EastWest’s newest virtual instrument collection, HOLLYWOOD STRINGS 2, is now available for purchase - both as a standalone purchase or part of a ComposerCloud+ subscription. HOLLYWOOD STRINGS 2 offers a rich experience like never before. Recorded in the legendary EastWest Studio 2, the collection features a tight 21-piece group – smaller room, same production team – up close and intimate.

Hollywood Strings 2 provides all the essential articulations, including legato, detache, pizzicato, staccato, spiccato, marcato, col legno, and even rare textural styles like flautando, each with up to four dynamics, ensuring an unparalleled level of expressiveness and realism. From the delicate intimacy of pianissimo to the commanding authority of fortissimo, and everything in between, articulations are captured with exacting detail by an extensive array of microphones, giving composers unprecedented control over the performance and sound of the strings.

Every instrument is mic’d closer than ever before, capturing the grit, depth, and air of every note in the finest detail possible. Users can independently control 3 separate close mic positions (including mics attached directly to the instruments), plus main, mid-field, and surround mics. Hollywood Strings 2 is even Atmos-ready to create Atmos mixes in DAWs that support it. Epic arrangements are impressive, but there’s more to strings than scale alone... and while its predecessor is indeed epic, Hollywood Strings 2 goes even further, molding itself to any task.

Hollywood Strings 2 was recorded in EastWest’s own Studio 2, home to classic themes from The Beverly Hillbillies, Hawaii Five-O, and the soundtracks to Encanto and A Star is Born. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Weezer, and Metallica have also recorded in Studio 2 for its tight and punchy sound. It’s only fitting that these strings suit cinematic metal or heavy rock as well as they would an epic film cue. Even for those who already own every available strings library, Hollywood Strings 2 will bring the intimacy that no other collection offers.

Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix have produced multiple award-winning sample libraries and virtual instruments together for over three decades – more than any other sounds production team in the industry – including NAMM TEC Award winners Hollywood Choirs, Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition, Hollywood Fantasy Orchestra. To capture the same cinematic quality as the original Hollywood Strings, but with more granular control than any other string library, Rogers and Phoenix engaged Award-winning sound engineer Shawn Murphy, one of the most prolific sound engineers and mixers in the history of film. His over 500 credits include Jurassic Park, the Star Wars Franchise, the Indiana Jones franchise, Titanic and many other feature films. Murphy has won numerous BAFTA, EMMY, and GRAMMY Awards, including most recently a GRAMMY for Best Engineered Classical Album in 2023. This cooperation results in Hollywood Strings 2’s clear, clean, dry sound that effortlessly lends itself to any genre.

Hollywood Strings 2 is available now at the website below. The standalone license is $399, but Hollywood Strings 2 is also included in every ComposerCloud+ subscription at for just $19.99/month or $149/year. For new subscribers, EastWest is also offering a one month trial of ComposerCloud+ so they can try Hollywood Strings 2 and all 60+ EastWest products for free.