VOXOS: Epic Virtual Choirs is a remarkable new virtual instrument containing a full epic choir, boys choir, soloists and individual choir legato sections.
Powered by the industry-leading Kontakt Player engine, VOXOS contains world-renowned choirs and soloists with experience in recording for countless Hollywood films, trailers, video games and the concert stage. Recorded at the beautiful Bastyr Chapel, with its gorgeous acoustics, the choirs were captured with multiple microphone positions in 24bit/48k 5.1 surround. The result is a pristine tone that sounds great right out of the box. VOXOS contains over 35,000 samples, at an uncompressed size of 35GB.
VOXOS is split up into three main sections:
- 30 Syllable Matrix Editor
- Intuitive, performance-oriented scripting
- Staccatos, Sustains, all MOD XFADE
- Dynamic morphing between dynamics
- 4 Mic positions + Full Mix
- Section contains over 16,000 samples
- Boys Choir
- Solo Boy, Soprano and Alto
- Real transition samples for all intervals
- Each contain 2 vowels at 2 dynamics each
- 4 Mic positions + Full Mix
- Section alone contains 17,000 samples
- Trailer Risers
- Tonal Diatonic Clusters
- Atonal Clusters
- 1950´s Sandman Choir (bum bum)
- Contains over 1,700 samples
- 4 Mic positions + Full Mix
- Phrase Builder
The Phrase Builder is a powerful way of adding word syllables into a choir performance. VOXOS contains a 30 syllable selector matrix which allows you to quickly assemble multi-syllable phrases onto a grid. Each syllable will intelligently advance to the next syllable, based on your keyboard performance. If it´s a sustain, the Phrase Builder can also connect one syllable over many notes, in a melismatic way.
The Legato Sections contains true legato performances of Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses, Boys Choir, Solo Boy, Solo Soprano and Solo Alto. Cinesamples has methodically recorded the tens of thousands of intervalic leaps within the ranges of each section. Their custom Legato script instantly analyses the keyboard performance and plays the appropriate interval sample. The result is an instrument that allows you to play smooth and emotional legato lines.
Built into Legato Sections is Cinesamples´ innovative Voice Leading Engine (V.L.E.). The V.L.E. allows you to play a full keyboard patch of S, A, T, B choir with independently moving legato lines. The engine instantly analyses the chord structure and assigns each pitch to its own section of the choir. The result: a patch that is easy to play, with incredibly realistic results.
VOXOS contains over 500+ Choir Effects suitable for film, tv and game music. There are hundreds of shouts, whispers, grunts, clusters, screams and trailer risers, perfect for any media project.
Produced Exclusively For Kontakt 4
Kontakt 4 is far and wide the most powerful and popular sampler available. The included Kontakt Player takes full advantage of the NCW compression - streamlining this product by saving drive space and system performance, while optimizing it for the newest generation of Solid-State D0rives.
Recorded in Seattle:
Seattle has long since become the recording center of the A-list video game/trailer soundtrack world. As it happens, the VOXOS sessions were recorded following Bungee´s Halo Reach sessions and proceeding Blizzard´s monumental World of Warcraft; Cataclysm. The musicians involved in this project are constantly participating in such high profile acts as these. Bastyr´s main stage chapel offers one of the highest quality recording venues in the country. Its unique acoustic signature is akin to Symphony Hall in Boston and the retired Paramount Scoring Stage in Los Angeles. An extremely flattering hall for vocalists and instrumentalists - contributing to the familiar Hollywood style reverb bed without the tasteless metallic tinge and never ending ring-out that the majority of cathedral´s give. Combine that with the highest end recording gear available and the table is set for excellence.
Children´s Choir/Boy Soloist:
To really get an accurate representation of Los Angeles style soundtrack choirs, we had to include a boys children´s choir and soloist. The 15-piece boys choir covers roughly the range of the Altos transposed up by a major third. Our solo boy was captured from C3 to A4. With an amazingly transforming tambre - the purest sound imaginable in his soprano and a charming inward sound in his lowest third. These children possessed amazingly mature musical discipline, excepting guidance from the booth and their choir master in the same professional manner as the other sections. This was quite an achievement considering that they were all under 12 years of age.
Hand Sculpted Scripted (true) Legato:
During programming all 35,000 samples and transitions are meticulously tightened by hand. This process takes fresh ears and cannot be rushed or automated. The charming human inaccuracies which give live performances vibe and soul also cause issues when aligning samples during programming. We have, without exaggeration, been tweaking the legatos for over six months - still making final tweaks the moments before delivering to Native Instruments for encoding. It needs to be perfect or its not going out the shop door.
The Voice Leading Legato Engine - Live SATB representations from one midi track:
They call it voice leading for a reason. From day one, composers of all styles are taught the value and importance of proper voicings. It all begins with SATB, the notable 4 part chorale diagrams in music textbooks all over the world. It is the basis of all chorale writing, the foundation of jazz ensemble writing - the glue of all composing. It was something we had to address, and address from the point of view of a composer under the anxiety of an approaching deadline.
The included SATB Voice Leading Engine can take incoming midi data sent from a piano track and assign the proper notes to each section automatically. Resulting in properly voiced chords with full legato from one track. No settings, its all intelligently scripted and prepared. This is a monumental time saver.