Music is magical. It knows a way to express every human feeling and emotion. There’s no language that compares to the communicative power of a musical motif. Vivace speaks the tongue of Fables, Myths and Sagas. Get on board and experience a sampling instrument like no other before and enrich your sound palette with exclusive musical colours.
Sonokinetic set out to match and then advance the full orchestral sampling line they began in 2011 with the ground-breaking and highly user-friendly composing tool, “Tutti”. Where that package brought users to the dark side, “Vivace” guides you through a magical and mystical land of inspired symphonic cinematic orchestral effects, patterns, atmospheres and moods.
Vivace features tempo-synced tonal cues, each recorded in all 12 keys utilising Sonokinetic´s ITM (Intelligent tempo mapping) system so that every sample is automatically integrated perfectly into any arrangement. The pressure of tight deadlines always interferes with the creative process so Sonokinetic believe Vivace is an essential tool to keep orchestrating craftsmanship high in production schedules with tight deadlines and on demand client expectations.
Vivace is a dedicated performance sampling library that continues building the Sonokinetic legacy in original one-of-a-kind sampling tools for professional composers and sound designers. A vast collection with over 16,000 24 bit samples propels this impressive library to new heights.
Sonokinetic is proud to set a new standard with this instrument that functions not only as a composer and sound designer’s tool but also as a learning environment. With Kontakt 5 we have upscaled the full score view to provide you with a better look under the hood and guide you through every step in full section score view.
3 categories in total:
Chord & Melody Ambiences: A mixture of slow major and minor key ambiences rooted in one key or with One held note. All keys.
Harmonics: Combination of sustained and crescendo chords. All keys.
Chord Patterns: Riffs based around distinct themes of action, drama and mystery. All keys.
Inceptive Brass: Playable powerful brass with keyswitching for note length and staccato, short and long crescendos.
Expressionists & Tutti Suspense: Uncomfortable discordant patterns featuring only strings.+ Suspended discordant motifs for bridging or ending phrases. One key.
Shocks & Stabs: Hits, smashes and staccato stabs. 4 variations of each. One key.
Runs & Endings: One-shot & Tempo synced tutti runs & finale motifs. All keys.
Transitions & Themes: Tutti motifs and sustained high-register tutti phrases.All keys.
DFD TEMPO LITE
This category features the same patches as above but they have a far smaller RAM requirement (around 20%) and stream the majority of sample content directly from the disc. These are useful for those with a smaller RAM capacity or using SSD drives. Note that individual mic and section samples are not available within these patches if TMpro mode is selected.
VIVACE BONUS A selection of bonus content from Sonokinetic ‘Tutti’ library including tension builders, glissandi clusters and crescendo and a selection of Big Smash impacts.
Technical content details
9 channels available, of which 8 to mix: Pre-mixed ‘Tutti’ channel, 3 Mic position channels and 5 cue group channels. Mix each Vivace cue specifically to your taste. Set global variations or for each individual cue.
Up to 3 additional multiple recordings of some motifs, available as variations.
FX at your fingertips. Configure 4 band EQ and in-built reverb to match your other libraries.
Samples recorded in the same environment as Sonokinetic ‘Tutti’ allowing seamless integration.
Assign your favourite cues to keyswitches
19 patches in total with multiple cues within each patch.
24bit sample pool: 18,15 GB
Royalty and copyright free content license. (English & German)
Vivace Reference manual (pdf).
Format: 44.1 kHz NCW (AIF)
Loads in Kontakt Library tab
Programmed for Kontakt 5.02 and above.
Compatible with free Kontakt Player.
The Main UI
The main Vivace UI consists of a virtual sound stage to the left, and a virtual stack of cue sheets to the right. You can change the orchestral section the cue is showing by clicking the respective icons on the 3D stage. The cue sheets on the right will show the notation for the last cue you played. You can click this stack of papers to view the scoresheet in more detail. To cycle through the 4 sections (strings, woodwinds, percussion & brass) click on the Section up/down arrows at the top and bottom of the cue sheet. Along the bottom of the UI is a bar that allows you to configure various aspects of Vivace. Clicking the options down here will expand this bar and provide further configuration.
Tempo Syncing & ITM
Vivace uses a combination of multi-samples played in varying keys and speeds and the Kontakt Time Machine Pro engine to enable tempo-syncing of virtually all the content.
ITM stands for Intelligent Tempo Mapping and it’s a function we developed in-house to make the instrument adapt in a natural way to tempi ranging from 30 BPM to 300 BPM. Because it doesn’t sound natural when a sample is stretched beyond certain limits, we chose to go to a half-time feel when the tempo is set above a certain limit, and to a double-time feel when it’s set under a particular limit. This effectively makes the phrases in Vivace sound natural and perfectly in time even at extreme tempi without the user having to think about it. ITM happens under the hood and our goal is for you to not even notice it is there.
Toggle Sample Re-Trigger
The default setting for Vivace patches which allow multiple keys is that both the upper blue keys and lower green keys will trigger a sample. This can be problematic when you wish to change the phrase and the root key simultaneously. To allow for this playing style we have provided two keyswitches on a low ‘G’ and low ‘A’ that when activated will turn on and off sample triggers for the root keys. The interface then becomes more intuitive for live playing with two-hands: where the left hand can cue up the root key and/or variation and the right hand can then trigger the particular phrase.
