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EastWest Forbidden Planet & Goliath

Latest sample-based soft-synths from EastWest
Sample library developers EastWest, who have bought LA’s Cello Studios to use as the base for their sampling exploits, were showing a number of promising new products at NAMM. Foremost among them was Forbidden Planet, which will have obvious appeal for anyone whose tastes run to the dark and industrial side of things.

It introduces a convolution technology EastWest are calling Q-Fusion, which allows the user to cross-pollinate the source material in previously unheard-of fashion, and a new take on wavetable synthesis called Riptide. Effects provision is equally innovative, with tuned feedback and ring modulation on offer among numerous other intriguing processes.

The company’s Quantum Leap series has been augmented by Goliath, the sequel to their existing Colossus. Goliath repackages all the existing Colossus content within EastWest’s new 64-bit Play engine and adds some 8GB of new material, making it an even more comprehensive tool for songwriters, composers and producers. The Play engine should make it possible to use more of the 600-plus patches simultaneously, since it can access more than 3GB RAM on a 64-bit computer. This will be especially welcome to users of EastWest’s Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, which has also been ported to the new Play system.

New too is Quantum Leap SD2, which builds on the success of the Storm Drum acoustic percussion instrument to produce a library more than 12GB in size, adding exotica such as bowed gongs and bowls, Indonesian hand drums, Anklungs and Udus. These are paired by more than 100 MIDI performances, created with the film composer in mind.
Pricing for Forbidden Planet has yet to be determined, but Goliath and QLSD2 are expected to bear a US MSRP of $495.

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