Voices Of Israel

A Sephardic Yewish Female Vocalist Phrase-based Sampled Library



48 kHz, 24 Bit wave format
1.300+ SAMPLES
800 MB uncompressed
Royalty and copyright free
content license



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Instrument Patches

15 instrument patches:
Chants DFD,Chants TMP K5.nki,
Chants TS.nki,
Poems DFD.nki,
Poems TMP K5.nki,
Poems TS.nki,
Songs DFD.nki,
Songs TMP K5.nki,
Songs TS.nki,
Western Improvs DFD.nki,
Western Improvs TMP K5.nki,
Western Improvs TS.nki,
Whispered DFD.nki,
Whispered TMP K5.nki,
Whispered TS.nki

Sampled Instruments

Traditional Jewish (Sephardic) Female vocalist

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About Voices Of Israel

Bringing you the sound of an ancient country,
For the first time in sampling history, Sonokinetic is proud to present this unique and one of a kind female vocals sample library. FIlled with intriguing, mysterious and authentically sung traditional jewish music. Performed by one of the greatest contemporary classical Jewish singers of our time; Hadass Pal Yarden. Her musical talents, professional and impressive sound and specifically specialized musical style makes these captured performances stand out from any other previous Sonokinetic projects. This library offers you chants, improvisations, poems and songs in one of the numerous classical Jewish traditional styles namely; “Sephardic” music. This first volume of “Voices of Israel” also includes improvisations on western harmonics which complements music written in western musical root harmonics, which makes this library very flexible and versatile to implement into your musical projects. The proven vocal sampling concept of Sonokinetic’s vocal sampling libraries continues with another dedicated ethnic vocal collection. Combining non-western vocalic musical elements into a tool for serious professional music productions. To give your production the extra authenticity that’ll make it unique and stand out in realism and originality. 1300+ vocal elements in various keys and speeds will provide you with a pallet that’s not matched in many other vocal sample libraries. The intuitive use of the Native Instruments Kontakt engine guarantees you countless numbers of variations by combining melodic patterns, sung melodies accessible in several phrases, vocal effects, spoken words and more Jewish Sephardic origin styled samples.

Many of the Songs, poems and texts performed by Hadass have never before been recorded and we translated them into a great ‘tool’ for composers. With this, Sonokinetic establishes another large and great collection of non-western vocal music based on art music and ancient musical origins.

We always try to push the limit to capture a generic soundscape with a wide selection of user-friendly, easy to use sample collections.

Disclaimer: Jewish music theory and character is very different form western music. Due to it’s many microtones and typical tone distances used in these songs. But as a general reference we found that a lot of our minor and major keys go well with these samples. We specifically applied western tuning while recording these samples. All these harmonic references are interchangeable and can be combined to create thousands of original combinations. The full potential of this sample library is yet to be unleashed. For quick – no – nonsense recording and a perfect fit to your minor harmonics please refer to the ‘western minor improvisations’ patches.

Technical Overview

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The Interface

Main view: keyswitches, harmonic root and BPM buttons, breathing samples
Red zones: Keys witches for root harmony keys
Green zones: Breathing sfx samples
Yellow zones: BPM (tempo) switchers. Correspond with the buttons on the interface
Blue zones: vocal samples
Cyan zones: Ending phrases
White zones: Empty zones

Patches with TS: pitch wheel modulation. Speeds up and slows down phrases Note: All recordings have been traditionally recorded without click track. These songs are unaccompanied ancient monophonic vocal ‘songs’.

First select a BPM with the yellow keys, and then a root key with the red ones, the samples are grouped by BPM and by root key.

Convolution view: 4 Sonokinetic voice IR’s

All NKI patches have reverb applied to them by default. The convolution reverb can be bypassed when the amount is turned down to 0% by clicking on the left side “Wet Level” and turned down. Impulse Response selection: by pressing the IR sphere another of the four available rooms is activated.
Available IR’s

  • Synagogue 1: Main Synagogue centered stereo IR
  • Synagogue 2: Rectangle high ceiling Synagogue centered stereo IR
  • Synagogue 3: Stone wall Synagogue centered stereo IR
  • Large Dome: Mid size dome stone & marble*

(*from the Tigris&Euphrates library)

Room Size slider: This compresses or stretches the impulse response in time. Click & drag on the right side of the sphere to adjust the blue level bar.
Wet Level: Controls the level of the original and processed signals. 0% = bypass 100% = full signal. Click & drag on the left side of the sphere to adjust the blue level bar.
Amount: Controls the level of the original and processed signals. 0% = bypass 100% = full signal.

Sphere in Action

Envelope & Breath tab:

Changes in this tab will affect the instrument at Group level. To keep the your custom setting please resave the patch. Next time when loaded it will load the custom settings. (Consider renaming to have a backup when needed)
Attack: The time it takes the envelope to reach maximum level after triggering.
Release: The time it takes the envelope to fall from the sustain level back to zero after the key has been released.
Breath: 19 velocity mapped breath samples. Triggered by the velocity. Volume determines the output level of this sample group. Mapped under the green colored keys


Voices of Israel Review

Voices of Israel Review Musictech

Test: Sonokinetic Voices of Israel (German)

Voices of Israel steht ganz im Zeichen traditioneller jüdischer Musik und präsentiert mit Hadass Pal Yarden eine Vokalistin und Expertin der Sephradic Musik mit akademischer Auszeichnung und reicher Liveperformance-Erfahrung. Die Library ist nicht nur eine Hommage an dieses Genre, sondern zugleich auch ein eindrucksvolles gesangliches Portrait der Protagonistin, deren Stimme über ein Charisma verfügt, wie man es unter den Vocal-Sample-Libraries selten findet: Sanft, mit reizvollem weiblichem Charme, mal beschwingt, mal tiefgründig, verheißungsvoll, mystisch, beinahe überirdisch dahinschwebend.

Voices of Israel beinhaltet 10 verschiedene Instrumente der Kategorien Chants (Gesang ohne Lyrics), Poems (gesprochene Gedichte), Songs, Western und Whispered (geflüsterte Texte). Die Western-Instrumente bringen nicht etwa eine Country-Gitarre ins Spiel, sondern sind eine Adaptation an westliche Harmoniegepflogenheiten. Die Solostimme wird durch Atemgeräusch-Samples, Endings und Effektsamples (Ausrufe etc.) ergänzt. Insgesamt beinhaltet die Library mehr als 1.200 Samples. Mit “TS” gekennzeichnete Instrumente sollen eine Veränderung der Abspielgeschwindigkeit um +/- 40 % mittels Pitch-Bender bereitstellen und für Tempoanpassungen geeignet sein. Das Modulationsrad kann zudem eingesetzt werden, um den Startpunkt des Samples nach hinten zu verschieben. Ein Convolution-Reverb sorgt für das passende Ambiente mit den Impulsantworten von drei verschiedenen Synagogen und einer Kathedrale.

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