Silka Choir – Kontakt Instrument VST-AU-AAX

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Silka
by Simon maney (08/07/2018)
I have a number of quality choirs and this definitely enhances my collection as it has something dif...

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Overview

  • Price: $598 
  • World-Class Emotional Orchestral Choir
  • 63.500 Samples (49.7GB compressed)
  • 4 Hall Microphones (Mixed, Decca, Wide, Far)
  • 4 Spot Microphones (Spot 1, Spot 2, Spot 3, Spot 4)
  • 40 Polyphonic Legato Syllable Arcs
  • 5 True Legato (MW Multiple Dynamics)
  • 12 Staccato Legato & 13 Fast Repeated Staccato
  • 15 Triplets/Triplet Loops
  • 19 Sustains & Sustain Legato
  • 4 Trills (Multiple-Tempos) and Shorts
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.7 or later required

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Silka is produced by Academy Award, TEC and G.A.N.G Award Winning Composer and Producer, Troels Folmann. Silka is a new-generation, deep-sampled choral library dedicated to realistic, expressive and easy choral writing. It contains over 63.500 samples and a wealth of new features, including our super realistic and easy playable polyphonic legato. Silka also contains several new types of legato, including dynamically layered intimate legatos and a wealth of rhythmic and textural articulations.

 

 

Silka can be the falling star across the summer sky. A powerful instrument for even the largest of compositions. A subtle, gentle stroke with your compositional brush. It can be ethereal and angelic, roaring and dramatic. It is an immersive instrument designed to cover the true emotion and motion of choral writing – from the delicate to the legendary.

 

 

The soul of Silka is 40 males and 25 females hand-picked by master conductor Petr Polonanik. It is the same group used in our Insolidus Choir. The sessions took place over two weeks and with a completely new approach to sampling, which allows it to be completely fluent and effortless to work with. No expense was spared and the end result is over 103GB of choral material compressed to 49.6.

A variety of new recording and sampling techniques were deployed into Silka – making it the most realistic, instantly playable and lyrical symphonic choir in existence. You will find new articulation types such as our Syllable Arcs. These offer a naturally swelling motion of the choir and the ability to control how many syllable changes (2, 4 or 5) you want. You have a deep assortment of new rhythmic Staccato Legatos and a wealth of other rhythmic and textural articulations. You have new velocity based Intimate True Legato for Ah, Eh, Oh, Uh and Mmmmm.

 

 

Silka contains an advanced phrase-builder offering you the ability to create up to 64 strings of syllables.

 

 

Silka contains 8 microphone positions (Mix, Decca, Far, Wide and Spot 1-4) and over 66.600 samples. The library revolves around a deep set of meticulously sampled articulations. It comes with an advanced phrase-builder that allows you to create completely realistic choral phrases. The intuitive phrase-builder offers you the ability to create long strings of words with up to 64 slots.

 

 

Polyphonic Legato and True Intimate Legato

One of the cornerstones of Silka is the ability to play the choir with ease and super realism. Whether you are creating beautiful emotive movements with our magical 2, 4 and 5 syllable arcs. Whether you are creating more advanced melodies with our Intimate True Legatos. The advanced and intelligent scripting behind Silka offers you the ability to play the choir however you like – with as many notes as you like. Silka contains a large set dynamically layered True Intimate Legato samples – for common articulations such as: “Ah, Eh, Oh, Uh and Mmmm”. All features at your fingertips.

Advanced Phrase-Builder

Silka contains a highly advanced phrase-building sequencer with endless possibilities. The phrase-builder offers you the creation of up to 64 consecutive words. Silka contains an incredibly deep selection of completely realistic syllable arcs and a wealth of new repetitive textures. Whether you want to create a string of original phrases using our new Syllable Arcs or new dynamically responsive legatos. Everything in the phrase-builder adapts to your host tempo. All designed to be used together.

New-Generation Sampling Techniques

Silka contains a variety of new proprietary sampling techniques – specifically developed for the library. These include our new “Syllable Arcs” with polyphonic legato. The Syllable Arcs comes with 2, 4 and 5 syllables, so the choir with natural sing tempo-synced syllables in a dynamic arc. Other articulations include new “Dynamic Layered True Intimate Legatos” – where you can sculpt the choir from piano to forte – while its singing syllables. Silka also includes first-ever staccato legatos and a wealth of rhythmic and textural articulations.

