63% off “Silk” by East West/Quantum Leap

63% off “Silk” by East West/Quantum Leap

“Silk” is one of the best ethnic instrument libraries you can buy, containing pretty much every far eastern bowed/plucked string and brass/wind instrument that you’ll ever need in your compositions.

Featuring amazing and unique multi-sampled performances by masters of their instruments, this is a must have compositional tool for serious composers!

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25GB of Content – A Magical Musical Far Eastern Journey!

“Intended as an extension of EastWest/Quantum Leap RA, EastWest/Quantum Leap SILK looks to give users access to rare instruments from across Asia played masterfully by renowned artists,” says EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Producer Nick Phoenix.

“Silk” is one of the most ambitious ethnic instrument libraries ever devised:

  • Incredibly detailed Silk Road instruments from China, Persia and India
  • 25GB instrument: 20GB’s of multi-samples and 5GB’s of authentic performances
  • Recorded legato intervals for erhu, zhonghu, jinhu, electric cello, kemenche, duduk, 30 piece string section, dilruba, bansuri
  • Master musicians recorded at East West Studios, using vintage Neumann microphones, Neve consoles and Meitner converters
  • PLAY 64 bit (and 32-bit) interface features state of the art convolution reverb, scripting and new revolutionary micro-tuning system

“The sounds themselves are a delight – recorded at EastWest’s beautiful studio, they are clear, lush, impeccably edited, and mapped together beautifully. Fantastic! Give Silk a listen and be carried away”Recording

Perfect for Film, TV & Video Game Underscore, Hybrid Orchestral music, this is a must have compositional tool for serious composers!

This library runs in the Play 5 engine which comes free and works in VST, AU, AAX & RTAS formats!

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Pure Inspiration – 24 Exquisitely Sampled & Highly Playable Asian Instruments!

“Silk” features 24 incredibly detailed Silk Road instruments from China, Persia and India, making this one of the most ambitious ethnic instruments ever created:

Instruments from China

  • Erhu (bowed string)
  • Zhonghu (bowed string)
  • Jinhu (bowed string)
  • Pipa (string)
  • Guzheng (string)
  • Yangqin (string)
  • Sheng (accordion)
  • Suona low (brass)
  • Suona high (brass)
  • Dizi low (wind)
  • Dizi hi (wind)
  • Xiao (wind)
  • Bawu (wind)

Instruments from Persia

  • Electric Cello (bowed string)
  • Kemenche (bowed string)
  • Nay (wind)
  • Duduk (wind)
  • Tar (string)
  • Qanun (string)
  • 30 piece string section (bowed string)

Instruments from India

  • Dilruba (bowed string)
  • Sarod (string)
  • Tanpura (string)
  • Bansuri (wind)

All instruments featured in “Silk” are multi-sampled with extreme attention to detail offering the maximum in expression. EastWest/Quantum Leap SILK contains extensive articulations, interval sampling (where appropriate), round robin (alternate samples), legato scripting, 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. This micro-tuning system was one of the first of it’s kind, and a true breakthrough for PLAY!

The Quantum Leap Silk User Interface

“Silk” comes with a comprehensive yet easy to use graphical interface with plenty of controls to help you customise your sounds. Here is an overview of some of the main controls available:

Performance

There are four buttons grouped together in the Performance section:

  • Portamento – the technique of a continuous slide in pitch from one note to the next note in the phrase.
  • Repetition – Turning on this button causes repeating notes to sound slightly different, avoiding the sense of mechanical repetition.
  • Legato – the style of playing notes in a phrase with no significant silence between them in order to produce a smooth and flowing melodic line.

Round Robin Reset Button

A round robin articulation is one in which several different samples are recorded with all parameters, such as volume, speed of attack, and so on, being essentially constant. The PLAY Engine then knows to alternate between the two or more samples during playback. You can use this button to reset all round robin instruments on demand.

Microtuning Controls

The instruments in Quantum Leap Silk have origins all over Asia. Silk makes it easy to incorporate the various scales from these disparate cultures in your music to provide an authentic feel.

There are two Microtuning controls. One at the left is a dropdown list of all the scales available in Silk. The other options in the list adjust the pitch of some—or all—of the 11 non-root notes to achieve the characteristic sound of the chosen scale.

The control at the right is another drop-down list of the 12 note names. This choice tells the PLAY engine which note is the lowest note in the scale, called the “root”. All intervals for the other scale notes are relative to this fixed pitch.

Stereo Spread Controls

This knob, with its three buttons, gives the user the option of using exclusively the left stereo signal or right when “Stereo” is selected from the Channel Source drop-down. For any other setting, this control has no effect. The knob lets the user determine the spread of the signals, how far apart the ear perceives the stereo channels to be.

A value of 0% brings the two channels together at the center (unless the Pan knob positions the output differently), and is the equivalent of turning off the controls with the button below the knob. A value of 100% call for the maximum spread available.

