Singer Cait McWhir, originally hailing from Ireland, draws her inspiration from over 25 years of indian, balkan and middle-eastern spiritual and vocal practices. She has an incredible versatility allowing her to freely cross between conventional folklore (example Gaelic) to ancient Sanskrit chants to free improvisation in self made languages. The library is constructed from over a thousand different vocal phrases covering over 15 hours of recording material. The phrases are divided into a variety of categories varying from some of the oldest songs known to man from the ancient Sanskrit chants to free improvisational phrases. The library has specific patches such as Balkan, Lullaby, Sanskrit Chants, Witch Chants and so forth. In addition the library also contains dual- and tripple tracked phrases, which allows for a more broad type of vocal sound by layering the same phrase two or three times. We specifically used those in demo 1 and 2 (see below).
The library follows programming and editing techniques introduced in our Forgotten Voices: Francesca library.The programming allows user to sculpt- and morph phrases by adjusting the mod-wheel and pitch bender. The mod-wheel controls the sample starting point, so users can trigger off-set anywhere they want in the phrases. The pitch bender allows you to time-stretch/compress the phrase. The combination between sample off-set control and time-stretch/compression allows users to seamlessly morph different phrases together, which brings endless possibilities for creating new phrases.
In addition Cait contains a bonus set of over 40 unique vocal ambiences (note: Kontakt 3 only) made by Steven Tavaglione (Instrumentalist and Sound Designer; Wall-E, American Beauty, CSI, Supernatural and 100s other movies/shows/games). All the ambiences are made from Cait source material, so they seamlessly blend with her voice and are amazing for instant scoring.
Tonehammer Forgotten Voices: “Cait”:
* $85 (note: price changes to $99 on July 8th)
* Release date: July 1st 2009
* Articulations include:
o Improvisational phrases in self-made language(s) divided into several categories
o Ancient Sanskrit Chants
o Middle Eastern inspired phrases
o Balkan inspired phrases
o Gaelic/Celtic inspired phrases
o Witch Chants
o Bonus: 43 Vocal ambient banks (Kontakt 3 only) by Steven Tavaglione
* Intelligent editing and programming (off-set and time-stretch control)
* Extensive read me install, patch and hint documentation (.pdf)
* Listen exclusive interview w/ Cait McWhir / Vocalist
* Sample resolution: 44.1Khz/24Bit mono- and stereo .wav format
* Format(s): Kontakt 2 and .wav (note: Kontakt 3 required for bonus content)
* Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 2.2.4 / 3 full stand-alone retail versions required
Note: All demos (see below) are played live using one vocal ambience and one set of vocals pr. demo, so they literally took 3-5 minutes to compose. So what you hear is what you get.
Ive never heard anything quite so appealing! The quality of this woman's voice..Breathtaking!..
I bet you guys had goosebumps sampling her voice...
I can really picture this in an adventure game...
Speaking of which....
I have a little question for you by the way...Are you gonna work on the next Tomb Raider installment?...This voice is such a must for it!
I really enjoyed your work on the previous ones....Especially the second-last one...
I could only dream about making music like that....Its absolutely amazing!
Ps. Thank you Heckler. Your comments are much appreciated and we truly do appreciate what came out of the sessions with Cait. I cannot really comment on any upcoming Tomb Raider products, but my eyes are shining.