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Spitfire Audio Announce Eric Whitacre Contrast Sample Library Pre-order

Spitfire Audio have announced the availability of the Eric Whitacre Contrast Sample Library pre-order, for £199.00 / $239.00, increasing to £249.00 / $299.00 upon it’s release. The library is scheduled to be released on October 26th.

The acclaimed release of Eric Whitacre Choir from Spitfire Audio five years ago captured the breathtaking range of the most emotive musical instrument – the human voice. Advance to today, and Spitfire Audio releases Eric Whitacre Contrast – a sample library that surpasses the sonic boundaries of traditional choral performance, pushing the human voice to powerful new extremes.

Curated by GRAMMY® Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, Eric Whitacre Contrast features all-new performances from 19 world-class singers, captured in AIR Studios, offering 245 contemporary techniques made with remarkable clarity and precision.  

Also presented in standard mode and Spitfire Audio’s Evo Grid for instant inspiration, these emotive textures are pushed to breathtaking new extremes in the eDNA synth engine, which enables recombining of these techniques to create inspiring new sounds – while also featuring bespoke presets from three special guest sound artists. 

A living, breathing machine of sonic metamorphosis with limitless creative sound design possibilities, for any genre of music, available as a standalone library or as an addition to Eric Whitacre Choir and other Spitfire Audio sample libraries.

At the heart of the library are 245 experimental techniques performed by 19 members of the Eric Whitacre Singers (Soprano 5, Alto 5, Tenor 4, Bass 5) recorded with a comprehensive range of mic positions in the stunning acoustics of AIR Studios, home of countless blockbuster scores. Each technique, curated with the awe-inspiring expertise of Eric Whitacre, is presented with two contrasting tones — ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’ — Light created with an open vowel shape, and Dark with a closed vowel shape. This seemingly subtle change creates a completely different tone and timbre. The techniques themselves — aptly named fragments, shards, divergences, murmuring, prisms — have been carefully curated to subtly (and sometimes dramatically) dance and move beneath your fingertips, moving at different intervals and through varying shifts in dynamic, tone, and pitch. 

Spitfire Audio’s Scale Mode technology allows music makers to select from any of the seven diatonic modes, or build their own scale. From there, it intelligently selects the samples that conform to that scale, split by velocity, developing these intervallic techniques and triggering wider intervals at higher velocities. All techniques can also be recombined and layered in Spitfire Audio’s Evo Grid, mappable across the keyboard in endless combinations, either manually or in pre-made configurations of rich, evolving textures. Click ‘Feeling Lucky’ to randomise these combinations for instant inspiration, breathing new life into your music.

Features include:

  • 19 singers – five Soprano, five Alto, four Tenor, five Bass – captured at Lyndhurst Hall, AIR Studios
  • Three GUIs – Standard, Evo Grid, eDNA synth engine
  • 245 techniques
  • 92 user presets
  • 24 warps
  • Three mixes – Small, Medium, Big
  • 11 signals – Close, Tree, Outrigger, Mid, Ambient, Gallery, Wide Stereo, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
  • 61,442 samples
  • ~66GB download size 

The Eric Whitacre Contrast Sample Library requires Spitfire Audio’s library app (player)

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