The Vivace Mixer The LEVELS section of the configuration bar allows you to enable and disable individual channels on a cue-by-cue basis and adjust their respective levels. Click on the label above the slider to activate (in this case ‘STRINGS HIGH’ and ‘WOODWINDS’). Not all cues will include samples from all sections so experiment or check the cue sheets for further information about the orchestration. To select a cue, simply press its key to play it. The UI will update to reflect the last played cue.
Clicking the labels above the sliders toggles the 3 microphone channels on and off. Note that we have prevented you from toggling some channels simultaneously to prevent phasing. Selecting ‘TUTTI’ will always disable the other sliders to prevent phasing issues.
If you would like to manage the mixing levels on a global level you can click the GLOBAL button. Note that by default this button is depressed and your mixer setting will apply to all cues. When active, all mixer sliders appear and the settings you input will affect all cues played.
You can copy-paste mixer settings using the provided COPY/PASTE buttons. You can also reset to the default Tutti mix using the RESET button.
The OPTIONS section of the configuration bar allows you to configure various global options in Vivace. The EQ section allows you to tweak the levels of the low, low-mid, high-mid and high frequency levels. The REVERB option allows you to set wet/dry levels with an inbuilt convolution reverb. This is useful for auditioning how cues sound with reverb applied.
MAPPING MODE allows you to toggle the keyboard mapping for each section patch. By default this is set to ALL CUES. You can click to change this option to FAVOURITES.
The Cue Options
The configuration bar also contains two options related to cues. Let’s explore these a little:
Mark current cue as favourite - This option allows you to mark the last-played cue (the one currently shown in the score sheet UI) as a favourite cue. Favourite cues appear at the upper end of an 88 keyboard and are shown in the Kontakt keyboard as green keys.
You can think of favourites as shortcuts to your most-commonly used cues. Favourites are remembered when you save an NKI or save your project in your sequencer. The MAPPING MODE option previously mentioned allows you to map the instrument keyboard exclusively to your favourites.
Variation – Many of the cues recorded for Vivace include variations. These takes have alternative orchestration, dynamics and other subtle differences. The variations are assigned to red keyswitches and these are also be indicated by a checked box next to VARIATION in the UI (in this case variation 3 is selected).
Vivace offers two standard pitch settings. A frequency 440 and A frequency 442. While most of digital Sampling libraries offering you the US standard 440, almost all professional Symphonic orchestras and cinema orchestras tune to A= 442. So if mixing “Vivace” with live orchestra this option will save you time re-pitching each patch. By default all instrument patches are set to 440. By clicking on the frequency number the instrument will be adjusted to fit your needs.
Advanced Users and Script Editing
Vivace is an unlocked Kontakt instrument which gives advanced users the opportunity to edit the performance of the instrument from within Kontakt.
Please note that the reverb impulse response and stereo spread are scripted within Kontakt and should not be altered by the user. To prevent phasing issues these settings will reset to default with every reload / reboot.
Tips & Tricks
All sliders can be set to their default position by holding cmd / control whilst clicking. You can hold shift to drag them more accurately.
When using Vivace within a DAW and tempo-synced be mindful of the speed of the phrases. Although the ITM will play samples at double-time / half-time automatically, some samples would be sped up so fast that performers would struggle to play these phrases at such speed in real life. Allow for this in your composing and selection of phrases.
If you find the individual instrument sections panned too widely, use multiple instances of Vivace for each section and pan accordingly.
All samples were recorded in tutti with baffles to separate the sections – this gives Vivace it’s cohesive sound. There is a small amount of bleed between the sections but this is usually not noticeable in a busy mix. Use the EQ controls to filter out any unwanted bleed.
You can left-click on any slider within Vivace to assign a MIDI CC controller. This is especially useful for the individual orchestral section sliders as automation can be programmed in your DAW to fade the sections in and out during playback.
Sometimes when the audio is too grainy while time-stretching and using only the Tutti mic you can use multiple mics for better results.
To find the original recorded tempo we can offer you this solution:
Vivace was recorded using a different order and file naming. Later on we categorized the patches to the devision you find in “Vivace”. But there is a way to find out.
1) Open the score of a cue you like to know the tempo from and look for the code at the top of the score page. (A07 , B12, E22 etc)
2) You can use this table to lookup your tempo:
A = 130 BPM
B= 130 BPM
C= 60 BPM
Example for “Chords & Melodies”, this shows C7, so the original recorded tempo would be 60BPM.
Tempo Syncing Lite Patches
Vivace features a folders of patches which have been designed to be lighter on system resources and RAM. These are found in the folder ‘DFD Tempo Lite’ in the Kontakt browser panel.
There is a toggle switch on the Vivace interface to select either ‘DFD’ or ‘TM’.
‘DFD’ mode will load individual samples as needed Direct From Disc (DFD) and keeps the mixer functions but loses the tempo-syncing capabilities of Vivace, playing the samples as recorded. This is useful for short samples (for example shocks and stabs) or longer phrases where exact syncing is not critical.
‘TM’ (Time Machine) mode maintains the tempo-syncing of phrases but sacrifices the ability to mix sections. You may find this useful to save system resources when you only need the ‘Tutti’ mic position.
Download Size: (RAR files)
Parts 1-7: 1.8Gb each
Part 8: 1.2Gb
Part 9: 1.8GB
Part 10: 174.7Mb
"Vivace offers an inspiring range of tempo-sync’ed orchestral colours in a variety of keys – the perfect tool for adding realism and ‘performance’ to a virtual orchestra." - Music Tech (Rating 9/10)
33922 samples: 2x sample pool (16 & 24 bit) (full version sample pool 27,56 GB content: 16bit: 9,41GB & 24bit: 18,15 GB)