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The new version 2.0 of ETHERA Cinematic Vocal Instrument, includes a gigabyte of entirely new vocal samples performed by Clara Sorace, and numerous new features and improvements. Scroll down for a list of all the new features.
Existing Ethera owners please note: Owners of the previous version of Ethera (version 1.0 or 1.1) who purchased it direct from Zero-G can purchase an Upgrade to ETHERA 2.0 for just $14.99 - more info here. If you did not purchase your previous version of Ethera direct from Zero-G, in the first instance please contact your supplier to enquire about purchasing an upgrade. If your supplier is unable to provide this yet, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org including a copy of proof of your original Ethera purchase (purchase receipt) and we can then facilitate purchase of Ethera 2.0 from Zero-G at the low upgrade price.
ETHERA is a cinematic vocal instrument** that combines vocal samples, simplicity and a high degree of playability all packed into a beautiful Kontakt interface for ease-of use and ultimate sound manipulation.
** NB. ETHERA 2.0 requires the FULL version of Kontakt 5.6.0 or higher – it will not work with the free Kontakt Player.
"Ethera sounds absolutely amazing and the range and variety of vocal noises that can be coaxed from it is endless - 9/10" - Computer Music magazine, UK.
See all the latest ETHERA video demos here
User reviews (The praise from Ethera users has been universal - here are some reviews submitted by customers on the website of our distribution partner Time+Space):
"Ethera delivers! Ethera has a deep soul. Clara's voice is transcendent. Since I purchased it upon its release, I have have made use of all three engines, particularly the Pads and Phrases. I highly recommend getting this.. You won't regret it. With so many other voice products on the market, I only recommend the ones that deliver the goods for under $100 and Ethera certainly delivers!" - written by 'Jawad Abu-Lughod'
"I've finally found her. For me, there's nothing quite as expressive as the voice, and the female one at that. I've spent a while looking at the various options online and I bought Ethera wondering if she could be the answer to my prayers. Thankfully, she is. There's something so haunting and melancholy about Clara's voice. You feel like she's pouring her heart and soul out with every note. The huge amount of patches leaves you with a staggering flexibility for your track. I'm using her with orchestral music, but I'm sure she would work in many applications. Ethera is the best female VI I've ever heard, frankly. It's a very personal thing, and Clara's voice just really resonates with me. I find her sound truly touching and very inspiring to write with! Isn't that exactly what you want from an instrument?" - written by 'OLIVER'
"At last I have purchased a vocal sound that fits my needs. The tonal structure of Clara is so soothing and the amount of things that her voice can be applied to, is endless. The imagination is inspired by just listening to her vocals. This, played over some Celtic Pads, is beautiful and heart lifting to say the least. Worth every penny, and I shall be spending hours upon hours on endless musical permutations." - written by 'AMBIOSIS'.
"Ethera is one of the best libraries I bought this year, with an incredible warm and cinematic tone. I loved all the various legato patches, especially the Phoneme Legato. The phrases are gorgeous and very inspirational to work with and the vocal pads are great too. Highly recommended!" - written by Luca Francini.
Ethera 2.0 now features FOUR main instruments: Phrases, Pads, Legato and Phrase Builder.
The Phrases section now includes 58 patches ranging in styles from Epic, Fantasy, Celtic, Operatic, Tribal and World and even EDM and soul. These can be mixed and combined and using the two Off-Set controls you can change the starting points of the samples using the waveform display. This allows you to create new phrases and to personalise the existing phrases. These phrases can be manipulated in many ways by the GUI controls including time-stretching or syncing to your host application.
The Pads section contains several beautiful vocal pads that immediately add emotion or grandeur to your compositions.
The Legato section offers the ability to 'play' the voice of Ethera using 'ohs' and 'ahs' in sustained or staccato modes and features Attack, Legato Speed, Release, Vibrato, Pan and Volume controls.
