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Omen - Ritual Voices and War Chants

• 8 Kontakt Instruments

-Requires FULL version of Kontakt 5.8 or above

FREE KONTAKT PLAYER NOT SUPPORTED

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OMEN – Ritual Voices & War Chants

Omen is a Kontakt library based on ritual voices and epic war chants. We have recorded many traditional singing styles from different cultures around the world: Tuvan throat and overtone singing (Kaargyra, Khoomei and Szygyt), Sardinian Throat singing (Bassu), Nordic Kulning (high pitch female style), Slavic Singing (white voices), Western baritone, tenor and soprano, guttural voices, ritual chants and even extreme distortion, high-pitch techniques, screams, vocal fry and growls.

The result is a set of 8 different playable Kontakt instruments that combine all these voices together to create a huge variety of sounds: from shamanic low vocal drones to mysterious rhythmic hymns, from ethereal female choirs to aggressive haka-style chants, from monk humming sounds to Viking-reminding vocal ensembles.

The instruments in Omen instantly evoke solemn rituals in a forgotten temple, the screams of the battlefield, the ethereal colors of a nordic landscape, mysterious pagan cults, sorceries and witchcrafts, the whispering of the spirits in the woods.

Omen is for TV, film , game composers and sound designers looking for a one of a kind instrument based on rare and meticulously recorded voices to immediately set a ‘dark age’ mood. It fits particularly well the epic genre, with specific regard to fantasy and dark age movies, but its versatility makes it useful also for post-horror, thriller, electronic and ambient music.

8 KONTAKT INSTRUMENTS

Vocal Layers is playable, MPE compatible instrument which combines 4 different vocal layers from a total of 94 available voices. Each layer can be edited independently (Volume, Pan, Volume Envelope, Filters and LFO) via the intuitive GUI.

With the useful Manage Layers function, it is possible to freely assign any sound to a different part of the keyboard (low or high) and experiment with blending or separating the vocal layers along the keyboard: you can combine throat singing tones, baritone voices, soprano sustained, overtone effects, phrases or synthesized vocal textures to create anything from thick choirs, legato melodies, vocal drones, underscore layers and much else. Vocal layers features 72 snapshots.

By using the intuitive Map panel, it is possible to quickly assign the control parameters to any MIDI Channel, and even configure the instrument for MPE. Vocal Layers feature a Convolution Reverb section based on 24 IRs, including Acoustic Reverbs, Digital Reverbs and Experimental Reverbs

Rhythmic Chants is a tempo synched ,phrase based instrument featuring choirs and single phrases to create dense ritual voices in any root key. It features three category of sounds: Rhythmical Vocal Drones, Viking Phrases and Solo Phrases; all of them are tempo synched, each group of sounds can be filtered, distorted, reversed independently. With the function Half-Tempo, it is possible to set any of the phrase groups to half the bpms, especially useful for tracks at 120 bpm and above. All the voices in Rhythmic Chants have been recorded at 60 bpm and use the Time Machine Pro in Kontakt (HQ), so the quality of the sound is not compromised by bpm changes.

Phrase Builders: War and Sorcery are two similar instruments that allow to sequence short groups of tempo synched syllables and create a long, rhythmical spoken phrase.

The War Phrase Builder has an aggressive sound based on the concept of reproducing the war chant of an ancient Viking army, the Sorcery Phrase Builder is more evocative and shaman-esque.

The sounds are based on a made-up language resembling old Norse: the War version features a solo voice and a crew voice, the Sorcery version features two solo voices.

In both instruments, the two voices can be independently activated/deactivated per step. All the syllables in both Phrase Builder War and Sorcery have been recorded at 70 bpm and use the Time Machine Pro in Kontakt (HQ), so the quality of the sound is not compromised by bpm changes.

