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Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Interfaces


Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition is the best-selling and most awarded orchestral virtual instrument ever created. Produced by industry titans Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix and sound engineered by Academy Award and BAFTA winner Shawn Murphy, Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition is the culmination of over a decade of recording and programming and is the industry standard for achieving professional sounding orchestral soundtracks. And now it includes over 130 GBs in brand new recordings, reimagined original content, powerful new features housed in our revolutionary OPUS engine, and Hollywood Orchestrator, a must-have tool for composers who want to create a blockbuster soundtrack in seconds.




Sound on Sound - Hollywood Orchestra Magazine Cover

This ambitious, go-for broke magnum opus represents over 10 years of work, sustain by a singular vision of bring the classic Hollywood orchestral sound to the world’s sample users.

Sound on Sound Awards 2022 Winner


Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Interface - Hollywood Solo Violin - Soft

Brand new recordings include a new 18 violin string section for Hollywood Strings, new ensembles for Hollywood Brass and Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds, plus new string, brass, and wind multi ensembles. "The new 18 violins are an alternate to the first 16 violins of the original library. They have a different sound," says producer Nick Phoenix, "the players are different. The vibrato is different. The legato is the best we have ever recorded. They work well with the existing collection or as a replacement for the original 1st violins. The new 2 tenor trombones have a completely different sound from the 3 trombones in the original collection. The new trombones are warm, full, and extremely precise. 2 trumpets were recorded again using two of the best players in the Hollywood film score scene. The legato is blazing at high velocities and sounds like a live performance."

The programming of the original content from Hollywood Orchestra has been updated to take advantage of the features included in the new Opus software engine, as well as the Hollywood Solo Instrument Series (now included in this expansion). Particular focus was placed on Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds. After improving the original woodwinds, new ensembles were recorded, including 3 bassoons, 3 clarinets, and 3 flutes. "Once again, this was a huge success because of the quality of the players," says Phoenix, "Each woodwind ensemble works together on a regular basis and the tuning and timing are immaculate. These new recordings are unmatched in the virtual instruments world. The Opus Edition also includes new string, brass and wind multi ensembles that have a unique fat sound that captures the tuning of a large orchestra playing together in a live setting."


Powerful new controls include Master key-switches where all articulations can be fully customized in the new OPUS articulation palette. You can customize the sound of each instrument using the new MOODS feature. Classic Mood is the original Hollywood Orchestra sound. Soft modifies the sound for slower, 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 look of the interface, which has been completely redesigned and stylized for Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds, Hollywood Percussion, Hollywood Solo Violin, Hollywood Solo Cello, and Hollywood Harp. In addition, we simplified all instrument versions down to LITE and MAX, making Hollywood Strings in particular much easier to navigate.


Of course, Multiple Academy Award and BAFTA winner Shawn Murphy was brought back to sound engineer the new recordings. Shawn Murphy is one of the most prolific sound engineers and mixers in the history of cinema. Just some of his over 5000 feature film credits include the Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and Hunger Games franchises, Jurassic Park and the Lost World, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Mission: Impossible, Apollo 13, and Titanic. Shawn Murphy has created special mic mixes for Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition, including an additional “Stage” mic position for all new instruments that is perfect for capturing the sound of EastWest Studio One, the home of countless film and television soundtracks.


Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Interface - Hollywood Orchesral Percussion - Epic

Our brand new OPUS software engine replaces PLAY after 5 years of development. “Many improvements were made to the PLAY software engine over the last decade but we suddenly had a unique opportunity,” says producer Doug Rogers, “we were able to bring Wolfgang Kundrus in as head of software development. He was the mastermind behind the creation of Cubase, Nuendo, and Studio One. Then we were able to bring in Wolfgang Schneider, the creator of Kontakt. With these two titans of music software development now on our team, we decided it was time to develop a brand new software engine from the ground up.

The OPUS software engine is the realization of this effort. Not only is it faster, more powerful, more flexible, and better looking than PLAY, it comes with incredible new features such as individual instrument auditioning and downloads, customized key-switches, dozens of new MIDI Tools and mixer effect, scalable retina GUI upgrades for legacy products, a powerful new script language, and many more features that allow you to completely customize the sound of each instrument. It’s one of the most exciting developments in the history of the company and will be the launching pad for many exciting new products in the future”

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EastWest has a winner in this product. If you’re looking for a great sounding orchestral library, Hollywood Orchestra definitely belongs on your short list.


