Virtual instrument makers EastWest/Quantum Leap have announced that they will release a new choral instrument in the autumn, entitled Hollywood Choirs. Produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, Hollywood Choirs is being billed as the epic follow-up to 1999's Voices of the Apocalypse and 2005's Symphonic Choirs, the best-selling and most highly awarded virtual choir of all time.
According to EastWest, Hollywood Choirs gives voice to a new generation of powerful cinematic vocals with unprecedented dynamics and shocking realism that unleashes a new world of choral possibilities. Interestingly, it features a new and improved WordBuilder plug-in that allows the composer to type in any words in any language and have them be sung by the full choir or the individual male and female sections.
Hollywood Choirs Diamond Edition includes a 13 microphone-user-controllable setup (including a Neumann Dummy Head) designed for surround sound and virtual reality, which will, no doubt, be particularly attractive for film, TV, and game composers.
"This is the third choir EastWest/Quantum Leap has sampled," says EastWest producer Doug Rogers, "we learnt a lot from the previous productions and Hollywood Choirs is the culmination of that experience. In particular, the choirs' ability to sing any word or phrase has been significantly improved resulting in much more realism; and there are many more sound options to enable the user to sculpt the sound to their requirements."
"In the past 12 years, there have been many attempts by others to improve on what EastWest/Quantum Leap achieved with Symphonic Choirs," says EastWest producer Nick Phoenix, "Small improvements were made to various aspects of choir sampling, but the emphasis has been on pre-recorded and severely limited phrases. If composers are not tired of hearing the same faux Latin phrases repeated over and over, those listening certainly are. No single choir virtual instrument has managed to deliver a fluid, intuitive and great sounding choir that was capable of singing any words in any language, soft or loud ... until now."
With Hollywood Choirs, EastWest promise powerful, blockbuster sound and new options for creating 3D soundscapes. We look forward to putting through its paces as soon as we can get hold of it.
We haven’t been given a firm release date, but we understand that Hollywood Choirs will be available for purchase — and as a free addition for ComposerCloud subscribers — in fall 2017.