New House Choir

Recorded in a house with high ceilings and very little furniture, capturing its natural character.......

The story

I had just moved into a new house. The floors were still bare wood and we had not yet moved all of our furniture in. The ceilings vault from 9ft to 11ft in the three largest rooms. So there was a lot of bouncy natural reverb happening– the kind you normally don’t want in your recording room. But if you are listening to someone across the house, the verb mixing in has an interesting character.

So I grabbed an 8 foot ladder and a couple of microphones some basic USB Sudotack ones and set them both up high in the front room. Then I recorded my own voice from several positions from 3 rooms away. I wanted the mics to capture a lot of the bouncy verb that was happening. Then I moved the mics to a position somewhere in the middle of the house and recorded a few more singing positions. Then a 3rd mic position near the back of the house, and some more singing positions.

I’m not a perfect singer by any means, and my pitch definitely wavers a bit. I considered naming this instrument the Warts-And-All Choir. You might be able to hear my kids playing in the backyard on some of the notes. But, in addition to capturing the sound of the house, I wanted something that was imperfect that I could use when I need something that sounds flawed.

The recordings were mixed in Logic, and then tripled, altering the formant on the copied tracks with a vocal transformer. A small amount of Spaces reverb was added to smooth out some of the releases. There are 2 velocity layers with the lower velocities playing only part of the choir and the upper velocities playing the full choir.

Here is a demo using the New House Choir: https://soundcloud.com/user-362029491/new-house-choir?si=b0aabc766c1c4a36b8bfcfb264dbb203

Christmas Music for Gamers using New House Choir

Interface

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  • This is good for my productons

    This is very good for what I'm doing now. Not every production needs an 100+ member epic choir. Its limitations are its strength. Going to combine this with The Meyer Choir and see how the productions sound. The final recordings should be VERY interesting.

    NavidLancaster10 December 2021
  • Good standard choir

    Really good choir , recorded well and overall a good library , the only thing that I would love is some adsr control because I always like to mess around with instruments. Anyway I feel like the release is too short and sometimes it feels "unnatural" if I want a more realistic approach on it and needs more volume because it is too quite but I understand why because this seems like a "gospel" type of choir

    ARKAN16 December 2021
  • A nice small choir

    This is a very simple vocal patch but it works very nicely with a cute choir sound signature. The choir seems to be singing "ah" and the room sounds nice too. It has been recorded very well, and the playable range is 3 octaves long, although I feel that below the lowest A, it starts sounding noisy and artificial. You miiiight be able to detect some ever so slight tuning issues too, but it's not broken by any means.

    Right now the release feels a little short for me, because I feel that the room echo gets cut fairly quickly. This gets fixed by introducing the Reverb, and honestly it makes it sound very good. Try to apply your own verbs too, they work great!

    Alex Raptakis10 December 2021
  • Atmospheric!

    Very nice little choir that will have a place in some compositions for sure....main issue is around the low volume of the samples, but this can of course be remedied to a degree......

    Phantomfingers31 December 2021
  • Gregorian sound

    This choir kind of gives me that medieval Gregorian vibe. Its a nice sound but for me personally it's a bit plain and sterile. There are many other choirs on piano book i prefer to this one. There are some interesting little pitch variations i think are nice though and i think this would be useful for layering with other choirs. I also might not like this so much because they seem to be singing "ah" which i think is a lot less versatile than "mm" which is kind of just like a hum and can fit into more contexts for me. I still think this would be really useful in certain situations and i think others might really like this.

    septemberwalk10 December 2021
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