Review: Ethno World 6 Voices by Marcel Barsotti from Best Service

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With it’s vast collection of loops, phrases & multi-sampled vocals captured from around the globe, Marcel Barsotti’s Ethno World 6 Voices really soars. Few timbres instantly elevate interest for a listener like the human voice and although there are some inconstancies across the instruments, this huge and diverse sample set is sure to help bring all kinds of world music to life.

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Review: Ethno World 6 Voices by Marcel Barsotti

 

Ethno World 6 Complete consists of two a separate Kontakt Player libraries: Ethno World 6 Instruments and Ethno World 6 Voices. Together Ethno World 6 Complete clocks in at 22 GB gigabyte, contains 320 instruments and voices with nearly 800 Kontakt presets. The sample set comes from recording sessions of over 70 musicians and singers.

This is the 2nd part of my review checking out the Ethno World 6 Complete Kontakt Player libraries. The first part of the review was published separately and covers the Instruments Kontakt Player library. After careful inspection, it was deemed necessary that anything short of a separate video and review for Ethno World 6 libraries would be short-changing this great sample set.

Developer Marcel Barsotti has been capturing ethnic world instrument for nearly 16 years now for the Ethno World libraries franchise. With the latest release, the developer has added 13 GB of new material including 80 new instruments and voices. For the vocal additions of Ethno World, Marcel has recorded a wide range of solo singers and choirs from varying cultures around the globe.

Owners of previous releases of the Ethno World libraries can take advantage of a $159 upgrade.

EW6 Instruments or EW6 Voices sell separately for $259 each.

Ethno World 6 Complete (Instruments & Voices) sells for $449 from Best Service

Thoughts

Ethno World 6 Voices contains a globe-trotting range of tempo sync’d performances (loops/phrases) and multi-sampled vocal instruments. The Kontakt presets are divided geographically with folders for North America, South America, Europe, Africa, East Asia and West Asia.

The majority of the instruments playback with phrases of vocal samples that tempo sync to your DAW as well as a collection of multi-sampled instruments of different kinds ranging from humming, to oos, ahs and ehs.

 

The multi-sampled instruments lack true legato samples, but the engine comes with a Legato Mode which I found was ok for achieving more realistic playback. Further adjusting the velocity, legato and humanization parameters will be vital in creating realistic lines.

The quality of the recording are, for the most part, clear and present, though I did find listening to the samples carefully revealed that there are some inconsistency from one sample set to the next. This is most likely explained by the collection growth over the last 16 years. I can imagine Marcel traveling the globe over that time with different recording rigs or environments to capture the voices. I didn’t have the previous release to compare, but I question whether the older sample sets were remastered to bring them up to similar fidelity of the new ones. Perhaps they might have sat better alongside his new material if he had reprocessed?

The library comes with a really nice set of IRs which I was a fan of on use of the instruments. Upon listening to them on and off here, I have a clear preference to use premium plugins on a separate bus to get the most life and breath out of the voices phrases and instruments although the included IR’s are quite adequate.

There are a ton of controls and functionality as well as an effects section and I won’t bore you by repeating the manual here so be sure to check out the official videos (below) or manual to learn about all the library has to offer for performance adjustments.

Two big highlights for me with the library are Microtuning and the IDB Info page.

Micro tuning allows the user to tune each note in small increments as well as select/load/save presets for micro-tonal settings. This is incredibly powerful for world instruments and is sure to add to the depth and realism of sound when working on tracks that need that extra push for a more genuine vibe.

The second thing on my highlight list is the IDB Info Page. This is a summary “lesson” in world singers. It contains a photo of the performer or performers with some info on geographic origins, as well as an overview for included samples key ranges and assigned key-switches.

There was one sample set which I did stop to question. That of the Tribal Solo Chant instrument. This sample set of phrases plays back with a heavy drum playing at the same time. I understand this was probably the way this session was captured, but find that not having a clean recording of just the vocalist makes this particular instrument less than ideal for flexibility and use. This was the only instrument I came across that had such a limitation.

Despite my critique, I am really pleased with this collection of voices.  It is very nice to get such a versatile group of world singers for Kontakt. On the cons, these instruments are inconsistent from one to the next. You never know quite what you will be getting until you load up the preset. Some phrase presets load with drones in the bottom keys, others with worldbeat loops and others with a combination of both. Some of the singers were captured for multi-sampled playable instruments while others were captured with just phrases.

That said, few timbres instantly elevate interest for a listener like the human voice and although there are some inconstancies across the instruments, this huge and diverse sample set is sure to help bring all kinds of world music to life.

If you are thinking of grabbing the library, be sure to look at my review of the Instruments collection of Ethno World 6 Complete to see if the bundle deal is right for you..

As with all of our reviews, please check out the audio and video demos for more in-depth functionality to make sure that this is the right product for you.

Facts

Ethno World 6 Voices sells sepreatly or as part of the Ethno World 6 Complete collection. Ethno World 6 Complete consists of two a separate Kontakt Player libraries: Ethno World 6  Instruments and Ethno World 6 Voices. Together Ethno World 6 Complete clocks in at 22 GB gigabyte, contains 320 instruments and voices with nearly 800 Kontalt presets. The sample set comes from recording sessions of over 70 musicians and singers.

ETHNO WORLD 6 Voices consists of approximately 177 patches with solo-voices, phrases and choirs. The library consists of 8,68 gigabytes (uncompressed) of sample data and 5,230 samples. All recordings are delivered in a resolution of 24 bit and 44.1 kHz.

Owners of previous releases of the Ethno World libraries can take advantage of a $159 upgrade.

EW6 Instruments or EW6 Voices sell separately for $259 each.

Ethno World 6 Complete (Instruments & Voices) sells for $449 from Best Service

Videos of Ethno World 6 Complete