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Silka Review: 8Dio’s Silky Smooth Emotional Choir Library

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Silka (Choir) by 8Dio Review

Silka is released after 8Dio published Insolidus Choir some months earlier. Silka promises to hold an astounding lead position in a stand-alone choir library.

There’s a new kid on the block, and her name is Silka. Created by 8Dio, Silka is a smooth and creamy choir library that has surprised the market with its emotional depth and sonic richness. In this review, we will take a closer look at what makes Silka so special, and why you should consider adding her to your collection.

Silka’s Range of Sounds

One of Silka’s most impressive features is her sheer range of sounds. From ethereal and angelic to earthy and warm, this library has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a delicate choir to add an extra layer of beauty to your music, or a powerful ensemble to create a sense of awe and wonder, Silka has you covered. Her voices are also wonderfully emotive and can be used to convey a wide range of emotions in your music.

Universal for Many Composer

But Silka’s capabilities don’t stop there. She is also an incredibly versatile library that can be used for a variety of genres, from ambient and cinematic to Pop and R&B. With her rich sound and emotive power, Silka is the perfect choice for any composer looking to add some soul to their music.

Silka’s companion library named Insolidus has surprised the market with a creamy soft and very emotional choir library. Some view Silka as an extension to Insolidus which is a fair opinion if you do already have Insolidus in your available tools. Usually, choir libraries are best placed in a mix and do not work as solo instruments, let’s see if Silka is different. 8Dio did send a review copy with no strings attached.

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Silka (Choir) by 8Dio Review Sustains

Installation

After purchase, you download Silka with the help of the 8Dio download tool (PC or MAC). 8Dio download tool also unpacks the library. As a result, you have installed over 63.500 samples equaling 103GB of choral material compressed down to 49ish GB. The full Retail version of Kontakt 5.7 or later is required to run this library, the free Kontakt player will not work with Silka.

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Silka by 8Dio download

The Heart of Silka is Sound

The heart of Silka by 8Dio is 40 males and 25 females recorded by Petr Polonanik. Producing a choir is an extortionary and labor-intense project, more time is probably only needed when you create a children’s choir library.

Silka has been recorded similar to Insolidus Choir using the same room and performer. Insolidus was released earlier also by 8Dio. To use the same place helps to blend Silka and Insolidus, other libraries can also be blended without issues especially when combined with other instruments. Silka is a new-generation, deep-sampled choral library dedicated to realistic, expressive and easy choral writing.

Silka is an excellent expansion to Insolidus by 8Dio or can also work in combination with Dominus Choir by FluffyAudio. Solo or in a combo you have access to the top choirs that sound extraordinarily realistic and packed with emotional vibes.

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Silka (Choir) by 8Dio Review within Cubase

The included Silka recording and playability will make this library usable for the next years to come. The choir library is exceptionally playable –  the vibe, tone and recorded phrases have excellent new beautiful sound.

The recorded samples and scripting behind the Kontakt engine allow you to perform the choir soft and gentle with emotion or also as well a bit faster. Silka performs exceptionally well in quiet and intimate passages. If you into this style the vibe from this choir will suit your writing.

Silka contains a phrase-building sequencer allowing you to create of up to 64 consecutive words. It is not from a UI point of view on the level of Fluffy or Strezov Sampling, and you get the job done.

User interface & Usability

The UI is based on an old fashion 8DIO interface. If you are used to the UI, you find yourself home within seconds. If it is the first time, you use an 8Dio library with this design you may need some time, the effort to learn the Interface is manageable.

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Silka (Choir) by 8Dio Review Soft Arcs Articulations

Other libraries include a more modern UI. We are not sure if the old UI is used because of time to market of if 8Dio has good practices with this UI and choir libraries. The UI is compared to other choir libraries from other producers a bit behind what is possible these days in Kontakt.

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Silka (Choir) by 8Dio Review Mix and Mics

Silka Features

  • 4 Hall Microphones (Mixed, Decca, Wide, Far)
  • 4 Spot Microphones (Spot 1, Spot 2, Spot 3, Spot 4)
  • 40 Polyphonic Legato Syllable Arcs
  • 5 True Legato (MW Multiple Dynamics)
  • 12 Staccato Legato & 13 Fast Repeated Staccato
  • 15 Triplets/Triplet Loops
  • 19 Sustains & Sustain Legato
  • 4 Trills (Multiple-Tempos) and Shorts

Conclusion

So if you’re in the market for a new choir library that is both sonically rich and emotionally powerful, be sure to check out Silka from 8Dio. You won’t be disappointed.