8 Microphone Positions

Silka contains eight different microphone positions divided into two categories. You have four hall microphones, including Mixed, Decca, Far and Wide. This combination allows you to control the exact placement of the choir on the scoring stage and supports 5.1 mixing. Silka also includes four close spot microphones – for those who desire a more intimate- and near-field sound of the choir. Each spot microphone covers a segment of singers, so in essence a four-part divisi/chamber section for both males and females.

DAW Tempo Syncronization

Silka automatically adapts to any host tempo in your DAW. We created additional functionality by giving you the choice to play the choir in normal tempo, half-tempo, double-tempo and triplets. You are offered all the controls to make the choir your own.

 

 

The advanced phrase-builder is also fully tempo-synced and allows you to sequence up to 64 consecutive words.

Section Control

Silka contains two separate sections, including 40 males and 24 females. Silka contains both group and individual section patches.

 

 

In addition we also included the ability to adjust the volume for each section in the group patches. We also included a variety of additional controls, including legato intensity, release trigger volume, velocity response curves, dynamics and expression controls. It is all there – at your finger tips.

New 3.4 FX CHAOS Engine

Silka also come with a gorgeous set of built-in effects. We added Delay, Amp/Screamer Emulations, Lo-Fi (Bit-Crusher), Fuzz, Rotator and two different types of convolution reverbs. The first convolution reverb contains a variety of custom natural spaces we’ve recorded over time, including new big-verb convolutions.

 

 

We also included some of our favourite recording environments in churches and cathedrals. The second convolution reverb contains a large selection of more experimental convolution shots – great if you want to sound design the choir.

