EastWest – Voices Of The Em­pire $399

Future Music - - SOUNDS & SAMPLES - Bruce Aisher

EastWest’s lat­est ad­di­tion to the im­pres­sive Com­poser Cloud sub­scrip­tion ser­vice is Voices Of The Em­pire, based on the singing of, LA-based Mon­go­lian, Úyanga Bold. This col­lec­tion con­sists of 84 ‘in­stru­ments’ across var­i­ous cat­e­gories fa­mil­iar to any reg­u­lar EastWest user. The Sus­tains are a good start­ing point, with var­i­ous forms of vi­brato and non-vi­brato melis­mas, slurs and held notes. The Le­gato sec­tion at­tempts to con­nect notes real­is­ti­cally, for more fluid phras­ing, and comes in ‘tra­di­tional’ and Mon­go­lian styles. While th­ese largely work well, they do re­veal one of the prob­lems with this kind of library: it’s hard to dis­til the unique sound of a singer like this and make a fully re­al­is­tic, playable, en­tity with­out re­mov­ing some soul. Within a full mu­sic mix the ‘joins’ can be made al­most in­vis­i­ble. How­ever, a more elab­o­rate host en­gine, cus­tomised to the spe­cific na­ture of the au­dio con­tent, might make the task sim­pler. The Combo and Keyswitch in­stru­ments, em­ploy­ing mul­ti­ple ar­tic­u­la­tions (un­der ve­loc­ity, mod wheel or key con­trol) make this eas­ier, and the Phrases are great stand­alone im­pro­vised el­e­ments.

Over­all, this 15GB col­lec­tion should ap­peal to any­one writ­ing for film and TV, as the start­ing point for some ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tron­ica or dance. Although pricey as a stand­alone, for those al­ready signed-up to Com­poser Cloud this is a great (free) ad­di­tion to com­ple­ment the more for­mal Hol­ly­wood Choirs.



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