Soundiron tells us that the brand new Mercury Symphonic Boychoir is quite simply the single most comprehensive, playable and powerfully sampled children's choir ever released. This traditional English all-boy's choral ensemble features 42 staccatos & 42 sustaining marcatos both with 4x round-robin, 18 tempo-syncing Latin poly-syllabic sustains with phrase-synchronus polyphonic legato, unique poly-staccatos, dynamic true legato vowels with real-time speed control from fluid portamento to tight, drone and whispering chants, trills, sweeps, swells and other choral effects. You'll also find two exquisite soloists (soprano/younger and alto/older), each with a wide range of poly-syllabic phrases, staccatos and fluid true legato vowel sustain. Here's the rest of what they have to say about it in their own words:
We're also pleased to announce our newly upgraded Phrase Builder with instant marcato-staccato syllable switching and multi-sequence pattern creation. We are also proud to announce our new Word Master, an easy to use graphic interface that lets you choose from dozens of sustaining marcato words and staccato syllables on the fly, all with multi-layer selection and blending, legato, key-switching and more.
The library was recorded in the same large hall that we captured our Olympus choirs in, with close and far mic positioning. We've integrated fully customizable mic distance mixing into every Mercury preset with optional mic purge/load controls.
Conducted by esteemed maestro Robert Geary of Olympus/Requiem/Volti and SF Choral Society and performed by the award-winning Pacific Boychoir (ages 8-13) featuring Director Kevin Fox, this living masterpiece offers stellar sound and unmatched attention to detail. We recorded the choir with a dozen large diaphragm Neumann microphones and Sound Devices recording hardware and then precision hand-mixed to a well-balanced 5.1-friendly dual-position array for peerless tone, clarity and fidelity without sacrificing performance or plug-and-play ease-of-use. This library is designed for the full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 and later. The free Kontakt Player does not support this format.
Pricing and Availability:
This library is officially scheduled for release on January 15th, 2013 with the retail price of $399, but Soundiron are offering it for pre-order now at $349. This price is only good until launch. And when you pre-order, you'll receive your direct high-speed download before the general public right on launch day, with no waiting in line. You'll also get exclusive access to playable bonus content before Mercury ships.
If you pre-order now during Soundiron's Thanksgiving sale, you can take an additional 30% Off and get the Mercury Symphonic Boychoir for $245!
Gaz Williams gives us some insight into the new version