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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
-Designed to be played like an instrument, not programmed like a sampler

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 (32-bit support is included also for compatibility)
-While most high-end computers will support 16GB, a very small set of high-performance enterprise computers (with Microsoft Vista Ultimate) can already use 128GB of RAM. As hardware develops, the theoretical limit is 17,179,869,184 gigabytes = 16 exabytes, or 17 billion gigabytes!

Networking Support*

-If you still need more power, our built-in NETWORK CONTROL allows you to load instruments on other machines controlled from your host computer
-No more trips back and forth between computers, no more KVM switching when loading projects
-No need to buy additional software

The PLAY system is a professional fully integrated solution for those with the most demanding production requirements

-All instruments 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
-Load instruments into one instance to take advantage of your sequencer's "instrument tracks", or multiple instances if you so desire.
-Interface automatically changes to display current instrument


-Forget browsing through complicated patch names: pick the instrument and play
-Turn on/off articulations as you wish
-Articulations list also serves as a reference for all expressions within the instrument (no need to look up key-switches in charts)
-Control volume right in the articulation window
-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

Mic Mixer

-Control all mic positions for the orchestra, choirs, pianos, and other instruments with multiple mic positions with the built-in mic mixer
-Now taken a step further, do it right in the patch
-Load, unload, adjust, pan, mute mic positions as you wish
-Pick your instrument, and PLAY!

Effects Engine

-The best sounding and most powerful effects engine out there, built from the ground up for the highest possible quality
-REVERB includes multiple impulse responses from concert halls, and the famous EASTWEST studios and live chambers (more RIAA certified Platinum and Gold records awarded than any other studio) recorded by Keith Johnson and Nick Phoenix
-The smoothest filters you'll ever hear
-Specialized effects for individual products included the first Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) software available (included in all PLAY instruments)

Playback Engine

-Highest quality resampling engine
-Advanced streaming technology saves RAM and speeds up load times without reducing sample quality
-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

-Authorize purchased instruments easily using the industry standard iLok USB security key system (see our
iLok FAQ for more information)
-Offers complete portability, take your plugin anywhere you want, use it on any computer
-Easy to authorize and manage (up to 100 authorizations on one key)

RTAS, AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, PPC Mac, Windows XP and Vista, 32 and 64-bit**

-Natively supported in all major hosts on all major operating systems (see compatibility chart on each PLAY product page)
-PLAY no matter what your platform
-More native support than any other plug-in
-Standalone: PLAY as many instruments as your computer can handle in one application


-PLAY isn't just a sampler, the PLAY SYSTEM is a professional fully integrated sample playback software solution for those with the most demanding production requirements

-Offers native support for more platforms than any other software engine

-Network support for large studios, expandable systems*

-The latest in technology (64-bit**, next generation operating systems)

-The highest sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)

-The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers

-The most intuitive controls, custom designed for each library

-Complete portability

*This feature will be available after release as a free download for all registered users.

**Mac 64-bit support will be available soon after the release of Apple's 64-bit Leopard Operating System


What is EastWest's PLAY Software?

PLAY is EastWest's 64-bit Advanced Sample Engine, featuring built-in Networking Control*, advanced Legato Detection, various Effects Engine capabilities, and many more features. It is compatible with all major DAW/Sequencing Hosts (see 'Supported Hosts' table on each product page), and all all major system platforms (Mac, Windows XP, Windows Vista).

Most existing NI-powered virtual instruments will be upgraded to PLAY (check each product page for details). Some features require third-party support and will be added as an update.

What plugin formats are supported by PLAY?

PLAY is designed to run on:

Windows XP (32 and 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit)
Mac OS X (10.4 or higher, intel or PPC, 32 or 64-bit*)

The following plugin formats are supported:

Audio Units
RTAS (Pro Tools 7.4 or later)

PLAY also runs as a standalone product and can access audio through Core Audio and ASIO drivers.

How many instruments can I load into PLAY? Can I control them seperately?

As a plugin, you can load as many instruments as you want, but you will have only 16 unique MIDI channels to control them. This is a limitation of the plugin standards and MIDI.

As a standalone application, you are limited only by the power of your computer and amount of MIDI ports you have. PLAY allows you to select a MIDI port, channel, and audio output for each loaded instrument.

Will I still be able to use my NI-Powered library or Kontakt if I upgrade to PLAY?

Yes, upgrading to PLAY will not effect your NI-Powered license.

Can I open Kompakt or Kontakt multis in PLAY?

PLAY cannot open .nki or .nkm files from Kontakt 2 or Kompakt. You can, however, create your own multi-instruments and save them anywhere you like for easy recall.

If I upgrade to PLAY from an NI-Powered product, will the keymapping change?

No! If you switch out the Kompakt version with PLAY and load the same instruments, they will play back the same samples.

Can I load patches from one PLAY library into another?

Every instance of PLAY allows you to mix and match all of your libraries together. You can load a bass from Fab Four, a guitar from Ministry of Rock, percussion from Stormdrum 2, and a Quantum Leap Steinway piano all in one place (provided your computer has enough available resources).

Can I use the PLAY library on more than one machine?

Yes. The iLok allows you to use your library on any computer you like. Simply plug it in and you're authorized.

If you would like to use the PLAY library on two machines at the same time (simultaneously), however, you will need to purchase an additional license and an additional iLok USB key. For additional licenses please see the product page for the library you are using.

For the Platinum Edition of the East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, we will continue to license the product in four sections. You may distribute the sections on up to four computers simultaneously, one section per machine. You will still need one licensed iLok attached to each machine running the software. Licenses can be managed at The iLok.com website.

What kind of manuals are included with PLAY, and where are they?

The documentation gets installed as a PDF with your product. The PDF's are also included on the Disc #1 of your PLAY product, which can be opened using Adobe Reader.

How do I authorize my PLAY product?

Authorization for all PLAY-Powered products are done with the Authorization Wizard, which gets installed with your library, which puts the license onto your iLok USB security key (not included). For more information on authorizing, see our
iLok Authorization FAQ.

Your Authorization Code is located on the disc sleeve.

Can I transfer my PLAY license to a different iLok key?

Yes, however both iLok keys MUST be registered to the same iLok.com account, and both must be inserted when transferring.

Why are there two installers on my Disc #1 for Windws (x32 and x64)?

These installers are either for a Windows 32-bit system, or a Windows 64-bit system. Please refer to your Windows installation information or computer manufacturer if you are unsure which one you are using.


1. Convolution reverb sounds amazing, but takes up a lot of resources. Try turning it off if your computer needs more power for other tasks.

2. Master patches are great for auditioning sounds, but Elements patches are a good way to go if you want to load something quickly, and save system resources. You can add articulations to the Elements patches as you need them using the load button in the articulations window.

3. Using multiple instances in a host will provide better performance than using multiple instruments in an instance.

4. On a PC, use an ASIO Driver for best performance. Using the 64-bit version of PLAY will enable you load many more instruments with more ram installed.

5. You will obtain the best performance by using the fastest computer you can afford. Hard drive speed is particularly important; we recommend a minimum of 7200rpm hard drives, however faster hard drives will provide even better performance. Our software offers better performance on Intel Mac than PPC Mac.

6. If you're having performance issues and you have an older computer or slower hard drive, try raising your audio buffer size in PLAY's settings.

7. Use Favorites folders and Recent (under the main menu at the top left) for quick and easy access to the most used patches on your system.

8. Keeping your samples on a dedicated drive will give you better performance than sharing a drive with the system.



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