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Soundiron's Olympus Choir Micro?

Arise

Member
Hey guys, I'm in need of a good Choir library compatible with Kontakt Player and nothing super expensive.

I was thinking of picking up Olympus Micro (39 USD) or Olympus Elements (99 USD).
If it's really worth it, I would consider Requiem Light as well, from Soundiron.

Any thoughts on Micro? Maybe someone here has it? How does it stack up to other choir libraries?
 

Robert_G

It really is just an expensive hobby for me
I own olympus choir and used the elements before that. There is a lot you can do with elements.....but micro is just too small unless youre looking for just the absolute basics.
 

TomislavEP

Member
The older version of Olympus Micro, before they've made it Kontakt Player compatible, was the first 3rd party choir library for Kontakt I've purchased. It's content and functionality are definitely limited but sound-wise it can to some degree compete with much more expensive products and you can actually get quite creative with it due to its limitations. For instance, you can control the starting point of prerecorded phrases in order to "create" new ones. From the "Contents" section on the Soundiron website it seems they've added some other new things in this latest version, but I could be wrong as I've not used my version of the library for quite some time.

In my personal opinion, the new price of Olympus Micro is a bit steep for what you get inside, especially if you have a full version of Kontakt which features quite nice sounding choir patches, although it doesn't have legato, even simulated one. But Micro is definitely an attractive proposition for Kontakt Player users who are looking for affordable choir library with great sound.

Personally, I've purchased Olympus Elements on one of the numerous Soundiron 40% off sales and I'm more than happy. I seldom use choir and vocal libraries in my work for now, so Elements, Micro plus free Clara's Vocal library which I've downloaded when it was still available, cover my needs.
 
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Arise

Arise

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I own olympus choir and used the elements before that. There is a lot you can do with elements.....but micro is just too small unless youre looking for just the absolute basics.
I use that Micro choir all the time! I think I actually use it more than my Cinesamples one. What in the world is wrong with me? Here, I used it all over this track:
The older version of Olympus Micro, before they've made it Kontakt Player compatible, was the first 3rd party choir library for Kontakt I've purchased. It's content and functionality are definitely limited but sound-wise it can to some degree compete with much more expensive products and you can actually get quite creative with it due to its limitations. For instance, you can control the starting point of prerecorded phrases in order to "create" new ones. From the "Contents" section on the Soundiron website it seems they've added some other new things in this latest version, but I could be wrong as I've not used my version of the library for quite some time.

In my personal opinion, the new price of Olympus Micro is a bit steep for what you get inside, especially if you have a full version of Kontakt which features quite nice sounding choir patches, although it doesn't have legato, even simulated one. But Micro is definitely an attractive proposition for Kontakt Player users who are looking for affordable choir library with great sound.

Personally, I've purchased Olympus Elements on one of the numerous Soundiron 40% off sales and I'm more than happy. I seldom use choir and vocal libraries in my work for now, so Elements, Micro plus free Clara's Vocal library which I've downloaded when it was still available, cover my needs.

Sounds good! Really considering Olympus Elements now. I only have the choirs from MA1 atm, which are nice, but I'm thinking Olympus would be more versatile.
 

nathantboler

Active Member
Sounds good! Really considering Olympus Elements now. I only have the choirs from MA1 atm, which are nice, but I'm thinking Olympus would be more versatile.
Here's the thing: purchase Micro. If you like the interface and tone of the choir, let me know you would like to upgrade to Elements and you get the full $ amount paid on Micro toward Elements.
If you don't, then proceed no further. :thumbsup:
 
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Arise

Arise

Member
Here's the thing: purchase Micro. If you like the interface and tone of the choir, let me know you would like to upgrade to Elements and you get the full $ amount paid on Micro toward Elements.
If you don't, then proceed no further. :thumbsup:
Oh great, thanks for the advice!
Btw, let's say I would upgrade from Micro to Elements, upon upgrading would Micro get replaced by Elements in Kontakt/Native Access?
 

nathantboler

Active Member
Oh great, thanks for the advice!
Btw, let's say I would upgrade from Micro to Elements, upon upgrading would Micro get replaced by Elements in Kontakt/Native Access?
No, they are different libraries so you'll keep both.
While there is some overlap in the basic Ah and Oo vowels, the custom FX presets and polysustains in Olympus Choir Micro are very useful tools that compliment Olympus Choir Elements. If you like custom presets and a wider selection of articulations, using Elements and Micro together can be very effective.
 