Create full-scale orchestral music with complex arrangements by playing a few simple chords with one hand and shaping expression with the other. Developed in collaboration with Sonuscore, Hollywood Orchestrator uses all the instruments in Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition to create real-time arrangements based on your MIDI input with our Innovative Scoring Engine.

Hollywood Orchestrator - Main View


With over 500 customizable presets, you can instantly create music in the style of Hollywood's greatest composers. Select from Ensemble presets to quickly create rich orchestral arrangements. With Ostinato presets, you can build rhythmic tension in different meters or create moving melodic lines by only changing a few notes. With Score, classic Hollywood orchestrations become an endless source of inspiration. Create your own User presets by modifying existing presets or build your own ensembles from scratch!

Hollywood Orchestrator - Preset View


At the heart of Hollywood Orchestrator is our innovative Scoring Engine, which produces everything from basic string arrangements to very complex orchestrations played by the full orchestra. This is where you can create new presets or alter any existing preset by changing the melodic pattern in each step sequencer or by completely switching the instruments and voicings of that preset.

Hollywood Orchestrator - Midi Edit View

In the Mixer section, refine the final output of each instrument by adjusting the volume, pan, equalization, reverb preset, reverb send amounts, and other reverb controls like pre-delay, length, and filters.

Hollywood Orchestrator - Mixer View

Hollywood Orchestrator is the perfect tool both for new composers who want to get that magical Hollywood sound quickly and effortlessly, and for professional composers who need to produce large amounts of compositions on a deadline. Please note: Hollywood Orchestrator requires Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition, it is not a standalone product, and is not compatible with the original Hollywood Orchestra or Hollywood Solo Instruments which are now included in the Opus Edition along with the newly recorded instruments.


Since the release of Hollywood Orchestrator, we've released the Action, Adventure, Horror, and Comedy Expansions Packs, all together adding 96 more blockbuster presets to the Scores category of Hollywood Orchestrator. Each of these have been FREE additions to owners of Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition and for all ComposerCloud+ subscribers.

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It’s hard to envision how a package of this magnitude could be improved. EastWest has set a new orchestral library standard with Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition, and the Hollywood Orchestrator lifts the experience even further.

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What's All Included?

Hollywood Strings - Classic


Widely considered the most detailed & realistic orchestral string library ever created, with grand articulations including long, short, slurred, portamento, individual bow changes, and much more. You can quickly create epic, suspenseful and dramatic passages with individual patches, or simply bring up a single keyswitch instrument for instant access to everything you need for a full cinematic sound.

String instruments include: 18 Violins (NEW), 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Basses, Celli, Violas, Ensemble (NEW), and Full Strings.

Hollywood Strings - Classic


A collection of powerful ensemble and solo patches perfect for everything from fanfares to romantic melodies. Excellent for monstrous low brass, piercing trumpets, 6-piece horn ensembles and more, with both separate and combined articulations for easy use.

Brass instruments include: 2 French Horns, 2 Trombones EXP (NEW), 2 Trombones and 1 Bass Trombone, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trumpets EXP (NEW), 3 Trumpets, 6 French Horns, Low Brass, Solo Cimbasso, Solo French Horn, Solo Trombone, Solo Trumpet, Solo Tuba.

Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds - Soft


Regal, sharp, and subtle timbres with everything in between. Use this woodwind powerhouse to fill out any orchestral arrangement with complete command over every articulation, available both in individual patches and key-switch instruments.

Woodwind instruments include: 3 Bassoons (NEW), 3 Clarinets (NEW), 3 Flutes (NEW), Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Flute, Bassoon, Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Contrabassoon, Eb Clarinet, English Horn, Flute, Flute 2, Oboe, Piccolo Flute.

Hollywood Strings - Classic


A full complement of every orchestral percussion instrument you could ask for, including ratchets, slapsticks, mallet percussion, and a wide range of drums from small to huge. Choose from individual instruments or combo patches for as much control (or chaos) as you like.

Percussion instruments include Combo Kits, Cymbal Pairs, Sustain Cymbals, Timpani, Field Drums, Bass Drums, Snares, Tambourines, Marching Drum Ensembles, Taos Drums, Brake Drum and Anvils, Crotales, Glockenspiel, Orchestral Chimes, Sleigh Bells, Mark Tree, Triangles, Vibraphone, Castanets, Celesta, Claves, Mahler Hammer, Marimba, Puilli Sticks, Ratchet, Shakers, Slapsticks, Wood Blocks, Xylophone.