Silka is a smooth and creamy choral library that has surprised the market with its emotional intensity and sonorous richness. Silka’s versatility is one of her most amazing qualities; she has a wide range of sounds, from ethereal and angelic to earthy and cozy.

Silkka is a versatile tool that may be used in a variety of genres. With her rich sound and emotive power, Silka is the perfect choice for any composer looking to add some soul to their music.

If you’re looking for a new choir library that is both sonically rich and moving, Silka is worth a listen.

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Rating:  Five out of five stars

Silka sounds excellent and beautiful and touches your heart. Silka is a lovely companion to Insolidus Choir by 8Dio. With this choir library and its soft, natural lush and emotional vibe 8Dio delivered a masterpiece.

What makes this choir library so unique is the solo character and its usability as a single library without the need to hide a choir behind other instruments.  This library has that emotional impact and vibe and comes with a high level of realism. Different from the available choir libraries Silka works excellent solo and as well in concert with other instruments.

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Silka (Choir) by 8Dio Review Soft Voices Presets

Silka has joined my personal (as of July 2018) Top 3 of choir libraries that are magnificent, inspirational, and emotive virtual choir Kontakt instruments with fantastic singing right out of the box or Kontakt. If you wonder about my personal emotional and intimidating choirs libraries, they are Silka, Insolidus, and Dominus. I am pretty sure that you will be glad to add Silka to your arsenal and as an investment. It should pay off in your new commercial project.

From ethereal and angelic to earthy and warm, Silka has something for everyone. With her emotive power, Silka is the perfect choice for any composer looking to add some soul to their music.

Silka is a smooth choir library that has surprised the market with its emotional depth and sonic richness. Silka’s companion library, Insolidus, is just as impressive with its creamy soft tones and emotive power. If you’re looking for a new choir library that is both sonically rich and emotionally powerful, be sure to check out Silka from 8Dio. You won’t regret it!

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Solo Clarinet – Warm Studio Woodwinds – The Next Evolution of 8Dio’s Woodwind Ensembles​

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Warm Studio Woodwinds: Solo Clarinet

Warm Studio Woodwinds is the latest creation in 8Dio’s range of contemporary studio ensembles. It is derived from 8Dio’s Intimate Studio Woodwinds library. With over 160 hours of session material recorded at Scotland’s Premiere Recording Studio – Gorbals Sound, and countless more in post-production, Warm Studio Woodwinds continues 8Dio’s notion of a fully modular ensemble. 

Unprecedented control over your sound​

The sound of the Warm Studio Woodwinds Solo Clarinet is easily customizable with the wealth of options in the advanced user interface. You’ll have extreme control over the stereo image with individual volume, panning, output routing, and the new distance control, enabling you to freely blend between a direct signal and a more spacious and ambient microphone position.

Every articulation needed for your next composition​

Warm Studio Woodwinds Solo Clarinet contains a vast collection of 26 articulations covering everything you need to create authentic-sounding woodwind melodies. Each articulation is sorted into four main categories making them all quickly and easily accessible from the inbuilt browser. Choose from articulations such as a Staccato, Staccatissimo, Sustains, Trills and Legato from the Traditional Category. Or choose more nuanced techniques such as Measured Tremolo and Tempo Sync’d phrase such as Tuplets and Triplets from 8Dio’s Performance category. Finally, the Arcs and Effects categories contain Dynamically layered Arcs of varying lengths and a range of effects such as directional Runs, Scoops, and Flutter Tonguing. The User interface allows you to load and unload the articulations of your choosing, so you only have to have to load the sounds you need for your project.

  

The Solo Clarinet soulfully blends into any mix​

The Legato articulation is incredibly agile and can play almost anything you throw at it. We recorded each player in this series simultaneously so that each musician would be working with one another and adapt their playing styles and coloration to match the overall sound of the ensemble. Recording each player this way means that no matter your combination of instruments, the Warm Studio Woodwind instruments will fit with any ensemble and beautifully blend together. So whether you compose for an ensemble setting or virtuoso Solo Clarinet lines, Warm Studio Woodwinds Solo Clarinet will sound excellent in any setting.

Pricing and Availability

Warm Studio Woodwinds: Solo Clarinet is available now.

