Inspired by the famous "Lord of the Rings" Moria Choir Sound, Strezov Sampling presents the evolution of their Choir sampling philosophy, which combines never before sampled choir colours (basso profundos) with next generation scripting for Native Instrument's Kontakt sampler.
After spending three years exploring various methods to sample choirs Strezov Sampling finally brings to you the next generation of virtual choirs. Focusing on one of the most iconic choir timbres of the last decades in the history of film soundtracks - The Khazad-dûm male choir - Wotan is the ultimate box of tools to evoke the sound of a long forgotten kingdom.
Comprised of ten tenors and ten basses (including basso profundos), all part of many choir recording sessions for artists like Two Steps from Hell, and recorded in the Sofia Session Studio Wotan is the perfect addition to the critically acclaimed StormChoir range adding a whole new layer of dimension and detail.
When it comes to virtual choirs there are basically two approaches: Phrasebulding (StormChoir series) and Wordbuilding (Rhodope series). Wotan combines the simplicity and sample recording of phrasebuilding with the advanced editing functions of wordbuilding. This allows you to have amazing sounding results within seconds, but also to build and create new sample content with only few mouse-clicks. Create complete choral patterns inside the GUI or connect different syllables and morph them to add motion to your choir arrangements. Save and Load complete lyric presets to quickly get yourself into the actual composition or enhance your setup with predefined quick words.
All samples have their natural attacks included. However if you want to tighten them up the Syllabuilder Engine allows you to set custom attack, release, volume and offset values for each field independently. Something completely new and greatly missed in all phrasebuilding choir libraries.
Rather than seperating whispers and shouts Wotan includes them as part of the natural dynamic range. Playing with very low velocity on your midi keyboard will trigger whispers, while high velocity triggers shouts. Both effects recorded with multiple round robins, so you can really use them to create music. Of course the GUI allows you to completely customize the behaviour of this unique and intuitive concept.
A powerful next generation virtual male choir also should give the user the ability to use musical clusters with real recorded dynamics in them. Wotan features some of the most loved choir clusters ever used in music history. If you think of Ligeti you know what Wotan's clusters are all about.
Making our new choir engine as accessible as possible was the primary goal during its developement process. That's why Wotan has an integrated manual in the advanced options menu explaining every little feature in detail.
Film & Game Composer
Während es viele Orchester-Libraries gibt, sieht es bei Chören schon etwas schmaler aus. Allerdings bietet keine Library diesen Funktions-Umfang. Es ist wirklich erstaunlich, wie viel man mit den acht Silben erreichen kann. Dazu kommt noch ein Klang, der mich Out-of-the-box einfach umhaut und komplett überzeugt. Strezov Sampling arbeitet schon fleißig an der Frauen-Version von Wotan.
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Delivering male choral voices, singing from a simple but flexible syllabary, Wotan offers an approach I hadn't seen before, clearly targeting composers of cinematic and theatrical compositions. Vocal quality is great, and features shouts and whispers. Vocal ensembles offer a bass/tenor split, allowing control of vocal colour. The user controls are intuitive, with both syllable sustains and flexible control of legato, and are easy to pick up and use mid-project. Syllables can be sequenced by a simple user interface, but the sequence can also be reset or indexed using MIDI notes, and this feature introduced a simple but major documentation problem. In the User Interface, the default notes for indexing are listed as A#0..E1, however in my system (Ableton Live 9), they are actually A#-1..E0. This was not documented, and I could find no way to change the UI. Moreover, bass notes are keymapped from G0..E3, which makes them appear to overlap the indexing, although they don't. This probably needs to be fixed in some UI graphics in a later release, but the confusion cost me half a day to detect and resolve, and is a trap for the busy or inexperienced user.
Very nice sound quality ... I'm very interested in Strezov Sampling now ... BUT ... I am annoyed by some samples having very noticeable clicks and noise in them ... As I have not had a chance to really work with it yet, hopefully a solution presents itself. Also, the dynamic control is either not there at all, or I am missing something .. which is entirely possible!
Very nice sound, Documentation is a bit limited, however the youtube example did help to show what the library could do...
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Please notice: With the free Kontakt Player you can play this library for 15 minutes only in demo/test mode !
The minimum Kontakt version required to use this library is specified in the product description.
Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or 10.12, Intel Core Duo, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)
OS compatibility of previous Kontakt versions - please check compatibility with your libraries!
Kontakt 5 5.3.1 Win (WIN 7 or higher)
Kontakt 5 5.3.1 Mac (OS X 10.7 or higher)
Kontakt 5 5.1.0 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt 5 5.1.0 Mac (OS X 10.7 or higher)
Kontakt 5 5.0.3 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt 5 5.0.3 Mac (OS X 10.6)
Kontakt 4 4.2.2 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt 4 4.2.2 Mac (OS X 10.5 / 10.6)
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