Review: Requiem Light Symphonic Choir by Soundiron

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Soundiron presents soaring choral colors delivering a Symphonic Choir that sounds great straight out of the pearly gates with minimal memory and CPU usage. With it’s phrase builder, syllable and vowel selection, Choral FX and sound designed textures, Requiem Light has a lot to offer.

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Review: Requiem Light Symphonic Choir by Soundiron

Soundiron has revamped and redesigned their Requiem Light Symphonic Choir library, a collection of samples of male and female choirs first released a few years ago. They were focused on delivering mix-ready results at playback with minimal memory and CPU usage. In the newly revamped and easy to use interface, Requiem Light is now a Kontakt Player instrument delivering a wide range of syllables, legato vowels, phrases, choral FX and sound-designed instruments from both the male and female singers as well as containing 2 soloist instruments (Tenor and Soprano)

Requiem Light Symphonic Choir is available for $199 from Soundiron

Thoughts

When a developer revamps a library I usually give pause and reserve all judgment until I have had a chance to see if the original sample set and new execution hold up. I am pleased to report that Soundiron‘s Requiem Light, which was originally released a few years ago, withstands the test of time and might as well have been recorded last week.

The sample set is crisp and clear with well thought out Latin phrases, pure vowel legato instruments and a creative collection of choral effects.

Soundiron designed this “Light” library specifically to deliver mix ready sound right out of the gate.

Since Soundiron designed this “Light” library specifically to deliver mix ready sound right out of the gate, you are limited to the pre-mixed stereo sample playback with no microphone adjustments possible. This is one of the strengths of this library. Since the recordings were captured with 12 large diaphragm microphones and mixed and mastered with beautiful clarity, resonance and stereo imaging, I don’t think you could ask for a better sound. As a matter of fact, most music makers probably wouldn’t be able to achieve this great tone even if given the 12 microphone positions in a mixer on the instrument.

The stereo mix coupled with the newly redesigned interface makes this instrument very easy to work with. The GUI allows for 2 articulations to be loaded at once and has a fader to adjust between the two. This makes it easy to change between the different syllables and sounds in real-time and adds a depth of realism.

Phrase Builder Examples

Articulations range from syllables and Latin phrases to pure vowels with polyphonic true-legato sustains for the full unison choir and Ah, Eh and Oh vowel articulations with a nice dynamic range. The library also contains separate divisi instruments for male and female sustained vowels (Ah, Ee, Eh, Ih, Oh and Oo) as well as 24 staccato articulations with plenty of round-robin to promote realism in playback.

One of the highlights of the library is the integrated phrase sequencer.

One of the highlights of the library is the integrated phrase sequencer which allows users to select a series of syllables to be performed in sequence for original phrase creation. The selection is limited to 17 syllables but does allow for a selection of sustained or staccato performance right in the sequencing selection parameters.

The icing on the cake is that Soundiron has used their sound design talents to create a dedicated Kontakt preset with pads, soundscapes, and atmospheres sculpted from the original samples. The inclusion of this instrument really makes this library more than just a choral instrument even though there is a limited selection of pads/atmospheres included. These instruments are immediately usable as drones and soundscapes and provide some beautiful to haunting textures among them.

There is only one thing I see here as a limitation. That being the ability to manipulate the supplied Latin phrases for more malleability. The Syllable Master instrument provides a nice sequencing functionality for triggering custom phrases, but when it comes to the Latin phrase instruments you are limited to adjusting timing, sync, and fading between these Latin Phrases for manipulation. I guess I would have liked to have seen a way to cut and sequence parts of the Latin phrases as well for even more custom phrase creation.

That said this is a fine sample set and powerful instrument for the asking price allowing you to achieve full choral performances. The instrument should lend itself nicely to performing along with minimal accompaniment or as an added texture to fully orchestrated tracks.

As with all of our reviews be sure to check out the demos and official videos, doing your due diligence to make sure the instrument is right for your needs before purchase.

 

Facts

Requiem Light Symphonic Choir downloads as 4.4 GB (6.25GB comp) Via Continuata Connect.

The library contains 3,758 Samples ( 24bit / 44.1kHz) and was the singers were captured in a hall at Saint Paul’s in San Francisco.
The library comes with 14 NKI Kontakt instrument presets and 119 custom convolution reverb and FX impulse responses.
Requiem Light Symphonic Choir is a Kontakt Player instrument and is compatible with both the full and free versions of Native Instruments Kontakt.

Requiem Light Symphonic Choir is available for $199 from Soundiron

 

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