EastWest Ra

Globe-trotting virtual instrument offering vast treasury of authentic ethnic and world instruments

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EastWest/Quantum Leap RA provides composers with access to a variety of rare and unique instruments from Africa, Europe, India, the Americas and Australia, the Far East, and the Middle East and Turkish Empires.

Musicians will find that RA has an amazing sound quality and they'll marvel at the articulation of each instrument which has a wide range that goes from controlled to expressive. All of the instruments and ensembles featured in the collection were sampled extensively as a means of preserving the true character and expression of each instrument. For the first time, users will have more control over the sounds offered in the collection along with the ability to load even more instruments than ever before.

With the combination of EastWest/Quantum Leap Ra, Gypsy and Silk collections you have the most detailed and expressive ethnic instruments ever produced.

"With ethnic instruments, the key to authenticity of sound is expression," says EastWest/Quantum Leap Producer Nick Phoenix. "Now with the incorporation of our advanced PLAY sample engine, with its built-in sensing technology that monitors a player's style and adjusts the software and sounds accordingly, users will experience a level of detail that was lacking in other products in the market, making their projects come to life with range and emotion."

In addition to PLAY's intuitive custom interface, EastWest/Quantum Leap RA - PLAY Edition includes many other features, such as:

  • 64-bit (for 32-bit compatibility, please use PLAY 4)
  • Intelligent performance section including portamento, repetition, legato
  • Features round robin reset
  • Offers improved articulation window and controls
  • State-of-the-art convolution reverb with pre-delay
  • Improved micro-tuning
  • Improved sound quality with high-resolution audio engine
  • Hi-fidelity one pole filter for natural cross-fades
  • Stereo image editing is now possible using channel sourcing
  • The instruments featured in the PLAY Editions are newly-programmed for PLAY from the original recordings

RA is powered by EASTWEST'S PLAY 5 64-bit Advanced Sample Engine

This VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT combines intuitive handling with excellent sound quality, and functions as a plug-in instrument, without the need for a sampler.

PLAY 5 is a 64-bit Advanced Sample Engine. PLAY 5 is included with all new EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Virtual Instruments (download here). For 32-bit compatibility, please use PLAY 4 (download here).

PLAY 5 includes SSL FX Suite from Solid State Logic, the industry leader in mixing technology; and an upgraded “true stereo” EastWest reverb. The FX section includes a SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL’s legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; plus an upgraded "true stereo" reverb from EastWest plus new features. EastWest also added it’s Amp Simulator and Ohm Force’s Ohmicide multi-band distortion software to enable unlimited sound design for film/games etc.

FEATURES

PLAY includes custom designed Virtual Instruments that look as beautiful as they sound

  • Interface designed to eliminate clutter, including only the controls needed for each individual virtual instrument collection

Load MORE thanks to 64-bit support

  • 64-bit support allows you to load many more instruments and voices, limited only by your system RAM

All instruments are listed in one browser

  • Easy to use browser displays all of your instruments
  • Favorites section to group the instruments you use most
  • Preview your instrument of choice in an easy-to-use column viewer
  • Interface automatically changes to display current instrument
  • There are over 12,000 award-winning virtual (software) instruments in the PLAY eco system, the largest virtual instrument collection available!

Articulations

  • Forget browsing through complicated patch names: pick the instrument and play
  • Turn on/off articulations as you wish
  • Articulations list also serves as reference for all expressions within the instrument (no need to look up key-switches in charts)
  • Save your favorite configuration for quick retrieval

Legato Detection

  • PLAY senses legato and repetitive playing and responds accordingly

Stereo Handling

  • PLAY allows the user to manipulate stereo samples in very useful ways
  • 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

Effects Engine

  • The best sounding and most powerful effects engine out there, built from the ground up for the highest possible quality
  • Reverb section includes multiple impulse responses from halls, and the famous EASTWEST Studios and live chambers (more RIAA certified Platinum and Gold records awarded than any other studio)
  • The smoothest filters you'll ever hear
  • Specialized effects including the first Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) software available
  • Our latest products include many new advanced sound shaping tools, a new EastWest AMP Simulator with 80 Amp Presets, classic Echoplex EP-1 Delay, Solid State Logic EQ & Dynamics Channel, consisting of: Filter, EQ, Compressor and Noise Gate/Expander, Solid State Logic Transient Shaper, the legendary Solid State Logic Stereo Compressor, and EastWest Expanded Convolution Reverb with 726 Additional Reverb Presets.

