St. Helen’s Cantores

St. Helen’s Cantores

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“After the buzz of making my first instrument – my singing radiator – I thought it might be cool to make a choir from the students who go to school at St. Helen’s in Oxfordshire where I work. We recorded it one lunchtime in our beautiful school chapel with the intention of doing “Mms”, “Oohs”, “Aahs”, and then some blowy wind-type effects… but we only managed “Mms” and “Oohs” in the time available. We’ll need another session.

I used a Rode NT4 stereo condenser in front of the choir and an Olympus LS-5 at the rear of the chapel to pick up some reverb, and then mixed these together. The chapel is next to the kitchen so there’s some weird external extractor fan I needed to get rid of using iZotope RX7. I also, de-rumbled the samples and comped them using Adobe Audition. Then into Logic to filter out some resonance and added some Space Designer splosh.

Needless to say, this isn’t supposed to compete with SA’s Eric Whitacre’s library! I quite like the odd creak as a singer moves against a bench mid-take, or the faint whooping of another student realising it’s sausages for lunch in the corridor outside. Stick it in your DAW with a rich churchy reverb and it sounds awesome. If someone wants to have a go creating an EXS24 version, be my guest!

I guess I love the idea of the perpetual wheel of these young singers just starting out in life, and already contributing to the artistic community many of them hope to go on and be a part of. The world needs more music in it, and it’s with great pleasure that we offer you guys this humble little choir library.”

 


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Live and Vibrant

5.0 rating
January 29, 2021

A very vibrant sound! I love it. Thank You

J.G.Thwaits

Awesome

5.0 rating
September 28, 2020

Just simply “Beautiful”

Stephen Wilson

Beautiful Youthful Choir with Some Minute Flaws

4.0 rating
May 28, 2020

Incredibly beautiful choir library! I did notice some of the samples had thuds or background noise ( the F5 sample was one of them), which given the circumstances, is somewhat understandable. If you really want to be nit-picky, you can edit them out using open-source Audacity or Izotope RX. Other than that, I hope to see some expansion in the future on this.

Camron Hughes

Intimate Sounding Choir

5.0 rating
May 24, 2020

I’ve been looking for a girls choir library and stumbled upon this, it’s heaven. Big Thanks and looking forward for more of this. Very intimate sounding choir and great mixing. Can definitely compete with other paid intermediate choir libraries.

Josh

Very nice, and tantalising for those without the full Kontakt

4.0 rating
May 16, 2020

It would be amazing if someone would re-package these as EXS24.

Rui Carmo

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A school choir recorded with a Rode NT4 stereo condenser and an Olympus LS-5.

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