EAST WEST RA Quantum Leap RA – Rare & Ethnic Sounds


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With the combination of EastWest/Quantum Leap Ra, Gypsy and Silk collections you have the most detailed and expressive ethnic instruments ever produced.
“With ethnic instruments, the key to authenticity of sound is expression,” says EastWest/Quantum Leap Producer Nick Phoenix. “Now with the incorporation of our advanced PLAY sample engine, with its built-in sensing technology that monitors a player’s style and adjusts the software and sounds accordingly, users will experience a level of detail that was lacking in other products in the market, making their projects come to life with range and emotion.”

64-bit (for 32-bit compatibility, please use PLAY 4)
Intelligent performance section including portamento, repetition, legato
Features round robin reset
Offers improved articulation window and controls
State-of-the-art convolution reverb with pre-delay
Improved micro-tuning
Improved sound quality with high-resolution audio engine
Hi-fidelity one pole filter for natural cross-fades
Stereo image editing is now possible using channel sourcing
The instruments featured in the PLAY Editions are newly-programmed for PLAY from the original recordings

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Quite simply, RA is the best collection of world or ethnic sampled instruments I’ve ever used.


In ancient Egypt, RA was regarded as the creator of everything, the god of the sun. RA is usually represented with the body of a man and the head of a hawk, holding an ankh & sceptre. The chief location of RA worship was Heliopolis (a Greek word meaning city of the sun). RA is an appropriate name for the largest, and most comprehensive rare and ethnic virtual instrument ever made.
RA was born a few years ago, as a sample library called “Rare Instruments.” All of the sounds from Rare Instruments are included in RA, but this only represents approximately one-tenth of the content. The other ninety percent of RA was recorded at a top studio in Hollywood. We spent time hunting down the best ethnic artists on the West Coast. Los Angeles is so ethnically diverse and blessed with excellent institutions like Cal Arts, it is actually the ideal place to record a rare and ethnic collection.
You will find RA has amazing sound quality. RA was captured with a phase accurate 8-mic setup that gives a complete 3 dimensional image of the instrument. It is this type of sound that takes to artificial or sampled reverb extremely well. The sound is clear and broad. Mics used were Neumann U67 (U47s as alternates), Neuman M50, AKG C12 and Shoepps.
Another cool aspect of this virtual instrument is the fact that we recorded ethnic ensembles. This was done with African drums, bagpipes, gamelan and a Middle Eastern string section. The sound of these ensembles cannot be realistically simulated by layering solo instruments.
RA was a very expensive project, but well worth the cost. A lot of thought went into selecting instruments that would appeal to composers of all types, from dance music, to film. You might want to put the middle eastern string section in your next pop tune, or the hardanger fiddle in a sweeping romantic score ala Lord Of The Rings.

You might also be surprised at how little percussion is included in this giant ethnic collection. The reason is, we already covered much of this in EastWest/Quantum Leap Stormdrum. Stormdrum is the ideal companion to RA. The percussion in RA compliments Stormdrum perfectly.

Sibelius Sound Set Now Online

For the benefit of all, EW/QL user Jonathan Loving has created a Sound Set for using EastWest/Quantum Leap RA within Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6. Please read the documentation for more information and support details.

EastWest/Quantum Leap RA Sound Set

EastWest/Quantum Leap – RA – PLAY Edition, THE DEFINITIVE RARE AND ETHNIC VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT now available with the advanced featuers of PLAY

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Audio Demos


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RA Manual
PLAY 5 Manual

RA is powered by EASTWEST’S PLAY 5 64-bit Advanced Sample Engine

PLAY 5 is a 64-bit Advanced Sample Engine. PLAY 5 is included with all new EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Virtual Instruments (download here). For 32-bit compatibility, please use PLAY 4 (download here).

PLAY 5 includes SSL FX Suite from Solid State Logic, the industry leader in mixing technology; and an upgraded “true stereo” EastWest reverb. The FX section includes a SSL EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip, Transient Shaper, and SSL’s legendary Stereo Bus Compressor; plus an upgraded “true stereo” reverb from EastWest plus new features. EastWest also added it’s Amp Simulator and Ohm Force’s Ohmicide multi-band distortion software to enable unlimited sound design for film/games etc.

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 collection

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

All instruments are 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
Interface automatically changes to display current instrument
There are over 12,000 award-winning virtual (software) instruments in the PLAY eco system, the largest virtual instrument collection available!

Turn on/off articulations as you wish
Articulations list also serves as reference for all expressions within the instrument (no need to look up key-switches in charts)
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

Effects Engine

The best sounding and most powerful effects engine out there, built from the ground up for the highest possible quality
Reverb section includes multiple impulse responses from halls, and the famous EASTWEST Studios and live chambers (more RIAA certified Platinum and Gold records awarded than any other studio)
The smoothest filters you’ll ever hear
Specialized effects including the first Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) software available

Playback Engine

Highest quality resampling engine
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

Activate purchased instruments easily using the industry standard iLok security system (machine license placed on your computer or iLok key)

Supported Platforms

AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, Windows 7 and above, 64-bit, 32-bit (PLAY 4

PLAY isn’t just a sampler, the PLAY ECO SYSTEM is a professional fully integrated sample playback software solution for those with the most demanding production requirements with the largest selection of virtual instruments available

The highest sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)
The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers
Professional industry standard FX not available in any other sample playback engine
The most intuitive controls, custom designed for each library

Instruments and Articulations

African Dual Wooden Shakers (Ewe)
African Metal Shakers (Ewe)

Djembe Ensemble

Ewe Drum Ensemble
Ewe Large

Ewe Medium Bombshell
3ft FromTonFrom
5ft FromTonFrom
Gankokwe Large

Log Drums

1890 Washburn Guitar
American Jaw Harp

Cuban Percussion

First Nations Cedar Flute

Pan Flute

Bag Pipe Ensemble
Bass Recorder
Frame Drum

Hardanger Fiddle
Highland Pipes
Hurdy Gurdy
Irish Low Whistle
Uilleann Pipes

Gamelan Ensemble

Rag Dung

Taiko Drums
Vietnamese Jawharp

Baritone Violin (Electric)

Armenian Duduk
Bulgarian Duduk
Mid East Fiddle
Mid East String Section
Ney Flute

Qandahar Dumbek


System Requirements

14 GB Free Hard Disc Space


Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
Mac OSX 10.7 or later
7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming


Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
Windows 7 or later
Sound card with ASIO drivers
7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming


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


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

64-bit standalone and plug-in versions included (for 32-bit compatibility please use PLAY 4.3.5
Check the compatibility chart for supported hosts.

EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

Tested DAW

Mac OS
10.9 – 10.12.3



WIN 10, 8, 7,
Vista (32-bit)

WIN 10, 8, 7,
Vista (64-bit)

Required Version


Ableton Live

6.07 or higher



6 or higher

FL Studio

7 or higher


3 or higher


7.2 or higher

Digital Performer

6.02 or higher

Pro Tools5

7.4 to 10

Pro Tools 11 or higher5

11 or higher


6 or higher8


6.2 or higher

VE Pro

4.0.54 or higher

Studio One

2 or higher


3 or higher

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