East West has announced that Hollywood Strings, their new string library featuring divisi strings via mic placement, will be released on January 12, 2010. Demos are scheduled to be online before December 12, 2009.
The company has said there will be no price reductions, special offers, or sale prices available for HOLLYWOOD STRINGS for at least one year after release.
Hollywood Strings is in two versions, Diamond and Gold.
Hollywood Strings Diamond ships on an internal hard drive with a list price of US$1,695. Based on the exchange rate as of September 17, 2009, HS Diamond will cost approximately 1151 Euros and 1028 British pounds.
According to a post by Doug Rogers on the Soundsonline forum, the current library size is 643GB but is being reduced pending on implementing new features in PLAY. Orders for HS Diamond received after the release date are made to order and shipped on completion of duplication. HS Diamond includes five (5) user controllable mic positions, both 44.1kHz 24-bit and 16-bit samples, and all the previously announced articulations including muted, divisi (via microphone not separate ensemble recordings), and legato.
Hollywood Strings Gold ships on double-sided DVDs, approximately 60-70GB, with a list price of $1195. HS Gold includes one mic position, 44.1 kHz 16-bit samples, and all the articulations except for divisi, bow-change, legato and muted strings. Based on the exchange rate as of September 17, 2009, HS Gold will cost approximately 812 Euros and 724 British pounds.
Please note that the exchange rates change daily and therefore these rates projected by Film Music Magazine are projections based on the September 17, 2009 date. FMM readers can check the current exchange rates at this site.
See photos of the Hollywood Strings recording session here.