Review – The Voices of Eduardo Tarilonte ( Altus: The Voice of Renaissance and Cantus: Gregorian Chants)
Eduardo Tarilonte brings us two remarkable new vocal libraries through Best Service: voices of the Renaissance in Altus and Gregorian chant in Cantus.
by Alex Arsov, May 2014
Altus: The Voice of Renaissance and Cantus: Gregorian Chants
Eduardo Tarilonte started a new series of libraries through Best Service, bringing us sampled human voices in all shapes and colors. After his first trials in Forest Kingdom, where opera soprano voice was one of the best parts of the otherwise already excellent library, Eduardo decided to dedicate more time and effort in this field, bringing us Shevannai: The Voice of Elves as his first all-voice library. Now we have Cantus, followed a month later by Altus.
OK, we all know what he can do with his libraries, and that he sells them to Best Service (actually, he is a Best Service employee). So, the only question is: “What we can do with them?”
None of those libraries contain any advanced word-builder tools (Cantus have a basic word builder where you can combine various Latin words – but you can’t add any new words) , but we have enough various articulations, different syllables and even words, ranked over the lower keys of the keyboard, which we can use in a melody by just pressing the appropriate key for the chosen articulation or voice. With a touch of programming, you can achieve very impressive results, fulfilling your cinematic or any other sort of ambient track, adding some voice background. All those libraries also serve well for adding some background vocals to your main, live vocalist.
No matter what you can do, or what you can’t, all Tarilonte’s voice libraries sound very authentic. So, if you spend some additional time combining various articulations, tweaking some controllers, you get a real vocal line, a vocal line which is a bit limited by the number of different voices, but still no one should recognize that those limited number of syllables or words come from a sample library.
Altus: The Voice of Renaissance
This is a voice library that contains cleverly programmed tenor voices sung by José Hernández Pastor. With keyswitches on the lower keys, you can assign various different words. As soon as you start playing legato, the next note does not start playing the sample from the beginning of the word, but instead uses one of the looped vowels (the one that you have selected) so that the transition from note to note sounds much more natural than it would if the first letter from the played word were to be used.
That’s definitely something which we could call “clever programming.”
There is also one additional preset with various phrases sung by the same tenor, and it is a useful addition as those phrases always come in handy for adding a touch of human voice to your arrangements. For good measure we also get fifteen different soundscapes made from those vocal samples, so all in all, for $149 USD you get your personal tenor vocalist, a bit limited edition compared to having a real vocalist in your studio, but combining Tarilonte’s clever programming with your clever programming, nobody will notice that. After all, it sounds as real as a real vocalist can sound (that’s the trademark for all Tarilonte’s libraries). The only imperfection is that vocal samples cover only one octave, so you should adapt your song to the vocal and not vice versa.
Cantus: Gregorian Chants
A Gregorian Monk Ensemble is prepared to cooperate with you for $199 USD. For that money you will get an octave and a half of a pristine Gregorian Ensemble singing various phrases or vowels. This library is easy to use, and it sounds very realistic. Transitions between notes is even better than expected, and the sample quality is at Tarilonte’s classic high standard. There is even a word builder where you can combine various Latin words, making a very realistic Monk experience with no effort, so no matter how you use it, by building the phrase out of the word builder, or by just combining various vowels, the end result is very natural and realistic. While using Altus is a matter of personal taste, this one is almost unmissable. It suits every music genre, serving as a lead vocal line, or even as a great background for a live vocal line.
For better measure, we also get nineteen soundscapes made from vocal samples and a preset with prerecorded phrases. At first I thought there are just few of them, but after pressing few keyswitches, I discovered that every key in the lower range brings a new set of phrases, a cool and nice addition for instant use if your intention is just to add a touch of human voice to your composition.
A very inspiring library that can put your arrangement onto a whole new level.
I’m sure that Eduardo will bring us some more vocal libraries in the future, so be prepared to leave your safe instrumental field, adding some new colors to your composition. In a previous issue I already represented you Shevannai: The Voice of Elves. In combination with Altus and Cantus, you already have almost everything that you need for spicing your cinematic, ambient or even electro songs. Almost, because Tarilonte never sleeps, so beware.
Available on Bestservice site:
Altus; The Voice of Renaissance – $149 USD
Cantus: Gregorian Chants – $199 USD