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EastWest Hollywood Orchestra Gold + Solo Instruments Bundle
It features a four-channel mixer for the different mic positions, with channel four switchable between ambient ‘surround’ and ‘vintage’ mics, the latter sounding somewhat thinner and brighter than the surround option. Mapped keys are marked in white, with keyswitches shown in blue.
The third instalment of EastWest’s grand orchestral master plan sees the project nearing the finishing line.
In the case of EastWest, the commitment begins to look like madness, as they have climbed this particular mountain twice: The third instalment of EWQL’s four-part masterwork is now available: The microphone positions used are identical to those in Hollywood Strings and Brass. Minimum and recommended system specifications are listed at www.
Heard in isolation, the first flute sounds splendid. In any case, given the sharp bite of its staccatissimos, no-one will question this piccolo’s ability to perform the traditional piercing high-end stabs and flourishes that can help electrify an orchestral arrangement.
Pushing up the wheel also increases the overall volume, adding to the expressive effect. Vibrato crossfade patches are also supplied for piccolo, alto flute, oboe, bassoon and contrabassoon. Apart from offering slightly fewer articulations, the second flute is in no way inferior to the first; its somewhat more emotive delivery and marginally softer tone make it the perfect companion for flute duets, and, of course, having two different flutes means that you can give them unison notes with no fear of sample duplication!
An unusual addition is the iconic ‘singing’ style, in which the player simultaneously sings and plays in unison: HOW’s provision of Eb and contrabass clarinets makes the full compass of the clarinet family available to composers. These two specialist instruments have fewer articulations than the more commonly-used Bb and bass clarinets, but as with the flute family having all four in your palette is definitely an asset.
The high-pitched Eb clarinet’s effectiveness is reduced by some programming errors: One hopes that these problems will be addressed in an update.
Shawn Murphy, the man behind the Hollywood orchestral series microphones. The assured, precise and unwavering delivery of the Bb clarinet establishes that this is another top-class player. Matching its musical and tonal quality is HOW’s bass clarinet, its fat, velvety tones captured in all their glory by the peerless Shawn Murphy. It’s physically very large, not easy to play, and unsuitable for the quick, nimble lines you might assign to higher woodwinds.
HOW’s contrabass clarinet sounds absolutely great, and is played with unwavering accuracy all the way from its top note Middle C to an incredibly low Bb more than three octaves below. Expression for these instruments is mainly achieved by dynamic variations, and as with all HOW’s instruments, mod-wheel volume control enables users to perform highly effective crescendos and diminuendos. The instrument’s ‘expressive’ sustains and legatos excel at playing sad, lyrical melody lines, and its heartfelt, yearning vibrato greatly adds to its appeal.
For me, the English horn is one of the highlights of this library. It sounds great straight out of the box, and even lusher when you add two heaped tablespoonfuls of Play’s ‘Live Cathedral’ reverb preset. Just don’t try to use it for heavy metal, OK? Rounding off HOW’s 13 solo woodwinds is an imposing contrabassoon whose tremendously fruity, low-pitched sonorities come across with an irresistible combination of dignity and comedy. This is another instrument that instantly makes you want to compose music.
MIDI mock-up experts often solemnly caution, ‘Don’t write for the samples’, but how can you resist it when they sound this good? Faster speeds and higher velocities produce shorter transitions. HOW’s basic ‘legato slur’ style works well for all but very fast playing: These darting runs have an exhilarating and colourful musical effect, but play at only one tempo 16th notes at approximately bpm. When you overlay major or minor scale runs from different instruments, they track tightly, but the more freely-played chromatic runs are not synchronised.
The same six instruments also play fast 16th-note repetitions, with varying results: Sad to report, another programming blooper has resulted in the clarinet note repetitions not loading.
No such bugs affect the very nice semitone and tone trills played by most instruments, which are all looped, apart from the oboe’s contribution. Fortunately, the legal shenanigans were resolved and Phoenix and Bergersen are back in their programming seats with co-producer credits reinstated.
The happy ending for all concerned is that HOW v1. Three laps down, one to go: Having spent years slaving over the mind-boggling quantity of samples contained in the four volumes, the production team must be anticipating that prospect with relish. However, the Cinewinds libraries lack ensembles, second instruments and octave runs, and their articulation menus are fairly restricted.
Nevertheless, its instrumentation of eight solo woodwinds and well-chosen articulation menu are well up to the task of creating professional-sounding arrangements. Should you later change your mind, upgrades from Gold to Diamond, Silver to Gold and Silver to Diamond editions are available. A comparison chart for the three editions is shown below.
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Incredibly powerful and flexible, with masses of articulations and effects and vast sonic capabilities. Pros Superb quality recordings. Highly detailed multiple articulations, especially in the Strings. Multiple microphone position that add depth and realism. Cons Expensive – and will likely demand some hardware investment, too.
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It features a four-channel mixer for the different mic positions, with channel four switchable between ambient ‘surround’ and ‘vintage’ mics, the latter sounding somewhat thinner and brighter than the surround option. Mapped keys are marked in white, with keyswitches shown in blue. The third instalment of EastWest’s grand orchestral master plan sees the project nearing the finishing line.
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