EastWest Hollywood Strings - Diamond Edition (Windows Hard Drive)

Strings Virtual Instrument Plug-in with Complete Articulations and Bowings, 5 Adjustable Mic Postions, on Hard Drive - PC AAX, VST, AU
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EastWest Hollywood Strings - Diamond Edition (Windows Hard Drive)
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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 at a Glance:
  • Hollywood-worthy virtual instrument plug-in
  • Samples ship on an 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
  • PC version - AAX, AU, VST plug-in format
Take your strings sound to a new level of realism with the unbelievable EastWest Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Strings Sample Player
Platform PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
iLok Required Yes
Format Standalone, AAX 64, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz CPU or faster, 4GB RAM
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number EW-190WINEXT

Customer Reviews

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''I can concentrate on writing, instrument quality is there.''

Writing music with Hollywood strings diamond and Hollywood brass diamond , adds so much depth and texture to my work, the richness of sound is superb.The articulations line up perfectly with what my mind's ear is composing, so now I'm not concerned about the quality of sound coming from the instruments, only about the content, and style of my composition. Thanks East West,Trae
Music background: Composer

Buyer Beware

Hollywood Strings Diamond is the most powerful string virtual instrument available. The sound library is over 300 gigabytes and requires a super powerful computer to operate successfully. My PC has: a core i7 processor running at 3.4 Ghz and turbo-boost to 3.9 Ghz; 16 GB of DDR3 ram; and a 2 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. Be aware that you may find that after purchase and installation, even a powerful system is ill equipped to run this software, or as in my case, experimentation is required to find the ideal setting for operation. The samples are loaded on an internal hard drive, which will require an external drive dock. Be aware that streaming the samples over a USB 2.0 connection will cause errors, so make sure that your external dock is USB 3.0, or copy the samples to an internal drive with an RPM speed of no less than 7200. If you feel that your system can handle the technical requirements, the sounds of this library are absolutely stunning. Captured in 24 bit resolution with multiple mic positions to blend for a multidimensional sound, this library offers truly beautiful sounds for composers of film and orchestral music.
Music background: instrumental guitarist/composer

Great Purchase

For someone who needs an exhaustive string library for their music, and has a powerful computer to run it on, this is the product for them. Runs smoothly and intuitively. It's awesome!
Music background: Composer

Very Powerful, with the right setup

This Virtual Instrument packs quite a punch and sounds amazing. It is very powerful, and very demanding on the DAW. I have a PC with a 3.06 GHZ QuadCore, 12 GB RAM and found clicks and pops when loading some of the larger patches. once I transferred the library over to a solid state drive, things ran much smoother. I'd say don't get this unless you already have an SSD to put it on, or don't mind spending the extra cash for an SSD. In my own experience, its not worth it if you don't have the SSD.
Music background: Professional Pianist/Composer
See also: Orchestral Software, EastWest, EastWest Virtual Instruments: Orchestra