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Reviewer: JK Sopes | Rating: 5/5 subs Back to Hollywoodwinds product details

Today I'm checking out another library from one of my favorite developers....CineSamples After checking out CineBrass and CineOrch...I was interested in seeing what they did with woodwinds Admittedly, I first thought Hollywoodwinds was just a bunch of riffs....but I was wrong! So let's check it out!

So what is Hollywoodwinds?

Like many of their other orchestral libraries, it's a library dedicated to the ensemble. This time, it's the woodwind ensemble. Complete with tutti and octave patches, chords, rips, runs, riffs, fx, and all that goodness. Also like all their libraries, it's aimed at giving composers the tools they need to make their scores come to life.

And like all their other libraries, I feel you don't need to be a composer to appreciate it!

Quick Specs
- content: 3.6gb
- format: Kontakt 4 and Kontakt Player 4
- price: $299.95

So how does it sound?

Should we really have to ask this question? By know I've come to expect nothing but quality from CineSamples and I wasn't let down here. The sounds is amazing, very "real" and natural sounding.  Though it has some nice ambiance from the stage mics, it's too much that it sounds artificial, a sign of good recording.

I like that you can adjust the close or stage mic levels according to your own tastes and the fact that you have built in eq settings right in the interface. As always, the interface is superb.

I do love the different patterns and sequences, the fx, and the rips/riffs...they really give you that "instant Hollywood" sound in my opinion. 

But what I think puts this library over the top are the "keyboard patches" which let you play your own riffs and parts with tutti, octave, and various chords patches.  With or without legato, and you can choose to load the close mic, the stage mic, or both and mix the levels yourself.

Recording is top notch and makes the library truly fun to play. But also fun to use, not "too" Hollywood that it doesn't really fit in anything other than cinematic/trailer music either.

So what is the bottom line?

When I first saw this library a while ago, I didn't know what to think.  I wasn't very interested as I thought it was only riffs and rips, and while that would be cool...I usually find myself wanting playable patches in libraries like that.

After playing with CineBrass and CineOrch, I just HAD to check it out, and I was very pleased to find out there were actual keyboard patches  I could play in addition to the riffs, scales, and textures.

Bottom line is that this library is dope, I think it's dope...and I give it 5 out of 5 subs. The interface is great, the library is simple to use and understand, and the patches sound very real.

This may or may not be something you're looking for, but if you're looking for a woodwind ensemble owe it to yourself to check this out.

I think it went under the radar for many producers and electronic musicians, though I'm sure most composers and film producers know all about it

I really like how their libraries are usable by anyone, you don't need a deep knowledge in orchestration to understand them...even though those with a deep understanding of orchestration will find the libraries very flexible, especially the notation view.

JK Swopes
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