Introducing a breakthrough sample library from Quantum Leap on 3 CD-ROMs. Voices
of the Apocalypse - Classical Choir. Every vowel sound and consonant sampled at
multiple dynamics, programmed in a way that allows you to create realistic words,
sung in any language, from your sampler. This library sounds nothing like any other
choir library you\'ve ever heard, because we fearlessly went after the full spectrum of
a world class Wagneresque choir. Features; Chromatic multisamples covering a 3 octave
range (yes 3 not 2 like all the other choir libraries) for both the men and the women. Real ambient release triggers for a shockingly
realistic hall sound. Light to heavy vibrato samples crossfaded with the mod-wheel.
Everything from a true classical sound to Hollywood majesty, ANGELIC to EVIL.
I am actually quite fond of some of the choir samples already on the market. But, there is alot missing. This library gives you all of the vowel sounds and all of the consonants. The louder vowel samples have all the intensity and vibrato of a real choir, giving it their all. Cross fading between the mellower and more intense samples gives you a tremendous amount of creative input. The attacks are quick, making the samples very playable. Release triggered samples have also been included so as to completely recreate the incredible sounding hall that this library was recorded in. You might not ever need to add any reverb, with a couple of exceptions.
Besides the large men’s and women’s choirs, I also recorded a smaller section of women to create the Angel patches. These have a purer tone than the women’s choir. The vibrato samples are intended to sound like the choirs heard in old Hollywood Films, although I got the idea from the Monkeybone Soundtrack.
Four different takes of each consonant, or consonant-combo, have been included for the adventurous, who wish to create real words. In testing the library, though, I got excellent results by triggering the consonant for a very short period of time and adding some artificial hall reverb to it and mixing that with vowel sounds without any artificial reverb. Be sure to mix the consonants in at a very low level. When listening to a real choir, you will find the consonants very faint and hard to understand. They should not be up front in your mix.
I found that the best way to make these samples actually sing lyrics, is to first record the melody on a vowel track. Then load up all the vowel patches you will need. Copy the melody onto all tracks, and erase all notes on each track, except the ones that will sing that vowel at the appropriate time. Use the mod wheel for expression and remember that some vowels will be much softer than others in a realistic phrase. Don’t forget that the vowel sound EE is often used to represent the letter Y, and the vowel sound AAY is made by using EH followed by EE. Now load up the consonants and play them at the appropriate time. There are 4 versions of each.
Want a stronger attack? Use keyswitch C#1, or mix in the staccatos AH’s at a low level with any vowel and/or consonant. To my delight, I found that playing descending staccato runs using the upper ranges of the women’s vowels sounds amazingly real and fluttery. Also, when using the loud heavy vibrato samples, it is sometimes nice to start with the softer sample for the attack (mod wheel down) and quickly push the mod wheel up to hear the loud vibrato. Sometimes, it is nice to use the mod wheel to mellow out the reverb trails, as well. You’ll also find MM’s for softer pieces and some shouts and cluster crescendos for intense moments. Enjoy! I think this library is a tremendous source of realistic choir sounds. It also complements other choir libraries really well.
24 bit 88.2 ?
This library was recorded and edited in 24 bit format at 88.2k sample rate. I didn’t want to have to create this library again in a few years. When Gigastudio supports this, you will be able to purchase an inexpensive DVD from EAST WEST with all of the high resolution samples on it. Gigastudio, even now, allows you too replace all the samples within a patch quickly and easily.
PRICE $499 retail
This library is being pressed as we speak and will be available, along with QL 56 Strat, from EAST WEST on or about Nov. 4.
[This message has been edited by Nick Phoenix (edited 10-15-2001).]
VERY interesting, Nick!
Seems there are a lot of interesting libraries coming from the QL corner lately. First Rare Instruments, now this!
If you need a demo composer, just give me a call
An earlier choir piece I wrote using Siedlaczek\'s Classical Choir: http://www2.hku.nl/~maarte2/audio/faith.mp3
It would be quite interesting to see if it can be improved by using your new library!
[This message has been edited by Maarten Spruijt (edited 10-15-2001).]
looks liek I\'m buying myself an early B-day present
BTW Nick, I\'e been getting great results with my Guitar Controller for portamento soudns with the right attack and decay settings. I cant wait to try out these tricks on your library....I hope I have the time thats all