The Phrase Builder is a set of samples and phrases programmed to act as an intelligent entity allowing the composer to live-play any articulation, on any pitch or chord. The Phrase Builder is available in Solo Legato & Poly! There are 20 individual steps (similar to a step sequencer) with which to program your unique phrase. The Phrase Builder also includes a new Legato Expert interface that uses the powerful SIPS engine and is the main control for the Legato Phrases Builder. With this Tab you can change and control the cross-fade, blending and legato modulation. It will enable you to minutely adjust the legato to suit your playing style.
Furthermore there is an additional folder called ETHERA EXTRA with extra sounds such as virtual legato patches, sustains & pads.
ETHERA 2.0 also comes fully equipped with a complete FX section that includes chorus, flanger and phaser, compressor, EQ, filter, convolution reverb, overdrive, delay, amp simulator and cabinet simulator.
MAIN FEATURES of Ethera 2.0:
• Over 3.4GB of 24-bit 48 kHz compressed Kontakt .ncw format Samples.
• Phrase Builder with Legato & Poly Modes.
• Legato Expert Tab.
• GUI With easy-to-understand Controls & Fully Automated MIDI Controllers.
• 'Oh' & 'Ah' True Legato and Staccato Patches.
• Fully Equipped Fx Rack.
• Great Virtual Legato Patches.
• Attack And Release Sample Time & Volume Control.
• Natural Vibrato (Using Mod Wheel) & Vibrato Rate Control.
• Double-Track Performance.
• Phrases & Songs with 2 Sync Modes & Legato Mode.
• Ahh, Ohh, Mmm, Vocal Sound Sustain Patches.
• Pad Mode.
• Two Sample Off-Set Start Controls On All Phrases.
• Legato Speed Control.
• 4 Cycling Sustain Round Robins on all samples.
• Waveform Display on phrases & Legato patches.
• ROLI Seaboard Patches.
• The Unique Voice of Highly Acclaimed Vocalist " Clara Sorace"
WHAT'S NEW in ETHERA 2.0
The new features and improvements in Ethera 2.0 (as compared to Ethera 1.1) are as follows:
A Gigabyte of NEW samples performed by Clara Sorace.
New Cinematic Phrases.
New Cinematic Phrases Special Sfx Reverse Mode.
New Cinematic Phrases Builder Legato (23 Phrases & Phonemes)
New Cinematic Phrases Builder Poly (23 Phrases & Phonemes)
New Cinematic Phrases Builder Key Switch.
New Cinematic Pad Patches.
HD Patches With " HQ Time Mode "
Expert Legato Tab.
Extra Sound Issues Fixed And New Presets.
** NB. ETHERA requires the FULL version of Kontakt 5.6.0 or higher – it will not work with the free Kontakt Player!
Ethera is dubbed 'cinematic' but it also works really well for Soul, EDM, Tribal and World music too. Check out the video demos on the Zero-G website to see for yourself.
For further information on the content and use of ETHERA 2.0, click here for the version 2.0 REFERENCE MANUAL (PDF).
See also: ETHERA SOUL EDITION (the sequel to Ethera).
User review (taken from the Blog on the website of Ethera's sound designer/producer Stefano Maccarelli):
"I have this library and it's good, in some ways very good (IMHO). It's well worth the price and I think I got excellent value. The pads are wonderful as are the legato and phrases, but there are some real gems in the extra sounds folder, don't skip it or think they are somehow secondary. It's a very wet library out of the box (not a criticism just an observation, and it sounds good anyway). The included processing effects can all be adjusted, turned off completely or replaced with third party plugs. I am already trying this and like what I hear so far. One of the main reasons I got this is that I kept listening to reviews and samples of this library and couldn't get Clara's voice out of my head. It is beautiful and so evocative, to me at least. I am even more into it after actually using the library. I've only begun to scratch the surface of exactly what I can achieve with it and all the ways I might use it, there's a lot in there and it inspires me. The latest update (ethera 1.1) has made this library even better (again IMHO). I'm not associated with Zero G or anyone involved with the library, just the independent thoughts of someone who likes to make music with beautiful libraries. Thank you Stefano and Clara (and Zero G)." - by 'SoNowWhat'.