EastWest Silk

One of the most ambitious ethnic virtual instruments ever created - take a 25GB journey through the Silk Road

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SILK is a pioneering 25GB virtual instrument that takes you on a zealously comprehensive voyage through the instruments of the Silk Road. 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 microtuning system is the first of it's kind, and is a true breakthrough for PLAY.

"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.

"Extensive scripting is employed in SILK along with our PLAY 64-bit (with 32-bit capability) sample engine, offering composers a lot of control over the end result. PLAY's scripting, microtuning and convolution reverb are a powerful combination, making it an unparalled interface for these sounds. SILK is revolutionary in that the microtuning and scales actually teach users how to employ these sounds in an authentic way."

  • Incredibly detailed Silk Road instruments from China, Persia and India. The most ambitious ethnic instrument ever created
  • 25 GB instrument: 20 GB's of multi-samples and 5 GB'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
  • With the combination of Silk, Ra, and Gypsy collections you have the most detailed and expressive ethnic instruments ever produced.
  • NEW: EastWest/Quantum Leap Silk Sound Set for Sibelius

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS & COMPATIBILITY:

  • 25 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).

All sounds in demos 1-4 are SILK multi-samples triggered from a midi keyboard, except the percussion, which is from SD2 PRO. The sound you hear in the demos is the raw sound coming from PLAY. No external effects, EQ or reverb was used in these demos, except a subtle compressor, which was placed on the master bus. No phrases or performances from SILK were used in demos 1-4.

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)

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

"The sounds themselves are a delight - recorded at EastWest's beautiful studio, they're clear, lush, impeccably edited, and mapped together beautifully. Fantastic! Give Silk a listen, and be carried away." - RECORDING

"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. In regarding to the TV/film/documentary world, this should be in every composer's collection." - AUDIOMIDI

Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument

Product Specs:

System Requirements
  • 25 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