Vir2 Instruments - Areis Hybrid Choir Designer - Music Tech Magazine
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
"The Performance Patch and Pads Patch are where you can dive right in and start playing. The Performance Patch consists of six vocal groups (Bass, Tenor, Choir M(ale), Choir F(emale), Alto, and Soprano) all laid out in a conductor/orchestra configuration on the screen. In addition to the six vocal-group types, there are four different vowel types available (A, O, U, M); giving you ultimately flexibility for performing realistic choir parts.
There’s also an Overlap Mode, which sets the exact note that each sample falls on. In other words – if you have all groups turned on and hit the C3 key, the C3 note from each group will sound (if, of course, there’s a C3 in that group range). This is great for a full, thick sound; it also gives you access to the full range of each group.
Vir2 includes 145 pads patches to get you started and I thought they all sounded good. Vir2 also has the foresight to include the ability for Maschine and Komplete Kontrol users to load the library and control the functions of Aeris directly from those interfaces. Considering the staggering number of Maschine users, this is a brilliant idea.
This is a beautiful sounding and powerful library. There are more expensive choirs out there – each with strengths and weaknesses – but I really like how easy to use and expressive Aeris is.
And the inclusion of the ‘mms’ articulation is a bonus. Many don’t include it and cost twice as much; most choir libraries give you just that and nothing more. Aeris has choir, pads, synthetic hybrids of the two – and an open-ended platform for unlimited additions to this library.