EastWest Quantum Leap Pianos

With this in mind, we anticipated similar results when testing two other EastWest releases: Ministry of Rock and Quantum Leap Pianos. Ministry of Rock’s focus on guitars gave us initial cause for concern, as playing guitars on a Midi keyboard is often like mowing the lawn with a carving knife:
east west quantum leap pianos review

Quantum Leap Pianos review

With this in mind, we anticipated similar results when testing two other EastWest releases: Ministry of Rock and Quantum Leap Pianos.

Ministry of Rock’s focus on guitars gave us initial cause for concern, as playing guitars on a Midi keyboard is often like mowing the lawn with a carving knife: Conversely, Quantum Leap Pianos is a natural fit for operation via Midi keyboard, being an entirely piano-based library. Ministry of Rock is bristling with those well-established tools of rock: However, although Ministry of Rock’s raison d’tre is lead-heavy metal riffage, taking single Ministry of Rock elements for use in other music styles opens up new vistas.

And the guitars work very nicely. It’s still not as intuitive as playing the real thing, but the fact that the articulations and programming of the samples were all reverse-engineered from real-world performances makes a big difference. The Telecaster sounded like, well, a Telecaster and with the other guitar flavours on board Les Paul, Strat, PRS, Ibanez multi-tracking guitar parts is easy – and fun, be it clean or overdriven, chords or finger-picked.

It was a similar story with the bass instruments, plus the drum sounds were as impressive as those in Fab Four. The Gretsch kit sampled for Ministry of Rock was the exact same kit used on Metallica’s Black Album, adding that stamp of hard-rocking authenticity.

The drum kits are also optimised for use with Roland’s real-world Vdrums. Our main issue with Ministry of Rock is more one of philosophy: Wouldn’t they rather get together with friends and, well, jam? That’s what makes loud music fun: The end results achievable with Ministry of Rock can certainly fulfil these criteria, but the Midi-based nature of input and performance runs contrary to rock’s primitive hedonism.

Quantum Leap Pianos represents an entirely different aesthetic. Happily, given their huge system requirements, pianos can be installed individually. The pianos sound incredible and each instrument exhibits different tonal and response characteristics. Additionally, the ability to refine key parameters of each piano, as well as adjust the balance of the three mics, provides a wealth of sound-shaping options.

Juxtaposing Quantum Leap Pianos with Synthogy’s Ivory, playing the same piano in one app then the other, either version would satisfy the most fastidious pianist.

However, the Quantum Leap Pianos version of each piano has the edge, exhibiting an even richer, more three-dimensional tone than the excellent Ivory instrument. Page 1 of 2Quantum Leap Pianos review.

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I’m absolutely amazed. It’s love at first touch. When I first heard it, I had to play it, and I fell in love. The recording quality and playablity is fantastic and these are the only digital piano sounds they faithfully reproduce the resonances of a well tuned piano. Always somethings I want out of sounds.

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