EastWest set themselves a technical challenge and a half with this solo operatic vocal instrument.
There is nothing quite like the human voice; no instrument can generate the visceral thrill and personal connection that a well-trained singer can. As such it's no surprise that vocal instruments are something of a holy grail in the virtual instrument world, being both the most desired tools of expression and also the most difficult to technically achieve. Done well, virtual vocal instruments can provide a voice for the voiceless, lending deep expressive potential to any musical scenario.
Considering EastWest's recent commitment to producing vocal-based virtual instruments, a solo operatic instrument seemed inevitable. Following hot on the heels of Voices Of The Empire and Voices Of Soul, the company have chosen to make a big stylistic splash with Voices Of Opera. As this new substantial virtual instrument enters the field in the shadow of their own acclaimed Hollywood Choirs and other well-established competitive products, does Voices Of Opera live up to the expectations?
There is perhaps no greater challenge in the virtual instrument field than the creation of an effective solo vocal instrument — even the market–leading products in this field demonstrate the difficulty of the task. The production challenges are legion: there is no ensemble thickness behind which to hide, and no easy points at which to achieve easy legato transitions — not to mention the difficulty of creating realistic dynamics and transitions when there is a major operatic vibrato in the mix. The highly personal and naturally amplified technique of the operatic vocal style exposes the merits or flaws of every production decision. In short, this was quite the challenge for EastWest to take on, but they have largely succeeded with a product they describe as a "labour of love".
Voices Of Opera is a highly musical instrument which represents a brave step forward in EastWest's ambitious Voices series.
Voices Of Opera is a 40GB collection of hundreds of multi-sampled instruments, brought to you by the now familiar production duo of Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix. It is hosted in EastWest's proprietary Play engine, which comes bundled with the product and comes in both stand-alone and plug-in flavours. Under the guidance of Rogers and...
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