Soundiron has released Voice Of Rapture: The Soprano, which they say represents a new benchmark in solo vocal sampling for classical operatic voice. They say that, as the first release in their new Voice Of Rapture SATB series, this powerful 3.5 GB collection of fully playable chromatic content and emotionally charged melodic phrases gives you more creative freedom, expressive power and work-flow flexibility than any other solo vocal library in the world. Here's the story in Soundiron's own words:
We chose our vocal artist Nichole Dechaine specifically for her precise and yet delicate style, exquisite tone, smooth delivery and brilliant energy. First, we captured True Legato vowel sustains for Ah and Oo vowels, using an exhaustive long-form sampling method for unparalleled quality and realism, with infinite sustain, natural release, 3-voice polyphonic support and plenty of fine-tuning parameters. Next we explored other standard dynamic Ah, Eh, Mm and Oh pure vowel sustains, with or without vibrato. You'll also find nearly two-dozen malleable staccato syllables and sustaining chromatic chants, each with synchronized legato, EZ syllable/word switching. All of this chromatic content spans a playable key range of over 2 octaves, with total performance controls.
She then performed improvised melodic phrases for us at 100 bpm, with collections rooted in the keys of A, B, C, D, E, F and G (with both major and minor variants). We also recorded similar collections of melodic phrases based on the traditional Angelic Salutation ("Hail Marry") in Latin, as well as sections of a classic French poem from the mid 1800s by René-François Sully-Prudhomme, also spanning a full set of root keys, as well as an eclectic collection of cheerful and haunting whistling phrases.
We also covered various vocal effects, such as whispers, laughing, coughing, breathing, sweeps, swells and more. Finally, we took the source material and contorted it into a broad selection of ambiences, drones, atmospheres, pads, leads and special FX instruments. We've also included our comprehensive FX Rack panel, with chorus, delay, distortion, compression, EQ, amp/speaker simulation and convolution reverb, featuring 70 of our most popular custom recorded rooms, halls, cathedrals and otherworldly fx impulses easily available right through the interface. Check out the detailed video walk-through with Ryan Scully to see the library in action.
We recorded in a close, dry studio environment with exceptional microphones and preamps to capture every subtle nuance. We then carefully prepared and edited each sample and hand-programmed each element into a unrivaled performance interface that delivers both efficiency and control. The Soprano brings together superior programming, performance, quality and living, breathing soul into an unprecedented solo vocal solution that you will not find matched anywhere else.
Voice Of Rapture: The Soprano is 3.5 GB installed and includes 3852 Samples, with dozens of Kontakt presets. It's a standard open-format library with fully accessible wavs, so it requires the full version of Kontakt. The free Kontakt Player does not support this open format.
Pricing and Availability:
On sale for $119 through June 20th, 2013. The price goes to $139 after the intro period ends.
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