Hollywood Pop Brass

HOLLYWOOD POP BRASS

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HOLLYWOOD POP BRASS

OVERVIEW

  • Hollywood Pop Brass delivers the perfect horn sound for pop, rock, funk, soul, and Latin genres
  • Created by award-winning sounds producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix
  • Featuring the top horn section in the industry recorded in EastWests’s famous Studio One, engineered by Grammy award-winner Moogie Canazio
  • 4-piece brass ensemble comprised of 2 trumpets, a trombone, and a saxophone that alternates between a baritone, tenor, and alto saxophone depending on the note range
  • 5-piece ensemble for all phrases and licks that includes 2 trumpets, a trombone and 2 saxophones that alternate between a baritone, tenor, and alto saxophone depending on the instrument voicing
  • 2020 TEC Award For Best Musical Instrument Software Nominee, Winner of the MusicTech Choice Award and MusicPlayers.com Wish I Had One Award

Hollywood’s Top Horn Section

Recorded with a Huge Attitude

Hollywood Pop Brass was created for one simple reason - there's nothing else out on the market that instantaneously gives you that fiery, punchy pop brass sound that made songs like Uptown Funk such mega hits. Producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix recorded one of the top horn sections in the industry in EastWest's famous Hollywood studios, and brought in multiple Grammy award-winning engineer Moogie Canazio to help craft a sound that's larger than life. Moogie Canazio has recorded music icons Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Sergio Mendes, Diana Ross, Luis Miguel, Michael Buble, Melody Gardot, and many more.

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If you’re looking for a horn section that can deliver pop brass sounds without the expense and logistics of a real horn section, you can’t do better than Hollywood Pop Brass.

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TIGHT AND DYNAMIC

Hollywood Pop Brass was designed to capture the feel of a live stage, with all the raw energy of live musicians and that blaring pop sound you hear on your favorite records. It features a 4-piece brass ensemble for all multi-sampled articulations that includes 2 trumpets, a trombone, and a saxophone that alternates between a baritone, tenor, and alto saxophone depending on the note range. These incredible sounding multi-sampled ensemble sections were recorded in the famous Studio One at EastWest Studios, "the best brass recording room in the world" according to Michael Jackson engineer Bruce Swedien.

A 5-piece ensemble was used for all phrases and licks, including 2 trumpets, a trombone and 2 saxophones that alternate between a baritone, tenor, and alto saxophone depending on the instrument voicing. These stylized phrases and licks were recorded in Studio Two, a favorite of many Latin artists going all the way back to Tijuana Brass by Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66. The phrases will simply blow you away with how easily they slide right into your track, and cover many genres from pure pop to rock, funk, soul, and many distinctive rhythms and melodies from the Latin world.

Instruments Collage

Hollywood Pop Brass - Trumpet Player

Hollywood Pop Brass picks up where traditional orchestral libraries fall short, by delivering convincing and dynamic live brass band performances with great-sounding recordings. The perfect package, really.

Music Nation

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Sustain

Fast, medium and long crescendos, sustain accent, crescendo and diminuendo. Use the "xfde" versions of instruments that use Mod Wheel (CC1) to cross-fade between 2 dynamic layers to take complete control of the performance’s energy. This collection is ideal for creating chord swells, increasing the brightness and tension at a rate perfectly tailored to the composition.

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Short

A variety of punchy, strong articulations with a short duration: marcato, stabs, staccato, and staccato repetitions. Each include round robin variations, use velocity-sensitivity to control dynamics and Expression (CC 11) to control overall loudness.

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Effects

Special techniques like falls, rips, growls and trills. All but growls contain multiple round robin variations so you get a slightly different execution every time. These are perfect for crafting a hard-hitting ending to a phrase or when you need to mock up a solo part.

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Legato

True legato intervals when two notes overlap, for every interval up to and including an octave in either direction. When playing disconnected (non-legato), a sustain layer will playback, giving each phrase a natural feel. When you need to create lyrical melodies, this will be your choice for a seamless and expressive performance.

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MOD Combo

Combines multiple articulations, using the Mod Wheel (CC 1) to select between them. A ‘VS’ (velocity-sensitive) instrument named HPB Shorts VS MOD.ewi alternatively uses velocity to select between articulations and Mod Wheel (CC 1) to determine dynamics, giving you even more real-time flexibility.

