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    Voices of Passion Virtual Instrument

    Overview

    "A very varied and colorful 7.3GB collection of expressive, finely performed and beautifully recorded solo female vocal performances, all patiently waiting their chance to make it onto the soundtrack of Gladiator 2 ('just when you thought it was safe to go back into the arena')." - SOUND ON SOUND

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    REVIEW QUOTES

    The deliveries comprise a choice of simple and evolving vowel sounds, short ultra-breathy 'ahs', hums, crescendos and drifting-pitch sustains (good for spooky cluster chords). All in all, a very varied and colourful 7.3GB collection of expressive, finely performed and beautifully recorded solo female vocal performances, all patiently waiting their chance to make it onto the soundtrack of Gladiator 2 ('just when you thought it was safe to go back into the arena'). - SOUND ON SOUND

    Wow! Well, that's the short-form review. To elaborate, these are superbly-recorded "ethnic" samples from Bulgaria, Syria, India, Wales (think Enya), and America (which tend toward more multisampled notes rather than idiosyncratic phrases). They play back through EastWest's Play engine (32/64-bit, Windows/Mac, ASIO/Core Audio, VST/AU/RTAS) which itself is pretty cool, with convolution reverb, delay, artificial double tracking (chorus), amplitude envelope, and lowpass filter. There are also interesting tricks, like assigning mod wheel to sample start point—start anywhere within a phrase. Another is you can use the left, right, or both channels of a vocal (different channels use different mics) but if you use only one, you can synthesize a stereo spread. The Welsh vocal "phrase generator" is cool, too. Although initially it seems there are only a handful of presets, the "master" ones use keyswitching to access multiple articulations. There are also presets with individual articulations, and some with true legato. Print out the PDF manual—lots of options are hidden in those presets. While obviously geared for video and movies, the vocals are great for replacing that clichéd diva sound used in a lot of trance music, as well as for any kind of chill. Three words: Evocative, fascinating, and unique. Oh, and add "wow," too. — EQ MAGAZINE

    I almost jumped out of my seat the first time I instantiated this library and played a note. That's how much personality these performances capture. The amount of attitude is in fact the strength of VOP and, in a sense, its limitation. Female singers from America, Bulgaria, Syria, and Wales were tracked, and EW made some very interesting decisions. Instead of performing actual words, the Syrian ladies, for example, intone a series of pitched phrases that "sound" real - at least to Western ears. The same holds true for the Indian and Bulgarian singers. Load the Bulgarian Master patch, for example, and you're presented with a series of chromatically pitched phrases that you can switch between. The mod wheel is critical to the execution of convincing performances. It filters the sounds and adds a great deal of nuance to them. All of the sample sets in this library have convincing legato and portamento, and they highlight the beauty of PLAY's DSP. In fact, there seems to be a lot going on underneath the PLAY hood, and the result - across the libraries - is, in part, a gorgeous set of legato transitions. - MIX

    Voices of Passion contains samples of five really good solo female singers from around the world: Syria, India, Bulgaria, Wales, and America. The library contains a large variety of sounds and you can use it in many ways, but in general it's very emotional and sets a mood…as the name implies. Like the other libraries in this review, the recordings and performances are terrific. The passionate voices are recorded with different mics in each channel, so you can choose between thicker and brighter sounds. Normally you'd use the default, which is a stereo mixture of the two going through a rich PLAY convolution reverb that's mixed in very wet. The Indian and Syrian instruments are phrases—lots of them mapped to different notes in different keys (triggered by keyswitches). You can make the phrases start later with the mod wheel for more variety. Both these singers are remarkable—true virtuosos. Unlike the Indian and Syrian singers, the Welsh and American ones can be played like Western instruments—they have actual notes on the keyboard rather than phrases. Even though the singers cover a considerable range of sounds, the American and especially Welsh singers lean toward the breathy, ethereal side. Finally, the Bulgarian singer is in between: she sings mostly slow-moving phrases on one note. It's very effective to play her polyphonically, because these independently moving vocalizations—not words—sound like a small group of women on independent lines. In general the programming makes Voices of Passion easy to play, which seems to be EastWest's overall philosophy these days. My hunch is that this library will be especially popular among composers who do a lot of scoring. It's pure emotion in a box. - VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT MAGAZINE

    VOICES OF PASSION is a tool designed to use vocal samples as the foundation for creating new instruments, and includes female vocals from Wales, Syria, India, Bulgaria and America. It includes ethereal, passionate, flowing, mysterious, wailing and whispering vocals for Film, TV and Game composers as well as songwriters, new age artists and zen horticulturists. Altos and Sopranos. VOICES OF PASSION is not designed to replace a live singer in your studio.

