In the year of the Great Pandemic, a cinematic pop quartet called the Sons of Serendip, consisting of cello, harp, piano, and a vocalist, found themselves in quite the predicament. Due to the social distancing decree, enacted by the kings and lords across the land, they found it difficult to procure performances. In need of means to maintain their livelihood, they turned to recording, licensing, and scoring. In their research of said means, and software instruments to realize their new venture, they serendipitously stumbled upon the great Sir Christian Henson of Spitfire Audio and his bold project, The Piano Book. You see, Sir Henson was of the school of thought that the common good could best be attained not only by providing the hungry with fish, but teaching them how to fish. More concretely put, providing software instruments only gets your pupils so far; but teaching how to create them enriches the entire community. And so, under his remote tutelage, the Sons of Serendip sat out to create their own software instruments for their projects, the first of which is the one now in your possession: Micah’s Choir.
I, Cordaro, the arranger for Sons of Serendip, called upon Micah, a theologian by training, musical empath by blood, and a phenomenal cantor to boot, and asked him to channel his being into 4 dynamic layers of bleeding heartache; to reflect the pain latent in recent global affairs. Due care was taken to not numb or sterilize the pain, but to allow each note and layer to have its own idiosyncrasies. Simply move the modwheel and you will feel the ache in each layer. And to honor the current zeitgeist, a time where many find it hard to breath, the sighs and gasps for air that followed each note were assigned to release triggers. Play the note at high velocities for a quick jolt of ache. Play the note at low velocity for more of a growing throb.
And to pay homage to the isolation in which we find ourselves, move the lever called “Reverence.” In the words of the great Blaise Pascal, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Let the reverberation of an empty impulse reflection bring you to reverence and solemnity as you do your part to solve the ache in the world.
(Note: I’ve also included a “monolith” file in case there is any confusion in opening the instrument. With monolith, you do not need to worry about file paths, etc.)
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Really good sound
Great sound and vocal skill. GUI is simple and samples respond well to cc data. Fits well in a mix!
Simply one of Pianobook's best
One of Pianobook's best. The 'ache' fader says it all and is programmed really well to transition from the soft "oo" sound to the open "ah" vowel at the top of the fader. The tone of Micah's voice shines through and is utterly gorgeous. Bravo!
An incredibly distinctive performance from Micah, this library feels really personal. One of the best on the site.
Beautiful and inspirational
Stunning sound quality and beautifully layers for expression. As soon as I loaded this up and hit a chord I was mesmerized, inspiration hit and I immediately worked it in my new soundcloud offering. Try it and you will not be disappointed
One of the best choirs in Pianobook!
I absolutely love this choir library. The sampling job is great, and the modwheel layers are amazing! I also loved that the artist kept it realistic - the voices stop after they run out of breath, and you actually hear a release sample of them breathing. If this had a better GUI and some further controls over the release samples it would undoubtedly be a perfect 5/5. Give it some legato patches and it would easily be an amazing premium library.
One of the best on Piano Book
This vocal library is without a doubt one of the most usable, most playable, and most wonderful of all the sample libraries on PB. It's so very difficult to keep vocal samples human sounding and yet usable. This library walks that line perfectly. I wish some of the commercial vocal libraries I've purchased over the years were as useful as this one. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful instrument with the PB community!
Best vocal I've come across to date
Beautifully captured voices. Have used this a number of times in the past months. Soulful, gentle...yeah it's lush
Something that sample libraries don't tend to have. Is a lot of vocal character, and this has that. Really great, this sound will steal the show in a track.
This is in my template and is one of my favourite Pianobook instruments.
This library is just a pure joy and sorrow to play, It's very well put together and the dynamic layers give it a lot of depth. This is another I have used in several productions and I love to add it when I need a bit more feeling and movement in a vocal pad. This is simply a must have. I'm not sure I can say much beyond that it is one of my favourites here and I recommend it to everyone.
A really good supplement to a dense textural landscape
This choir has really tasteful selection of dynamics, intuitive means of using those dynamics, and the sonic footprint makes this fit really nicely in a dense cluster of sound. Strong but not at all painful formant with crisp sibilance makes this library feel really fresh
Heartfelt Humbling Harmonies
Love the voice. Had to play around quite a bit with the 'ache' to get a smoother transition between notes. I think I might be missing some thing. I am not 'techy' so got a little frustrated at first. I can see this sounding awesome if some one with more knowledge than me spent time setting it up.
It feels as if you are immersed in the sound. Intimate, and usable across different genres.
Made Me Cry
This is just utterly delightful, the ache in Micah's voice is palpable. A truly inspiring masterpiece of a sample pack.