has introduced six new virtual instruments for musicians, using software powered by a 64-bit engine called Play. The new instruments are due to go on sale in March, although they’re available for pre-order now for $549 each.
The new virtual instruments include Fab Four, a collection of the same kind of instruments and recording equipment used by the Beatles. Overseeing the production were producer Doug Rogers and engineer Ken Scott, who worked on five Beatles albums at EMI/Abbey Road Studios. Instruments were played by former members of Paul McCartney’s band Wings.
Quantum Leap Gypsy is a collection of instruments aimed at creating realistic performances for film, TV and game soundtracks, with a Euroepean flare. Quantum Leap Ministry of Rock is a collection of rock drums, basses and guitars. Quantum Leap Voices of Passion incorporates vocals from female vocalists from Wales, Syria, India, Bulgaria and America. Quantum Leap Pianos includes a collection of grand pianos, with three mic positions for each piano. And Quantum Leap SD2 The Next Generation is a collection of acoustic percussion instruments.
The Play systems lines up instruments in a browser, enabling you to audition other collections before purchasing as well.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4 or later. VST, Audio Units, Core Audio and RTAS interfaces are supported. Each collection is a Universal binary.