Embertone has released Ancient Voices, a freely downloadable all-male chamber choir sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Ancient Voices is a virtual male choir library for NI Kontakt. The instrument can be played in true legato mode (for solo performances) or in polyphonic mode which is suitable for playing chords. Both modes sound authentic and natural, which isn’t always the case with sampled vocals. The instrument spans a range of two octaves, from C2 to C4.
The interface features Legato and Poly buttons for choosing the playback mode (this can also be done using keyswitches), the volume of close and room microphones, and the amount of added reverb. The most interesting feature, and one that’s the most important for a natural-sounding performance, is the Dynamics slider which controls the intensity of the recorded vocals. The voices were sampled with three different dynamics which can be morphed between seamlessly using the slider or the modulation wheel on the MIDI keyboard. This adds interest to the performance and makes background choirs or solo performances sound more convincing.
The instrument is completely free to download from Embertone’s website. You’ll need to complete a quick free checkout process to download your free copy of the library. Do note that the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt is required to play the instrument without the 15-minute time limit of Kontakt Player.
Ancient Voices is available for free download via Embertone (427 MB download size, ZIP archive, contains 1 instrument patch in NKI format for NI Kontakt).