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Mystica is a sample library that incorporates a beautifully sounding women’s choir into a user-friendly programmed library – our reviewer may be in love.

by A. Arsov, Sept. 2014

Eduardo Tarilonte is an award winning producer of sample libraries. Lately he has mainly focused his production on vocal libraries, making a whole series of various vocal libraries covering almost everything, from male and female choirs to various solo voices. This time he decided to sample a classical chamber choir: eight ladies, twice as many microphones (just my guess) and plenty of recording and programming. The end result is on the same high quality level as all the other award-winning libraries by this author. Notably, Mystica covers types of vocal material that fits perfectly with so many different genres. You can easily imagine the voices of this chamber choir with D’nB rhythm, not to mention how easily it could be used with all sorts of atmospheric, chill-out or down-tempo types of music. At the same time it is simply born to be used inside any sort of cinematic tracks. It sounds so James Bond-ish that you can almost hear all those fast staccato strings around the voices whenever you put your fingers on a keyboard.

Details, Details…

You will need a Kontakt player (included) and five GB of a free space to experience these mystical voices. Everything else is a piece of cake. Load one of the included instruments, or we should rather call them presets, and off you go. In the main directory we can find a preset called Mystica – Chamber Choir, where the choir voices range through two octaves, followed by an octave and a half of various sighs and “Shh” sounds. On the lower part of a keyboard we have two octaves of various articulations; actually different short words and syllables are used as key-switch elements for changing the voice of a melody when you are playing a melody in the main two octave voice range. All those words and syllables naturally resolve into a legato vowel courtesy of the implemented “True Legato” technique (don’t ask – never mind – it works). And below those basic key-switch elements in green are another set of key-switches colored in red for switching between various vowels with one additional B1 key (it is out of a visible range of a Kontakt’s internal keyboard, so it is a bit tricky to find) for murmuring “Mmm” articulation.

Maybe I’ve lost you during this description, but it is actually very simple. With the right hand you can play your melody, changing articulations on the fly with your left hand. Nothing new really, but on most of the other libraries that use this same principle, it can be pretty tricky if you are not a skilled keyboard player, somewhat trained with that approach. But doing this with the Mystica choir produces very natural sounding results, even without any further programming in case keyboard is not your main instrument. With all those libraries it is always the same scenario – there is always a need for programming. If the developer didn’t do that for you, than you must do it. Thankfully, Tarilonte did this for us.

And This Is Only the Beginning …

On the same preset, only one click away is a phrase/word builder, where you can combine twenty eight different words with almost one hundred voice elements. Of course the words are in Latin language, so there will not be any “I love you honey bee” sort of combinations, but it still sounds very natural, mystical and joyful. You can even export and import your phrases using them for any other project. Every new note brings a new word. You can also fine tune your phrases or melodies (working also with basic vowels, not only with word-builder) with Envelope Attack and Release sliders, along with additional sliders for reverb, vibrato intensity and vibrato rate. The library offers also a few more exotic additions, like Autovowel, which causes the last vowel in a word to also be used for the next note, as long as the notes are played legato. It is ideal for remaking the well-known Kajagoogoo hit “Never ending story-yyyy aaa-aaa-aaa” in the Latin language. There is also a solo mode (which does not work with word-builder), which puts your choir in monophonic mode. Another interesting option is a Hold mode, where two words or syllables could be connected together in wordbuilder by pressing the hold button while playing legato notes, but I’m just not so sure where I could use it since I don’t speak the Latin language.

Further Up the Road

The next preset is called Mystica Phrases where we can find various melody phrases, even not-so-short ones, ranging over two and a quarter octaves – very useful if you just need a preprogrammed phrase or two to spice up your arrangement. This is perhaps not so essential, but it is still nice to have. There are also two more directories with additional set of presets: one directory with effect presets in which we get various whisperings and lamentations ranging over the keyboard, and another directory with soundscape presets in which various vocal phrases are floated around space soaked in reverb and delay. Maybe that doesn’t seem like much to you, but the main “Mystica Choral Choir” preset actually offers so much that, even without all those soundscapes and effects additions, this would be the best library in the vocal series from Tarilonte. After all we have a very realistic sounding women’s choir in which all those different voices, vowels and syllables could be very easily applied to any arrangement almost without any further editing. At least, this is my personal opinion. Mystica proves to be one of the most useful voice libraries that I have ever reviewed, incorporating a beautifully sounding women’s choir into a very user-friendly programmed library. So, this time the compliments not only goes only to Eduardo, who made all that possible, but to the ladies who did their job as only ladies can do – perfectly. They absolutely deserved to be named here: Rosa Plata, Verónica Plata, Ruth Over, Conchita Cortés, Estefa Alcántara, Solomia Antoniak, Maribel Rueda and Susana Casas.

Ten out of ten stars for this one – for the ladies and for Eduardo Tarilonte.

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