Vocalisa: Slavic Women's Choir is a vocal library capturing in detail the electric and powerful sound of Slavic (Bulgarian) style ensemble singing. Available in Kontakt 4+ format, this instrument features a full women's choir, as well as sections - altos, mezzos, sopranos, and soprano soloist - with multiple vowels/consonants, pitch bends, extra articulations, and syllable / phrase building.
The style of Slavic singing in Vocalisa was popularized through albums such as Les Mysteres de voix Bulgares, as well as the soundtracks to TV shows and movies like Xena: Warrior Princess and Ghost in the Shell. Its sound is unlike traditional Western choirs, using a different set of syllable combinations, tight harmonies and dissonance.
The content of Vocalisa is built around detailed & authentic recordings of the choir and its sections, split into important syllables: eh, may, yah, ree, shteh, svah, oh, and yik. Mordents, turns, clusters, FX (claps, noises) and breaths are also included. The modwheel is used to trigger the entire range of choral dynamics, from the quietest sotto voce pianissimo to the loud, brassy fortissimo that Slavic choirs are known for.
Vocalisa provides two methods of playing, with a focus on ease of use - a "Grid Mode" lets composers select a sequence of syllables and ornaments, which are then played back in order. The "Keyswitch Mode" allows greater control by assigning each syllable and ornament to a separate key, with sustain pedal-triggered "smart-switching" between syllables for a seamless and fluid performance.
The included script also features tools such as reverb, compression, EQ, stereo widening, and syllable tweaking, where advanced users can adjust offset, volume, and brightness for each syllable.
Vocalisa is available exclusively from Impact Soundworks for a list price of $129.