EastWest releases Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

EastWest has launched Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, a percussion instrument library produced by a team comprised of Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, and engineer Shawn Murphy.

EastWest / Quatum Leap Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is a unique orchestral percussion library featuring one of America’s best orchestral percussionists and his arsenal of instruments. A composition tool for serious composers, Hollywood Orchestral Percussion includes PLAY 4 software, offering powerful scripting for ease of use and up to 5 microphone positions for control over each instrument including main pickup (Decca tree), mid pickup, close pickup, surround pickup, and an alternate vintage circa 1945 RCA ribbon room pickup.

Recorded in the famous EastWest Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes, Hollywood Orchestral Percussion perfects techniques pioneered in Stormdrum 3, using unique repetition sampling techniques and 8 way round robin that deliver a virtual live performance. The entire collection uses zero noise reduction resulting in “a sound that will virtually jump out of the speakers”.

Hollywood Orchestral Percussion features

  • Orchestral percussion staples include timpani, snare drums, cymbals, bass drums, and metals.
  • Specific instruments to handle extreme tempos.
  • Extensive and fluid timpani.
  • An extensive array of epic anvil samples.
  • Orchestral chimes are sampled to mimic the sound of real church bells, as the instrument was originally intended.
  • Array of vintage field drums, such as Epic Bass Drum Ensemble and Mahler Hammer.
  • The celeste has been captured in a multi mic position environment with extremely low noise.

The library is available in a Diamond Edition for $799 USD (supplied on an optional hard drive), the Gold Edition is $499 USD, and the Silver Edition costs $249 USD.

Diamond and Gold Editions are available now. The Silver Edition will be available later in October.

More information: SoundsOnline / Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

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EastWest launches Steven Wilson’s Ghostwriter virtual instrument library

EastWest Steven Wilson Ghostwriter

EastWest has announced the release of Ghostwriter, a virtual instrument library by Steven Wilson and Doug Rogers.

For the first time ever, this new instrument presents some of Steven’s most innovative sounds, as well as a selection of especially created instruments and replications of some instantly recognizable classic sounds originally created by other legendary producers and engineers.

These organic and inspirational sounds can be used as part of the fabric of complex music productions, or as the basis for cinematic soundtrack-based music, providing a ready-made selection of sonic building blocks with years of expertise and sonic innovation already embedded in them. In addition some more straightforward and raw instruments are included, which can be manipulated via the powerful Ghostwriter instrument interface to create your own unique sounds.

Steven Wilson’s Ghostwriter features

  • Includes over 800 Multi-Sampled Instruments and Presets (60 GB).
  • Includes Basses, Drums, Guitars, Keyboards, Misc, and Vocals.
  • Designed for Music, Film, Games, and TV Composers.
  • Includes many “live” presets that can be adjusted by the user in the software.
  • Performed by Steven Wilson, Marco Minnemann, and Laurence Juber.
  • Recorded in the world famous EASTWEST studios.
  • Includes PLAY 4 64-bit/32-bit software on both MAC and PC.
  • The software includes many new advanced sound shaping tools, a new EastWest AMP Simulator with 80 Amp Presets, classic Echoplex EP-1 Delay, Solid State Logic EQ & Dynamics Channel, consisting of: Filter, EQ, Compressor and Noise Gate/Expander, Solid State Logic Transient Shaper, the legendary Solid State Logic Stereo Compressor, and EastWest Expanded Convolution Reverb with 726 Additional Reverb Presets.

The virtual instrument is available to purchase for the introductory price of $395 USD. Until January 31st, 2014, it can be ordered on a Western Digital USB3 (with USB2 compatibility) Hard Drive at no extra charge ($70 USD value).

More information: SoundsOnline (US) / SoundsOnline (Europe)

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EASTWEST releases Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds Silver Edition

EastWest Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds

EASTWEST has announced the release of the Silver Edition of Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds, the third installment of their acclaimed Hollywood Orchestral Virtual Instruments Series, designed for those on a budget or with less computer resources.

This downloadable version is 16-bit, comes with one mic position (mid-tree) and contains an essential set of articulations and instruments. Users can upgrade to the Gold and Diamond Edition when they need more options. The Silver Edition includes Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Clarinet, Contrabassoon, English Horn, Flute, Oboe, Piccolo Flute.