  • All main patches combines both females (SA) and males (TB) in combination. Volume can be controlled for each section.
  • All the following patches come in three versions (DFD, TMPRO & TM)
    • Female Choir (24 Singers SA)
    • Male Choir
    • 4 Hall Microphone Positions (Mixed, Decca, Far, Wide) (5.1)
    • 4 Spot Microphones (Spot 1, Spot 2, Spot 3 and Spot 4)
  • True Legato intervals (P/MF/FF):
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Ah
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Eh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Oh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Uh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Mm
  • True Legato Staccato
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • No-No-No > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah
    • No-No-No > Ah
    • Uh (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Mm (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah (Sus)
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah (Sus)
    • No-No-No > Ah (Sus)
    • Uh(Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Mm (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah-Ah-Ah >Ah (Sus)
    • No-No-No > Ah (Sus)
  • True Legato Sustain
    • Uh-Ah
    • Ah-Ah
    • Mh-Ah
    • Uh > Ah (Staccato)
    • Ah > Ah (Staccato)
    • Mh > Ah (Staccato)
    • Da > Dah (Males Only)
  • Arc 2 Syllables (Fast)
    • Oh-Soh MW
    • Ah-Snow MW
    • My-Spi MW
    • The-Light MW
    • My-Heart MW
    • You-See MW
  • Arc 2 Syllables (Slow)
    • Oh-Soh MW
    • Ah-Loh MW
    • Tu-Feh MW
    • Sar-Leh MW
    • Far-Tus MW
    • Nu-Lus MW
    • Mumble 1 MW
    • Mumble 2 MW
  • Fast Repeated Staccato
    • No-No-Oh MW
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (MW
    • Tu-Tu-Tus MW
    • Da-Da-DaDaDa MW
    • No-No-Oh (Slow P)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Slow P)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Slow P)
    • No-No-Oh (Slow Arc)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Slow Arc)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Slow Arc)
    • No-No-Oh (Dissonant Waves)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Dissonant Waves)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Dissonant Waves)
  • Sustains
    • Oh (Arc MW)
    • Cluster Yells (MW)
    • Cluster Yells Looped
    • Piano (Choir emulating Piano)
    • Piano Loop
    • Bzzz (Choir emulating buzzing String)
    • Random Female Scatters
    • Random Male Scatters
  • Trills and Shorts
    • Slow Trill – Half Up
    • Slow Trill – Whole Up
    • Fast Trill – Half Up
    • Fast Trill – Whole Up
    • Slow Trill – Half Up (Looped)
    • Slow Trill – Whole Up (Looped)
    • Fast Trill – Half Up (Looped)
    • Fast Trill – Whole Up (Looped)
    • Staccato MW
    • Staccato – Key Velocity Based
  • Triplets Loops
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do (NT)
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik (NT)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak (NT)
  • Triplets
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do, Dooh
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik, Dooh (Arc)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, Tik
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik, Tik (Arc)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San (Arc)
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do, Dooh (NT)
    • Ti-Ti-Ki-Tik, Tik (NT)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San (N)
  • All the following patches come in three versions (DFD, TMPRO & TM)
    • Male Choir (40 Singers TB)
    • 4 Hall Microphone Positions (Mixed, Decca, Far, Wide) (5.1)
    • 4 Spot Microphones (Spot 1, Spot 2, Spot 3 and Spot 4)
  • True Legato intervals (P/MF/FF) of sustained notes:
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Ah
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Eh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Oh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Uh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Mm
  • True Legato Staccato
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • No-No-No > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah
    • No-No-No > Ah
    • Uh (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Mm (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah (Sus)
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah (Sus)
    • No-No-No > Ah (Sus)
  • True Legato Sustain
    • Uh-Ah
    • Ah-Ah
    • Mh-Ah
    • Uh > Ah (Staccato)
    • Ah > Ah (Staccato)
    • Mh > Ah (Staccato)
    • Da > Dah (Males Only)
  • Arc 2 Syllables (Slow)
    • Oh-Soh MW
    • Ah-Snow MW
    • My-Spi MW
    • The-Light MW
    • My-Heart MW
    • You-See MW
  • Arc 2 Syllables (Fast)
    • Oh-Soh MW
    • Ah-Loh MW
    • Tu-Feh MW
    • Sar-Leh MW
    • Far-Tus MW
    • Nu-Lus MW
    • Mumble 1 MW
    • Mumble 2 MW
  • 4 Syllable Soft Arcs
    • I-Ne-Ver-Saw
    • Eh-Lov-Soh-Deep
    • In-Cru-Chi-Veeh
    • In-Cru-Si-Noh
    • Ex-Am-Me-Tu
    • So-Is-The-Snow
  • 5 Syllable Soft Arcs
    • Oh-Soh-Cru-Eh-Snoh
    • Ah-Tu-Ma-Ni-Lohs
    • Pre-Dee-Cry-Oh-Deh
    • Oh-The-Ny-So-Lee
    • Crise-Oh-Stan–In-Light
    • Lov-In-San-Dee-Sight
    • Oh-Soh-Cru-Eh-Sus
    • Ah-Tu-Me-Leh-Nus
    • Pre-Deh-Cru-Oh-Deh
    • Cree-Oh-Sta-Sem-Pus
    • Lov-In-Thy-Tem-Sus
  • Fast Repeated Staccato
    • No-No-Oh MW
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (MW
    • Tu-Tu-Tus MW
    • Da-Da-DaDaDa MW
    • No-No-Oh (Slow P)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Slow P)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Slow P)
    • No-No-Oh (Slow Arc)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Slow Arc)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Slow Arc)
