Unique and evocative virtual instrument featuring an award winning Ugandan choir
KWAYA: African Voices is a unique virtual instrument from Eduardo Tarilonte that features the award winning choir “Aba Taano” from Uganda.
The four men and two women have been recorded solo, so you can build your own ensemble. With five true legato vowels, 40 syllables, an additional “mm” articulation and a comprehensive collection of vocal FX, Kwaya stands for unbeatable flexibility and unrivalled inspiration.
Kwaya is an ideal choice for every producer wanting to use distinctive and expressive African chants and vocals in their works. Kwaya stands for incomparable inspiration paired with unbeatable versatility – no matter if you work on movie- or television-soundtracks, thematic documentations, musical compositions, atmospheric ambient themes or tribal-dance-tracks.
Kwaya allows you to create individual vocal lines and choirs by arranging syllables in different pitches as well as voice effects with the typical sound of African vocalists.
The awarded Aba Taano choir consists of four male and two female vocalists which have been recorded separately for this library in Kontakt 5 Player format, allowing you to create individual vocal-ensembles to your specific needs. Being able to freely set the level and pan-positions for each voice, you are given full control over the sound of the choir, resulting in the highest possible versatility.
40 different syllables have been recorded for each singer. These can be switched exactly in time by using keyswitches. By using five “True Legato Vowels” (a, e, i, o, u), these syllables can be combined in a most natural way. In addition, there is an extra “mm” articulation being unmistakably typical for East- and Central-African chants.
All syllables can be played as solo voices or within an ensemble. Here, you may chose between short and longer articulations for the syllables. For the short syllables in particular, the speed of each individual syllable can be fine-adjusted in the phrase arranger.
Although Kwaya is founded upon over 10,000 samples and 7 GB of data (lossless compressed to 5 GB), it is really straight-forward and easy to use. The library offers a set of 20 different phrases which eight syllables each. These can be changed using the keyswitch function and edited in the phrase arranger. Here, you can chose between 40 different syllables, five vowels and the “mm” articulation. After having selected the syllables, you just need to decide between short and long articulations. There is full NKS support for Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol controller-keyboards.
To add special highlights to the vocal arrangements, a comprehensive collection of over 700 vocal effects have been that can be played as phrases along to the syllables of the choir.
Finally, Kwaya also offers a choice of soundscapes with atmospheres ranging from harmonic to sinister.
The recordings of Kwaya took place in the Spanish Eldana Studio, where Eduardo Tarilonte already worked on different instruments for Era II. This small studio offers wonderful acoustics and excellent technical equipment. The singer of Aba Taano have been recording via an API preamp using a U47, a unique microphone perfect for voices that has been carefully restored by Pablo Kahayan. Quality wise, this adds that certain something to the library.
Eduardo Tarilonte then carefully selected the best and most harmonic coherent tones out of the multitude of recordings. Because of the sensitive recording process and the excellence of the signal chain, the voices could almost be left unaltered to deliver most natural sounding results. Consequently, the sound sources give you free choices to process and edit in order to embed the voices of Kwaya into your productions.
4 male solo voices
2 female solo voices
5 different true African style legatos (a, e, i, o, u)
A powerful Phrase-Arranger with 20 phrases, 8 syllables each*
40 words can be combined with true legato playing while the corresponding vowel is automatically selected
Free Kontakt Player included (Version 5.5 or higher required)
* All syllables are fantasy. Just some of the poems and vocal fx are in Ugandan language
"Building phrases is a very easy process and, because we are dealing with vowels rather than preset phrases based upon actual words, there is no danger you might choose a phrase that’s inappropriate for the musical context. [...] It might be a niche sound but Kwaya manages to deliver it with some considerable style." - Sound on Sound Click here to read the review in full
"Eduardo has once again come up with a beautifully unique library done in a way that becomes enormously useful for a certain kind of project. The programming is impeccable and the heart he puts into his work is evident from the first sound you hear." - Jack Wall, Video Game Composer (Call of Duty Black Op, Mass Effect, Lost Planet)
"Sampling master Eduardo Tarilonte has done it again with this intimate, realistic library of full of rich African spirit. Kwaya brings all the voices that we need in order to add some African spirit to our songs. If you asked me, that’s exactly what I was looking for." - Soundbytesmag read the full review here
"You get a collection of high quality unique African choir, which is easy to use and fun to play with. Fifty vocal phrases to custom tailor your performance, and plus you get a bunch of great vocal effects and sound designed pads and atmospheres, and all of that under a price of 259 EUR. It’s a bargain really." -The Audio Spotlight click here to read the full review
"Kwaya is a great option for every producer needing to use expressive African chants and vocals in their works. If you’re working on movie- or television-soundtracks, documentaries, musical compositions, atmospheric ambient themes or tribal-dance-tracks." - The Audio News Room click here to view the product page