Berlin-based virtual instrument brand Orchestral Tools is back with another intriguing sample collection, Tallinn. This collection brings the sounds of an Estonian choir, recorded in the medieval St. Nicholas Church (Niguliste), and boasting a distinctive Nordic character.
The new Tallinn collection, aptly named after the capital city of Estonia, comprises sounds from the Grammy-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Samples of male and female singers across four vocal parts are onboard for a range of atmospheric passages, from moody, dark tones to calm and tranquil moments. The syllables you can play with the instrument are based on the Estonian language, with “a local, Baltic flavour unlike any other vocal library”, Orchestral Tools says.
As well as these unique vocal tones, the Tallinn collection gives you the stringed sounds of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. This includes violins, viola, celli and basses, which can be performed as multiple long and short notes, flageolet, tremolo and extra-long sustains, plus the basic articulations you’d expect. Orchestral Tools recommends these strings for ethereal parts and thrilling cues, thanks to their purity and distinct Estonian sound.
Also included is the primary and chancel organ of the Niguliste church, both including select registers and bass samples. The Tallinn organs are designed to complement the sonic air of the choir and chamber orchestra.
Tallinn runs exclusively in Orchestral Tools’ free SINE player, much like many of Orchestral Tools’ virtual instruments. The player allows you to purchase and install individual instruments from OT’s collection, so if it’s just the Estonian element of Tallinn that interests you, it’s yours to install separately. And, don’t forget, SINEFactory is the brand’s free subscription service, regularly offering new free collections to users.
The company says that, thanks to the capturing of audio in the acoustic space of Nigulise, the collection boasts a unique Estonian aesthetic that it likens to that of the renowned Grammy-winning Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
“We were fortunate to have the opportunity to record these incredible singers and players in their beautiful hometown, in a space that they know well. We’ve made every effort to capture not only the unique sound but also the feeling the sound evokes”, says Hendrik Schwarzer, Orchestral Tools CEO and founder.
Tallinn is available for pre-order at a price of €249 until 4 May 2021, after which date it will be available at an introductory price of €299. After 19 May, the collection will move up to its regular price of €399.
Learn more at orchestraltools.com.
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Date: 22 April 2021
Author: Sam Willings