The sequel to one of the best selling acoustic percussion virtual instruments
QUANTUM LEAP STORMDRUM 2 is the sequel to QUANTUM LEAP STORMDRUM (one of the best selling acoustic percussion based virtual instruments ever released).
QUANTUM LEAP SD2 is over twice the size of the original Stormdrum, featuring over 12 Gigabytes of ALL NEW (except the included Metallica black drum kit from Ministry Of Rock) acoustic percussion instruments. The unique selection of drums and percussion included exceeds all other collections. As a sequel to STORMDRUM it sets new standards that will exceed the expectations of everyone who owns a QUANTUM LEAP product.
QUANTUM LEAP Stormdrum 2 - THE NEXT GENERATION takes the concept to a whole new level. Studio 1 at the new EASTWEST STUDIOS (formally United-Western) is one of the best sounding percussion recording studios anywhere. It is very similar to the top Hollywood sound-stages, but with a more refined sound. The studio has one of the best mic collections in the world, and rare vintage recording equipment that is sonically superior to any I have used previously. Digital transfers were done through very expensive Meitner converters.
I got access to some fantastic percussion collections and purchased everything I could. I even contacted Remo and had them build me the largest floor tom ever built (42"x42" +legs)! As a teenager, I remember seeing Mickey Hart playing some gigantic Remo rack toms with the Grateful Dead. That sound always stuck with me. SD1 had a cool patch called "Thunder Ensemble". This was six musicians hitting large drums in unison in a warehouse. SD2 has the "Earthquake Ensemble", which is eleven musicians hitting huge, large and sometimes smaller drums in unison in EASTWEST studio 1.
There are many gems in SD2 and lots of subtle beautiful sounds as well. I collected many small Tibetan bells over the years and you´ll find these together in one beautiful patch. Troels Follman contributed his hang-drum samples which are very unique. Other unique instruments are the Whale Drum, Giant Tongue Drum and Octaplus 9 action toms. The sound design percussion is pretty special too, as is the Glitched Electronic Percussion. There is plenty of very detailed conventional percussion included also.
Included is the new advanced EASTWEST PLAY 5 sample engine offering both 64-bit support ( download here ). For 32-bit compatibility, please use PLAY 4.3.5 ( download here ).
You may want to add some reverb on top of the natural sound-stage ambience, as is typically done in film-scores. PLAY´s convolution reverb is perfect for this. The delay is useful also. Use the stereo width control to widen the sound-stage, and channel sourcing to get a mono signal for exact placement in the stereo field. You´ll find that the left and right channels often sound quite different, which is useful.
Also included are 100+ film score oriented MIDI PERFORMANCES, each with dozens of variations, intros and endings from bombastic to hypnotic. The PLAY software allows for millions of variations of each midi performance so you can create custom performances at any tempo without any loss of sound quality because the samples are not time-stretched, only the sequencer tempo is changed. Want to slow it down from 120 BPM to 50 BPM? Simply change the tempo of your sequence, the sounds will remain pristine. Want to change the tone to something more aggressive, or something more subtle? Simply change the dynamics and marvel as 24 velocity multi-sampled percussion creates a completely new sound. Want to tune, add effects or filters to specific drums? No problem. Want to mute specific sounds and play in your own parts? No problem. Sound replacement? No problem. Like the sound of a performance, but don´t like the rhythm? Simply use the current multi to create your own rhythms.
Drawing from the secret collections of three percussionists, QUANTUM LEAP SD2 - THE NEXT GENERATION features some of the most amazing, and unique multi-sampled percussion imaginable, all recorded with vintage Neumann microphones in the famous EASTWEST STUDIO 1 (formally United-Western) for that unmistakable Hollywood sound-stage vibe and a sound far beyond any other commercial percussion collection.
Produced by NICK PHOENIX
Includes over 12 Gigabytes of percussion insanity!
Includes 100+ MIDI Performance files
Includes PLAY advanced 64-bit software engine
"Beautifully recorded, there is a stunning range of instruments on offer. The big sounds are absolutely huge-powerful and punchy-and the smaller ones are suitably delicate and ethereal. Providing your system is up to it, you´ll be creating scores that people will never know have been made not on a Hollywood soundstage, but on a computer." - Music Tech Magazine
"Stormdrum 2 contains 16,000 samples, and I don´t even want to think about how long it took to record the countless performances in Gypsy and Voices Of Passion. There´s a sense of devotion about these projects, the long months spent recording and programming seeming to go well beyond the call of duty. As a consequence, each of the three Play titles is an artistic success. Sample libraries don´t get much better than these, and any composer with an ear for sound will find much inspirational material in them." - Sound On Sound
"If you´re doing Film/TV work, ya gotta have it. The sounds are really that amazing." - Film Music Magazine
"This is an overwhelming truckload of fresh percussion to have dropped at one´s fingertips. Thanks to the acoustics of that gorgeous Hollywood soundstage, you feel the sound as much as you hear it. It shakes your bones and brings tears to your eyes for its sonic purity, majesty and realism. You totally forget you´re playing a VI; that´s what makes SD2 the "big percussion" instrument on the market today." - Remix
13 GB Free Hard Disc Space
Please note, to use some of the larger MIDI file performances, you will need a recommended system.
iLok account required for machine (electronic) license placed on your computer or use optional iLok Key; internet connection required for one-time product activation
PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
16GB RAM or more
Windows 7 or later (64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer)
Sound card with ASIO drivers
SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming
MAC RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS
Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above