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A review of the Splice Sounds sample subscription service

Half a Million Sounds Do you use a lot of samples in your music production? Do you pay for individual samples or sample packs on a regular basis? If so, you might want to check out Splice Sounds, a recently launched service from Splice, the online collaboration and cloud-backup site for recording musicians and producers. read more…
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EastWest Steven Wilson's Ghostwriter Review

The Ghost of Wilson EastWest's latest production, Ghostwriter, is a virtual instrument that's the result of a collaboration with Steven Wilson, a key figure in the prog and ambient music scenes in recent years. Is Wilson's name there mainly for marketing purposes, or is this joint effort a true masterpiece? read more…

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For very particular uses only (EastWest - Voices Of The Apocalypse)

By julian_r7, 20/09/2014
The general configuration is as easy as it gets: a very straightforward install and then you just load Kontakt and drop the program in it. Then select the types of voices. You will probably take some time to get acquainted with the tool and develop a good workflow. You get to pick and choose consonants and wovels to build your words, which makes for a tiresome process. Actually some users developed utilities to solve this.

SOUND QUALITY

I've run Voices on an i5 with 6gb RAM, and it has never caused the slightest trouble. I use an M Audio Fastrack Pro card. The samples are not really that varied. There is for basic choirs, named Angels, Men, Woman, and Demons. Angels and Demons are just another set of Woman/Men choirs. Each one of these selections contains a number of preset sounds which you get to control via mod wheel. The samples are, in general, meant for a dramatic use (I do not see this software suiting mellow choral music). There are percussive effects and clusters.

OVERALL OPINION

I like the simplicity of Voices. I prefer to use it very sparingly, to create a particular effect in music. I did not try any other choral library before getting this one, but today I know for sure there is nothing in choral VST technology that approaches a realistic sound, even though VOXOS is fairly good and would probably be a better investment. Even knowing that, I prefer to stick with Voices because it suits my purposes. Voices is meant for a very specific use: create powerful choral backings and a bombastic sound.
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AcustiX Steinway Piano: A very compact yet dynamic and brilliant sounding digital sampled piano. (AcustiX - Concert Grand Piano)

By xplorr, 28/01/2015
There are a lot of sampled pianos available on the market today, especially in Kontakt format. Most of them are very large in size, others sound too bright or metallic and lack the warmth of a real concert piano.

The AcustiX Steinway Piano was created with the smaller equipped music workstation in mind, without compromising on sound quality. This piano uses only 74 MB of carefully selected samples from 2 famous Steinway Grand Pianos blended together. This makes it the ideal choice for orchestration setups where other instruments besides the piano are required, fi. piano concertos.

The AcustiX Steinway Piano is currently available in Kontakt format.

Pro: very compact and brilliant sound
Contra: missing some dynamics in pianissimo
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Within the 1st 10 minutes. Wow!! (Edouard - Blinds for Prologue)

By Luke Cody, 17/08/2018
I am still exploring the sonic possibilities of this product from what I have found so far it's amazing. It has a variety of waves and ways to manipulate it via the LFO, mod effects as well as the reverb and echo. Changing from poly to mono, to unison to chord really brings the different sounds to life.

One the website is easy instructions of how to menu dive and access the different waves and the LFO and then the rest is up to you.

This pack had me smiling within the first 10 minutes of using it. It also combines well with the mod effects that I got from another site so I am mega pleased.
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