Is Hollywood Orchestrator available as a separate purchase/can it be removed from the Opus upgrade?
Hollywood Orchestrator is built into the Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition and at this time is not available as a separate purchase, nor can you omit it from the purchase price.
What is the difference between the Gold and Diamond versions of Opus?
The Gold edition (available for purchase or within the ComposerCloud subscription) has 16-bit samples and one microphone position. Gold X (only available with a ComposerCloud X Subscription) adds one additional mic position. The Diamond version, which you can purchase or access with the ComposerCloud Plus subscription, is 24-bit samples with all mic positions.
Will upgrading to Opus affect my current/existing projects?
No, Opus and Play are two separate software products, anything you have saved in your projects will still load up inside the saved Play version of the plugins. You can update your current/existing projects to Opus if you so choose, or leave them saved within Play.
How Large is the Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition?
Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Diamond is approximately 944GB in size which includes both the original and new content. Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Gold is approximately 242GB in size.
Am I able to save the Orchestra Opus content to a drive separate from my existing Hollywood Orchestra Content?
No, you can split the sections to different devices, but any section will consolidate into the same directory. For example both Hollywood Strings Diamond and the Hollywood Strings Opus Edition Diamond will have to be in the same directory, but you could have Hollywood Brass and Hollywood Brass Opus Edition in the same directory in another location.
Can I split the Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition onto multiple drives?
Yes, that is possible. The Opus Edition is split into separate sections: Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwinds, Solo Violin, Solo Cello, and Harp. Each section can be installed on a separate drive.
Do I have to reinstall the whole Orchestra, or just download the Opus content?
If you already have the Hollywood Orchestra Gold or Diamond installed, you will only need to download the additional OPUS content which will be available as a download via the Installation Center.
Do you have EDU discounts on Opus?
We do not offer educational discounts on product purchases, but if you are a Student or Teacher we have educational discounts on our ComposerCloud and ComposerCloud X subscription plans, both of which include the Hollywood Orchestra Gold Opus edition.
What’s included in the Opus Edition?
Includes over 130GB of brand new recordings (total size is now 944GB)
Includes reimagined original content for all sections and solo instruments
Includes all new interfaces that change color depending on the MOOD selected
Includes Hollywood Orchestrator ($299 value), a must-have tool for composers
Includes all Hollywood Solo Instruments ($299 value)
Includes Innovative new features and effects powered by our new OPUS engine
Can I upgrade just a section of the Orchestra to the Opus Edition?
The upgrade to the Opus Edition is only for the full Hollywood Orchestra, individual sections cannot be upgraded. To qualify for an upgrade you must have 4 of these 7 sections: Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwinds, Solo Violin, Solo Cello, and Harp.
What if I’d like to upgrade to Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition in the Diamond Version, but I only own a partial amount of the Diamond tiers or have all Gold or a combination of Gold & Diamond out of my Hollywood Orchestral licenses?
In the event that a customer should own the licenses for a combination of Gold and Diamond titles, and not the entire required set of Hollywood series licenses for the higher Diamond tier; the only options for upgrading are Gold to HO Opus Gold or Gold to HO Opus Diamond out of the upgrade options.
Anyone with a mixture of Gold and Diamond out of their previous licenses for the old Hollywood Orchestra must upgrade to the Opus Gold or pay the additional cost to upgrade to Diamond using the Gold to Opus Diamond upgrade which can be selected from the purchase section.
Is the original Hollywood Orchestra and Solo Instruments compatible with Opus?
No, only Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition is compatible with the new Opus software. Providing support for old and new versions of Hollywood Orchestra in the Opus software would create confusion and require us to support two versions of the same product in the same software. Original Hollywood Orchestra users that do not upgrade will continue to use the Play software. All other products except the MIDI Guitar Series are supported in Opus as only the interfaces have been updated to retina resolution in these products.
Will I be able to upgrade to the Opus engine without buying Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition?
Currently you must purchase Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition to get the OPUS software. People who purchase any product post-release will also get OPUS. All ComposerCloud members will automatically get OPUS. But we are going to wait a while before allowing previous PLAY product purchasers to upgrade in order to assist our support team during this major upgrade period. When we do provide that option, it will be a paid upgrade.
Do you provide a hard drive option? What drive is it?
The Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Diamond has a hard drive option which you can select during the purchase procedure. It is a 5400rpm hard drive intended for content delivery and backup purposes only. We recommend all users to transfer the data to SSD drives separate to the operating system drive. Amazon has good SSD prices internationally.
What is the MOODS feature?
The MOODS feature was programmed for the Diamond editions that include all mic positions (and ComposerCloud Plus). MOODS allows you to easily switch multiple parameters to best match the music you are creating. Classic MOOD is the original Hollywood Orchestra sound. Soft MOOD modifies the sound for softer, more emotional passages. Epic MOOD does the opposite, giving you a sound perfectly suited for your next Action Adventure score. Each MOOD changes the settings and the look of the interface.
What is Hollywood Orchestrator?
Hollywood Orchestrator is our innovative Scoring Engine that is built into Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition, which can help you quickly produce results ranging from basic string arrangements to complex orchestrations. You can use one of the over 500 presets, modify them, or create your own. You can play the presets into your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), or export them to your DAW using MIDI export. With MIDI export, you can record complete passages with any Orchestrator preset with all data as MIDI regions. This enables you to adjust your recorded composition and change notes at any time as if you created these in your DAW.
Where can I reach support if I need help or have further questions?
Please click on the “LiveChat” icon in the lower right-hand corner of the webpage. You can chat with us from 09:30am till 05:30pm PST (06:30pm till 2:30am CET) everyday of the week, or leave us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
EastWest PLAY software is compatible with Mac OS 11 Big Sur on Intel-based Macs. Eastwest software runs on ARM-based Macs with Rosetta 2 installed. Please check if your DAW is ready for Big Sur and if it supports plugins that require Rosetta 2!
All users should update to the latest PLAY software. PLAY installers do not need a previous version of PLAY already installed.
EastWest urges users to consider the timing of updates. If you are in the middle of a project, it may be prudent to wait until the project is complete.
PLAY 6.1.9 upgrade is for Mac users running OS 10.12 or higher, and for Windows users running 7 and above.
PLAY 6.1.9 is now available for free to all EastWest customers. If you are a current PLAY 6 user please use the Installation Center to get your update.
PLEASE NOTE: PLAY 6 DOES NOT SUPPORT 32-BIT. IF YOU USE A 32-BIT HOST CONTINUE USING PLAY 4.3.5.
If you are using a Mac and get an "unidentified developer" message when clicking on the "Play Installer 6.1.9.pkg" icon, right-click or control-click on the icon instead and proceed.
IMPORTANT! For Hollywood Backup Singers, Hollywood Pop Brass, Voices of Opera, Voices of Soul, Spaces II, Voices of the Empire and Hollywood Choirs users, PLAY should be updated first and then product instruments should be updated after.
EastWest Sounds is now fully compatible with NKS and can be used in NI Komplete Kontrol keyboards, software and Maschine. EastWest Sounds can also be browsed and previewed. Instrument parameters are pre-mapped to NI hardware and software.
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