As with the other best-selling Hollywood Collections (Strings and Brass), Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds was produced by Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen, and sound engineered in the legendary EASTWEST Studio 1 by ACADEMY AWARD, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society), BAFTA, and EMMY award-winning sound engineer SHAWN MURPHY, who has recorded and mixed the scores for more than 300 feature films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park The Lost World, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Titanic, Minority Report, The Bourne Ultimatum, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, The Passion Of The Christ, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Ice Age, etc.

The Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds Silver Edition is available to purchase for $199 USD / 149 EUR.

More information: Soundsonline / Soundsonline Europe

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EastWest intros Silver Editions of Hollywood Strings & Hollywood Brass

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EastWest has announced the release of Silver Editions of its Hollywood Strings and Hollywood Brass virtual instruments for Windows and Mac.

The price for these editions is $199 each, which is an incredible bargain given the critical acclaim this series has received, and the fact the Gold and Diamond versions are in wide use by top composers. The Silver editions allow students and those who are on a tight budget or use average computers to work with sound quality and detail only known from movies and professional recordings.

Hollywood Strings is the most detailed string orchestra library available today. Recorded with a live orchestra at the famous EASTWEST STUDIO 1, the same studio where many Hollywood soundtracks and television themes were produced, Hollywood Strings offers unprecedented control over sound and performance. This collection of virtual sounds made by co-producers Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen and Emmy Award winning sound engineer Shawn Murphy is a must have compositional tool for serious composers.

Hollywood Brass, also recorded at EASTWEST STUDIO 1 and the second installment in the Hollywood series, is the most powerful, realistic and extensive brass library ever created. Revolutionary fanfare patches are light on computer resources, but offer the most playable and instantly gratifying results on just one midi channel. Especially noteworthy are the articulations which really show how far EASTWEST went to create the ultimate orchestral brass library. Just like the Gold and Diamond editions, Hollywood Brass Silver contains pure Hollywood magic.

The Silver editions allow all musicians to experience superb samples and work on the same level as top professionals. They are a great opportunity to get one’s feet wet before moving on to the larger Gold and Diamond editions to which customers can easily upgrade for the difference in cost and a small upgrade fee of $50 (€40).

  • Diamond editions include all 5 mic positions, includes bow change legato and divisi exclusively and 24-bit samples
  • Gold editions include 1 mic position, all other instruments and articulations except these detailed above and 16-bit samples
  • Silver editions include 1 mic position, with limited instruments and articulations and 16-bit samples

More information: SoundsOnline

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EastWest celebrates 25 year anniversary with new logo, new website & new products

EastWest 25th anniversary sale

EastWest has announced that is has launched a new, redesigned website and a new logo in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

EASTWEST is the brainchild of producer Doug Rogers, who has won many awards, including “Recording Engineer of the Year”. He founded EASTWEST in 1988, and since then, the company has received more than 60 international industry awards.

EASTWEST is pulling out all of the stops to celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary in 2013. Only a handful of music software companies can claim a quarter-century of longevity and success, and EASTWEST has been an industry leader and innovator from the beginning.

Rogers has signed several industry heavyweights to develop a, no expense spared, “Masters Series” of Virtual Instruments. Producers in this high-profile group are MARK “SPIKE” STENT (Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Madonna, Muse, etc.); JOE CHICCARELLI (Raconteurs, Killers, White Stripes, etc.); STEVEN WILSON (lead guitarist and singer of the progressive rock band Porcupine Tree); drummers MATT CHAMBERLAIN (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, etc.); and STEVE SIDELNYK (Madonna, Seal, Massive Attack). Nick Phoenix has produced Stormdrum 3 (SD3) with Grateful Dead percussionist MICKEY HART, and Solo Cello with TINA GUO, to be released later this year.

“I am honored to work with such an amazing and talented group of people,” said Rogers. “Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, a British producer/engineer brings his experience of working with international superstars such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Madonna, U2, Beyoncé, Muse, Björk, Depeche Mode, Green Day, and many more, to the table. Accordingly, our new “Masters Series” of Virtual Instruments will reflect that kind of quality.”

Another milestone is the completion of the multiple Award-Winning Hollywood Orchestral Virtual Instruments series with Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, planned for late 2013, again engineered by ACADEMY AWARD, C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society), BAFTA, and EMMY award-winning sound engineer SHAWN MURPHY, who has recorded and mixed the scores for more than 300 feature films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: Episode II and III, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park The Lost World, and many more.

EastWest is offering a 50% discount on selected EastWest & Quantum Leap products.

More information: SoundsOnline

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