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 Post subject: HOLLYWOOD STRINGS!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:09 pm 
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Hey guys - just a heads up for anyone who is interested and hasn't heard yet....East West is shipping out supposedly one of the best string libraries to be released onto the sample library market starting May 1st.

http://www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-strings

I pre-ordered mine today and it's on backorder already :( That being said, you can still get a couple hundred dollars off if you pre-order before May 1st. No other specials are supposedly going to be offered on it for a year. Definitely expensive but I think after having listened to the demos, examining the articulations and specifications & discussing it with some of the beta testers... this is an absolute MUST HAVE!

Download the demo...simply gorgeous...

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 Post subject: Re: HOLLYWOOD STRINGS!!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:49 pm 
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neo wrote:
... this is an absolute MUST HAVE!

Download the demo...simply gorgeous...

I'm not sure I'd call these an absolute must have. If I were to purchase a string library, my first choice would be LASS.

http://www.audiobro.com/html/demos.html

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OK Berns - LASS is absolutely fantastic as well... I also like their price. I was definitely writing out of my own pre-order excitement - "must have" is my excited opinion...but still...I stand by that statement based on everything I have heard and discussed surrounding the library thus far...granted it's not even in my posession yet.

Ideally...I would like both and you or anyone else obviously should go with whatever best suits your needs. I'm just playing messenger at the moment...

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Here is a fair article on the library as well as pro & cons comments and comments on LASS vs. Hollywood Strings.

http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=4755

Good arguments but the article itself holds the ground best for me.

Personally PLAY works well for me but I also have a major system to support it and I honestly would prefer to use KONTAKT given a choice. I do like the ease in which the microphone positions can be enabled/disabled and some of the reverbs are dynamite to name a couple pluses for PLAY.

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For that kind of money I can hire guys to come into the studio and play the parts. That and some tweaking with Pro Tools does it for my smaller stage ensembles.

As interesting and useful as the LASS may be, it uses NA Kontack 3.5. I find NA products to be very buggy and they do not play nice with other VST. The LASS also will not give one a refund if they install the software and there is no demo to see if their product will really run in OSX. That does not bode well for me when it costs, 1,099.00 USD. Is anyone currently using Aria with LASS? Has anyone used LASS on a studio project to produce an MR?

The detail put into the Hollywood is really good — different samples with different fingerings, for example. This is the sort of detail I would prefer as an arranger but, unless I am doing a large orchestration and do not want to hire a pick-up orchestra in Prague or Moscow, this is not that useful; I can get many things done quicker with live musicians.

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Hey Ron,

I am envious and feel it would be incredible to have a string ensemble at my fingertips the way you are doing it (for every song/piece I compose all for that kind of money)...on my end that's just not a reality...not to mention the size of the string ensemble that can be used in Hollywood strings.

I feel it will pay for itself many times over for me in the future...but hey that's just me. There really isn't anything better than the real thing and again if you or anyone else has that kind of possibility...it would be silly to not take advantage and use live musicians.

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Another new strings library that's been out for a while is Kirk Hunter's Concert Strings II. Though it's been flying under the radar of late, it has a lot to offer for a relatively low cost. I've been working with for a while, and it continues to impress me the more I use it.

http://www.kirkhunterstudios.com/produc ... tr_ii.html

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Hey Steve!

Thanks for sharing - not bad at all for that kind of money well at least the exs version anyway. I listened to a few demos - the strings with diamond seem to work nicely. The first Bach demo didn't do much for me - a bit too synthy but it's hard for Bach's music to not come across like that anyway with VST. I was pleasantly surprised/impressed by the other demos but $800.00 for the Kontakt version is still quite close to LASS's price, as well as Project Sam's Symphobia's (which works great in KONTAKT) and I think LASS & Symphobia trump Kirk's Concert Strings in realism/playback at the moment...but opinions always vary and I have never used Kirk HUnter's Concert Strings either so....

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Concert Strings II and LASS were announced about the same time last year, and I was debating which library to get, but since I already had been purchasing libraries from Kirk Hunter for several years before that, I was able to pick up Concert Strings II for almost HALF OFF!!! That sort of clinched the deal for me.

Plus, I was already used to Kirk's programming conventions, so it was easy for me to change from using the Diamond libraries strings to the new library with very little hassle. And I haven't regretted it at all. It's a beautiful sounding library, with a great deal of flexibility. And on the plus side, Kirk has developed some new features for Concert Strings II which will be made available soon at no additional cost to current owners. Can't beat that for ongoing support, for which Kirk is justifiably famous.

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Hey Steve!

If I was you I would have done the exact same thing...sounds you like you got a great deal and it's all gravy as far as already having been used to working with the programming, bonus features, and good support!

I'm big on experimenting with layering - I feel the more samples I have at my disposal the better - so I gotta keep this one in mind to be sure. I've added KONTAKT's (rather crappy/synthy) strings in with Symphobia, and East West's strings for example and the "crappiness" just vanishes when it all plays together (and of course mixed properly) and does add considerable depth/fullness depending on what you are doing of course. So I am curious what these might offer in this regard, although it does seem like they stand on their own as well.

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