Tonehammer has announced a "25-day Christmas Spectacular", with the intention of releasing something every day between now and Christmas Day: be it a new full library release, a fun mini-library freebie, sneak preview video or random, inexplicable curiosity.
The first release is the Native African, Soul and R'n'B-inspired Forgotten Voices: "Terrie". Internationally renowned Terrie Odabi, is a classically trained singer who studied under Gwen Brown, Bill Bell and the late John Patton. Her depth and understanding of music cultures were the premise of this library, which covers several African dialects to Gospel, Soul, R'n'B and more experimental types of singing.
The library contains over 5,000 phrases and sounds derived from over 20 hours of session material. The phrases are divided into simple categories for easy exploration. The majority of phrases were sung multiple times, which allows the composer to create variety or layer-up for more phatness/fullness. It features advanced programming and editing techniques introduced in Tonehammer's Forgotten Voices libraries.
The programming allows user to sculpt and morph phrases by adjusting the mod-wheel and pitch bender. The mod-wheel controls the sample starting point, so users can trigger off-set anywhere they want in the phrases. The pitch bender allows you to time-stretch/compress the phrase. Special key-switching also allows you to adjust to root pitch of all phrases in a patch by up to +/- 3 semitones.
The combination between sample off-set control, root pitch control and time-stretch/compression allows users to seamlessly morph different phrases together or pull them apart, bringing endless possibilities for creating new phrases.
Forgotten Voices Terrie is available for download now for an MSRP of $99. Native Instruments Kontakt 2+ full retail version required. The free Kontakt Player is not supported.