Reviewed by Tim Curran in Film Score Monthly Volume 15, No. Once installed and ready to play, I found the results astounding. The Gold Edition is even upgradable, so either option will suit you well. Extensive multi-dynamic true legato has been sampled for all sections in three different categories: slurred, portamento, and bow change. Seriously, these kinds of results speak wonders about the sampling quality and overall programming that went into making this product. Starting notes with no vibrato, then gradually introducing it with the wheel is also very expressive. I would have preferred unisons throughout, taking my usual line that if I want octaves, I'll play them.
The 'expressive' option, which starts out vib-free and progressively adds it as the note progresses, can be used as a non-vibrato fast-note articulation as well as for long melody notes. Of these collections, only Hollywood Strings and Cinematic Strings have multiple mic positions. The 'slur runs' patch permits extraordinarily fast playing, though there's something a little hysterical about hearing a tuba played at speed. A new entry in the field is Cinesamples Cinebrass an 8. System demands are high, especially when using multiple microphone positions. This document describes aspects that are unique to that library, such as the list of included instruments and articulations.
Beyond 30 days, the manufacturer's warranty will apply and returns and service must be arranged with the drive manufacturer. A also just began using the Hollywood Strings Diamond Ed. Noting this is important particularly for Diamond owners, because those editions actually include both Gold and Diamond editions. As one who likes to compose by playing, the provision of pre-programmed, full, six-octave strings sections is very helpful. Their latest release was originally announced over a year ago, raising expectations sky high and setting Internet forums ablaze with gossip. I especially love the way they introduce human error into their samples with their new play engine.
Can you still get absolutely kickass results in a nice, quick workflow? See below for EastWest's specifications. At least to this point in the history of virtual instruments, there is no way around this. The makers claim the update also improves loading times, and while I was unable to compare Play v1 and v2 on the same machine, I can say that on a 3. If this is what comes from owning your own world-famous studio, I'm going to get on the phone and make a bid for Abbey Road right now — can anyone reading this lend me 30 million quid? You can hear this incredible sound library by clicking. Put in high school math terms, ease-of-use is inversely proportional to the depth of options. An elderly man with long white hair, a white beard and a white robe stands on a castle keep, wearing a troubled expression as he surveys the dark landscape. If you need one of those, use the played trills samples.
As a connoisseur of truly life-like virtual instruments, I have yet to find a library better than Hollywood Strings. Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds includes: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Flute, Bassoon, Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet, Contra Bassoon, Eb Clarinet, English Horn, Flute, Flute 2, Oboe, Piccolo Flute. Microphone choices: Close, Mid-range, Main, Surround, Vintage—you get plenty to choose from. This is the dilemma with virtual instruments. For the most serious users, a dedicated computer for each library is best. These include soundstages and halls from Southern California.
Without a doubt still one of the best string libraries out there. Hollywood Strings Silver Edition is available for download only. You can use Play's instrument key-range setting to build your own full strings setups, though you'll find that the presets require fewer samples. The rhythmic effect is somewhat blurred, but a 16th-note pulse can be discerned. Or, you can load the mod-wheel version, which lets you switch the sample via your mod wheel.
Old-school string libraries can't replicate this effect, as samples are usually played by all the players in a section. In mitigation, since bass instruments tend not to play chords and are often voiced in octaves in real life scores, these built-in octaves are less objectionable. Technicians setting up a 'microphone forest' for an orchestral sampling session at EastWest's Studio 1. I found the 'mod speed' instruments which let you use the wheel to increase the speed of delivery from very short staccatissimo to a short marcato a very useful programming aid. Overall, the trombones are highly dynamic and match the trumpets and horns for subtlety, power and expression. Listeners to Nick Phoenix's video demos may have noticed that the instruments are enhanced by an attractive external reverb. From the violins down to the basses, these string sections have a lovely sound, texture and feel, with a rich, full symphonic sound and an opulent quality that comes from combining great players with a great sound engineer.
For film composers, this tool is a must. The technique works by crossfading between different layers of samples, with a choice of six, nine or 13 layers available for the vibrato sustains. This is also a good idea because then the original drives will serve as a backup. String samples can be easily searched and chosen in Hollywood String's sample browser window. And so it came to pass that after a three-week recording marathon yielding over 370,000 samples, a year of post-production and another healthy dollop of internet-fuelled anticipation, Hollywood Brass is upon us.