    VOICES OF PASSION features 5 stunning female artists singing vowels, words, morphing vowels, effects, phrases, calls, whispers and breath noises. This is the first virtual instrument created specifically for use in the film/TV/game genre. This is also the first virtual instrument or sample library created specifically for use in ambient or new age music.

    VOICES OF PASSION is the first virtual instrument to feature true legato intervals (American and Wales only). The Middle Eastern and Indian phrases are presented in a construction kit format allowing users to create very long consistent performances. Mod-wheel controls entry point on ethnic phrases.

    QUICK FACTS

    • Produced by NICK PHOENIX
    • Over 7 GBs of vocals
    • Female Vocalists from Wales, Syria, India, Bulgaria and America
    • All singers recorded with great attention paid towards pitch
    • Oo, oh and ah true legato intervals (American and Wales only)
    • Over 1000 ethnic phrases with a great deal of passion
    • Phrase generator for Welsh vocals
    • Expressive samples, non vibrato, delayed vibrato
    • Ethereal style, breathy vocals
    • New Age vocal performances, staccato and swells
    • PLAY features allow for very quick and intuitive sound loading and organization
    • All singers recorded with a Telefunken Elam 251 and a RCA 44 ribbon mic for tonal variation

    Interface

    Voices of Passion is powered by EASTWEST'S PLAY 64-bit (and 32-bit) Advanced Sample Engine

    Voices of Passion Interface Thumbnail
    Voices of Passion: PLAY interface (click to magnify)

    This VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT combines intuitive handling with excellent sound quality, and functions as a plug-in instrument, without the need for a sampler.

    PLAY is a 64-bit (with 32-bit compatibility) Advanced Sample Engine. PLAY is Included with all new EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP Virtual (software) Instruments.

    FEATURES

    PLAY includes custom designed virtual instruments that look as beautiful as they sound

    • Interface designed to eliminate clutter, including only the controls needed for each individual virtual instrument

    Load MORE thanks to 64-bit support

    • 64-bit support allows you to load many more instruments and voices, limited only by your system RAM (32-bit support is included also)
    • While most high-end computers will support 16Gb, a very small set of high-performance enterprise computers (with Microsoft Vista Ultimate) can already use 128Gb of RAM. As hardware develops, the theoretical limit is 17,179,869,184 gigabytes = 16 exabytes, or 17 billion gigabytes!

    Networking Support*

    • If you still need more power, our built-in NETWORK CONTROL allows you to load instruments on other machines controlled from your host computer
    • No more trips back and forth between computers, no more KVM switching when loading projects
    • No need to buy additional software
    • The PLAY system is a professional fully integrated solution for those with the most demanding production requirements

    All instruments are listed in one browser

    • Easy to use browser displays all of your instruments
    • Favorites section to group the instruments you use most
    • Preview your instrument of choice in an easy-to-use column viewer
    • Load instruments into one instance to take advantage of your sequencer's "instrument tracks", or many if you so desire.
    • Interface automatically changes to display current instrument

    Articulations

    • Forget browsing through complicated patch names: pick the instrument and play
    • Turn on/off articulations as you wish
    • Articulations list also serves as reference for all expressions within the instrument (no need to look up key-switches in charts)
    • Save your favorite configuration for quick retrieval

    Legato Detection

    • PLAY senses legato and repetitive playing and responds accordingly

    Stereo Handling

    • PLAY allows the user to manipulate stereo samples in very useful ways
    • Stereo Swap allows the user to instantly swap the left and right channels
    • Mono from left , Mono from right, or Mono Sum allow for instant conversion from stereo to mono

    Effects Engine

    • The best sounding and most powerful effects engine out there, built from the ground up for the highest possible quality
    • Reverb section includes multiple impulse responses from halls, and the famous EASTWEST Studios and live chambers (more RIAA certified Platinum and Gold records awarded than any other studio)
    • The smoothest filters you'll ever hear
    • Specialized effects including the first Artificial Double Tracking (ADT) software available

    Playback Engine

    • Highest quality resampling engine
    • Built from the ground up to create the most intuitive instruments possible. Allowed us to design instruments every step of the way without compromise

    Security system

    • Authorize purchased instruments easily using the industry standard iLok security system
    • Offers complete portability, take your plugin anywhere you want, use it on any computer
    • Easy to authorize and manage (up to 100 authorizations on one key)

