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ism

Senior Member
I don't hear much in the way of human voice in that video...

I know what you mean - on a first listen it's very much the edge of sound design pad territory.

But listening to this a few more times, I think actually think its quite striking how at certain moments the voices emerge very clearly and distinctly from the mix, establish the sonic landscape as very much the territory of the human voice ... and then dissolve seamlessly back in the more ambient overall ambient sea of the piece.
 

ism

Senior Member
... as if it's not totally the other way around, and we haven't had tons of choral libraries over the years catering almost exclusively to one very specific mode of writing for voices.
And that (helpfully) puts quite a fine point on it what I was muddling through all that abstraction to express.
 

Vadium

Member
There is a several strings from my conversation with Spitfire tech support. May be this info will useful for anybody. For this moment, if I want to use this choir for microtonal music, I must to use 10-12 instances (for polyphony) of a choir plugin with a custom conversion pitch band messages to "tune' parameter of a plugin. Such count of instances is strong stress for CPU and disc system, especially as LABS engine have not a memory server, as in Native Kontakt..

Hi!
Is audio engine of this choir support multichannel tuning for microtonal music making? (for example, MPE or multy mode, as in East West Play? (see appl. picture)
for me, this is a decisive factor in the case of purchasing a library, because in the case of Kontakt engine I can use a special script, and with this new engine - I can not.

Hi there Vadim,
I'm afraid that this is currently not possible, however it could be likely in a future update. There is a tuning feature at the top of the interface which you can hold "Cmd/Ctrl" to fine tune.


Hi Luke,
A tuning future at the top is not a way (becase it is monophonic and 7-bit CC instead of a pitchband)
I will buy it only if it will be implemented, because this aibility (also as pitchband ability) is strongly important for my microtonal music. 
but sale price stops at next days, hmm.. Can Spitfire to promise implementation of polyphonic microtuning ability? :))

Hi Vadim,
I'm afraid we cannot promise the tuning ability. It's worth noting that you can hold 'Shift' whilst using the interface tuner to tune in cents, this is very fine tuning.
 
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ism

Senior Member
A quick sketch with the labs choir (and a clarinet):


Incredible sound, very nice dynamics.

And there's a real evo feel to it - it starts our kind of ambient and then becomes more defined as the arc develops. Without legato, the kind of voice leading you can pull off is obviously a bit limited, but the evo effect is something you can really work in instead.

Really makes me want the full choir.
 
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sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
Another experiment with EWC... (Strings on this are a combination of SA Chamber Strings, Studio Strings and HZ.)

Extra Cool !! Any one of several large companies should buy this now and use with their main Holiday commercial !
MBZ, Budweiser come to mind quickly: snow, motion, spirit-raising theme. :inlove:
 

miket

Team Dany
Sadly it looks increasingly like I won't be able to scrape together the cash for this before the sale runs out, so I grabbed the LABS version a few hours ago and grumpily threw something together with it, Albion V, and a little Zebra. The music is nothing special, and the choral stuff isn't even that prominent... but here it is anyway.


P.S. No, I don't expect anyone to buy this even for $1, I just don't have a better way to share stuff since I got rid of SoundCloud and Dropbox isn't very sexy.
 
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Josh Richman

Active Member
OK I’m on board! Let the downloading begin... This was a tougher decision than other purchases for couple reasons. Being that choral singing was my formal musical training I’m particularly sensitive to it and moved by it. I know how a good chior should sound. Partly because the human voice / what choirs can actually do is so hard to replicate. It’s expensive no doubt, but likely built with care and attention to detail. SA produces quality tasteful stuff. I suppose a few, at least one truly classical or more traditional choral mock up demo would have been nice to hear to easy the deliberating.
 

madfloyd

Active Member
Sadly it looks increasingly like I won't be able to scrape together the cash for this before the sale runs out, so I grabbed the LABS version a few hours ago and grumpily threw something together with it, Albion V, and a little Zebra. The music is nothing special, and the choral stuff isn't even that prominent... but here it is anyway.


P.S. No, I don't expect anyone to buy this even for $1, I just don't have a better way to share stuff since I got rid of SoundCloud and Dropbox isn't very sexy.
You sell yourself short - this music is beautiful and I think the Labs version worked very well for it. The choral drifts in and out in a very nice way.

I'm curious why you got rid of SoundCloud?
 
Sadly it looks increasingly like I won't be able to scrape together the cash for this before the sale runs out, so I grabbed the LABS version a few hours ago and grumpily threw something together with it, Albion V, and a little Zebra. The music is nothing special, and the choral stuff isn't even that prominent... but here it is anyway.


P.S. No, I don't expect anyone to buy this even for $1, I just don't have a better way to share stuff since I got rid of SoundCloud and Dropbox isn't very sexy.
VERY VERY nice
 
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