Hollywood Strings Now Shipping

Film Music Magazine • April 30, 2010

EASTWEST/Quantum Leap has announced that its latest release, Hollywood Strings virtual (software) instrument, is now shipping. Hollywood Strings is an advanced collection of orchestral string instruments that offers control over sound and performance while delivering creative power to composers and content producers for film, video, web and music. The company says that multiple finger positions for all sections, including open strings, are available for the first time in a virtual instrument collection.

Hollywood Strings, as the name implies, is a virtual instrument that the company says has many groundbreaking features not found in any other virtual strings collection. For instance, this collection was engineered to include multiple finger positions throughout the entire range of the fingerboard of each sampled instrument. This range of positions allows composers to realize the true voicing and emotional content of a string section. Vibrato intensity and extensive dynamics, including five dynamics of up- and down-bowed sustains and notes, are also controllable by the composer. Extensive multi-dynamic true legato has been sampled for all sections in three different categories: slurred, portamento and bow change. This company says this results in unsurpassed legato performance that has never been available in the sample world. Hollywood Strings has five user-controllable microphone positions including main pickup (Decca tree), mid pickup, close pickup, surround pickup and an alternate vintage circa 1945 RCA ribbon room pickup, delivering the full range of the string experience.

“The intent with the Hollywood Strings collection was to produce an extensive and musical sonic pallet covering every nuance of string performance,” says Doug Rogers, founder and producer for EASTWEST. “This collection is unrivaled in the industry on every level. We assembled a team to produce this collection that included Quantum Leap producer Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, a highly respected composer and orchestrator in Hollywood, and the legendary sound engineer Shawn Murphy, who has worked on countless Hollywood mega-films from Titanic, Star Wars and Jurassic Park to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The ensemble of sterling sound recordings, engineered in our award-winning EASTWEST Studio 1 with the finest equipment available by the top “ears” in the industry, has produced a string collection worthy of the name Hollywood, a name synonymous with world-leading, high-end films.”

Hollywood Strings comes supplied on a pre-configured hard drive. List price for Hollywood Strings is $1,695; an introductory price of $1,495 expires May 15, 2010

For more information and to order the collection, visit the EASTWEST Web site, http://www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-strings, or in Europe http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/hollywood-strings

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