Review: Ethno World 6 Complete, Instruments by Marcel Barsotti from BestService

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Ethno World 6 Complete comes with a huge and diverse collection great sounding ethnic voices and instruments. Despite the lack of true legato and a few inconsistencies, the combination of playable multi-sampled instruments with loops/phrases for each makes this easy to use library, a complete toolkit for bringing world music to life.

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Review: Ethno World 6 Complete by Marcel Barsotti

Ethno World 6 Main Interface is very easy to use

Ethno World 6 is the latest update to the Ethno World libraries. Developer Marcel Barsotti has been cultivating the collection of ethnic world instrument for nearly 16 years now. With the latest release, the developer has added 13 GB of new material including 80 new instruments and voices. As you might guess, Marcel is an avid collector of ethnic instruments and also of recording performances by skilled world musicians. For the vocal additions to Ethno World, Marcel has recorded a wide range of solo singers and choirs from varying cultures from around the globe.

Ethno World 6 Complete contains 2 Kontakt Player Instruments, EW6 Instruments & EW6 Voices

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.

Owners of previous releases of the Ethno World libraries can take advantage of a $159 upgrade.
EW6 Instruments and EW6 Voices are available for purchase separately for $259 each.

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

Thoughts

This review is being published in installments. This first section will cover the Ethno World 6 Instruments, with an update to come that covers the Ethno World 6 Voices.

The instruments contain a range of tempo sync’d performances (loops/phrases) as multi-samplef instruments and instrument effects. The majority of the instruments playback with a very nice presence and liveliness and the inclusion of each instrument as a multi-sample instrument as well as the phrase/loops really allow users to bring their world or ethnic-colored music to life.

The performance tab allows access to legato settings and humanization

Though lacking true legato samples, I was pleasantly surprised to find the scripted legato for the instrument to be quite playable once you assign a MIDI CC and adjust the the other provided parameters. This was especially true for adjusting velocity, legato and humanization.

While reviewing the library I did find inconsistencies from one articulation dynamic level to next.  This sometimes would lead to a bit of a jump in dynamics in playback so you’ll probably want to work with some of those performance controls to get the playback to sound more realistic.

Reverb selections and controls

The library comes with a really nice set of IRs. The spaces included were really pleasant and worked well with the instruments I tried adjustments on.

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) to learn about all the library has to offer for performance adjustments.

Two big highlights for me with the library are Micro Tuning 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.

Microtunning panel allows for incemental adjustments or loading/saving presets

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

As utilitarian as educational, the IDB-INFO panel is accessable for each instrument

I am really pleased with this collection of instruments. It is very nice to get such a versatile group of world instruments for Kontakt. On the cons, some of these instruments just won’t stand up to the authenticity of a single dedicated premium library, but this collection will give many composers a well-rounded arsenal for both creating world music and adding ethnic flavor to their tracks.

I am looking forward to digging into the second library in the Ethno World 6 Complete, EW6 Voices which will be published in the near future!

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 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.

Owners of previous releases of the Ethno World libraries can take advantage of a $159 upgrade, or purchase the libraries separately for

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

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