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Arise

Arise

Member
No, they are different libraries so you'll keep both.
While there is some overlap in the basic Ah and Oo vowels, the custom FX presets and polysustains in Olympus Choir Micro are very useful tools that compliment Olympus Choir Elements. If you like custom presets and a wider selection of articulations, using Elements and Micro together can be very effective.
Thank you :) One last question!
Other than the Olympuses, I was also considering Requiem Light from you guys. I've seen people mention that for more agressive choirs Requiem Light is the better option, so then Olympus would on the other hand be the more suitable choir to use for softer parts?
I would like a choir with a nice dynamic range capable of doing both soft and loud well.
How would you say these 2 (Olympus Elements and Requiem Light) in their use, style?
 

Robert_G

It really is just an expensive hobby for me
Thank you :) One last question!
Other than the Olympuses, I was also considering Requiem Light from you guys. I've seen people mention that for more agressive choirs Requiem Light is the better option, so then Olympus would on the other hand be the more suitable choir to use for softer parts?
I would like a choir with a nice dynamic range capable of doing both soft and loud well.
How would you say these 2 (Olympus Elements and Requiem Light) in their use, style?
If i could only have one, id pick olympus everytime. Im not overly impressed by requiem
 

DivingInSpace

Active Member
Thank you :) One last question!
Other than the Olympuses, I was also considering Requiem Light from you guys. I've seen people mention that for more agressive choirs Requiem Light is the better option, so then Olympus would on the other hand be the more suitable choir to use for softer parts?
I would like a choir with a nice dynamic range capable of doing both soft and loud well.
How would you say these 2 (Olympus Elements and Requiem Light) in their use, style?
Just chiming in About Requiem Light, while it sounds pretty good it is not very dynamic. Suplementing with Olympus might be good, but by itself i find that requiem light is best used for loud and epic passages.
 
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Arise

Arise

Member
Just chiming in About Requiem Light, while it sounds pretty good it is not very dynamic. Suplementing with Olympus might be good, but by itself i find that requiem light is best used for loud and epic passages.
I see, thanks. I dont think I will need Requiem if it is more or less for that, as I already have MA1 Choir which can do loud well. Hence, I'm leaning towards Olympus
 

TrojakEW

New Member
Well I think Requiem Light is quite versatile nice sounding and easy to use. It can be used for softer parts and for loud passages. Here is small attempt that use RL for softer type track, choir start at 1:04 and 2:20.
And another is more "epic" one, choir start at 2:13.
I will choose RL over Olympus elements.
 

Robert_G

It really is just an expensive hobby for me
Ah ok, what turned you away from Requiem?
Im not saying its terrible. You just dont have the control over it like you do olympus.

Also, i have the full version of olympus choir. With minimal work, i can make it do anything requiem does and a thousand times more.
 

nathantboler

Active Member
Thank you :) One last question!
Other than the Olympuses, I was also considering Requiem Light from you guys. I've seen people mention that for more agressive choirs Requiem Light is the better option, so then Olympus would on the other hand be the more suitable choir to use for softer parts?
I would like a choir with a nice dynamic range capable of doing both soft and loud well.
How would you say these 2 (Olympus Elements and Requiem Light) in their use, style?
It's very much a personal taste thing. I prefer Requiem Light over OE personally, but it depends what you're using choir for.

Here are some comparison stats:

Lyrical Content in Requiem Light - Vowels only in Olympus Elements, but more vowels (8 instead of 6)

Large Cathedral sound (long reverb) in Requiem Light - Medium Church sound in Olympus Elements(shorter reverb, easier to control to put your own reverb on)

45 Singers in Requiem Light - 63 Singers in Olympus Elements
 
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