NEW! The NEW version of ETHERA, our much-loved Cinematic Vocal Instrument, includes a GIGABYTE of entirely new vocal samples performed by Clara Sorace, and numerous new features and improvements.
ETHERA is a stunning cinematic vocal instrument that combines amazing vocal samples, incredible simplicity and a high degree of playability all packed into a beautiful Kontakt interface for total ease-of use and ultimate sound manipulation.
Ethera 2.0 now features FOUR main instruments: Phrases, Pads, Legato and Phrase Builder.
The Phrases section now includes 58 patches ranging in styles from Epic, Fantasy, Celtic, Operatic, Tribal and World and even EDM and soul. These can be mixed and combined and using the two Off-Set controls you can change the starting points of the samples using the waveform display. This allows you to create new phrases and to personalise the existing phrases. These phrases can be manipulated in many ways by the GUI controls including time-stretching or syncing to your host application.
The Pads section contains several beautiful vocal pads that immediately add emotion or grandeur to your compositions.
The Legato section offers the ability to ‘play’ the voice of Ethera using ‘ohs’ and ‘ahs’ in sustained or staccato modes and features Attack, Legato Speed, Release, Vibrato, Pan and Volume controls.
The Phrase Builder is a set of samples and phrases programmed to act as an intelligent entity allowing the composer to live-play any articulation, on any pitch or chord. The Phrase Builder is available in Solo Legato & Poly! There are 20 individual steps (similar to a step sequencer) with which to program your unique phrase.
The Phrase Builder also includes a new Legato Expert interface that uses the powerful SIPS engine and is the main control for the Legato Phrases Builder. With this Tab you can change and control the cross-fade, blending and legato modulation. It will enable you to minutely adjust the legato to suit your playing style.
Furthermore there is an additional folder called ETHERA EXTRA with awesome extra sounds such as virtual legato patches, sustains & pads.
ETHERA 2.0 also comes fully equipped with a complete FX section that includes chorus, flanger and phaser, compressor, EQ, filter, convolution reverb, overdrive, delay, amp simulator and cabinet simulator.
Ethera is dubbed 'cinematic' but it also works really well for Soul, EDM, Tribal and World music too. Check out the video demos to see for yourself.
PLUS! For more details on what's NEW in Ethera 2.0 including new features and improvements plus further info on the main features, check out More Info!
Time+Space also caught up with the producer of Ethera, Stefano Maccarelli, to find out more about the making of this wonderful instrument, and about using it with the ROLI Seaboard. Read the interview here.
See also: ETHERA SOUL EDITION (the sequel to Ethera).
MAIN FEATURES of Ethera 2.0:
- Over 3.4 GB of 24bit 48 KHz compressed Kontakt .ncw format Samples
- Phrase Builder with Legato & Poly Modes
- Legato Expert Tab
- GUI With easy-to-understand Controls & Fully Automated Midi Controllers
- 'Oh' & 'Ah' True Legato and Staccato Patches
- Fully Equipped Fx Rack
- Great Virtual Legato Patches
- Attack And Release Sample Time & Volume Control
- Natural Vibrato (Using Mod Wheel) & Vibrato Rate Control
- Double-Track Performance
- Phrases & Songs with 2 Sync Modes & Legato Mode
- Ahh, Ohh, Mmm, Vocal Sound Sustain Patches
- Pad Mode
- Two Sample Off-Set Start Controls On All Phrases
- Legato Speed Control
- 4 Cycling Sustain Round Robins on all samples
- Waveform Display on phrases & Legato patches
- ROLI Seaboard Patches
- The Unique Voice of Highly Acclaimed Vocalist “Clara Sorace”
Please note: ETHERA 2.0 requires the FULL version of Kontakt 5.6.0 or higher – it will not work with the free Kontakt Player.
WHAT’S NEW in ETHERA 2.0
The new features and improvements in Ethera 2.0 (as compared to Ethera 1.1) are as follows:
- A Gigabyte of NEW samples performed by Clara Sorace
- New Cinematic Phrases
- New Cinematic Phrases Special Sfx Reverse Mode
- New Cinematic Phrases Builder Legato (23 Phrases & Phonemes )
- New Cinematic Phrases Builder Poly (23 Phrases & Phonemes )
- New Cinematic Phrases Builder Key Switch
- New Cinematic Pad Patches
- HD Patches With "HQ Time Mode"
- Expert Legato TabExtra Sound Issues Fixed And New Presets
For further information on the content and use of ETHERA 2.0, please take a look at the PDF Manual.
Plus, see all the latest ETHERA video demos HERE.
