I am looking to seriously upgrade (or rather purchase from scratch) a sound library better than Sibelius, or the basic midi I have at present.

The big but, is that I use Sibelius 7.1, and want something that will play back picking up dynamics, phrasing and articulation, without me having to do anything extra....also I need (more than orchestral sounds) a decent choral library. I have looked at East West, but cannot find out if it will simply sing an "ah" sound (what I have currently.) I would LOVE words, or even vowel sounds, but don't want to commit composing time to typing all in. Vienna sound library looks at though it would do this, but the cost is way more than i have to spend !

I know that East West does not pick up lyrics from the score, but basic choral sound is decent, so I don't mind just one "ah" sound for the playback. 

Has anyone had experience of EastWest and Sibelius, with choral music?

Or is there anything out there that will do this? (Im not keen on Garriton Personal Orch choral sounds, or Note Performer.) Thanks to anyone who answers ! Getting desperate to hear anything even resembling what is on the score !!

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  • Thanks for that Dane. it seems that lots doesn't run on Sibelius ! Have just found "BBC Symphony Orchestra" by Spitfire Audio (no vocals, but good orch. sounds) also doesn't run on Sib well. May be useful for others though, as the sounds were good, and sampled from ... (yes !).. the BBC Symph orch !

    Nice madrigal though..... I really like the last cadence !

    Dane Aubrun said:

    I doubt this is going to be helpful but, going through some past bits and pieces I unearthed a wordless madrigal I wrote and mocked it up with Peter Siedlaczek's classical choir - a set of samples covering several styles. While I believe it's still available it runs in Kontakt which I believe is difficult to use with Sibelius.

    This is the tail end of that madrigal - unusual in that the cadence is V11a - Ia. Surprised I got away with it.

    sound libraries for choral works comparable with Sibelius
    I am looking to seriously upgrade (or rather purchase from scratch) a sound library better than Sibelius, or the basic midi I have at present. The bi…
  • Hi Suzanne.

    I had been using Noteperformer with Sibelius, I think it does a good job of interpreting phrasing. Sounds are better than default Sibelius.

    I also got “Voices of Prague” when it was on special a few months ago. Haven’t checked the current price. 

    James Gilmour here showed me how to use “VOP” with Sibelius. It has a word builder.

    haven’t done anything with it yet as I now use StaffPad for composing and Sibelius just for the engraving.

    just checked virharmonic for VOP. Not on their site anymore, shame. I believe they are working on an update $$$.

    Staffpad has Voxos from Cinesamples. Has some limited vowels and consonants.

  • Thanks Michael, 

    I have not heard of VOP so will check it out. Think i will probably not be going in to world builder (well, maybe just the odd piece !) as can't face spending so much time as a technician !

    I tend to compose orchestral things on Sibelius, but most choral things are basically "dumped" at the piano first, so, I like yourself, it's largely for copying / engraving...same with all the piano music. Once they are all "in" though, it would be nice to to have to listen to the chipmunks" and it's impossible to sod an=ything with the music when it sounds so bad !

    Thanks so much for your input

    Suzanne
    Michael Lofting said:

    Hi Suzanne.

    I had been using Noteperformer with Sibelius, I think it does a good job of interpreting phrasing. Sounds are better than default Sibelius.

    I also got “Voices of Prague” when it was on special a few months ago. Haven’t checked the current price. 

    James Gilmour here showed me how to use “VOP” with Sibelius. It has a word builder.

    haven’t done anything with it yet as I now use StaffPad for composing and Sibelius just for the engraving.

    just checked virharmonic for VOP. Not on their site anymore, shame. I believe they are working on an update $$$.

    Staffpad has Voxos from Cinesamples. Has some limited vowels and consonants.

    sound libraries for choral works comparable with Sibelius
    I am looking to seriously upgrade (or rather purchase from scratch) a sound library better than Sibelius, or the basic midi I have at present. The bi…
  • Here’s a small choral piece StaffPad and Voxos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXKnir4oxfc 

  • I have just listened, and I know you put it up as a sound sample, but I can't resist saying how much i liked it as a piece of music too ! 

    The sounds were very good too, and had a good choral quality. I will check out whether it could be used with Sibelius though. My husband uses StaffPad, but I found it was too slow for me, as the notes seemed to take ages to go in ! Maybe it's his IPad?

    I will check this all out further though, to see if it runs with Sib. and if I can afford it, and it will run on my old computer !

    All "problems." The limited vowels would be great, and if it does a few consonants as well, even better.

    Thanks Micheal,

    Suzanne

    Michael Lofting said:

    Here’s a small choral piece StaffPad and Voxos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXKnir4oxfc 

    sound libraries for choral works comparable with Sibelius
    I am looking to seriously upgrade (or rather purchase from scratch) a sound library better than Sibelius, or the basic midi I have at present. The bi…
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