EastWest - Hollywood Fantasy Brass
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The most famous Brass Instruments in History
Hollywood Fantasy Orchestra is an orchestra with all the instruments you need to make fantasy film, television, and gaming soundtracks. Hollywood Fantasy Orchestra, created by sound industry heavyweights Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, features distinctive ensembles of foreign instruments that have appeared in some of the most well-known video games and motion pictures in history.
These ensembles are combined with contemporary octave-doubled orchestral sections that perfectly complement Hollywood Orchestra, all with full stereo imaging mic placement and all the features of EastWest's ground-breaking Opus player. Adding a few historic solo instruments won't cut it if you're writing the next big fantasy epic or medieval tale; you need to bridge the gap between symphonic and world instruments. East West built an entirely orchestra that puts all of the historical instruments you need on stage since each instrument needs to earn its spot in the mix to provide a tremendous dramatic sound. Simply put, it's unlike anything you've ever heard.
Hollywood Fantasy Brass gives you access to the grandeur of some of the most famous brass instruments in history, complete with a wide range of articulations and full legato for the highest level of realism and authenticity. Everything that you've come to expect from East West's Hollywood series is included, including numerous mic placements, unique effect chains, beautiful ambiances, and this time, a collection of brass instruments that have been featured in some of the most well-known fantasy scores in history. Using the appropriate instruments could solve your problem if you've tried numerous times to replicate the vibe of your favorite soundtracks but something is still off.
Assemble Your Mightiest Army
In the stead of trumpets, you'll find flugelhorns; rather than French horns, Wagner tubas and alpenhorns take their place. The result is a majesty that modern day orchestras can't quite replicate, but with the power and conviction demanded by current movies and games. Each of these core instruments is recorded in ensembles of 3, giving you a far more cinematic quality than solo instruments can achieve alone. As with Hollywood Fantasy Strings, the entire brass collection was recorded in the same soundstage as the acclaimed Hollywood Orchestra, providing a cohesive sound between all the elements together. Whether you need bold fanfares for distant kingdoms; sonorous melodies for heroes, villains, and magical creatures alike; or a rich, mellow tone to evoke the mystique of castles or scrolling landscapes - Hollywood Fantasy Brass has you covered.
Command the Mood
Every instrument in Hollywood Fantasy Orchestra is programmed with 3 moods, on a scale from most authentic to most cinematic: Classic, Soft, and Epic. You can rotate through these different qualities to suit your needs (the choice will typically be a no-brainer) and fill in the exact fantasy orchestra sound you hear in your head. You have individual control over the level and pan of four separate mic positions: Close, Mid, Main, and Surround, giving you full control over the dimension of the sound.
3 Wagner Tubas - You can hear the Wagner tuba in the scores to Star Wars IV: A New Hope, the Lord of the Rings films, Jurassic Park, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, World of Warcraft and several other expansive scores that have helped define the modern fantasy sound across movies and video games. Imagine a cross between a French horn and a trombone and you'll get pretty close, but this ensemble has something a little extra that effortlessly evokes fantastic and unexplored worlds.
3 Flugelhorns - This flugelhorn ensemble is an easy choice when you need majestic, mellow brass to carry a theme, especially for fanfares and "royal" settings. The soundtracks of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the original Final Fantasy VII, and L.A. Noire all make use of this instrument's regal and haunting quality, and you'll find it's an easy way to accomplish the same in your own scores. Try ubstituting this for a trumpet ensemble and you'll plainly see the fantastical character that these flugelhorns add to your scores!
3 Alpenhorns - In addition to its role in German and Swiss folk music, this elongated horn was traditionally used primarily as a tool for communication and as an integral part of ceremonies and festivals. Its sound is uniquely mellow and hollow, owing to its wooden construction and straight rather than wound piping - it makes for a great mellow horn melody, especially in conjunction with the flugelhorns in this collection. Think of this as a group of extra-long hunting horns ready to lead the charge.
3 Brass Trombones, 2 Cimbassos, 1 Tuba - East West have included a powerhouse section of select low brass instruments to help fill out the low end and achieve the growling, dark intensity that even Hollywood Brass doesn't quite match. Rather than making massive EQ and reverb changes to another brass ensemble, simply add in this collection and you'll have the perfect complement. Make no mistake, though: This brass section packs the punch and warmth you need no matter the task even on its own, making it a powerful asset for all your fantasy needs.
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