Playback Engine

  • Highest quality resampling engine
  • Built from the ground up to create the most intuitive instruments possible. Allowed us to design instruments every step of the way without compromise

Security system

  • Activate purchased instruments easily using the industry standard iLok security system (machine license placed on your computer or iLok key)

Supported Platforms

  • AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, Windows 7 and above, 64-bit, 32-bit (PLAY 4)

Summary

PLAY isn't just a sampler, the PLAY ECO SYSTEM is a professional fully integrated sample playback software solution for those with the most demanding production requirements with the largest selection of virtual instruments available

  • The highest sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)
  • The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers
  • Professional industry standard FX not available in any other sample playback engine
  • The most intuitive controls, custom designed for each library

In ancient Egypt, RA was regarded as the creator of everything, the god of the sun. RA is usually represented with the body of a man and the head of a hawk, holding an ankh & sceptre. The chief location of RA worship was Heliopolis (a Greek word meaning city of the sun). RA is an appropriate name for the largest, and most comprehensive rare and ethnic virtual instrument ever made.

RA was born a few years ago, as a sample library called “Rare Instruments.” All of the sounds from Rare Instruments are included in RA, but this only represents approximately one-tenth of the content. The other ninety percent of RA was recorded at a top studio in Hollywood. We spent time hunting down the best ethnic artists on the West Coast. Los Angeles is so ethnically diverse and blessed with excellent institutions like Cal Arts, it is actually the ideal place to record a rare and ethnic collection.

You will find RA has amazing sound quality. RA was captured with a phase accurate 8-mic setup that gives a complete 3 dimensional image of the instrument. It is this type of sound that takes to artificial or sampled reverb extremely well. The sound is clear and broad. Mics used were Neumann U67 (U47s as alternates), Neuman M50, AKG C12 and Shoepps.

Another cool aspect of this virtual instrument is the fact that we recorded ethnic ensembles. This was done with African drums, bagpipes, gamelan and a Middle Eastern string section. The sound of these ensembles cannot be realistically simulated by layering solo instruments.

RA was a very expensive project, but well worth the cost. A lot of thought went into selecting instruments that would appeal to composers of all types, from dance music, to film. You might want to put the middle eastern string section in your next pop tune, or the hardanger fiddle in a sweeping romantic score ala Lord Of The Rings.

You might also be surprised at how little percussion is included in this giant ethnic collection. The reason is, we already covered much of this in EastWest/Quantum Leap Stormdrum. Stormdrum is the ideal companion to RA. The percussion in RA compliments Stormdrum perfectly.

You can have a lot of fun with RA. The possibilities are simply endless, especially when you mix the sounds of different cultures together. Load up the middle eastern string section, apply an Indian or Egyptian tuning from the micro-tuning presets and play octaves. Make a really cool groove with the didgeridoo fx and the Vietnamese jaw harp. Take a classical filmscore piece and replace all of the instruments with their ethnic counterparts: strings with middle eastern string section, solo violin or cello with electric baritone violin, hardanger fiddle or erhu, french horn with alpenhorn, flute with dizi, oboe with duduk, percussion with taikos and African percussion, harp with kora, trombones with rag dung etc. etc.... Or perhaps try the hurdy gurdy, hardanger fiddle, washburn guitar, mandolin and the dizi and make an interesting folk ensemble or the gamelan ensemble with the ney flute, duduk and esraj. And don’t forget the reverb!

Sibelius Sound Set Now Online

For the benefit of all, EW/QL user Jonathan Loving has created a Sound Set for using EastWest/Quantum Leap RA within Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6. Please read the documentation for more information and support details.

EastWest/Quantum Leap RA Sound Set

EastWest/Quantum Leap - RA - PLAY Edition, THE DEFINITIVE RARE AND ETHNIC VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT now available with the advanced features of PLAY

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS & COMPATIBILITY:

  • 14 GB Free Hard Disc Space

MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

 

PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
  • 8GB RAM
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

 

MAC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM:

  • Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

 

PC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM:

  • 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

 

ALL SYSTEMS:

iLok account required for machine (electronic) license placed on your computer or use optional iLok Key; internet connection required for one-time product activation

INCLUDED FOR BOTH PC AND MAC:

64-bit standalone and plug-in versions included (for 32-bit compatibility please use PLAY 4.3.5).

