Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition
Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Tutorial

Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Explained®

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  • Introduction, Download, & Installation 6:24

    Introduction, Download, & Installation

    Learn about what Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition is, how and where to download the installers, how to work with the East West Installation Center to authorize libraries and choose installation directories, and how to go through the initial Opus software setup wizard.

  • Opus Software FlyOver 8:49

    Opus Software FlyOver

    Get a quick overview of the main areas of the new Opus interface, including the Browse, Play,Perform, & Mix pages, the instrument rack, virtual keyboard, inspector, and navigator bar.

  • Multi Output Routing 4:13

    Multi Output Routing

    Learn how to optionally load instruments with effects plug-ins disabled, and how to route the multiple mic positions to discreet outputs within your DAW.

  • Browsing & Loading Instruments Multitimbrally 6:51

    Browsing & Loading Instruments Multitimbrally

    See how to work with the Browse View, load multiple instruments multitimbrally within a single instance of Opus, and route their outputs each to separate DAW channels.

  • Play Page Player View 8:54

    Play Page Player View

    Explore the control over various instrument playback aspects available directly in Player View; including moods, performance scripts, envelope settings, enabling/disabling specific articulations, MIDI sensitivity, stereo doubling, reverb, mic choices, tuning, and more.

  • Performance Scripts 12:52

    Performance Scripts

    Explore the how the various performance scripts influence how parts are played back, and see how to automate and control them within regions inside your DAW.

  • Finger Positions for Strings 6:03

    Finger Positions for Strings

    See how this performance script controls the string on which a note is played (as much as possible). This script is used only on long articulations, on 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, and cello.

  • Dynamics 8:51


    Learn about the best practices for the various ways of controlling the dynamics within your arrangements; including the use of Velocity, MIDI CC 1, MIDI CC 11, and MIDI CC 7.

  • MIDI Tools Pt. 1 7:19

    MIDI Tools Pt. 1

    Discover some creative possibilities processing your MIDI performances with the Opus software?s bundled MIDI Tools, including use of the arpeggiator, chord scales, chorder, glide, and humanizer functions.

  • MIDI Tools Pt. 2 8:54

    MIDI Tools Pt. 2

    Continue exploring the creative potential of Opus?s MIDI Tools, using the MIDI compressor, MIDI echo, pocket recorder, restrict to scale, and transpose functions.

  • Hollywood Orchestrator Pt. 1 7:07

    Hollywood Orchestrator Pt. 1

    Learn how this built scoring engine works, using Arranger Modes to voice incoming chords across various groups of instruments, and a step sequencer to turn those generated notes into programmed rhythms.

  • Hollywood Orchestrator Pt. 2 6:50

    Hollywood Orchestrator Pt. 2

    Explore the Arranger Modes, section based keyswitches, and the rest of the Hollywood Orchestrator interface, and see how to save and import User presets.

  • The Sequence Editor 6:06

    The Sequence Editor

    Learn how this part of orchestrator is used to create rhythmic patterns in conjunction with the Arranger Mode note selection.

  • Putting Hollywood Orchestrator to Work 8:39

    Putting Hollywood Orchestrator to Work

    Explore ways of combining, and customizing multiple instances of Orchestrator for unique variations.

  • Working With Articulations Pt. 1 5:16

    Working With Articulations Pt. 1

    Explore various ways of working with key switches to change performance articulations within a performance.

  • Working With Articulations Pt. 2 4:43

    Working With Articulations Pt. 2

    Discover alternate articulation switching functions, including program changes, key switch ranges, MIDI CC messages, and velocity ranges.

  • Working with Zones 7:09

    Working with Zones

    See how to set up custom key range and key switch based multis using the Zones tab in the Perform view, and how to manage the memory for all instances of Opus in your project from the All Instances tab.

  • Working with Percussion 7:25

    Working with Percussion

    Explore some ideas to get you started working with both the pitched and un-pitched percussion instruments in Hollywood Orchestra.

  • Automation, Controller Mapping, & Macros 8:09

    Automation, Controller Mapping, & Macros

    Discover how the automation tab in Play View is used to manage automation and controller mapping assignments, and to create macros for simultaneous control over multiple parameters.

  • Mixing 8:16


    Follow along as a short cue is set up for mixing within the host DAW.

Product Overview

Music production expert Eli Krantzberg presents comprehensive Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition video tutorials! EastWest has placed the power and incredible range of a full orchestra at your fingertips, and this video series shows you everything you need to unlock the software's full potential! Eli walks you through the basics and then covers the more advanced features and functions, demonstrating each with clear and instructive examples. These videos are for new Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition users.

Eli welcomes you and then starts at the beginning, explaining the installation/authorization procedure and providing a quick overview of the software's basic layout. You'll then learn how to browse and load instruments in a multitimbral fashion and also how to route the outputs of each instrument to separate DAW channels for more precise processing. Next, explore the Player View, in which you'll have access to many controls, including moods, performance scripts, envelope settings, articulations, MIDI sensitivity, and much more.

As you continue on, you'll see how to tailor the sound of certain passages with performance scripts, including the ability to specify which string is used to play certain notes for 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, and celli. Throughout the rest of the course, you'll explore many more features of Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition, such as dynamics, MIDI tools (Arpeggiator, Chord Scales, Humanizer, and more), the Hollywood Orchestrator (a built-in scoring engine), the Sequence Editor, and more! To close the tutorial, Eli sets up a short cue and demonstrates how to mix the piece within your DAW.

To see what these in-depth Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition tutorials cover, and how they'll make using Hollywood Orchestra quick and painless, see the individual Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition video tutorial descriptions on this page. Give your scores the professional touch... Watch “Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition Explained®” now!

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