EastWest has announced a new series of Hollywood Solo Instruments are or will be available in their Composer Cloud. Hollywood Harp is now available. Hollywood Solo Cello will be released in December and Hollywood Solo Violin in February 2016. While only Composer Cloud subscribers will have access to these new instruments initially, all three Solo instruments will be available for purchase as a complete set for non-subscribers in 2016.
These highly detailed Hollywood Solo Instruments were produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, and engineered by Shawn Murphy. Each instrument was recorded with a wide variety of articulations, and all recordings took place in Studio 1 at EastWest Studios, where Hollywood Orchestra was recorded, giving the libraries a consistent sound and ambience.
The Hollywood Solo Instruments are designed to be used with the Hollywood Orchestra series, which emulates a traditional large studio orchestra.
Hollywood Solo Harp contains all of the complex articulations of which a harp is capable, and the instrument files are organized in three categories: Maestro, Individual Articulations, and FX:
- The Maestro folder contains 'combo' instruments that are made up of multiple articulations, and the included KS Master instrument allows the user to select between articulations using keyswitches located outside of the instrument range.
- The Individual Articulation folder contains instruments that are made up of a single articulation. They are programmed with multiple dynamic layers that are sensitive to MIDI Velocity.
- The FX folder include special effects and glissando performances with single sample mapped to each note.
"With the release of the Hollywood Solo Instruments, we will have added $1,200 worth of new products to Composer Cloud since launch just six months ago," says EastWest Producer Doug Rogers. "Considering that you get all of the instruments we've ever made, plus the new products that we'll add in 2016, subscriptions to Composer Cloud are the most cost-effective way to get access to a huge variety of high-quality instruments."
The monthly subscription fee to Composer Cloud is $29.99 ($14.99 for students), which is a far better value than purchasing EastWest instruments individually.