    • No-No-Oh (Dissonant Waves)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Dissonant Waves)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Dissonant Waves)
  • Sustains
    • Oh (Arc MW)
    • Cluster Yells (MW)
    • Cluster Yells Looped
    • Piano (Choir emulating Piano)
    • Piano Loop
    • Bzzz (Choir emulating buzzing String)
    • Random Female Scatters
    • Random Male Scatters
  • Trills and Shorts
    • Slow Trill – Half Up
    • Slow Trill – Whole Up
    • Fast Trill – Half Up
    • Fast Trill – Whole Up
    • Slow Trill – Half Up (Looped)
    • Slow Trill – Whole Up (Looped)
    • Fast Trill – Half Up (Looped)
    • Fast Trill – Whole Up (Looped)
    • Staccato MW
    • Staccato – Key Velocity Based
  • Triplets Loops
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do (NT)
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik (NT)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak (NT)
  • Triplets
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do, Dooh
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik, Dooh (Arc)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, Tik
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik, Tik (Arc)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San (Arc)
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do, Dooh (NT)
    • Ti-Ti-Ki-Tik, Tik (NT)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San (NT)
  • All the following patches come in three versions (DFD, TMPRO & TM)
    • Female Choir (24 Singers SA)
    • 4 Hall Microphone Positions (Mixed, Decca, Far, Wide) (5.1)
    • 4 Spot Microphones (Spot 1, Spot 2, Spot 3 and Spot 4)
  • True Legato intervals (P/MF/FF):
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Ah
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Eh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Oh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Uh
    • True Intimate Legato (Velocity Based MW) Mm
  • True Legato Staccato
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • No-No-No > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah
    • No-No-No > Ah
    • Uh (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Mm (Sus) > Ah-Ah-Ah
    • Ah-Ah-Ah > Ah (Sus)
    • Tu-Tu-Tu > Ah (Sus)
    • No-No-No > Ah (Sus)
  • True Legato Sustain
    • Uh-Ah
    • Ah-Ah
    • Mh-Ah
    • Uh > Ah (Staccato)
    • Ah > Ah (Staccato)
    • Mh > Ah (Staccato)
  • Arc 2 Syllables (Fast)
    • Oh-Soh MW
    • Ah-Snow MW
    • My-Spi MW
    • The-Light MW
    • My-Heart MW
    • You-See MW
  • Arc 2 Syllables (Slow)
    • Oh-Soh MW
    • Ah-Loh MW
    • Tu-Feh MW
    • Sar-Leh MW
    • Far-Tus MW
    • Nu-Lus MW
    • Mumble 1 MW
    • Mumble 2 MW
  • 4 Syllable Soft Arcs
    • I-Ne-Ver-Saw
    • Eh-Lov-Soh-Deep
    • In-Cru-Chi-Veeh
    • In-Cru-Si-Noh
    • Ex-Am-Me-Tu
    • So-Is-The-Snow
  • 5 Syllable Soft Arcs
    • Oh-Soh-Cru-Eh-Snoh
    • Ah-Tu-Ma-Ni-Lohs
    • Pre-Dee-Cry-Oh-Deh
    • Oh-The-Ny-So-Lee
    • Crise-Oh-Stan–In-Light
    • Lov-In-San-Dee-Sight
    • Oh-Soh-Cru-Eh-Sus
    • Ah-Tu-Me-Leh-Nus
    • Pre-Deh-Cru-Oh-Deh
    • Cree-Oh-Sta-Sem-Pus
    • Lov-In-Thy-Tem-Sus
  • Fast Repeated Staccato
    • No-No-Oh MW
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (MW
    • Tu-Tu-Tus MW
    • Da-Da-DaDaDa MW
    • No-No-Oh (Slow P)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Slow P)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Slow P)
    • No-No-Oh (Slow Arc)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Slow Arc)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Slow Arc)
    • No-No-Oh (Dissonant Waves)
    • Ah-Ah-Ah (Dissonant Waves)
    • Tu-Tu-Tus (Dissonant Waves)
  • Sustains
    • Oh (Arc MW)
    • Cluster Yells (MW)
    • Cluster Yells Looped
    • Piano (Choir emulating Piano)
    • Piano Loop
    • Bzzz (Choir emulating buzzing String)
    • Random Female Scatters
  • Trills and Shorts
    • Slow Trill – Half Up
    • Slow Trill – Whole Up
    • Fast Trill – Half Up
    • Fast Trill – Whole Up
    • Slow Trill – Half Up (Looped)
    • Slow Trill – Whole Up (Looped)
    • Fast Trill – Half Up (Looped)
    • Fast Trill – Whole Up (Looped)
    • Staccato MW
    • Staccato – Key Velocity Based
  • Triplets Loops
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do (NT)
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik (NT)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak (NT)
  • Triplets
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do, Dooh
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik, Dooh (Arc)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, Tik
    • Tik-Ti-Ki-Tik, Tik (Arc)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San (Arc)
    • Do-Do-Bi-Do, Dooh (NT)
    • Ti-Ti-Ki-Tik, Tik (NT)
    • San-Su-Ki-Sak, San (NT)
  • Angelical Staccato
  • Ba-Uncing
  • Eerie Sound Design
  • Hi-Wooh
  • Horror Film
  • Madness Cluster
  • Rhythmic
  • Short Waves
  • Soft Voices
  • To Live For
  • Uki
  • Recorded (24-bit/48kHz) on modern scoring stage in Europe
  • Mixed Microphone Position
  • Decca Microphone Position
  • Wide Microphone Position
  • Far Microphone Position
  • Close/Intimate Spot 1 Microphone Position
  • Close/Intimate Spot 2 Microphone Position
  • Close/Intimate Spot 3 Microphone Position
  • Close/Intimate Spot 4 Microphone Position
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.7 required
  • Kontakt 5 is 32 and 64-bit compatible on both PC and MAC platforms
  • Silka requires 49.69 GB of hard drive space
  • Runs as host or stand-alone application, VST® or Audio Units plug-in, RTAS® under Pro Tools 7/8
  • Minimum: Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12 or 10.13 (latest update), i5 or Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. 8 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended. For TMPro Patches, i7 or equivalent is highly recommended.