The Discord Choir

How to make some choir samples with friends when it's lockdown and everyone must stay at home? Use Discord of course!...

The story

How to make some choir samples with friends when it’s lockdown and everyone must stay at home? Use Discord of course!

For the #PianobookWinterVoices project, I created (with a little help from my friends) five samples using Discord.

I wanted to put into practice what I had seen during the Olafur Arnalds concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris last year. Before one of his song, Olafur asks the audience to sing one note, all together. He records this sound for about 20 seconds and uses it as a pad for his song. I tried to adapt this technique to a recording session via Discord with my friends.

It went a little more glitchy as I expected, but after a bit of editing, time-stretching and several EQs and reverbs, the result is quite nice!

A HUGE thank you to Alexandre, Céline, Julie, Léa, Louis, Ophélie, Susan and Zazou!

More about the creation of this instrument: https://youtu.be/ukIM4yA8d5o

Reviews

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  • Beautiful

    Just amazing with beautiful full rich sounds that inspire and makes me want to compose something just to be a part of it. Well done . A great effort.

    Brian16 October 2021
  • Phenomenal

    If only commercial vocal libraries were this inspiring and usable. The voices are so balanced and the samples are so tonally even across the entire range. The addition of filter mapping to the Mod Wheel is a welcome addition. This is the standard for choir libraries on PB!

    Sam Ecoff15 October 2021
  • For me this one it's perfect.

    To be honest I would have paid for this library..I mean it just perfect! You guys really all did an amazing job , this is without a doubt one of my favorite libraries if I want to add some choirs to my songs. Also thanks for the wonderful gift of putting this stunning library on Decent Sampler ❤

    ARKAN14 October 2021
  • It is just awesome

    The idea...the sound...its a brilliant idea.

    Heikki Ketola13 October 2021
  • Discord for Decent Sampler.

    Thank you! It's neat, and it sounds great.

    thelonehighway12 October 2021
  • But how though?

    I can't even begin to imagine how a library as pristine as this was possibly recorded remotely through Discord; it honestly baffles me. I downloaded this library a good while back, and it's been a real mainstay in my arsenal. The library has a very nice and soft tone to it that makes it perfect for writing very ambient or orchestral pieces. The GUI isn't anything fancy -it's practical, does what it's supposed to, and does it well. The few criticisms that I could think of are the following: There are some notes that are obviously pitched, which isn't entirely a problem in it of itself, but it does colour the choir to an extent that might not suit everyone's tastes. I've never had much of an issue with it myself, but I could see that being a slight turn off for someone else. Some of the higher notes have some rather loud resonances in the 500 Hz range, which, if not handled with care, could get a bit overpowering, though I found this issue to be very circumstantial. All in all, a really solid library, and a definite recommendation if you're looking for a quality choir.

    Hidde Pieters12 October 2021
  • Lusciously Textured

    If Christian came out and said this was the sample pack that inspired the 'inspired' metric of reviewing, I would believe it 100%. Chords played vary from alluring to haunting, and add wonderful textures to whatever piece they appear. This sample pack was a large inspiration in an ambient piece I wrote, that now serves as my morning alarm. I highly recommend the Discord Choir to everyone.

  • A Gem From A Pianobook Hero

    Fred's work on creating EXS conversion to Decent Sampler techniques is such a gift to the community, and so is this amazing choir. Well worth reading the story behind this. I think how it turned out is staggering and a great tool if you're looking for beautiful voices that.... dare I say it... haven't been sung by virtuosos?

    Christian Henson12 October 2021