Vocals, Instruments and Orchestras/Ensembles recorded on location
A 3-Disc Set of Vocals, Instruments and Orchestras/ Ensembles recorded on location in India specially for Zero-G, during 1996 and 1997."The aim of Indian music is to create spiritual awakening in man... and its essence lies in its interpretation" - Sangeet Karyala, India.ZERO-G are intensely proud to offer one of the most exquisite and beautifully recorded collections of samples ever created.DEEPEST INDIA is a 3-CD set of original samples that explores every area of musical emotion from elation to despair - from hauntingly beautiful vocals, through countless joyous ensembles to authentic indian instrumental phrases. There has never been anything quite like this collection available before - anywhere in the world - and therefore much interest is anticipated from musicians and composers who seek out and appreciate only the very highest standard of professional sample libraries. None will be disappointed!
Disc 1 - Indian Vocals
The vocals on CD1 reflect the timeless splendour, tradition and unique heritage of the Punjab. The producers have tried to retain the delicate feel, skill and passion of vocalists who, between them, embody the widest variety of singing styles in the field of Indian music. From the subtlety, dexterity and sheer expressiveness of an Alaap from a Classical Indian Raga to the raw energy of the Hek of a Punjabi Folk song, Deepest India´s vocals CD truly provides a definitive collection of all that typifies the Indian Vocal tradition. The samples were all specially recorded in various studios throughout the Punjab using the finest singers - both classically trained vocalists and those whose expertise has been developed through numerous live performances in the villages and townships of the Punjab (Except for a small selection of Vintage samples - lo-fi but hi-fun!). The vocalists sing in the traditional Ragas of Indian Music, and where possible an attempt was made to translate the Raga to the nearest equivalent western key. However, there´s no need to feel bound by the suggested key - it´s all about experimenting and having fun! Vocals were generally sung to 80, 90, 100, 110 or 120bpm, except for vocal passages where tempo is traditionally irrelevant (e.g. Alaaps, Shers and Speech). Extended phrases have been provided wherever possible in order to keep any lyrical content intact. The complexity of Asian rhythm cycles means that users may wish to experiment with the start point of the samples for the best fit within their compositions.
Disc 2 - Indian Instruments
This disc features the following sub-sections (not shown in order of appearance):Flute - Dillrabar - Tabla - Sitar - Serengi - Dafli - Tampura - Shenai - Algorsay - Baja - Santur - Violin - Sarod - Tumbi - Dholak.Each features a large variety of phrases, grouped by tempo for easy mixing and matching, with a selection of phrases at each tempo interval (usually 80, 90, 100, 110, and 120 bpm), and in a variety of keys (the key and bpm of each sample is given).
Disc 3 - Indian Orchestras/ Ensembles
Most music in India is played in a group context and Instrumental Ensembles are a traditional feature of Indian Music. Classical Ensembles generally feature a leading Solo Instrument such as a Sitar, a Drone (usually a taanpoora), a main percussionist (for example, a Tablachi) and possibly secondary percussion such as a Ghara (Clay pot). Orchestration and harmon-isation, introduced from the West, as featured in the Film Orchestra Samples, have added new dimensions to Indian Music..Folk ensembles featured on Deepest India vary from simple ethnic duos to multi-percussive setups using eastern and western instruments. This features a great variety of Indian Moods and Musical Textures, and forms a valuable resource bank of loops at 80, 90 ,100, 110 and 120 to use and abuse, mix and match with the instrumental phrases on Disc 2, or with other rhythm samples in your collection, or to just be generally creative. All of the orchestras and ensembles on Disc 3 were meticulously recorded especially for the Deepest India sample library, over a period of a year or so, in many different parts of india. There are a large variety of samples provided, key and tempo is given where appropriate, and phrases are grouped by tempo in the same manner as the instrumental phrases on disc 2, for easy mixing and matching. This is the most exhaustive collection of original Indian ensemble samples in the world today.
All of the sounds on Deepest India were lovingly produced by Paul Hodson and Hardeep Saini over a two year period. As you can well imagine, working in India was both challenging and rewarding to the producers of such a remarkable and unique sample library, and they hope to return there soon to bring you even more exciting sounds from the Sub-Continent.