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Phrases

Phrases recorded with multiple transpositions and mapped across the keyboard, perfect for a wide variety of key signatures. When used in the right places, these pre-recorded performances offer added realism since the musicians’ unique performances were captured in their entirety.

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Licks

Short and punchy, the position of the Mod Wheel determines which chord will play back. Each lick has 2 round robin variations performed at 120 bpm, falling into 1 of 6 chord types, allowing you to play live-recorded chords for added authenticity

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Keyswitch

Multiple articulations combined into a single instrument, using keyswitches to activate the desired articulation. This collection offers the maximum level of flexibility when you need multiple articulations back to back.

Hollywood Pop Brass - Trombone Player

With hardly a thing missing and more to love than any composer could desire, this red-hot virtual ensemble is sure to be an award-winning hit.

Sound on Sound

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Mixes

You have complete control over the individual levels of each instrument mic in the section, recorded with classics like the Royer R-121, Neumann U67, AKG C12A and more. If you want one in particular to shine, or to rearrange the ensemble in the stereo field, dial it in exactly the way you want it.

Saxophone Player

The playing and capture is really excellent and getting players of that calibre, in a studio which sounds that good, can be very pricey. So this alone makes Pop Brass look like a bargain, even more so when factored into the ComposerCloud option, along with the wealth of other EastWest content.

— Music Tech Choice Award MusicTech Excellence Award

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WHAT WILL YOU

CREATE?

Hollywood Pop Brass is your one-stop shop for bold horn lines you can drop into your next hit song. Whether you want to build out hit songs with one of the world’s top horn sections, or just want a set of "plug and play" licks to give your music that "it" factor, these horns will practically do your work for you, leaving you free to write high-energy songs that leave you feeling like you just added a live section to your music. What will you create with it?

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    SYSTEM
    REQUIREMENTS

    Below are the minimum and recommended hardware and software specifications for using Opus on Windows and MacOS systems.

    MINIMUM SYSTEM

    • CPU: Quad-core (four cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
    • RAM: 16 GB
    • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
    • Drive: SSD for HW Orchestra Opus Edition

    RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

    • CPU: Octa-core (eight cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
    • RAM: 32 GB or more
    • OS: macOS 10.13 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
    • Drive: NVMe SSD

    The chart below outlines the MacOS and Windows 64-bit operating systems and sequencers that are officially supported and fully tested with the latest version of Opus. Please note that while most Sequencers / DAWs are VST 2, VST 3, AU and AAX plug-in format compatible, only those listed in the chart below are officially supported.

    Product Version MacOS (10.13+) Windows 10
    EW Play 6 Stand-Alone 6.0+ YES YES
    EW Opus Stand-Alone 1.0+ YES YES
    Ableton Live 10.0+ YES YES
    Apple Logic Pro 10.0+ YES -
    Apple Garageband 10.3+ YES -
    Avid Pro Tools 2018.1+ YES YES
    Bitwig Studio 3.0+ YES YES
    Cockos Reaper 6.0+ YES YES
    Image-Line FL Studio 20+ YES YES
    Motu Digital Performer 9.0+ YES YES
    Steinberg Cubase(1) 9.0+ YES YES
    Steinberg Nuendo(1) 8.0+ YES YES
    Presonus Studio One 4.0+ YES YES
    VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro 6.0+ YES YES
    Notation Software(2) Version    
    Avid Sibelius 2018.1+ YES YES
    MakeMusic Finale 25.0+ YES YES
    Steinberg Dorico 3.0+ YES YES
    • (1) VST3 usage is recommended
    • (2) Sibelius / Finale / Dorico notation programs work with Opus, but do not support the full feature set of some Opus/Play Libraries, such as those that use WordBuilder. Please contact support for details.

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    • Hollywood Pop Brass delivers the perfect horn sound for pop, rock, funk, soul, and Latin genres
    • Created by award-winning sounds producers Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix
    • Featuring the top horn section in the industry recorded in EastWests’s famous Studio One, engineered by Grammy award-winner Moogie Canazio
    • 4-piece brass ensemble comprised of 2 trumpets, a trombone, and a saxophone that alternates between a baritone, tenor, and alto saxophone depending on the note range
    • 5-piece ensemble for all phrases and licks that includes 2 trumpets, a trombone and 2 saxophones that alternate between a baritone, tenor, and alto saxophone depending on the instrument voicing
    • 2020 TEC Award For Best Musical Instrument Software Nominee, Winner of the MusicTech Choice Award and MusicPlayers.com Wish I Had One Award