A Yiddish Female Vocalist Phrase-based Sampled Library
44.1 kHz, 24BIT NCW FORMAT
Royalty and copyright free
FOR NATIVE INSTRUMENTS Kontakt 4.2.4 & 5 FULL VERSION NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE FREE KONTAKT PLAYER!
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2 Instrument Patches:
Traditional Jewish (Yiddish) Female vocalist
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Sonokinetic specializes in in-depth musical history heritage exploration since 2008. With “Yiddish” we fulfill our premise to capture part of the Jewish music culture and complement our signature sampling line with this very recognizable musical style. Different from the mystical Sephardic “Voices of Israel” and our cross-over to the Yemenite style, “Yiddish” brings a more Jewish-European oriented style which found its roots in the high-german and Ashkenazi language.
This library is a very specific and authentic representation of its promised title, a niche in ethnic music that hasn’t been covered in sampling before. With “Yiddish”, Sonokinetic BV is very proud to present to you a continuation in our proven concept in vocal cinematic performance sampling. You can expect the same dedication to high-end sample quality, software performance, instrument handling and documentation that is present in all of our vocal products. This collection will fulfill your professional media-scoring needs when working within this thematic color, style or genre. We hope you will let this breathtaking musical performance and dramatic cinematic vocal fx collection inspire you and show you new compositorial ways.
While in ‘Voices of Israel’ (and Yemenite too in a way) we have shone a light on one side of Israel’s musical culture, the diversity of styles available in that part of the world and the very particular flavour of this one impelled us to musically revisit Tel Aviv, and employ producer Hagai Davidoff to find and record a Yiddish vocalist for us.
As we have worked with Hagai before on ‘Voices of Israel’ and ‘Yemenite’ we knew we could count on him to come up with a great performer, and he found her in Rahel Jaskow. Very adept in this particular historic style and a veritable encyclopedia of little-known facts of Yiddish culture and music, Rahel was the perfect choice to cement this musical heritage into a composing tool for the rest of us. Rahel picked the 10 stunning royalty free songs and the 4 poems that comprise the product, and she improvised an improvisation section and Fx section to match.
Again Sonokinetic sticks with its unbeatable pricing module and high quality sampling standards.
This is an absolute giveaway and hard to resist library if this is what your project needs.
We’re proud to release “Yiddish” and let her spread the inspiration of the Yiddish female vocal sound and the rich culture that is Yiddish folklore music.
We again push the limit trying to capture the magic of very particular music styles with this wide selection of easy to use vocal performances and fx samples, and in doing so providing you the possibility, when need arises, to compose in true Yiddish fashion and blow away your clientele with tracks containing truly professional sounding vocals.
The main GUI for Yiddish consists of four main buttons to choose between Poems, Songs, FX and Improvisations. There are also controls for ITM, phrase X-fade and up to 10 phrase selector buttons. Phrase length, original root key, BPM and stretch are also displayed.
Vocal performance Buttons
With the four main buttons you select a specific voice performance type for your session. You can choose between Poems, Songs, FX or Improvisations. Yiddish loads only the samples that are needed for the part of the instrument you choose to use and the rest are purged from memory once you select another category.
Songs are based on traditional songs, selected for their text content and complementary character. Improvisations are delved from hours of creative inspired chanting and filled with decennia of musical cultural heritage of the singer. Poems and FX fill this collection with creative vocal sounds and FX of spoken words and typically usable voice performances like whispering, hissing, calling and breathing.
Songs & Improvisations:
To the left of the interface are the Phrase Selector buttons. For the Songs and Improvisations you can choose up to 10 different sets of phrases. When you pick a particular Song or Improvisation using these buttons, the available root keys are displayed as red keys from MIDI key A0 to G#1. It’s worth noting that not all songs are available in every single root key. This is due to the natural limitations of vocal performance and realistic time stretching. The playable range is indicated by the blue keys and varies depending on which Song or Improvisation you choose.
With Improvisations only, the green keys towards the top of the keyboard trigger short phrase end note samples at an appropriate pitch.
There are 4 phrase selector switches for the various poems. As these are not pitched there are no red keyswitches, simply a playable range of blue and green keys. The first set of keys (blue) is spoken, the second set (green) whispered.
The FX simply has a playable range of blue keys with no phrase selector buttons, all available effects are mapped across the keyboard.
TRANSLATIONS can be found in the 2.Additionals/Documents/ folder.
A new feature of Yiddish, additional to some other Sonokinetic vocal libraries, is the introduction of a phrase crossfade function. This control can be turned on and off either with the button on the interface or by using MIDI keyswitches C2 and C#2.
Activating the X-fade function allows vocal phrases to blend into one another and can help achieve a more natural sounding performance. As the slider is moved to the right, the cross-fade time between the ending of one phrase and the beginning of another is increased. Careful use of this control will solve any issues you may have with phrases being cut off abruptly. When Phrase X-fade is active the instrument will perform in a sort of ‘legato’ mode, so you will not be able to play multiple phrases simultaneously.
About the artist
Rahel Jaskow lives in Jerusalem, Israel, where she works as a singer and translator. Her CD, Day of Rest (available at CD Baby), won the Just Plain Folks Award for Best Ethnic Album in 2001.
About the studio engineer
Hagai Davidoff is a critically acclaimed composer, producer, and arranger specializing in orchestral and acoustical simulations. He also produced Yemenite sample library for Sonokinetic.
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