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Soundiron updates Olympus Micro Choir to v2.0 + Demo Contest

Soundiron has announced version 2.0 of its Olympus Micro Choir, a major redesign which doubles the content and vastly expands the feature range of the choral instrument for Kontakt.

Soundiron Olympus Micro Choir
Olympus Choir Micro is a lightweight user-friendly simple choral instrument for musicians who just need the basics.

We’ve added a ton of new cutting edge UI features and capabilities, along with the new fast Russian Slavonic poly-sustain ‘Raduisya’ to go along with original slow Latin ‘Dominum’, both with optional tempo-synching for Kontakt 5. We’ve also added easy-to-use smooth ‘Ah’ ff and ‘Oo’ pp vowel sustain options and a new ‘Ah’ and ‘Oo’ short Staccato preset.

We’ve rolled in tons of great new GUI features from our more powerful flagship choir libraries, including dual-ensemble layering with independent controls that allow you to seamlessly blend between the different vowels and poly-sustains on the fly. The standard swell, attack, offset, release and release sample volume controls are there, but now you can stack two section layers together or smoothly cross-fade between them, customize their key ranges and freely sculpt performance settings on the fly.

We’ve also enhanced the legato system with smoother gliding and independent voicing for each divisi section, with phrase-synchronous legato for the poly-sustains and smoother gliss-style legato for the vowel sustains. You have control over speed, bend intensity and range. There’s now also a 3-band EQ with sweepable mid and an integrated convolution reverb engine with 10 special FX impulse options and 10 classic acoustic spaces to choose from.

The full master preset includes all poly-sustains and vowel sustains for both men and women in one unified interface, with customizable key range and performance controls for each section. The more focused Divisi men and women presets allow dual-voice melodic legato and cross-vowel morphing for bigger, more precise arrangements. We’ve streamlined the library and packed more power into every instrument to cut down the clutter and make them easier to navigate and use. You’ll also find brand new special atmospheric presets that take the choir in new creative directions, with custom FX control for each one tied to the modwheel.

Olympus Micro is available to purchase for $19.99 USD. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or later, full version.

Soundiron has also announced a demo contest for Olympus Micro.

The creators of the two best tracks that show off all of the new content and features in Olympus Micro 2.0 will be awarded their choice of either a copy of our Mercury Symphonic Boy’s Choir or a copy of our full Olympus Symphonic Choral Collection with Mars and Venus together! Just send us an mp3 by email or Soundcloud link of your submission by March 8th, 2013.

We’ll select the two best tracks that we feel go the deepest into Olympus Micro’s new content and capabilities and announce the two winners by March 15th.

More information: Soundiron / Olympus Micro Choir


Soundiron releases Mercury Symphonic Boychoir + $50 off choral libraries

Soundiron Mercury Symphonic Boychoir

Soundiron has announced the release of Mercury Symphonic Boychoir, a comprehensive, playable and powerfully sampled children’s choir for Native Instruments Kontakt.

This 15.5 GB children’s chorus captures the uniquely angelic and wondrous sound of a traditional English 30-voice boy’s choir ensemble. We’ve taken everything we’ve learned from years of choral development and pushed it to a whole new level of excellence.

It features two masterfully blended mic distances with custom mix control, powerful yet efficient programming, user-friendly interface design, our new exclusive Word Master and Phrase Master performance systems, 7 true-legato types, expressive dynamic control, tempo-synching and time-stretching, soprano and alto soloists, choral effects and much more. This is easily the single most flexible, detailed, playable and lifelike virtual children’s choir ever created.

Mercury features

  • 15.5 GB Installed.
  • 14,605 Samples.
  • 77 nki instrument presets.
  • 24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format.
  • Open format to allow user customization.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 4 & 5 .nki and pcm .wav.

The Mercury library is available to purchase for $399 USD.

In celebration of the release, Soundiron is offering a $50 USD discount on Mars, Venus, Requiem Light and the Olympus Collection.

From now through February 5th, you can grab Mars Symphonic Men’s Choir or Venus Symphonic Women’s Choir for only $349 each or our massive Olympus Symphonic Choral Collection for only $499! And you can pick up the classic Requiem Light standard open-format cathedral choir for $319 or the Requiem Light Kontakt Player Edition for only $349.

More information: Soundiron


Virharmonic Voices of Prague sample library for Kontakt

Virharmonic Voice of Prague

Virharmonic has launched a Winter Madness Sale for its Voices of Prague, a Kontakt 4+ based choir with full syllable sequencing.

The choir was recorded with carefully hand picked selection of singers from Prague Philharmonic Choir. Special new deep sampling techniques were used to capture the colour and emotion of the human voice.

Each voice group (S.A.T.B) was recorded in groups of 3 Singers and the library consists of 3 Divisi per voice group totalling 12 Divisis at your disposal if full choir is played. This stops the unwanted layering of voices and making the mix sound overwhelming.

This library is made to provide the composer with absolute Rhythmic and Lyrical Freedom when writing for choir, but also to blend well with all other Choral and Orchestral instruments.

Voices of Prague features

  • Full S.A.T.B. Choir and Cinematic FX.
  • Three part auto divisi per vocal range.
  • Full Syllable Sequencing with double and Slavonic consonants.
  • Auto Poly-Legato with vowel morphing.
  • Auto voice splitting.
  • Auto-round robin/Humanising.
  • Custom IRs.
  • Articulations: Sustains, Staccatos, Marcatos and Lush scripted Legato.
  • All in Three Dynamics – pp, mf, ff.
  • Over 27,000 Samples.
  • Massive ranges: Basses E2-E4 , Tenors C3-C5, Altos G3-E5, Sopranos C4-C6.

