I've had this set for around six months so I've had plenty of time to get used to it.
Now, with the Play sampler upgraded to 1.1.6 and running very nicely in SONAR x64, VOP complements the other instruments in the EWQL stable nicely.
It has five voices, America, Wales, Syria, India and Bulgaria. All voices are recorded with two high quality mics, and you can choose whether to use one or both in your rendering. However I found that the right hand channel, was generally quite noisy and so I normally stick to the left.
The America voice is full of oohs and aahs, and makes a nice sound for people who want something ethereal and 'white'. Wales is a wide repertoire of vowel and consonant sounds, with some words built that one could use to build nonensical sentences with, but the keyswitch articulation programming means that you spend a lot of time scratching your head to work out where to put the switch notes in your piano roll. What it lacks is a word builder like Symphonic Choirs, and certainly nothing as versatile as Vocaloid - although once you find something you like the finished result always sounds a lot better than vocaloid.
India contains a lot of phrases in microtonal scales, so it's very hard to get to use that material in anything other than modular work. The lady who sings the Bulgarian material has a beautiful voice. But the one I like the most is Syria. The texture of this singer's voice is magnificent and rich, and she sings lots of nonsensical phrases that sound arabic in nature and make for a very exotic sound that might easily accompany another Ridley Scott ancient world epic.
This is the kind of product that you write material around, rather than try to squeeze into something that already exists. If you walk into it with that attitude then there's a lot that VOP can offer.
Reviewed By davec1 [read all by] on 22nd August 2007 Version reviewed: latest on Windows
Anyone considering buying this library should be aware that it still suffers from toothing troubles of the play sample player.
The samples themselves are good, but it does not yet deliver on the legato promise. vocals can sound synth-like and a consistent legato sound is hard to achieve (at the moment).
The gui is ok, very tidy. then again, there's not many parameters that you have control over.
Please also consider that you won't get a very accurate perspective on user response to the product on the developer's forum (sounds-online.com or something), as critical posts are sometimes deleted and threads locked etc.
The Demos of the product are somewhat misleading, as they contain many of the libraries pre-recorded phrases and don't show off the legato patches as much as one would think, considering that's the truly novel thing about this library.
Not saying it's bad or anything, but anyone considering buying it should be very careful that they're really getting what they're hoping for.
Maybe future patches and library updates will fix some of these issues.