Hollywood Solo Violin - Soft


Responsive legato, spiccato, pizzicato articulations and more, along with pre-recorded dynamic notes like sforzando and marcato. We captured every nuance of a true violin performance, providing you with a level of control to match.

Articulations included: Sustains Vibrato, Sustains Non Vibrato, Flautando, Grand Detache, Marcato, Martele, Pizzicato, Sforzando, Spiccato, Legato, Keyswitch.

Hollywood Solo Cello - Epic


Warm and lyrical, with brisk short notes ideal for faster passages. You have every detail of a real cello at your fingertips, with every articulation you need to tackle the most challenging passages with unparalleled realism.

Articulations included: Sustain Vibrato, Sustains Non Vibrato, Flautando, Grand Detache, Tremolo, Marcato, Pizzicato, Sforzando, Spiccato, Legato, Keyswitch.

Hollywood Harp - Classic


Smooth, elegant and angelic articulations perfect for gentle backgrounds and orchestral cut-through alike. Use full patches or solo individual articulations for total control over the harp’s timbre.

Articulations included: Sustains, Harp Angeles, Bisbigliando, Harmonics, Gliss Technique, Nail Pick, Plucks, Reps, Keyswitch.

Hollywood Orchestrator


Create full-scale orchestral music with complex arrangements by playing a few simple chords with one hand and shaping expression with the other. With over 500 customizable presets built from the instruments of Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition, you can instantly create music in the style of Hollywood’s greatest composers.

Presets include: Ensembles, Ostinatos, Scores, User

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It seems that EastWest has nailed this one. The people involved in the process know what they are doing – from the recording, to the coding of the whole package. The result is all of the details falling into the right place at the right moment.


Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Composer



Hollywood Orchestra was already the best-selling and most awarded virtual orchestra ever created, but now with the Opus Edition, you get over 130 GBs of brand new recordings, new features and effects housed in our revolutionary OPUS engine — plus, the all-new Hollywood Orchestrator, allowing you to compose blockbuster scores in seconds using any of its 500 presets or by making your own from scratch! Whether you’re creating cinematic, romantic, epic, lyrical, or any nuanced style of music, you'll have all the tools you need. The only question is: what will you create first?


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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.

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.

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+ EDU subscription plans which includes the Hollywood Orchestra Opus Diamond 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
  • Watch the walkthrough videos to see Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition and Hollywood Orchestrator in action.

Can I upgrade my Orchestra or any section of the Orchestra to the Opus Edition?

Anyone owning portions of the Hollywood Orchestra are welcome to upgrade to the full Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition.

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 wish to upgrade will continue to use the Play software. All other EastWest products are supported in Opus and their interfaces have been updated to retina resolution. Use the new Opus features on all products such as custom articulations, customize instruments with dozens of new effects, search for, audition, and download individual instruments instead of whole collections, and much more!

If all EastWest products are now supported in Opus why would I need to use Play in the future?

After purchasing or upgrading to Opus you don't need to use Play, however, it may be more convenient to make small adjustments to an older composition in your DAW loading the saved Play instruments instead of replacing them with Opus instruments. For any new composition just use Opus.

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 other EastWest 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. We currently use the Buffalo SSD-PG 1TB SSD but the drive is subject to change.

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) and assign each instrument in a preset to a different output with the Hollywood Orchestrator mixer, or export them to your DAW using MIDI export if your DAW supports this feature. 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.



    Below are the minimum and recommended hardware and software specifications for using Opus 1.4.5 on Windows and MacOS systems.


    • CPU: Quad-core (four cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
    • RAM: 16 GB
    • OS: macOS 10.15 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
    • Drive: HDD (7200 rpm, non-energy saving)


    • CPU: Octa-core (eight cores), running at 2.7 GHz (or above)
    • RAM: 32 GB or more
    • OS: macOS 10.15 (or later); Windows 10 with ASIO sound drivers
    • Drive: SSD (SATA or PCIe)

    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+ - -
    EW Opus Stand-Alone 1.5.0+ YES YES
    Ableton Live 10.0+ YES YES
    Apple Logic Pro 10.7.9+ YES -
    Apple Garageband 10.4.9+ 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
    Acoustica Mixcraft 10.5+ - 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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    • 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 all composers
    • Includes all Hollywood Solo Instruments previously sold separately ($299 value)
    • Includes Innovative new features and effects powered by our new OPUS engine
    • Watch the walkthrough videos to see Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition in action
    • See Frequently Asked Questions under the FAQ heading for more information