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Quantum Leap Pianos Gold Edition from EastWest is a virtual instrument featuring four classic grand pianos, all sampled in beautiful detail. The pianos were recorded in a suitable environment for grand pianos, although the Gold edition provides only a single player-perspective microphone position. This is useful for users who have slower computers.
The instrument utilizes a dedicated playback engine, the PLAY Advanced Sample Engine, which provides an easy searchable browser and the ability for users to tailor the sounds. The interface also includes impulses from the same hall used to record the Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs, allowing the pianos to blend with those collections.
Grand pianos virtual instrument featuring a Bechstein D-280 Concert Grand, Steinway D Concert Grand, Bösendorfer 290 Concert Grand, and Yamaha C7 Grand Piano
55GB of samples
All four pianos can be loaded individually
Single microphone position (player-perspective)
Between 10 and 18 velocities per note, with dedicated samples for soft pedal, sustain pedal, and soft sustain
8 to 12 velocities per note of repetitions and repetitions with pedal
5 to 8 velocities of soft pedal and soft pedal with sustain pedal
Repetition samples taken from 180 BPM performances for a true repetition sound and not simply an alternate take – the playback engine automatically senses true repetitions, and responds accordingly
Software detects true repetitions
Pedal resonance recorded for every note at multiple velocities, as well as with the soft pedal
Proprietary resonance captured on the Bösendorfer
Release samples with software envelope follower
Piano lid position simulation
Samples captured in a proper piano environment, using vintage Neumann microphones, Meitner AD converters, and a vintage 8078 Neve console
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
Articulation matrix for quick and straightforward loading
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
PLAY interface includes impulses from the same hall the producers used to record Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs so the pianos can blend with those collections
Articulations on each piano include:
Sustain with pedal
Repetitions with pedal
Soft pedal with sustain pedal
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8 GB RAM (16 GB RAM or more recommended)
55 GB free hard drive space (for full load)
7200 rpm or faster (non-energy-saving) hard drive for sample streaming (SSD recommended)
iLok account for electronic license or iLok copy protection key (not included)
Internet connection required for one-time product activation
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2.7 GHz or higher
OS X 10.7 or higher
For plug-in use, host software that supports AAX Native, Audio Units, or VST plug-in formats
Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Dual Core, 2.7 GHz or higher
Windows 7 or later
Sound card with ASIO drivers
For plug-in use, host software that supports AAX Native or VST plug-in
Intel Core 2 Quad or AMD Quad Core, 2.66 GHz or higher
64-bit Windows / Host sequencer)