Winter Voices

A vocal library featuring hundreds of voices contributed by the Pianobook community....

The story

To help rescue Christmas 2020 we decided to make a very special gift for the Pianobook community… and asked them to help make it.

The worlds biggest sample library made from 1000 vocal (and vocal-like) sounds donated from over 400 submissions from all over the world!

Winter Voices is a available in both Kontakt 5 format (requiring the full paid version of Kontakt) and Decent Sampler format (available for free).

Donate

2020 has been a very tough year for the creative industry and, whilst Winter Voices (like all Pianobook instruments) is free, if you enjoy it and are able provide a small donation, Pianobook is supporting #WeMakeEvents, which splits donation across a range of charities supporting the arts during this hard time, including Acting for Others, Music Support, Stagehand and #MakeItBlue. Donate here:

https://we-make-events.raisely.com/pianobook-winter-voices

 

Credits

Massive thanks to:

  • Angus Roberts-Carey for coming up the Winter Voices concept, organising all the submissions, building the Kontakt templates and some amazing patches
  • Rupert Coulson and Jake Jackson for mixing
  • Zoë Wenban for the amazing graphics
  • Dave Hilowitz for creating the DecentSampler versions of all the patches
  • Christian, Jo, Robbie, Simon, Stephen for all the support behind the scenes on Pianobook
  • Everyone who contributed videos and samples to make the Winter Voices a reality!

Videos

Thank you to everyone who contributed a video for the Winter Voice project. You can browse them all below!

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Reviews

Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • All Together Now

    What a great project this was, bringing everyone together and resulting in an incredible instrument. Some idiot who can't sing even played didgeridoo I'm thankfully low in the mix

    Jim Sanger18 October 2021
  • Chills and INSTANT inspiration!

    This instrument is from another planet. Incredibly inspirational with a unique sound that makes you want to write music from your deepest secrets. BRAVO! Some minor bugs in the interface that needs some attention, and maybe some more FX-options could be nice.

    Soundthrills18 October 2021
  • A lot of work went into this very nice sample set

    Great quality and useable with some tweaking. This is one of my favorite Decent Sampler instruments to use. Paired up with keys it sounds great.

    acousticshade17 October 2021
  • Great Sounding Voices that Brought the Community Together

    Not only is this sample pack immediately playable and musically useful, I feel good every time I use it because I remember how it united so many people in a common cause. To me, this is one of the must-haves on PB.

    Sam Ecoff16 October 2021
  • The Soul of Pianobook

    I had this library since the beginning and I am absolutely in love with it. Not because it's free, and not because it's imperfect - it's not anyway. Sure some samples have some extra noise that builds up in chords. Sure the GUI could be a little better. But it doesn't matter. This is the true nature of Pianobook. The essence of collaboration, the feeling of unity, a reminder that we have each other, and we are not alone in this imperfect world. Big thanks to whoever contributed to this project.

    Alex Raptakis14 October 2021
  • Like no other

    The story behind this pack is gold as is the result of all the submissions, curating and mixing. You could write a cue or an intro with just these. This is Pianobook at its finest.

    Bob Ellis14 October 2021
  • Woah! Pure inspiration.

    This is full if different sounds but I particularly love the frozen textures as a "wall of sound" type pad.

    CJ Thomas13 October 2021
  • Best on pianobook

    A genius idea, massive recordings and beautiful textures like no other. This is a must get!

    Heikki Ketola13 October 2021
  • Another ispiration points

    Many well-calibrated sounds that have found their place in different compositional situations. Thanks

    Onair13 October 2021
  • Beautiful sounds!

    A big choir from all over the world. This library has wonderful, inspirational and eerie sounds, with nice textures continuously evolving. A sound that fill out a whole room just by themselves. This has a lot of uses but hearing the sounds alone, after a whole day of stress, it's really relaxing for me. A really great library and thanks everyone who contributed to it!

    George Mihaileanu13 October 2021
  • One of the best library on Pianobook

    Just perfect , this entire project it's amazing! My most favourite patch in this library is Winter Evo Slow series

    ARKAN13 October 2021
  • Voices like none other

    This is truly one of the most amazing sample packs I have ever heard in my short career, by such a margin that I can't even imagine what it would take to dethrone Winter Voices. Lusciously textured, it's the human voice in a way that has never really been heard before. I found this absolutely perfect for those instances when you want the effect a human voice can have on a piece without sounding like everyone else's choral recordings. I was deeply inspired the moment I tried this sample pack out, spending the next few weeks of my life working on that piece. Time well spent, and I look forward to the next project that calls for these sounds. I did want to add one note; my experience is limited, so the issue may be my own, but I found use of the chorus limited, in that short notes don't play well at all out of the box, and would need a lot of additional help say, from effect plugins, automation, etc. I feel this might limited it's uses in some ways.

  • One of the greatest sample libraries I have ever heard

    I watched Christian Henson's video describing this collaborative project, which was very compelling. But when I then downloaded and tried out Winter Voices, I was utterly stunned by the quality and emotional impact of each of the patches. Found an immediate use for some of them in a project I was working on. This library is immense and magical. The fact that it is free is incredible, and most appreciated! Thanks to all involved.

    T. W. Tobin12 October 2021