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Oceania choir Virtual Instrument from Performance Samples

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Oceania is Jasper Blunk’s first commercial release from his company Performance Samples. Oceania is a 48-person choir (24 women / 24 men) with a focus on syllable cohesion, playability, and energetic, dynamics. It is a choral library that emphasize expression, energy, and are “fun to play” over everything. And in addition it just sounds great.

I personally found this new choir library extremely playable, it shines as I can just play short and long notes without the need to change articulations. On top of this very playable library the choice to play with or without Flatten Dynamics is unique as I know it in the current market.

More information here directly from Performance Samples:
http://performancesamples.com/oceania/

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ANGRY WOODWINDS PRO a Loud Action Toolkit

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ANGRY WOODWINDS PRO

Angry Woodwinds Pro is a loud (ff-fff), bare-bones solo woodwinds library, recorded in the same space as OceaniaOceania IIAngry Brass Pro – EnsemblesAngry Brass Pro SoloistsVista Strings, the upcoming Voyage, and others.  It consists of five leans, yet energetic instruments – solo flute, solo piccolo, solo bassoon, solo clarinet, and solo oboe – with the capability to vary note lengths fluently from a tongued staccato to a longer marcato.

  • Five individual soloists: solo flute, solo piccolo, solo bassoon, solo clarinet, and solo oboe
  • Multi-functional, looped patches with up to 5 RR on the attacks and releases, featuring performances derived from phrases
  • Two speeds of release samples which react to note length
  • Loud (ff-fff) dynamic, with EQ modeling on CC1/mod-wheel (based on recorded dynamic references)
  • Recorded in a hall* with close and Decca mic positions
  • 48kHz / 24bit
  • NCW-compressed, ~742 MB total
  • Built for Kontakt 5.8.1 and above – full, retail version of Kontakt required
  • Download via Continuata

All of the instruments feature round-robin attacks and releases, the latter of which comes with two speeds to aid with note length flexibility (particularly for shorter notes and, as the flute and piccolo highlight best, measured tremolos). The library is intended for thematic, aggressive-leaning passages contextualized within an orchestral setting (as opposed to exposed, lyrical functions). 

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ANGRY WOODWINDS PRO is available now for $99 NORMAL INTRO (through March 25,2021)

If you own Caspian, Vista, Oceania, Oceania II, or Angry Brass Pro – Ensembles (NFRs don’t count), you can use code AWPLOYALTYINTRO to bring the intro from $99 to $69. Your purchase may be subject to verification.

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Tutorial on Layering Sample Libraries: Performance Samples Vista and Cinematic Studio Strings

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Performance Samples Vista and Cinematic Studio Strings

In this video, we are going to not compare sample libraries but getting into the process of layering them.

Let’s get into the process of layering Performance Sample Vista and Cinematic Studio Strings.

We will also talk about further processing such as reverb, mixing, and mastering. In this example, I am using Audio Ease Altiverb, Seventh Heaven and also Slate Tape Machine, the Shadow Hills compressor, and the Stealth Limiter by IK Multimedia.

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Library Spotlight – Vista Strings by Performance Samples

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Performance Samples’ Vista Strings

Vista is a legato strings library featuring a larger-than-life, romantic chamber sound, four dynamics (from a true PP all the way up to an intense FFF), slurred legato, same-note bow-change repetition samples, multiple attack types, and more.

Just like Con Moto, the sustains, legato, and other assets were recorded “in motion.” The sustains specifically use an “active-bow” approach (employed on Con Moto and others) which offers continuously re-expressed vibrato & emotion, via performance & editing processes. 

Vista features 5 violins, 4 violas, 3 cellos, and 3 basses. There are some bonuses, one of which is a basic full strings patch (created from the individual sections), useful for sketching and pads.

Also included is an overlay patch featuring 3 violins playing sustains and legato with heavy vibrato at FFF, useful for layering on the main 5 violins patch for more legato gel and detail. Lastly, there’s a harp, with notes recorded in repetition so that it can do repeated notes fluently.

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