Voices of Prague is currently available to purchase for the “Winter Madness” price of $299 USD (regular $449 USD).

More information: Virharmonic


Soundiron launches 7-Day 30% Off Sale + Mercury Symphonic Boychoir pre-order

Soundiron 30% off

Soundiron has announced a limited time sale, offering a 30% discount on its sample libraries.

It’s Thanksgiving again and time to pig out and carve 30% Off on nearly everything in our store, including all of our already-discounted bundles.* From now through Tuesday, November 27th, just purchase any two or more items and simply check out. No codes, no hassle. It’s as easy as that. Click Here for more details.

You can grab Requiem Light for only $269 or our massive Olympus Symphonic Choral Collection for only $385! Check out our famous Emotional Piano for only $98 or the entire Piano & Keys Collection for only $245. And check out our brand new line of super-affordable bundles, including Metal, Bamboo, Stringed, Tuned Percussion, Micropaks Collection and many more at rock bottom once-in-a-year holiday pricing. We’ve also got a huge surprise to announce…

Soundiron Mercury Symphonic Boychoir

Soundiron has also announced Mercury Symphonic Boychoir, a children’s choir sample library for Kontakt.

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.

Mercury Symphonic Boychoir is available to pre-order for $349 USD (regular $399 USD). The library is scheduled to be released January 15th, 2013.

More information: Soundiron / Mercury Symphonic Boychoir


VirSyn updates KLON to v3.0

VirSyn has updated its KLON “The Vocal Designer” vocal harmonizer and pitch corrector plug-in to version 3.0.

KLON is a ultralow latency Pitch-shifting and correction Tool ideally suited for Choir generation, Harmonizing is now available as 64bit version for Mac OS X. We also doubled the number of voices and included new MIDI modes.

VirSyn’s KLON harmonic pitch shifter offers realtime manipulation of vocal sounds.

Changes in KLON v3.0

  • VST3 / AudioUnit: 64-bit version for Mac OS X.
  • Total number of choir voices doubled to 32 ( 4 groups with 8 voices each ).
  • Monophonic MIDI playing mode added.
  • New MIDI mode using 4 different MIDI channels.
  • Further reduced latency to about 10 ms.
  • CPU load reduction.
  • VST3/VST: Host latency compensation problem fixed.

KLON 3.0 is available to purchase for 99 EUR in VirSyn’s Autumn Sale until November 30th, 2012 (regular 169 EUR).

More information: VirSyn / KLON


Time+Space launches Soundiron Olympus Symphonic Choir Collection sweepstakes

Time+Space Soundiron sweepstakes

Time+Space has announced a sweepstakes, offering a chance to win the Olympus Symphonic Choir Collection sample library by Soundiron.

The critically acclaimed Soundiron is widely known for its leading choral and scoring percussion products as well as their exquisitely captured pianos, drums, ethnic and traditional folk instruments, ambient sound designs and sound effects libraries.

Their most recent triumphs are the Symphonic Choir Libraries – Mars and Venus – which, in a recent interview with Time+Space, Soundiron co-founder Mike Peaslee rated among his most proudest achievements to date…

“Together in terms of size and scale, they´re larger than all of our previous choral projects combined. We covered greatly expanded Latin content, all new Russian material, a ridiculous number of staccato and marcato articulations, tempo-synching, more robust word building and phrase sequencing, larger soloists sections and so much more.” – Mike Peaslee

Throughout August, Soundiron’s UK distributor Time+Space is giving you the chance to win a copy of Olympus Symphonic Choir Collection – an epic bundle containing the awe inspiring Mars and Venus men’s and women’s choirs.

The sweepstakes ends August 31st, 2012.

More information: Time+Space


Vienna Symphonic Library releases Vienna Special Edition Vol. 3 & 4

VSL Special Edition Vol 3 and 4

Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of two new collections for the Vienna Special Editions, its entry-level orchestra packages.

The Vienna Special Editions offer a large-scale orchestra and more at your fingertips, in resource-saving, affordable packages. They are available in four BUNDLES, six COLLECTIONS and 14 individual instrument SECTIONS (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion & More, Keyboards & Guitars) that may be purchased separately.

New Vienna Special Edition libraries

  • Special Edition Vol 3 (“Appassionata & Muted Strings”) – Apart from the lush and cinematic Appassionata Strings with a wide variety of playing techniques in normal and muted variations, the Special Edition Volume 3 focuses on “con sordino“ (muted) recordings of the Solo Strings and Chamber Strings. Additionally, you’ll find an alternative Harp to the one included in the Special Edition Volume 1. All instruments include Vienna Symphonic Library’s famed Legato Performances – real note transitions, smoothly and authentically performed by the algorithms of the Vienna Instruments software player.
  • Special Edition Vol 4 (“Special Winds & Choir”) features 15 woodwind and brass instruments that are not included in the Special Edition Volumes 1–3, such as the “Fanfare Trumpets” (a powerful ensemble of 6 trumpets), bass flute and contrabass clarinet. What’s more, the most important articulations of our Vienna Choir are included, covering the full range of the human voice with soprano, alto, tenor and bass ensembles. Add another dimension and a very human touch to your music, especially to your orchestral scores!

The new Special Edition collections are available to purchase at the introductory price of 325 EUR (Vol 3) and 245 EUR through June 15, 2012.

More information: Vienna Symphonic Library / Special Edition Collection