East West – Hol­ly­wood Choirs Gold from $665

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After last month’s look at East West’s Voices Of The Em­pire, we are back in more tra­di­tional ter­ri­tory with Hol­ly­wood Choirs. EW have been at this kind of thing for many years. Apart from the im­pres­sive record­ing and sound po­ten­tial, the big sell here is the in­clu­sion of a new ver­sion of WordBuilder – a sys­tem for cre­at­ing recog­nis­able word-based sung phrases.

Like other EW li­braries, Hol­ly­wood Choirs runs (stand­alone or as a plugin) from within their Play soft­ware, and WordBuilder is nicely in­te­grated into this work­flow. Text can be en­tered as plain English words (which are then matched to a 100,000 word dic­tio­nary), pho­net­ics or Vo­tox, a cus­tom al­pha­bet. Al­though it can take a few ad­just­ments to get a phrase to sound cor­rect, once done the re­sults are ex­cel­lent. The plea­sure of hav­ing a large choir sing your own choice of lyri­cal phrases is im­mense. WordBuilder al­lows you to go into enor­mous de­tail when customising trig­ger­ing, tim­ing and tonal phras­ing of the vo­cal play­back, but it is the way in which it con­nects with the un­der­ly­ing sound li­brary that makes this such an im­pres­sive prod­uct.

The most af­ford­able way to get hold of Hol­ly­wood Choirs Gold is via an EW Com­poser Cloud sub­scrip­tion. The Cloud X ver­sion adds Sur­round Record­ings to the mix. How­ever, if you need the flex­i­bil­ity of ac­cess­ing five dif­fer­ent mic po­si­tions then you will need to stump up for the $799 Di­a­mond Edi­tion. Bruce Aisher www.sound­son­line.com

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