Includes all 5 highly detailed strings sections perfect for a close up and intimate sound, available as separate instruments (6 1st Violins, 4 2nd Violins, 4 Violas, 4 Celli, and 3 Basses), and together in full string ensemble performances with all 21 players in octaves.
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HOLLYWOOD STRINGS 2 CROSSGRADE FROM FANTASY BUNDLE

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***Crossgrade from Hollywood Orchestra Fantasy Bundle

You must have a registered license of Hollywood Orchestra Fantasy Bundle to activate Hollywood Strings 2.

The long-awaited sequel to Hollywood Strings has finally arrived. This time, a hard pivot was made: Instead of going bigger, a tight 21-piece group was recorded in EastWest Studio 2 for the most nuanced string library yet — smaller room, same production team, no less cinematic. All the essential articulations can be found, including legato, detache, pizzicato, staccato, spiccato, marcato, col legno, and even rare textural styles like flautando, each with up to four dynamics, ensuring an unparalleled level of expressiveness and realism. From the delicate intimacy of pianissimo to the commanding authority of fortissimo, and everything in between, articulations are captured with exacting detail by an extensive array of microphones, giving unprecedented control over the performance and sound of the strings.

Overview

  • Includes all 5 highly detailed strings sections perfect for a close up and intimate sound, available as separate instruments (6 1st Violins, 4 2nd Violins, 4 Violas, 4 Celli, and 3 Basses), and together in full string ensemble performances with all 21 players in octaves.

  • Offering six microphone positions that allow you to tailor the sound to your exact specifications, Hollywood Strings 2 puts you in control of every nuance with an range of intimate close mics, and an array of microphones capturing the tight, magical room sound of EastWest’s Studio 2.

  • Use the Moods to find the right feel for your composition. Use the Soft mood for more detailed, intimate writing, the Classic mood for a traditional studio orchestral sound, and Epic for a larger, cinematic sound. The color of the user interface indicates the currently selected mood.

  • Comes with innovative features and a suite of powerful effects available in the revolutionary Opus software engine.

EMOTIONAL. INTIMATE. RAW.

Every instrument was close-mic’d closer than ever before, capturing the grit, depth, and air of every note in the finest detail possible. Three separate close mic positions (including mics attached directly to the instruments), plus main, mid-field, and surround mics, are independently controllable. There’s no limit to the depth you can create — Hollywood Strings 2 is even Atmos-ready, allowing you to craft Atmos mixes in DAWs that support Atmos. While epic arrangements are great, there’s more to strings than scale alone... and while its predecessor is indeed epic, Hollywood Strings 2 goes even further, molding itself to any task.

NEW STRINGS, NEW ROOM & A RICH HISTORY

Hollywood Strings 2 was recorded in EastWest’s own Studio 2, just like the themes to The Beverly Hillbillies, Hawaii Five-O, and the soundtracks to Encanto and A Star is Born. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Weezer, and Metallica also selected Studio 2 for its tight and punchy sound! It’s only fitting that these strings suit cinematic metal or heavy rock as well as they would an epic film cue. If you’ve had your fill of massive ensembles and need focus and precision, you won’t find a more intimate string library anywhere else. Even if you already have them all.

THE ORIGINAL CAST RETURNS

Award-winning producers Doug Rogers & Nick Phoenix and engineer Shawn Murphy, creators of the original Hollywood Strings, have returned for another groundbreaking collaboration. Their aim: to maintain the cinematic quality of the original while offering unprecedented control. The result is a clear, clean, and versatile library suitable for any genre. With multiple award-winning sample libraries under their belt, Rogers and Phoenix are industry veterans, while Murphy, an Academy Award and BAFTA winner, boasts an impressive resume including iconic film franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter.

What´s included:

Hollywood Strings 2 boasts an extensive library of 134 meticulously crafted instruments, offering an unparalleled range of sonic possibilities, including the best ever recorded playable trills and runs. With over 160 gigabytes of extensively sampled sounds, every note resonates with unparalleled authenticity, capturing the essence of each instrument with breathtaking detail. And powered with our state of the art OPUS engine, you can instantly download just the individual instruments you need for instant access or download them all, it's your choice.

  • 6 1st Violins: Lyrical legato, crisp, laser-focused spiccato, articulate detache — everything you could want from 1st violins, captured in pristine detail. A common issue with violin libraries is that they refuse to come to the front of the mix, no matter how you treat them with EQ. Not so with Hollywood Strings 2; you can mix for the sound you want, without wrangling other string libraries to fit inside a box they weren’t made for.

  • 4 2nd Violins: All the flexibility and rawness of the 1st violins, but in a smaller support ensemble ideal for doubling and harmonizing. The main, mid, and surround mics provide as much or as little depth as you need, or you can mute them for an in-your-face yet cinematic sound. With every articulation, style, and control mapping for maximum flexibility — spacious, bone-dry, or anything in between.

  • 4 Violas: Rich, resonant, and full. The Hollywood Strings 2 violas excel at delivering an earthy, dry, brilliant tone that pierces through any mix — but it just as easily melds into the background during soft, lyrical passages. Tight pizzicato, gritty spiccato, and tons of other articulations are at your disposal. Play through the various staccato options and you’ll find a mix of clean and staccato slur articulations for maximum realism and character.

  • 4 Celli: Sonorous in the bottom octave and brilliant in its top range, this cello section delivers a full spectrum of timbres and articulations. All, of course, with the same ultra-close miking and 6 adjustable mic positions. Many patches contain expressive vibrato controlled via the mod wheel; combined with deep slurs and portamento, you can capture any performance you need, in any style. The same grandeur as the original Hollywood Strings, but with infinitely more flexibility.

  • 3 Basses: Your double basses never need to sit in the background again. We captured every detail of their rich harmonics with fantastic balance, lending intense raw power to the bottom octave of any string arrangement. They’re equally adept with hefty staccato and lyrical melodies in their higher range, with every articulation captured in pristine detail and next to zero bleed or ambience in the close mics.

  • Full Strings: Close mics don't mean sacrificing power. EastWest Sounds stacked all 21 players in octaves for a rich, bright tone perfect for filling the entire frequency range. Of course, all instruments have 3 Mood options: Classic, Soft, and Epic.

What will you create?

If you’ve ever wanted strings that jump out of the mix, cutting through any arrangement as if they were right in front of you... Hollywood Strings 2 is your ticket. No matter the task, its 6 mic positions, broad articulation set, and control over dynamics allow it to slip into any scoring task without difficulty. Shape the sound how you want — with depth, emotion, and raw power all at your disposal. Inside you’ll discover the same care and grandeur behind the original Hollywood Strings; only this time, you have all the control.

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System Requirements

This library includes "Opus" as a Sample-Player.

Mac:

  • macOS 10.13 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Quad-Core CPU (Octa-Core recommended)
  • 2,7 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 16GB (32GB or more recommended)
  • SSD hard drive (SATA or PCIe)

Windows:

  • Windows 10 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • ASIO sound driver
  • Quad-Core CPU (Octa-Core recommended)
  • 2,7 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 16GB (32GB or more recommended)
  • SSD hard drive (SATA or PCIe)
Required Registration:

EastWest products require you to register with the manufacturer at www.soundsonline.com and with www.ilok.com to activate your license.

This product requires an activation!

You can either "soft" activate on your computer without addditional hardware or transfer the license to an iLok USB dongle which has to be purchased separately. The iLok dongle can be used to run the protected software on different computers. Your licenses can be easily manged using the iLok Licence Manager. To protect your investment against theft or loss we recommend the iLok Zero Downtime protection with TLC.

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