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EASTWEST Voices of the Empire $399

Offering a collection of Asian and Eastern European-influenced vocal timbre, EastWest’s new library gets truly international. Dave Gale takes a look…

Anyone with an interest in soundtrack scoring cannot have missed the presence of ethereal vocals over the last 15 years or so. Once one score lit the vocal-lead touch paper, others followed, with further use of these vocal elements stemming back to the 90s, with artists such as Enigma and Deep Forest. Bringing us bang up to date, EastWest’s new collection exploits the latest software developments to offer far more than just triggering of phrases.


As if to immediately nail the EastWest manifesto to the mast, all of the samples have been performed by the extraordinary vocal talent of Uyanga Bold. Apart from being a trained opera singer, she clearly has an internal switch which can be flicked to the raw and unadulterated sound that we hear here, which is largely a melting pot of Bulgarian, Serbian and Mongolian traditions. Her talents have clearly not gone unnoticed, recently touring with last month’s MusicTech cover star Hans Zimmer, and being a featured performer in the performances of The Dark Knight. For most of us, the expressive nature of what she is singing is simply reduced to a beautiful collection of vocal colours, which are perfect for soundtrack work and beyond.

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In response to the ever-growing world of sound design, we highlight many of the best tools of the trade to equip you to experiment yourself, step-by-step guides to various processes, plus interviews with those whose careers have been built in the world of professional sound design. Elsewhere, we speak to former Stereophonics drummer Javier Weyler, whose company Breaking Waves facilitate the sonic needs of filmmakers in innovative, creative ways. We also talk to mix engineer Giles Barrett about his boat-based studio and head inside Nottingham's newly-opened Mount Street Studios. Along with our usual range of in-depth reviews we see our tutorial section expand once more as we welcome a brand new Reason series. We hope you enjoy the issue!