FrozenPlain has announced the release of Phoenix, a strings and choir instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt which offers more than just samples.
Phoenix handles almost like a synth; it has envelopes, velocity controls, 2 customisable LFOs and 6 effects.
The sounds themselves originate from synthesisers and from granulised real samples – these have a characteristic smooth and organic sound. The 6 layers can be mixed, tuned, panned and even modulated with custom waveforms from LFOs.
Phoenix is good for big sustains – pads, string ensembles, ambient, spacy pads and it will work well for any genre.
Samples originate from synthesisers. They have a smooth rich tone.
6 layers or ‘oscillators’ which can be mixed, tuned and panned.
ADSR and velocity controls for volume and low pass filter.
2 custom LFOs; draw your own waveforms and see the modulation happen.
Phoenix can create everything from realistic string ensembles to sci-fi beeps and pads.
6 effects; chorus, phaser, flanger, distortion, reverb with 21 impulses and tempo synced delay.
The library is available to purchase for $34 USD. Requires full version of Kontakt 5.
Virharmonic has announced the release of Soloists of Prague, a new virtual instrument powered by the free UVI Workstation.
Soloists of Prague is a revolutionary new word building solo library of four fantastic voices. Haunting Soprano, Furious Alto, Smooth Tenor and Lamenting Bass. We have sampled professional, word acclaimed soloist from Prague Philharmonic Choir.
We have paid special attention to capturing the essence of their performance and all the voices were sampled chromatically in three true dynamics which can be controlled either through modwheel morph or through velocity activation and modwheel expression control.
Soloists of Prague features
3 powerful Dynamic Layers for each of the 4 Soloists.
Full, easy to use word building capability.
Close mic position for rich clarity and pure tone.
Routing into your own outputs so you can EQ and Mix each voice from one patch load.
Sing in Latin, English or Slavonic, but possibly even others.
Complete control over the consonants and vowels in one settings page.
Over 8000 unique samples.
The library is available to purchase for $199 USD.
ProjectSAM has announced version 1.1 of its Lumina virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Featuring full orchestra, choir, smaller ensembles and a wide range of guest instruments, LUMINA dives into the world of fantasy, mystery and animation, adding depth and delicacy to your musical palette.
Based on more recordings than ever before, this third volume in the SYMPHOBIA series is ProjectSAM’s most ambitious release yet.
Changes in Lumina v1.1
Section splits for textures: New sessions were booked to record individual sections for the library’s textures, totaling 7 GB* of new content. In Lumina 1.1, the majority of orchestral textures now offer the ability to perform the following sections individually: strings, choir, woodwind, piano/harp/percussion. The exact secctions available differ per texture instrument.
New stories: Lumina 1.1 doubles the amount of Stories in the library to 16. Among the new Stories are New Seoul, Round Table and Smoking Gun. Some of them utilize the new section splits. Stories are intended as inspiring starting points for cues, and ProjectSAM intends continue to expand on this concept.
Other new 1.1 features:
New miscellaneous textures instrument.
Global speed control for all textrues.
On-screen Story programming info.
Updated and streamlined GUI design.
Lumina is available to purchase for 849 EUR/ $1,099 USD (ex. VAT & shipping). The update is available to all registered Lumina users.
Virharmonic has announced the release of version 1.5 of its Voices of Prague sample library for UVI, feautring a hand picked selection of top singers from the world renowned ‘Prague Philharmonic Choir’.
When version one came out at the end of September 2012, we were eagerly awaiting our users feedback. We were amazed at how well VoP was received. VoP is now used by Choir masters for mock ups, University lectures in their lessons and even helped composers to get their choral works performed live by renowned choirs. It comes as no surprise that our library has also been used in TV and Games industry and we are very pleased to see that our customers are eager to put VoP into action.
We have listened very carefully to all the feedback and have been trying to come up with ways to implement all the amazing functions which our users came up with. This new and fresh perspective lead us to a simple realization. What we wanted to do couldn’t (or at least we have no idea how)be done on our old platform of choice. We had so many ideas and very few solution on how to implement them. Then MachFive 3 accidently came under our radar and we got into talks with the guys who made it. We suddenly realized that functions we wanted were possible without cooking the CPU, overloading the ram or high latency. The first work on the update started and as it included a complete rewrite and brand new logic for the whole programme we got stuck into the samples as well.
Changes in Voices of Prague v1.5
Add and Remove Syllables whenever and where ever you want.
Control of all four voice group on one screen.
Copy Paste enabled between voice groups.
Loop function simplified.
Much tighter words and syllables (we didn’t even think that it was possible, but here it comes).
Restart for all voice groups.
Polylegato which is played with sustain pedal down and supports your inspiration even if piano isn’t your best friend.
Expert setting where you can adjust the individual cons for each voice group.
and many more.
Voices of Prague is available to purchase for the introductory price of $299 USD (RRP $399 USD). Existing customers can upgrade at no cost.
Bela D Media has released V Alto Choir, a vocal sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Enlisting the talent of a professional 24-piece alto choir, V is a two-octave section powered by advanced scripting features within Kontakt.
V does not incorporate sampled vocal phrases but a selection of sustained vocal elements – Sah, Tah, Voh and etc. In addition, you will find the more common sustained vowels – Ah, Ee, Oh and Oo. Special features include sample offset polyphonic legato, creation and storage of custom vocal verses, attack and release control per vocal step and real-time playback sequencing by way of the V Script.
Soundiron has announced Olympus Elements, a choral toolkit that puts the core functionality and sonic quality of our complete Olympus Symphonic Choral Collection into a compact, efficient and convenient low-cost package for Native Instruments Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player.
This library is designed for both professionals and casual users in mind, with years of virtual choir engineering and refinement distilled down into one extremely potent and simple solution that captures the spirit and power of a full 63-voice symphonic choir.
Olympus Elements contains just the wide close stage blend microphone position for all 8 core vowel articulations: Ah, Ee, Eh, Ei, Ih, Mm, Oh and Oo. The choir is completely configurable, with independent control over male and female divisi sections. You’ll find sustains, staccatos and marcatos, with pp-ff dynamic layering and intelligent round robin. This choir packs a massive forte punch and velvety smooth piano dynamics, giving you complete expressive control and creative freedom. We also bring you our newly upgraded true ah & oo legato sustains, with up to 6-part polyphonic harmony and fluid interval shaping. The library also features a wide variety of classic choral effects, swells, sweeps, shouts, whispers and more. Each preset comes with an array of fine performance controls, EQ, 50 custom convolution environmental and fx reverbs to choose from. And of course, we’ve included our signature hand-crafted choral atmospheres, pads and evolving soundscapes to open up more creative possibilities.
The Vowel Master all-in-one preset gives quick access to the full choir, with realtime dual layer/divisi vowel selection & blending, sustain/staccato switching.
3.77 GB Installed.
Unlocked, non-compressed 24/48 wav samples.
Kontakt full retail version 4.2.4 or later required.
No online activation necessary.
Not compatible with the free Kontakt Player or Library rack.
Watermarked by Continuata.
Olympus Elements Player Edition
2.52 GB Installed.
Lossless NCW 24/48 audio format.
Works with Kontakt and free Kontakt Player (version 5.1 or later).
Powered-By-Kontakt format for Kontakt Player and Library rack compatibility.
Qualifies for the Native Instruments Kontakt cross-grade discount.
Requires serial activation through Native Instruments Service Center.
Watermarked by Continuata.
The standard edition is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $119 USD), the Kontakt Player edition is expected to be available shortly for the intro price of $119 USD (regular $139 USD).