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HOLLYWOOD STRINGS has many groundbreaking features not found in any other virtual strings collection. Finger position is, for the first time, controllable by the user, so they can play as far up the strings as they want, and get a fuller more romantic Hollywood sound. Vibrato intensity and extensive dynamics are controllable by the user. Extensive multi-dynamic true legato has been sampled for all sections in three different categories: slurred, portamento, and bow change.

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A collection of 44.1khz 24-bit string instruments with unprecedented control over sound and performance, all supplied on a hard drive (*see conditions below) for ease of installation.

Recording for HOLLYWOOD STRINGS took place at the famous EASTWEST STUDIO 1, the same studio where many Hollywood soundtracks and television themes were recorded with a live orchestra. Heading this project were co-producers DOUG ROGERS, NICK PHOENIX and THOMAS BERGERSEN and sound engineer SHAWN MURPHY.

Joining Rogers and Phoenix as co-producer on HOLLYWOOD STRINGS is Thomas Bergersen, a highly respected composer and orchestrator, and Phoenix’s partner in trailer music company Two Steps From Hell. His extensive experience in composing for orchestras and with virtual orchestras made him a perfect fit for the multi award-winning team of Rogers and Phoenix.

Shawn Murphy, is an ACADEMY AWARD, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society), BAFTA, and EMMY award-winning sound engineer who has recorded and mixed the scores for more than 300 feature films including: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park The Lost World, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Bourne Ultimatum, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, The Passion Of The Christ, X-Men: The Last Stand, Memoirs of a Geisha and Ice Age.

HOLLYWOOD STRINGS has many groundbreaking features not found in any other virtual strings collection. Finger position is, for the first time, controllable by the user, so they can play as far up the strings as they want, and get a fuller more romantic Hollywood sound. Vibrato intensity and extensive dynamics are controllable by the user. Extensive multi-dynamic true legato has been sampled for all sections in three different categories: slurred, portamento, and bow change. This results in unsurpassed legato performance that has never been available in the sample world. HOLLYWOOD STRINGS has five user-controllable mic positions (to be used as options, not all at the same time) including main pickup (Decca tree), mid pickup, close pickup, surround pickup, and an alternate vintage circa 1945 RCA ribbon room pickup.

HOLLYWOOD STRINGS offers unprecedented control over sound and performance, and is a must have compositional tool for serious composers.

Articulations

  • Multiple finger positions for all sections including open strings
  • 3 unique styles of legato interval sampling, including never-before-sampled bow change legato, slurred legato, and portamento sliding legato, sampled at 3, 3 and 2 dynamics 

respectively, all with speed control

  •  5 dynamics of up- and down-bowed sustains
  •  Multiple vibrato intensities
  •  Up- and down-bowed notes
  •  Extensive runs
  •  Playable runs
  •  Powerful scripting
  •  Other articulations:
  •  Bartók pizzicato
  •  Col legno
  •  Detaché
  •  Flautando
  •  Harmonics
  •  Marcato
  •  Measured tremolo
  •  On-the-string staccato
  •  Pizzicato
  •  Repetitions
  •  Ricochet
  •  Spiccato
  •  Staccatissmo
  •  Staccato
  •  Sul ponticello tremolo
  •  Tremolo
  •  Trills (major and minor)

Instrumentation
All sections were sampled with wide extended ranges including almost 4 octaves for violins.

  •  16 1st Violins (9/7 divisi mode)
  •  14 2nd Violins (8/6 divisi mode)
  •  10 Violas (6/4 divisi mode)
  •  10 Cellos (6/4 divisi mode)
  •  7 Basses (4/3 divisi mode)

Recording

  •  Recorded in the famous EASTWEST STUDIOS 1
  •  Neve 8078 mixing console
  •  Meitner ADC converters
  •  5 user-mixable microphone positions:
  •  Main - Decca tree (Neumann M50s) and Brauner VM1 KHE (Klaus Heyne Edition) outriggers
  •  Mid - Neumann Kmi, Neumann KM 254, Sony C37A, Neumann U-47
  •  Close - AKG C12, Neumann U47, Neumann U67, Nordic Audio Labs NU-47
  •  Surround - Neumann KM 83
  •  Alternate Room - Vintage RCA44 Ribbon

The hard drive on which Hollywood Strings ships is a bare (internal) drive. If you don't want to install it to copy the data, we suggest purchasing a hard drive dock. The hard drive is supplied for installation purposes and as product media only. It is not intended for daily use (such as for storing the samples for streaming). EastWest/Soundsonline assumes no responsibility or risk if the drive is used for other purposes.

The hard drive is covered by our "Limited Replacement Only 30 Day Return Policy". If the hard drive develops a defect, it may be returned to Soundsonline within 30 days of shipment. Hollywood Strings may only be returned for a replacement of the hard drive. No refunds are available. "Return" constitutes receipt of the product by Soundsonline, and not the mere issuance of an RMA. Beyond 30 days, the manufacturer's warranty will apply and returns and service must be arranged with the drive manufacturer. EastWest/Soundsonline will replace the data should a drive replacement become necessary.

Product Details

Product Details

Manufacturer EASTWEST
System Requirements (Windows)
  • 310GB free hard drive space / iLok Security Key (not supplied)

PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
  • 4GB RAM
  • Windows XP SP2, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

PC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

  • Intel Core 2 Quad or AMD Quad-Core 2.66GHz or higher
  • 8GB RAM or more
  • 64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer
  • Sound card with ASIO drivers
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

IMPORTANT: Some of the largest patches (in the "Powerful System" folders) can take up to 1GB of RAM to load per mic position, and are intended for systems that meet the recommended specs. "Light" versions of these patches are included for slower systems.

System Requirements (Mac)
  • 310GB free hard drive space / iLok Security Key (not supplied)

MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher
  • 4GB RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

MAC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

  • Mac Pro Quad-Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz or higher
  • 8GB RAM or more
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

IMPORTANT: Some of the largest patches (in the "Powerful System" folders) can take up to 1GB of RAM to load per mic position, and are intended for systems that meet the recommended specs. "Light" versions of these patches are included for slower systems.

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