Check out the video review below from Sample Library Review:
"Ethera sounds absolutely amazing and the range and variety of vocal noises that can be coaxed from it is endless - 9/10"
- Computer Music Magazine, UK.
"My favorite part, out of everything, is the legato instrument in Ethera 2.0. This is just two vowels (“oh” and “ah”) in staccato and legato versions. There’s only one dynamic layer, but the best part is that the long notes feature true legato sampling at all intervals up to an octave – that means if you play an A and then a C a minor third higher, a sample of a real transition from that A to that C is used. That means a whole lot of samples, but the result is definitely worth it – the sound is very natural, and with the big default reverb makes me think of the sort of wordless vocals in lush green forest scenes in movies or games. Ethera 2.0 and Ethera Soul Edition don’t attempt to do everything a singer could sing, but they do a great job of covering a wide range of common vocal needs and in many situations will even be serious competition for human singers. Rated 5/5"
- Bedroom Producers Blog
"...Much of Ethera’s content is broadly classical in style, but some of the special-effects patches could be used for contemporary dance tracks, and I even detected a touch of soul here and there, so there’s plenty to explore amongst the interfaces. By default, most patches are drenched in reverb and delay (for that ethereal feel, of course), and treated to processes like EQ and compression, but some or all of the above can be turned off (or even turned up), on the FX Rack tab. Us humans are very attuned to the subtle nuances of the voice, so whenever there is editing, looping, stretching or tuning, we are likely to notice it, unless it is done very carefully. Ethera can sound very artificial, which is great for highly processed dance music, pop and hip-hop styles, but it can also be made to sound like a bespoke studio recording when played with care and consideration. I can see myself using it in both ways."
- Sound on Sound magazine, UK. Click here to read the review in full
The praise from Ethera users has been universal - here are some reviews submitted by Time+Space customers:
“Ethera delivers! Ethera has a deep soul. Clara's voice is transcendent. Since I purchased it upon its release, I have have made use of all three engines, particularly the Pads and Phrases. I highly recommend getting this.. You won't regret it. With so many other voice products on the market, I only recommend the ones that deliver the goods for under $100 and Ethera certainly delivers!”
- written by 'Jawad Abu-Lughod'
"I've finally found her. For me, there's nothing quite as expressive as the voice, and the female one at that. I've spent a while looking at the various options online and I bought Ethera wondering if she could be the answer to my prayers. Thankfully, she is. There's something so haunting and melancholy about Clara's voice. You feel like she's pouring her heart and soul out with every note. The huge amount of patches leaves you with a staggering flexibility for your track. I'm using her with orchestral music, but I'm sure she would work in many applications. Ethera is the best female VI I've ever heard, frankly. It's a very personal thing, and Clara's voice just really resonates with me. I find her sound truly touching and very inspiring to write with! Isn't that exactly what you want from an instrument?"
- written by 'OLIVER'
"At last I have purchased a vocal sound that fits my needs. The tonal structure of Clara is so soothing and the amount of things that her voice can be applied to, is endless. The imagination is inspired by just listening to her vocals. This, played over some Celtic Pads, is beautiful and heart lifting to say the least. Worth every penny, and I shall be spending hours upon hours on endless musical permutations."
- written by 'AMBIOSIS'
"Ethera is one of the best libraries I bought this year, with an incredible warm and cinematic tone. I loved all the various legato patches, especially the Phoneme Legato. The phrases are gorgeous and very inspirational to work with and the vocal pads are great too. Highly recommended!"
- written by Luca Francini
From the blog on the website of Ethera's sound designer/producer Stefano Maccarelli:
"I have this library and it’s good, in some ways very good (IMHO). It’s well worth the price and I think I got excellent value. The pads are wonderful as are the legato and phrases, but there are some real gems in the extra sounds folder, don’t skip it or think they are somehow secondary. It’s a very wet library out of the box (not a criticism just an observation, and it sounds good anyway). The included processing effects can all be adjusted, turned off completely or replaced with third party plugs. I am already trying this and like what I hear so far. One of the main reasons I got this is that I kept listening to reviews and samples of this library and couldn’t get Clara’s voice out of my head. It is beautiful and so evocative, to me at least. I am even more into it after actually using the library. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of exactly what I can achieve with it and all the ways I might use it, there’s a lot in there and it inspires me. The latest update (ethera 1.1) has made this library even better (again IMHO). I’m not associated with Zero G or anyone involved with the library, just the independent thoughts of someone who likes to make music with beautiful libraries. Thank you Stefano and Clara (and Zero G)."
- by 'SoNowWhat'
Download Size (RAR files):
- Parts 1 - 3: 953 MB each
- Part 4: 58 MB