I own VOTA, but not EWQLSC. My goal is to get a fairly convincing (as convincing as possible) epic choir sound, a la Lord of the Rings. Here's a reference clip from the Two Towers soundtrack to show what I'm trying to achieve:
An mauya, mahtie.
Now, I don't own EWQLSC, but the thing with VOTA is, the consonants are too harsh..to me, they sound silly because they were sampled independently (as opposed to syllables) and so when the VOTA utility makes a simple syllables like "ka," it sounds synthetic. I figure I could get away with dropping a lot of the consonants like the N's and D's, since you can barely hear them in the reference clip. In the clip I provided, mostly it's the T's you can hear, and even then, they're very soft.
My question is, is this something EWQLSC would be able to pull off, whereas VOTA wouldn't? I mean, what really has been improved in EWQLSC over VOTA? I've heard some negative comments on EWQLSC, how it was hyped a bit, and there isn't a huge difference. Is this true, false, or simply subjective? I haven't tried mocking up the above yet (having too hard a time figuring out the chords in the men's & women's sections of the choir), but I imagine using the VOTA 2.0 utility may not yield the best results, and the best mockup would be done by manually "hacking" in the consonants and vowel syllables manually into the sequencer, and adjusting the start/end times tediously until it sounded just right.
Thoughts on this? PS, if anyone with a better ear than mine can figure out the chords of the men's & women's sections, that would be majorly helpful!
PS: If I had my choice between easy out-of-the-box word-building, sacrificing realism/fullness, OR doing a ton of MIDI tweaking but getting a high level of realism.. I'd go for the latter.