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Bringing the woodwinds back into orchestral film scoring
Hollywoodwinds - Bringing the woodwinds back into orchestral film scoring
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Musictech Award "An innovative and intelligent library and we wouldn't hesitate recommending it to professional and amateur composers alike" - MusicTech Magazine
"As soon as I installed Hollywoodwinds and started to go through the sounds, I was inspired to start writing a cue! The ability to choose exactly which mic positions I want to use from stage to close mics in real time allows me to get exactly the sound I need, and the tempo-synced repetition patches are amazing.. Hollywoodwinds delivers exactly what cinesamples set out to deliver, the inspiration to bring woodwinds back into contemporary scoring." -Bill Brown

"There is nothing like Hollywoodwinds on the market. All the material (trills, scales, textures, patches etc.) is very usable and authentic. The engine is very powerful, flexible and easy to use. I look forward to using this library in my next score. Bravo!" - David Newman

"Hollywoodwinds is a marvel. As a former wind player I've been constantly disappointed in wind libraries. Hollywoodwinds was clearly made by composers for composers. There are a multitude of creative tools that not only will save time but enhance the creative process. And most importantly, the playing is great, the intonation is precise and the sound quality is wonderful. Bravo Cinesamples!" - Joel McNeely

"I wanted to write you and Barry to compliment you on your "Hollywoodwinds" release. It is my official "go to section" when it comes to Woodwinds. The recordings are great, sonically, I love the open "Hollywood stage sound" on each patch. The programming is out of this world! Having my woodwinds doing a whole assortment of runs all in tempo is amazing. I love the convenient mod-wheel integration of short and long samples on the same woodwind section patch (this is often overlooked in other libraries). In a time where a lot of focus is being put on strings and brass, I am really glad you guys have put the effort into creating a great sounding woodwind section with lots of options. Now my whole midi orchestra can sound great!" - James L. Venable
(Composer, Superhero Movie, Scary Movie 4, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, The Powerpuff Girls)

Cinesamples proudly presents HOLLYWOODWINDS, a comprehensive sampling of the orchestral woodwind ensemble. This library's collection of scales, runs, phrases, chords, textures, trills, FX and full ensemble patches, will get you thinking again about using woodwinds in your next cue.

Hollywoodwinds is Cinesamples' new flagship orchestral woodwind library developed exclusively for Kontakt. Featuring wonderfully organic recordings, and groundbreaking programming HWW is quickly becoming the leading woodwind solution for composers across the world.

The groundbreaking new method of sync on the fly. Kontakt will automatically recognize your sequence's tempo and playback your scales and textures in time (live). In addition all patches using this engine have samples which have been recorded at multiple tempos. Kontakt will automatically and intelligently choose the correct sample and micro adjust it into place, providing incredibly realistic results and leaving the composer to worry about more important things.


Choose from exclusively Stage Mic patches or Close Mics patches, or using the hybrid patches create your own custom mix - live with no artifacts. Automate your levels using Kontakt 3.5+ or use our presets. Flavor your mix with the 3 Band EQ pre-sets.


Using Kontakt 3.5+ you can actually visually see the music you are creating, live! The notation window displays incredibly detailed conductor - piano reductions of your current sample being triggered. Very useful for composers, educators and anyone curious.


Straight down the chain we have focused our sound to emulate the voice of the Hollywood scoring stages. From the choice of ensemble, the players themselves, the gear, the mix, the orchestrations, the scale tunings... the entire concept is planned to sound with that one goal in mind. Plenty of trial/error, score studying, lunch meeting, phone calling and general research was gathered in pre-production so we blatantly tried to squeeze all the detail and life we possibly could at the sessions and in post. This is the extra step the great hollywood composers and orchestrator's provide on a daily basis.


Our method of using tempo synced pre-records with typical keyboard patches is extremely efficient and realistic. The stacked patches, such as the octaves patch, allow the user to voice the ensemble over several different octaves in an authentic hollywood stack (see user manual for details). And of course there is the tutti patch, featuring everybody playing (including the piccolo). There is a whole other half to the library after you check out the GB's of pre records.


All that creepy stuff the winds do when the spider is attacking, when the beautiful face is morphing, when the eyes turn yellow??? We decided we needed to have that too. From unison ensemble quarter tone bends, to 12 tone cluster stacks to massive collection of Atonal Rips to clarinet "meowing" to multi-piccolo flutters you are sure to find something you need for your track here.

Keyboard Patches:

-Chordal Tremolos
-Major and Minor Traids

Scales and Rips:

-Atonal Rips
-Chromatic Scales
-Harmonic Minor Scales
-Major Scales
-Natural Minor Scales
-Octatonic Scales
-Tonal Rips
-Whole Tone Scales

Textures and FX:

-FX 5th Chord
-FX Cluster Chords and Flutters
-FX Pitch Bending FX
-FX Random Note Staccato Patterns
-TEX Chord Trill Quarter Notes
-TEX Inspiring 1 (Duplet)*
-TEX Inspiring 2 (Triplet)*
-TEX Inspiring 3 (Classical, Triplet)*
-TEX Light Hearted Motif*
-TEX Lydian Thirds*
-TEX Marching Patterns8
-TEX Octaves Repeating (Duplet)*
-TEX Octaves Repeating (Triplet)*
-TEX Oom Pah Major Minor*
-TEX Repeating Major and Minor Chords*

* These patches use the C.I.T.E (Cinesamples Intelligent Time Engine) which will allow automatic tempo synchronization in your sequencer.

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MusicTech Magazine | 9/10 Stars - MusicTech Innovation Award

Cinesamples develops niche samples libraries for film and media composers that fill specific gaps in the market - and this latest product is a typical example. After analysing other libraries, the company spotted a significant lack of non-ethnic woodwinds in tutti and...

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