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Virtual Instrument Library

8Dio Hybrid Tools Terminus

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8Dio Hybrid Tools Terminus

8Dio Terminus is the latest in their Hybrid Tools series and has quickly made it into a wealth of blockbuster movies, games, and TV-shows.  Terminus contains 1,200 custom cinematic instruments and FX. The sound is undeniably big, modern and studio clean with everything polished to perfection.

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  • Pro-Grade Cinematic Instruments
  • Kontakt VST / AU / AAX
  • 4 Core Instrument Classes (Drums, Hybrids, Orchs, Synths)
  • 4 x 100’s of Cinematic Hits, Blockbuster Slams & Cres Slams
  • 4 x 100’s of Subwoofer Hits, Short and Long Falls
  • 4 x 100’s of Short and Long Risers
  • 4 Epic Beautiful Instrument banks: Ear Candy
  • 2 Transitional Banks of Tonal Strum Effects
  • Built-In Chaos Effects & Embedded Meta-Data
  • 4K Master Class w/ Troels (The Captain w/ MIDI + Stems)
  • Full Retail Version of Kontakt 5.6 (or later) Required

Terminus is the result of over 18 months of deep production and contains four different types of core instrument groups, Percussive/Drums, Epic/Hybrid, Neo-Orchestral and Synth-Based.  All four core groups each contain seven banks, Hits, Slams, Sub Hits, Short and Long Falls, and Short and Long Risers. 

In addition, Terminus contains an array of new instrument categories, including 4 banks of Ear Candy.  Ear Candy is designed to enhance your existing compositions with big, beautiful, ethereal, and angelic textural elements.  We also created two additional banks of Strums.  Strums are tonal and a-tonal transitional elements – creating a transparent, colorful movement of cinematic textures.


Terminus also comes fully ready for integration into the sound file management system of your choice with industry-standard embedded Meta-Data.

Pricing and Availability

Terminus is available now during the Eternal Summer Sale: $198 (goes $348 on September,23rd 2020)

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8Dio’s Solo Violin & Solo Cello Designer $38 each (normally $198)

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8Dio’s Solo Violin & Solo Cello Designer SALE

The Solo Designer instruments are a massive collection of thousands of real cello & violin phrases. The intention of the library was to sample completely realistic solo violin & solo cello by creating an incredible collection of musical phrases.

8Dio programmed the library in a way that gives you maximum control over the phrases and literally allows you to sculpt 100% realistic solo violin & solo cello performances. It was deliberately designed to support, augment, and in some cases replace existing solo violin libraries. Essentially this library takes over where normal multi-samples (ex. legato, sustains) can’t perform.

Solo Violin Designer

SOLO VIOLIN DESIGNER Virtual Instrument VST is a massive collection of over 4.000 phrases performed by renowned concert violinist: Thomas Yee. The intention of the library was to sample completely realistic solo violin by creating an incredible collection of musical phrases. We programmed the library in a way that gives you maximum control over the phrases and literally allows you to sculpt 100% realistic solo violin performances. It was deliberately designed to support, augment and in some cases replace existing solo violin libraries. Essentially this library takes over where normal multi-samples (ex. legato, sustains) can’t perform.

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SOLO VIOLIN DESIGNER comes with a variety of phrase sculpting tools, including pitch-control, time-stretching / time-compression, sample offset (which allows you to “scroll” into any phrase and trigger any part of it, FX and convolution reverbs. The pitch-control is not affected by tempo, so by controlling pitch, time-stretching/compression and sample offset you can essentially adapt the phrase to match the pitch and tempo of your composition.

Solo Cello Designer

SOLO CELLO DESIGNER Virtual Instrument VST is a massive collection of over 1.800 phrases. The intention of the library was to sample completely realistic Solo Cello by creating an incredible collection of musical phrases. We programmed the library in a way that gives you maximum control over the phrases and literally allows you to sculpt 100% realistic solo cello performances. It was deliberately designed to support, augment and in some cases replace existing solo cello libraries. Essentially this library takes over where normal multi-samples (ex. legato, sustains) can’t perform. We call this concept, deep phrase-sampling.

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SOLO CELLO DESIGNER comes with a variety of phrase sculpting tools, including pitch-control, time-stretching / time-compression, sample offset (which allows you to “scroll” into any phrase and trigger any part of it, FX and convolution reverbs. The pitch-control is not affected by tempo, so by controlling pitch, time-stretching/compression and sample offset you can essentially adapt the phrase to match the pitch and tempo of your composition.

Pricing and Availability

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Solo Violin & Solo Cello Designer $38 Each. Plus, receive Requiem Pro FREE with any purchase of $298 or more.

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