Vocal Horns is a one shot sample player based on tonal voice SFX, ranging from extremely low tones, screams, animale-esque wailings, breathes and whispers and much more. All the Vocal Horns have been created as an hybrid between an human vocalization and an ancient war horn, by using sound design techniques like extreme re-pitching and spectral morph. Vocal Horns features a per-sample control on any parameter (Volume, Pitch, Low Pass Filter, High Pass Filter, LFO and Volume Envelope, Straight/Reverse play), plus the possibility to globally control any parameter by using the ‘Set Global Controls’ window.

You can tune all the samples simultaneously to the same root key with the useful Global Tuning slider, Extend any sample to the keyboard and play it chromatically, or reverse all the samples at once.

Growls -Whispers and Sentences are two identical one-shot instruments based on growls, eerie whispers, solemn sentences, Nordic resembling phrases and other vocal effects, based on a made-up language inspired to old Norse. Both the instruments have similar controls and GUI functionalities of the Vocal Horns instrument. These instruments are particularly suited for sound design, allowing deep manipulation possibilities and transforming the vocal samples in anything from stutters, creepy reverse effects, whoosh, transitions and much more.

Percussions Loops is based on a set of 30 tempo synched drum loops, divided in Low Drums, Mid Drums and High Drums. All the drum loops have been recorded at 60-70 bpm and use the Time Machine Pro in Kontakt (HQ), so the quality of the sound is not compromised by bpm changes.

The featured instruments sampled for each category are the following:

Low Drums

Bodhran , Tammorra

Mid Drums

Udu ,Water Drum

High Drums

Coral Shaker  Waterfall Shaker  Rain Shaker Shells Percussions  Bronze Cymbal Tibetan Chimes Ocean Drum

THE VOCAL STYLES OF OMEN

We’ve collaborated with 6 skillful singers, expert in folk vocal styles as in opera and classic music. Here’s a list of the styles we’ve recorded:

Tuvan Throat Singing (Kaargyra and Khoomei)

Male and female

Sardinian Throat Singing (Bassu)

Male and female

South-African Throat Singing (Khosa)

Female

Tuvan polyphonic singing (Szygyt)

Male and Female

Kluning (Scandinavian Herding Chant)

Female

Slavic Singing

Female

Tenor

Male

Soprano

Female

Baritone

Male

Growls, Whispers and Vocal Fry

Male

MPE COMPATIBLE

MPE is the acronym of MIDI Polyphonic Expression. It is a specific MIDI technology which enables multidimensional instruments (for example Roli Seaboard or Haken Continuum) to independently control multiple sound shaping parameter for each individual note.

Omen supports MPE: you can easily MIDI map Volume, Low Pass Filter, High Pass Filter and LFO amount for each of the 4 layers of the playable instrument by using the Mapping screen. All of these parameters can be controlled per note, allowing you to create custom patches of rich, evolving end expressive combinations from 94 selectable vocal sounds and textures, 46 MPE Multis and 70+ Snapshots. To discover more about the MPE implementation of Omen, please consult our free manual(link).

Omen is compatible with any MIDI controller,  you don’t necessarily need an MPE-compatible one and you can map the aforementioned parameters to the MIDI CCs of your controller.

WHAT’S INSIDE OMEN

8 KONTAKT INSTRUMENTS

1 – Vocal Layers

2- Rhythmic Chants

3 – Phrase Builder WAR

4 – Phrase Builder SORCERY

5 – Vocal Horns

6 – Growls-Whispers

7 – Sentences

8 – Percussions Loops

SNAPSHOTS & MULTIS

– 72 Snapshots (for the Vocal Layers instrument only)

– 46 MPE Multis (Based on the Vocal Layers instrument)

SOUND EDITING, CONTROLS AND EFFECTS

– Convolution Reverb (24 Impulse Responses from Acoustic environments, Digital reverbs and Experimental samples)

– Control per-sample or per -layer (according to the instrument): Volume Envelope, High Pass Filter, Low Pass Filter, Filter Resonance, LFO Rate, Amount and Shape.

