FRANKFURT, GERMANY, MARCH 28, 2007 — EASTWEST, the industry leader in soundware development and distribution, proudly introduces Quantum Leap Ministry of Rock to the European market. Quantum Leap Ministry of Rock is a huge 18 gigabyte collection of rock drums, basses and guitars recorded in the world-famous EASTWEST Studio 2, featured on countless platinum and gold records.
“Ministry of Rock is a modern-day rock toolkit that covers a myriad of styles, providing a true all-in-one solution for rock productions,” states Quantum Leap producer Nick Phoenix. “Songwriters, film, TV and game composers, as well as all rock musicians, will love this outstanding virtual instrument collection.”
Ministry of Rock boasts a sound quality superior to anything else available. The virtual instrument library features sounds used in contemporary music. Ministry of Rock was created with one goal in mind: to create a virtual instrument capable of producing sounds that can actually produce a hit record or film score without any live drum, bass or guitar overdubs. Articulations and programming were all reverse engineered from actual performances.
Drum kits sampled for Ministry of Rock include Octaplus (nine toms), Ayotte, Ludwig and Gretsch, the latter the actual kit used to make Metallica’s “Black” album. Drum kits are also optimized for use with Roland V-Drums.
Basses include Fender P-Bass Custom, Fender 5-string, Specter and Kubiki basses. All were recorded through an Ampeg SVT and an Ashdown rig. Guitars recorded for Ministry of Rock include Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, Ibanez Universe 7 and various PRS guitars, all recorded through Marshall, Fender, Bogner, Vox and Budda amplifiers.
Special features of Ministry of Rock include:
- Legato bass and guitar samples
- Legato and staccato repetitions
- Truly playable rhythm guitars and leads, clean and distorted release samples
- Guitars and basses recorded in dual amp configurations
- Software allows the user to choose amplifier, or mix the sound from both amps
- Dynamic bass that can play everything from ballads to the most hardcore music imaginable
- Round robin bass drums, snares, toms and hats
- Performance drum hits extracted from live playing
- Approximately 18 gigabytes of rock drums, basses and guitars recorded in the world-famous EASTWEST Studio 2
- Superior reverb impulses recorded by Prof. Keith O. Johnson and Nick Phoenix.
Ministry of Rock carries a MSRP of €370.00 (plus tax).
Since 1988, EASTWEST has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality, setting the industry standard as the #1 producer and distributor of sample CDs and virtual (software) instruments. With over 28 years” experience in the audio industry, founder and producer Doug Rogers has the expertise in music production to understand the creative tools professional musicians need. The recipient of numerous gold and platinum records including Recording Engineer of the Year, and over 40 international awards, Rogers is featured in The Art of Digital Music: 56 Visionary Artists and Insiders Reveal Their Creative Secrets by David Battino and Kelli Richards.
Quantum Leap is a wholly owned division of EASTWEST. Quantum Leap Virtual Instruments are mostly produced by multiple award-winning producer and composer Nick Phoenix. Some of the larger productions, such as Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs are co-produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix.
In January 2006, EASTWEST purchased the legendary Cello (formally United-Western) Studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, re-naming it EASTWEST Studios. The 21,000 sq. ft. facility, redesigned by master designer Philipe Starck, houses five recording studios and is the world headquarters for EASTWEST.