    Supported Platforms

    • AU, VST, Standalone, Intel Mac, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 64-bit, 32-bit
    • Natively supported in all major hosts on all major operating systems - PLAY no matter what your platform
    • More native support than any other plug-in
    • Standalone: PLAY as many instruments as your computer can handle in one application
    Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X

    SUMMARY

    PLAY isn't just a sampler, the PLAY SYSTEM is a professional fully integrated sample playback software solution for those with the most demanding production requirements

    • Offers native support for more platforms than any other software engine
    • Network support* for large, expandable systems
    • The latest in technology (64-bit, supports next generation operating systems)
    • The highest sound quality (ground-up effects, highest quality interpolation)
    • The best virtual instruments from the multiple award-winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP producers
    • The most intuitive controls, custom designed for each library
    • Complete portability

    *This feature will be available after release as a free download for all registered users.

    System Requirements

    • 7.2 GB Free Hard Disc Space
    • DVD Drive
    • iLok Security Key, not inlcuded (a free soundsonline.com account is required for retrieving and managing iLok licenses)
    • If you do not own an iLok Security Key you can purchase at your local authorized EASTWEST retailers, or here. One iLok key will hold 100 registrations for all future releases.

    More details about the new iLok copy protection for our PLAY SYSTEM powered products is available here

    MAC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

    • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.1GHz or higher (PPC not supported)
    • 4GB RAM
    • Mac OSX 10.5 or later
    • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

    PC MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

    • Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Dual Core 2.1GHz or higher
    • 4GB RAM
    • Windows XP SP2, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Sound card with ASIO drivers
    • 7200 RPM or faster (non energy saving) hard drive for sample streaming

    MAC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

    • Mac Pro Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz or higher
    • 8GB RAM or more
    • Mac OSX 10.5 or later
    • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

    PC RECOMMENDED SYSTEM

    • Intel Core 2 Quad, or AMD Quad Core 2.66GHz or higher
    • 8GB RAM or more
    • 64-bit Windows/Host Sequencer
    • Sound card with ASIO drivers
    • SSD (Solid State Drive) for sample streaming

    All Systems

    • iLok required (not included), internet connection required for one-time product activation

    Included for both PC and Mac:

    • 32-bit standalone and plug-in versions included.
    • 64-bit PC VST (host must support 64-bit VST plugins) and standalone versions included.
    • Check the following compatibility chart for availability of other 64-bit versions and updates.

    Supported Interfaces

    • PC: VST™, ASIO™, RTAS™
    • Mac: VST™, Audio Units™, Core Audio™, RTAS™

    EASTWEST PLAY Host/Sequencer Compatibility Matrix

    Supported Host Mac
    OS X
    (Intel)
    Windows
    XP
    (32-bit)
    Windows
    XP
    (64-bit)
    Windows
    8, 7, Vista
    (32-bit)
    Windows
    8, 7, Vista
    (64-bit)
    Required Version
    Standalone YES YES YES YES YES
    Ableton Live YES YES YES YES1 6.07 or higher
    Cubase/Nuendo YES2 YES YES3 YES YES3 6 or higher
    FL Studio YES YES4 YES YES4 7 or higher
    GarageBand YES 3 or higher
    Logic YES5 7.2 or higher
    Performer YES5 6.02 or higher
    Pro Tools6 YES YES YES 7.4 to 10
    Pro Tools 116 YES YES YES7 11
    Sibelius YES8 YES YES 6.0 or higher9
    Sonar YES YES YES YES 6.2 or higher
    VE Pro YES YES YES YES YES 4.0.54 or higher
    Studio One YES YES YES YES YES 2.0 or higher
    Reaper YES YES YES YES YES 3.0 or higher
    1: Ableton Live 7 and 8 are only 32bit, so users will have to set their VST folder to the 32bit version of the installed Play VST (even on a 64bit operating system).
    2: Mac OS 10.7 or newer is required.
    3: Cubase/Nuendo 4.1 or later are required as 64-bit hosts. Cubase 5 and lower users will have to use PLAY 3.0.47. Steinberg fixed the issue in Cubase 7 if you wish to use PLAY 4.
    4: FL Studio is only supported while in 32-bit operation currently.
    5: WordBuilder is not supported in Logic 7 or lower, and DAE (RTAS in Digital Performer and Logic) is not supported at this time.
    6: Ethernet control surfaces are not officially supported (ex: C24).
    7: Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium Supported. Pro Tools HD 11 does not support Windows 8.
    8: Sibelius 6.0.3 or higher is required to run in Snow Leopard.
    9: Sibelius 6.2 is required to run in Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks).
    Play is compatible with all DAWs that use VST, AU, or AAX plugins.

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    Mac files (JPEG)

    Windows files (BMP)

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