–  Independent per-sample reverse function for one-shot SFX

–  Intuitive MIDI mapping for both standard MIDI as MPE (Vocal Layers only)

COMPATIBILITY

In order to use the Kontakt instruments in Omen, you need a FULL version of  Kontakt 5.8.1 or above, the free Kontakt PLAYER IS NOT SUPPORTED.

However, you can still access the sample folders, browse the wavs, and use them in you favourite sampler, drag&drop them on the time line of your DAW, import them in a video editing software etc.

As all the .wav files in  ALL our libraries are accessible from the sample folders, we don’t refund orders (unless in the case of accidental double purchase)

UTILITIES

Giovanni Bortoluzzi

Giovanni is a teacher of throat singing (Kaargyraa and Khoomei) from Treviso, Italy. Starting as a jazz drummer and bass player, Giovanni discovered harmonic singing and studied with international masters of overtone singing and throat singing. He’s currently one of the most sought after teachers and performers in Italy, with many students from his native country and abroad. He’s the cofounder of Sherden Overtone Singing, an school focused on teaching the technique of overtone singing with an innovative methodology. https://www.cantodifonico.eu/giovanni-bortoluzzi/

Ilaria Orefice

Ilaria is a teacher of modern and polyphonic singing based in the island of Sardinia, Italy. Currently the only Italian female vocalist specialized in throat singing, she has held masterclasses in Italy, Belgium, Poland and Switzerland. As an independent researcher of folk vocal traditions across the world (with specific focus on Sardinian , Tuvan and Khosa), se has published her studies on scientific journals like Journal of Voice. She is the founder of Sherden Overtone Singing, a music school focused on an innovative approach to teaching overtones and throat singing. https://www.ilariaorefice.it/

Alessandra ‘Psamathes’ Cognetta

Psamathes (Alessandra Cognetta) is a singer, instrumentalist, and music producer based in Rome, Italy. She is known for her wide range (G#2-G6) and vocal versatility, combined with a unique voice color. Her vocal style ranges from powerful belting, several folk techniques, heavy metal growls, to jazz&soul, one-woman choirs, and electronica.  Her solo work spans from nordic folk to metal and orchestral pieces, collaborations include Videogame OST such as Austin Wintory’s score for The Pathless and   Cyberpunk turn-based rhythm RPG “Keylocker”(Main character voice). https://psamathes.bandcamp.com/

Aimeric ‘Hangsvart’ Lerat

Born in 1991 in France, Aimeric is specialised in extreme vocal styles like growl and undertone singing. With experience in the Metal scene as singer, guitarist, bassist and producer, in 2013 he started his first remarkable musical project, Abysmal Growls Of Despair, under the artist name Hangsvart, released by several labels. AGoD explores extreme music, drifting through a wide range of sounds like ritualistic dark ambient, drone and funeral doom. Aimeric is also a a writer and poet, he published short books of poetry and horror stories in French. Aimeric is available as a singer for hire on Soundbetter. https://abysmalgrowlsofdespair.bandcamp.com/

Alessandro Granato

Alessandro is a singer and vocal coach from Naples, Italy. He is a graduate of the Conservatorio di Napoli as an operatic singer and a specialist of extreme high pitch and distorted singing.

He has a long background in Metal and Rock bands and currently very active as a live performer in Italy (with bands Stamina and Sir Joe). Alessandro is a very sought after session singer on Fiverr.

Omen SM

Throat singer and shaman of Italian and Mongolian descent,  whose identity and information will not be disclosed.

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Omen - Ritual Voices and War Chants

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GENERAL
Available as Digital Download only
KONTAKT COMPATIBILITY
Kontakt version required FULL Version of Kontakt 5.8 or above. THE FREE KONTAKT PLAYER IS NOT SUPPORTED.

Please check our free manual if you’ve doubts about the Kontakt version you have.

Snapshots 70+
Multis 46
MIDI compatibility MPE and standard MIDI
TOTAL SIZE AND LICENSE
Size (unzipped) 5.89 GB
License agreement Single-user license, Royalty-Free

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