Realitone has released Realivox Blue, a female vocalist for Kontakt 5 and Kontakt Player, as previewed at the NAMM show. Realivox Blue can sing words you type. Realitone tells us that over 12,000 samples went into this instrument. Here's a description in their own words:
REALIVOX – BLUE:
It starts with the voice. Blue is my go-to singer when I want that ultra-pretty tone. Check out the audio demos and see if you don't agree.
Six vowels and 23 consonants give you the tools to create your own words and phrases.** But we went deeper than just sampling a bunch of vowels and consonants. Way deeper. Consider these elements:
An "s" singing into an "ee" sounds different from an "s" singing into an "oo." (Try it yourself. Listen to how your own "s" will sound different, depending on the vowel.) So each consonant was recorded separately going in and out of each vowel. There are two and a half octaves of "k" samples (32 samples) that go into "ah." Another 32 of "k" into "eh." And so on. For each consonant, that's six sets for each vowel.
When we recorded the ending consonants (completely separate samples), we noticed that it doesn't sound quite right if you just slap an end consonant sample onto the end of a vowel sample. A singer's mouth closes differently, depending on which consonant they're going to. So we sampled not only 192 ending "t" consonants (6 vowels times 32 samples per vowel), but we also recorded the closing vowel sounds leading into each consonant. For ah. And for eh. And ee. And oh. And oo. And uh.
So when you play "Peace," you'll be triggering four samples altogether. First is the "p" sample that specifically with "e." Then you won't hear just any "ee," but you'll actually get the "ee" that comes after "p." (Your ear would know if we tried to cheat and use a regular "ee" instead.) Then you'll hear a few milliseconds of a closing "ee" that would lead into "s." And then finally, the "s". A closing "s" that specifically goes with an "ee" vowel..
This is why Realivox Blue is 12,000 samples. No other vocal library that we know of has gone this deep in the quest for realistic vocal performances.
TRUE SAMPLED LEGATO:
We sampled legato intervals for all six vowels, as well as for "mm." (We find humming to be a particularly useful articulation.) Not just the six/seven vowels, but also the special transitions betweem say, oo to ee. When you sing from oo, to ee, there will be a "w" in the transition. (Try it yourself and you'll hear what I mean.) So we have "oowee" legato samples. And "oowah." And "ooweh." And "eeyoh." And on and on.
Then we spent months editing and balancing to get the legato as smooth as we could make it.
We believe this is the simplest and most intuitive polyphonic legato there is. There's only one knob, and you'll probably never even touch it. You just play. Check out the videos to see how easy it is.
Whether you want to thicken her a bit, or whether you want to create an ensemble sound, simply turn on Voice 2 and Voice 3 and you're in business. No need to open a second or third track for doubles or triples. We make it easy.
There are volume, pan, tuning and timbre settings, as well as delay offset, if you don't want the singers too perfectly in sync..
** Note that although Realivox Blue can sing many words and phrases, she is limited to the six vowels we've sampled.
Pricing and Availability:
Kontakt 5 version currently $99.95 (normally $149)
Kontakt Player version currently $114.95 (normally $149)
We sat down with Rob to discuss the creative process and what lead him to using a modular