Please check the compatibility chart below for supported hosts.

EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

Tested DAW Mac OS 10.9 - 10.12.3 WIN XP
(32-bit)
WIN XP
(64-bit)
WIN 10, 8, 7,
Vista (32-bit)
WIN 10, 8, 7,
Vista (64-bit)
Required Version
Standalone YES YES YES YES YES  
Ableton Live YES YES   YES YES1 6.07 or higher
Cubase/Nuendo YES2 YES YES3 YES YES3 6 or higher
FL Studio   YES YES YES YES 7 or higher
GarageBand YES         3 or higher
Logic YES4         7.2 or higher
Digital Performer YES4     YES YES 6.02 or higher
Pro Tools5 YES YES   YES   7.4 to 10
Pro Tools 11 or higher5 YES   YES   YES6 11 or higher
Sibelius YES7 YES   YES   6 or higher8
Sonar   YES YES YES YES 6.2 or higher
VE Pro YES YES YES YES YES 4.0.54 or higher
Studio One YES YES YES YES YES 2 or higher
Reaper YES YES YES YES YES 3 or higher

1: Play 5 (and above) is compatible with all 64-bit hosts that use VST, AU, or AAX plugins. Use Play 4 for 32-bit hosts.
2: Mac OS 10.7 or newer is required.
3: Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts.
4: WordBuilder is not supported in Logic 7 or lower, and DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
5: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24).
6: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8.
7: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Mac OS 7.
8: Sibelius 6.2 is required to run in Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks).

INSTRUMENTS & ARTICULATIONS:

AFRICA:

African Dual Wooden Shakers (Ewe)
African Metal Shakers (Ewe)
Atsimevu
Axatse
Batas
Berkete
Djembe Ensemble
Ekpiri
Ewe Drum Ensemble
Ewe Large
Bombshell
Ewe Medium Bombshell
3ft FromTonFrom
5ft FromTonFrom
Gankokwe Large
Gyil
Kalimbas
Kidi
Kora
Log Drums
Ngoni
Udu

AMERICAS & AUSTRALIA

1890 Washburn Guitar
American Jaw Harp
Banjo
Berimbau
Cuban Percussion
Didjeridoo
Dobro
First Nations Cedar Flute
Mandolin
Pan Flute
Ukelele

EUROPE

Alpenhorn
Bag Pipe Ensemble
Bass Recorder
Frame Drum
Gadulka
Hardanger Fiddle
Highland Pipes
Hurdy Gurdy
Irish Low Whistle
Launeddas
Uilleann Pipes

FAR EAST

Dizi
Erhu
Gamelan Ensemble
Gongs
Koto
Rag Dung
Shakuhachi
Shamisen
Taiko Drums
Vietnamese Jawharp

INDIA

Bansuri
Baritone Violin (Electric)
Esraj
Sarangi
Sitar
Tablas
Tambura

MIDDLE EAST & TURKISH EMPIRE

Armenian Duduk
Bulgarian Duduk
Mid East Fiddle
Mid East String Section
Ney Flute
Oud
Qandahar Dumbek
Santoor
Turkish
Duduk
Yalli
Tambur
Zourna

Please click on the link below to view the download and install guide for this product.

http://help.timespace.com/home/east-west

Customer Reviews

Press Quotes

"Quite simply, RA is the best collection of world or ethnic sampled instruments I've ever used." - SOUND ON SOUND

Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument

Product Specs:

System Requirements
  • 14 GB Free Hard Disc Space

MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
  • 8GB RAM
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

MAC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

  • Mac Pro Late 2013 edition (current model with round enclosure) or above
  • 16GB RAM or more
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

PC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

  • 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

ALL SYSTEMS

iLok account required for machine (electronic) license placed on your computer or use optional iLok Key; internet connection required for one-time product activation

INCLUDED FOR BOTH PC AND MAC

64-bit standalone and plug-in versions included (for 32-bit compatibility please use PLAY 4.3.5).

Please check the compatibility chart in TECH SPECS for supported hosts.

Compatibility