Strezov Sampling – Tropar (KONTAKT)

By | March 16, 2023


Publisher : Strezov Sampling
Website : _
Format : KONTAKT
Quality : 24 bit 44.1 kHz stereo

Description : Chorus of 12 men – 6 basses and 6 tenors, recorded in an authentic Orthodox church. Has dynamics from piano to forte and 2 vowels: “Ooh” and “Aah”.

Content :

Patch list:
Tropar – Basses
Tropar – Tenors
Range: (C4=middle C)
Basses: Ab1 – E3
Tenors: B2 – G4
Three dynamic layers, two vowels;
p with vowel “Ooh”
mf with vowel “Ooh”
f with vowel “Ah”

Tropar is a word that comes from the Greek “Troparion” and is a religious hymn in the Orthodox liturgy. We were hugely inspired by the typical orthodox liturgy sound and especially all the hymns written by composers like Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Strumski, Arhangelski and many others.
For this library we recorded 12 men – 6 basses and 6 tenors in an authentic orthodox church! They are recorded separately, into two groups. The library is chromatically sampled and all the samples were run through Avalon AD2044F just for that warm analogue sound.
We recorded the library in three dynamics – piano, mezzo piano and forte – using the vowel “Ooh” (with the exception of f dynamic which was sung in “Aah”). The library has four mic positions – close (mixdown of 6-mic array really close to the singers), decca (Decca tree LCR above the conductor), side (two mics LR in the courners of the hall) and back (two mics behind the singers, facing the wall and thus a reflected pre-delay sound).
Scripted legato, releases can be turned on/off. The legato script we are using is one developed by David Healey of “Total Composure” – it overlaps the samples and can be used with multiple mic positions. It is not “true” legato. Mostly because the library was recorded in a church on set, there might be some artifacts in the releases. This is why we divided the sustained samples and the releases – you can turn those off if you do not like how they sound.

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