Filter Controls

The Filter controls take the sound of the instrument, and modify it by filtering out some of the sound above a certain frequency. This type of effect is commonly called a Low Pass Filter.

  • The Frequency knob  – determines where the sound starts to be filtered out.
  • The Resonance knob  – specifies how much the filter “rings” at the dialed frequency. The higher the resonance knob is set, the more focused this ringing becomes.

The graph gives you visual cues about the frequency distribution you are creating with the settings you select.

ADT Controls

Artificial Double Tracking is a technique, invented at Abbey Road when the Beatles were recording there that approximates the effect of double tracking (recording two nearly identical takes of a vocalist or instrument on the same part and laying one on top of the other) without actually taking the time to record two takes.

  • The Delay knob – specifies in milliseconds, the delay between the original signal and the secondary signal.
  • The Depth knob – specifies the amount by which that delay is modulated.
  • The Speed knob – varies the speed at which that delay is modulated.
  • The Level knob – specifies the relative loudness of the secondary signal.
  • The On/Off button – allows you to kill the ADT effect instantly and then reinstate it with the same settings, as needed.

Reverb Controls

The PLAY Advance Sample Engine uses a type of reverb known as “convolution reverb” in which a short sound called an “impulse” was generated in a real space, such as a Hollywood recording studio or cathedral.

That “impulse response” was digitized and PLAY knows how to convolve this “IR” with the samples at playback time to approximate the sound of playing the specified notes in the specified performance space.

The Graphical Representation of the Envelope

The total width of the graph represents the total length of all phases of the envelope. Therefore, when you change something in one part of the graph, for example, the decay, you may see the slopes of other components, the attack and the release, change as well because those phases become a larger or smaller percent of the whole; this is as expected.

Read more about these controls in the User Manual HERE.

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So What Exactly Can I Do With “Silk”?

“Silk” is quite possibly one of the best ethnic instrument libraries you can buy, containing pretty much every far eastern bowed/plucked string and brass/wind instrument that you’ll ever need in your compositions.

“Silk” is well suited to a vast range of musical styles, here are just some of the possible uses:

  • Cinematic Underscore
  • TV Programs
  • Hybrid Orchestral Music
  • Video Games

Full of inspiring sounds, this is a must have compositional tool for serious composers!

This library runs in the Play 5 engine which comes free and works in VST, AU, AAX & RTAS formats!

"Silk" by East West/Quantum Leap (VST/AU/AAX/RTAS)

63% off "Silk" by East West/Quantum Leap (VST/AU/AAX/RTAS)

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Normally €350 – get it at 63% off before it’s gone!

  • 63% off the normal price (normally €350)!
  • 25GB instrument: 20GB’s of multi-samples and 5GB’s of authentic performances
  • 24 Incredibly detailed Silk Road instruments from China, Persia and India.
  • Recorded legato intervals for erhu, zhonghu, jinhu, electric cello, kemenche, duduk, 30 piece string section, dilruba, bansuri
  • Master musicians recorded at East West Studios, using vintage Neumann microphones, Neve consoles and Meitner converters
  • PLAY 64 bit (and 32-bit) interface features state of the art convolution reverb, scripting and new revolutionary micro-tuning system
  • MAC – Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • PC – Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
  • Windows 7 or later – Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • 8GB RAM
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming
  • Note: iLok account required for machine (electronic) license placed on your computer or use optional iLok Key; internet connection required for one-time product activation
  • This library runs in the Play 5 engine which comes free and works in VST, AU, AAX & RTAS formats!
  • Perfect for Film. TV & Video Game Underscore, Hybrid Orchestral music, this is a must have compositional tool for serious composers!

What People Think About 63% off “Silk” by East West/Quantum Leap

  • "Silk is beautiful. It was initially designed as an extension of EastWest/Quantum Leap's RA, THE go-to library for world/ethnic instruments in the TV/film/video game world. It is much more than that; it definitely stands on its own. The detail in the instruments is stunning, and the playability factor is high. Regarding he TV/film/documentary world, this should be in every composer's collection."

    Audio MIDI

    Music Industry Blog

  • “The sounds themselves are a delight - recorded at EastWest’s beautiful studio they are clear, lush, impeccably edited, amd mapped together beautifully. Fantastic! Give Silk a listen and be carried away”

    Recording

    Music Industry Blog

  • "I can attest that of all the many sample libraries I’ve explored, I’ve never heard Silk’s equal for the traditional string and wind instruments that it represents. If you want your pieces to exhibit the heat of the sun-baked Fertile Crescent or the chill of the snow-topped Himalayas, Silk is a composer’s dream. Since I’ve started using Silk, I could swear I’ve heard its sounds everywhere from cable documentaries to the videogame score of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Once Silk lets the genie out of the bottle and unleashes its power on your music, you won’t want to put it back."

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