Crocus Soundware has announced a new chapter in its Liminal series of Kontakt sample libraries. A collection of versatile textural vocalizations, the articulations in Vocal Textures Volume 1 are expressive and evolving, with the performer imparting character and movement into each sample.

The performers were miked closely using large diaphragm condenser microphones, capturing breath and characteristic intimacy into each sample. The library is well-suited to add unpredictability and creative imperfection. The LIMINAL range is not intended for fast passages or soaring melodies. Instead, you may see the libraries as collections of naturalistic pads – offering humanistic details not found in something derived from a synthetic source. Several articulations have a strong focus on rhythm and synchronicity, taking advantage of Kontakt’s Time Machine Pro feature.

The user-interface allows articulations to be layered, mixed and reversed. LFO controls can be enabled, allowing your DAW’s tempo to dictate the modulation of an individual layer’s volume. This opens the door for tempo-synced swells and unleashes even more creative possibilities for evolving texture.

Sample banks can be triggered via both the UI and keyswitching. There is also a so-called ‘dynamics’ knob which controls the entire instrument’s gain independent of the instrument-level volume control. Finally, there is functionality to control ADSR at the instrument level, which can be optionally switched to the traditional articulation-level ADSR control.

Liminal: Vocal Textures Vol. for the full version of Kontakt 6.7.1 or higher is on sale for $42 until December 30th, 2022 (regular $70 USD).

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