comments about EastWest Quantum Leap SD2 - Virtual Instrument:

          Great sounds and atmospheres for filmcomposers, the only issue about this powerful sampler is about its CPU consuming memory. So you'll need to have a very powerful computer to rocks with it!
          A little bit complicated during installing and authorizing process, but after that..you'll have no more than fun with it!! Highly recommended!!

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          5.0

          Absolute recommendation!

          By PPPPPP

          from Tokyo,Japan

          About Me Quality Oriented

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          Pros

          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Presentations

            Comments about EastWest Quantum Leap SD2 - Virtual Instrument:

            I get a dynamic sound easily best like Quantum Leap Storm Drum of a previous work. Profound feeling & impact sound is emitted by all genres. The sound doesn't get tired abundantly. It opposite, is a lot, and do it embarrass it?

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