EastWest Hollywood Strings - Diamond Edition (Mac Hard Drive)

Strings Virtual Instrument Plug-in with Complete Articulations and Bowings, 5 Adjustable Mic Postions, on External Hard Drive - Mac AAX, VST, AU
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String Sounds Worthy of the Big Screen

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Cinematic strings! Compose Oscar-worthy arrangements with Hollywood Strings, an exciting release from the virtual instrument masters at EastWest Quantum Leap. This brilliant plug-in features a near-endless catalog of string articulations and sounds, each meticulously recorded for flawless quality. In fact, the team that worked on the Hollywood Strings project includes Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning engineers and producers - some of the same guys who recorded and mixed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the latest Star Wars movies, Jurassic Park, Titanic, Harry Potter, and more. You can be sure the string sounds in Hollywood Strings are silver screen ready!

There's no doubt about it, EastWest Quantum Leap didn't hold back when they created Hollywood Strings. All the recording took place at the famous EastWest Studio 1 - the same studio where countless Hollywood soundtracks and TV themes were recorded with a live orchestra. The emphasis for this plug-in and creative tool is on giving you an extraordinary range of expression - it really is like having a first-class string section on call, at any hour of the day. Every section was sampled with wide extended ranges, including almost four octaves for violins - there were 16 1st violins, 14 2nd violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, and 7 basses. And, of course, these musicians were recorded using nothing but the finest gear, including a Neve 8078 mixing console and premium microphones.

Speaking of microphones, with this Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition, you get major flexibility when it comes to how you want your miked instruments to sound. In fact, you get to control five mic positions to perfect your orchestrations. Go ahead and adjust the main, mid, close, surround, and alternate room mics to suite your ear's every wish. You can also experiment heavily with articulations after the fact to get just the right feel for your score. The Diamond Edition includes every articulation, including multiple finger positions for all sections, three unique styles of legato interval sampling and bow change legato, 5 dynamics of up and down bowed sustains, and all the must-have articulations, including pizzicato, staccato, richocet, tremolo marcato, harmonics, and more.

Give your music the chance to make it to the big stage - put a world-class orchestra under your control and get creative with the unbelievable EastWest Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition!

EastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition Features:
  • Hollywood-worthy virtual instrument plug-in
  • Samples ship on an external installation hard drive (not intended for sample streaming)
  • This version includes all articulations and bowings
  • Lets you adjust 5 mic positions - main, mid, close, surround, and alternate
  • All sections sampled with wide extended ranges
  • 16 1st violins, 14 2nd violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, 7 basses
  • Includes both 24-bit/44.1kHz and 16-bit/44.1kHz samples
A whole new level of realism with the unbelievable EastWest Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition!

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Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Strings Sample Player
Platform Mac
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
iLok Required Yes
Format Standalone, AAX 64, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz CPU or faster, 4GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number EW-190MACEXT

Customer Reviews

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I arrange and compose easy listening instrumentals for broadcast. Hollywood Strings produces the perfect "beautiful music" sound. Rich harmonies and the thick divisi string sound are absolutely stunning. I cannot tell the difference from my old material recorded with an orchestra and the music I have been creating with Hollywood Strings.

Are You Kidding Me?!!!?

So natural and epic!!!! You'll cry when you hear what you can do with this software. Everything from an intimate quartet to a full blown bombastic 80 piece orchestra worthy of Bethoven all with just you imagination, hands and recording gear!!!! It's paying extra for the platinum cause you get those wonderful articulations!!!!!! Enjoy my people!!!!!
Music background: Musician for 42 years, producer/engineer for 25 years, music lover for 57 years.

Taking orchestral strings to the next level

The sample quality is probably the best on the market. To get full benefit and quick load times, I copied the samples to a 480G SSD. When I launch ProTools or DP8, it takes less than a minute to load the 1st and 2nd Violin Keyswitch samples. With the vintage mike setting and reverb, sound is especially rich and satisfying. Takes a lot of RAM but worth it.
Music background: Pro Musician and Hobbyist

East West Hollywood Strings

Great product. Incredible sounds with outstanding reality... ONE THING: they need to make it more obvious that it comes an internal hard drive and not as a series of disks or download. I was very disappointed to get a hard drive in the mail and have to deal with the aftermath.
Music background: Pro Musician

Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition

I love the sounds this massive library can make. I have so much freedom of what I want to do. I can actually produce what I hear and it sounds fantastic.
Music background: Composer/ Student
See also: Orchestral Software, EastWest, EastWest Virtual Instruments: Orchestra