Does anyone like/use Soundiron Olympus Choir Elements?

x-dfo

Member
I was poking around for a low-budget choir that could add grand sounding textures, but didn't really need fancy phrase building or the higher end features. It seems like the reviews are favourable so I was curious if anyone had any experience using this library.

Cheers!
 

dsblais

Active Member
The micro is included in the latest Halion release and I've found some of the presets stimulating creatively. If you're looking for a good, out-of-the-box sound but don't need a whole lot of flexibility, it's likely a good option.
 

BradHoyt

Member
I like it. It's really good as a go-to instrument for adding basic choral tracks without a lot of fuss. It's pretty straight forward. The option to crossfade between two different articulations is also nice.
 

Robert_G

Overthinker
I've used Olympus elements, but I own the full Olympus now. The sound is as good as choirs get.
Elements surprisingly has a lot of useful articulations. The full version is amazing.

Oh...and someone here will probably sell it to you cheaper. It's usually up for sale from someone.
 
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Geomir

Active Member
I own Requiem Light Symphonic Choir and I am very happy with it, one of the best value for money libraries I have ever got! It sounds fantastic, it's very easy to use and it' very light on my system! It's very good for what it is: epic and loud!

Do you believe that Olympus Elements could complement nice my Requiem Light? Can it play a more soft, lower dynamic, intimate, angelic sound?

Or should I start selling toilet paper so I can get 8dio Insolidus?
 

Robert_G

Overthinker
I own Requiem Light Symphonic Choir and I am very happy with it, one of the best value for money libraries I have ever got! It sounds fantastic, it's very easy to use and it' very light on my system! It's very good for what it is: epic and loud!

Do you believe that Olympus Elements could complement nice my Requiem Light? Can it play a more soft, lower dynamic, intimate, angelic sound?

Or should I start selling toilet paper so I can get 8dio Insolidus?
Requiem is light on resources because it lacks dynamic layers (among other things). It's a nice basic economy choir that will do some bread and butter stuff. I wouldn't use it for advanced stuff though.

As for Olympus with lower dynamics, the full version has that beautiful lower dynamic intimate/angelic sound. It has multiple vowel sustains and most of them have a very soft almost haunting lower dynamic that sounds awesome. I don't think the elements version has them though.
 

Geomir

Active Member
Requiem is light on resources because it lacks dynamic layers (among other things). It's a nice basic economy choir that will do some bread and butter stuff. I wouldn't use it for advanced stuff though.

As for Olympus with lower dynamics, the full version has that beautiful lower dynamic intimate/angelic sound. It has multiple vowel sustains and most of them have a very soft almost haunting lower dynamic that sounds awesome. I don't think the elements version has them though.
Thanks for the info from someone who owns the library! The problem is that Olympus Full Choir for me costs +250 EUR (because I don't own the retail version of Kontakt) so the total cost is 800!

8 times more than Olympus Elements (no hidden fees here, this one is made for the Kontakt Player)

If anyone else owns Elements and not the full version of the Choir, I would appreciate any knowledge about a softer angelic dynamic layer.
 

Geomir

Active Member
This is comes from the description of Olympus ELEMENTS:

"You'll find sustains, staccatos and marcatos, with pp-ff dynamic layering and intelligent round robin. This choir packs a massive forte punch and velvety smooth piano dynamics, giving you complete expressive control and creative freedom."

Can anyone that owns the library confirm that? Thanks in advance! :)
 

Scalms

Member
I own it and love it, has a beautiful tone, not too big, not too small, perfect for my taste. The choir ensemble patch is well-balance between male/female and playable almost immediately. It definitely does the forte really well, not so much on soft. It doesn't go to pp layer, at least to my ears, maybe mp at the softest. I turn to other libraries for soft, like Dominus, or 8Dio Lacrimosa, which surprisingly does angelic-soft really awesome-ly
 

Geomir

Active Member
I have it and I like it a lot.
Do you think that the Elements can offer me something more than EW Symphonic Choir, especially in the lower dynamics / soft sound?

Right now let's forget the word-builder, which is one of the strong points of EW Symphonic Choir. I am only asking about ah, eh, oh, etc. comparison between the 2 libraries, mainly for soft background layering.
 

ism

Senior Member
I own Requiem Light Symphonic Choir and I am very happy with it, one of the best value for money libraries I have ever got! It sounds fantastic, it's very easy to use and it' very light on my system! It's very good for what it is: epic and loud!

Do you believe that Olympus Elements could complement nice my Requiem Light? Can it play a more soft, lower dynamic, intimate, angelic sound?

Or should I start selling toilet paper so I can get 8dio Insolidus?
Insolidus is lyrical. The others can sort of try to be lyrical with great effort. But Insolidus is beautifully, effortlessly lyrical in it's very quality. (I have sound Iron Venus, but my sense is that Requim and Olympus into into that same previous generation of choral sample technique, so I think that's a fair generalization) . Insolidus was on sale for $148 recently also. Dominus, Genesis and Eric Whitacre broadly fit into what I sense as the first wave of properly lyrical choral sampling, each in their own way.


I go on about my attempts to capture this sense of the lyrical in sampled choirs on this thread, for instance:

 
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Ashermusic

Senior Member
Do you think that the Elements can offer me something more than EW Symphonic Choir, especially in the lower dynamics / soft sound?

Right now let's forget the word-builder, which is one of the strong points of EW Symphonic Choir. I am only asking about ah, eh, oh, etc. comparison between the 2 libraries, mainly for soft background layering.
No, it doesn't do real soft.
 
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TomislavEP

Active Member
I also have Olympus Elements and it's the largest choir and vocal Kontakt library I have for now. I must admit though that I relatively seldom use those in my work, at least for the time being.

I think that all the Elements titles from Soundiron have fantastic value - just enough features for most applications but also enough for more serious use. Those who're doing choral music extensively would likely profit from getting the biggest version, but the Elements seems like the gold standard for most of us. And, of course, it sounds great and polished as most of the libraries from Soundiron.
 

thevisi0nary

Active Member
Love it. No, it's not the best sounding choir available, but it just packs such a punch in that small of a package. It is the most common choir I will reach for during writing for anything that isn't low energy.
 

DS_Joost

One day I'll fly away!
I wrote a piece for a film with it:

That whole little score was written with the Hollywood Orchestra and Olympus elements. Some synth elements in there, very very little.

This might be interesting to you because this is not the conventional way to use Olympus. With that, I mean more subtle. Most of the times you just hear the epic loud thing.

There's other tracks that use it as well on that score. The Burial uses the females as a very light but oh so effective bed of voices.
 

Geomir

Active Member
I like Elements, but i actually like Requiem Light a bit more. Can't go wrong with either.
I also love Requiem Choir, one of my favorites, you can instantly use it for big epic results! And I am sure that you can't go wrong with any of the 2 libraries!

My question is a just little more specific: Can Olympus Elements fill the lower dynamics soft sounds that Requiem is totally lacking? Do they complement each other? Or they both do the loud epic sound?