Africa is the Root to all Music.
Sprung from ancient traditions and rituals, music has captured the souls and spirits of millions of people since the dawn of time. These deep roots of the origin of music are found best on the original motherland of the human race. “Africa”
KONTAKT INTERFACE FEATURES
Recorded on location deep within the Kenyan tribal village communities we discovered an unprecedented rich culture of rhythms and songs, and chants that capture your imagination. Scraping the surface of this vast cultural heritage Ancient Voices invested in producing a collection of samples that are unmatched in authenticity, realism, power and beauty.
This first volume of a new sample line Ancient Voices is introducing is based on field recorded genuine original ethnic music with a high mark on originality and usability.
The intelligent scripting and use of the Kontakt sample format makes this sample pool of live performed music and dance fit right in, or be the base to work from for your compositions and production. Emmy award winning composer (of the CBS tv Series “Survivor”) Russ Landau and Ancient Voices dive into the world of ancient African music.
Built in a single Kontakt patch, this new setup will give you the flexibility to construct your own instrument by selecting and adding groups of samples and simply dragging them to your midi keyboard. So gone are the days that you had to weed through tons of patches.
MAASAI Reference Manual (Click to open in a new window)
MAASAI Reference Manual
Listen to the Audio Demos at the top-right of the page.
Note on Maasai Ancient Voices Audio Demo by Russ Landau:
Not all vocals in the Survivor Main Title theme, "Ancient Voices", are part of the Maasai library, including but not limited to the Russian singers. The inclusion of the "Ancient Voices" audio demo is merely to demonstrate how Russ Landau used this collection within this particular piece. These demos are for demonstration purposes only and are not to be used without permission and a direct license from the composer.
Red zones: (last added sub collection)
Blue zones: Maasai samples sub collection added
White zones: Empty zones
Patch Configuration: Remap function, speed adjustment knob and volume knob to balance the volumes between sub collections.
Sample behavior configuration:
Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release knobs.
These loops are not temposynced. You can change the speed by using the speed knob.
Hut 1: Main African house centered stereo IR
Hut 2: Second African house centered stereo IR
Hut 3: African House centered stereo IR
Jungle: Outside recorded woody Jungle area stereo IR
Room Size slider:
Convolution view: 4 Landau Music Group African theme IR’s
All NKI patches have reverb applied to them by default. The convolution reverb can be bypassed when the amount is turned down to 0% by clicking on the left side “Wet Level” and turned down.
Impulse Response Selection: by pressing the IR sphere another of the four available rooms is activated.
This compresses or stretches the impulse response in time. Click & drag on the right side of the sphere to adjust the blue level bar.
Controls the level of the original and processed signals. 0% = bypass 100% = full signal. Click & drag on the left side of the sphere to adjust the blue level bar.
Delay and EQ applied to the whole instrument. So each sub group will be influenced.
Traditional African tribal music is very different form western music. Due to it’s intensive performance and spontaneously and improvised character and typical tone distances combined with harmonies used in these recordings. Combining samples subcollections and embeding these in your compositions, sound productions or life performances the full potential of this sample library is yet to be unleashed.
All files in 44.1 kHz
16 Bit wave format
Programmed for full software version of Kontakt 4.2.4 and Kontakt 5.01 and higher (64bit) (will not work in free Kontakt Player)
You get 560+ samples. (1,12GB uncompressed) of downloadable content in a compressed 1GB zip file (Note: files will remain available for downloading in your Order History for 7 days after purchase)
Core samples: 1 instrument patch containing:
1. Vocals collection (Males, Females, Children and combinations)
2. Tribe Ensemble performances (instrument & vocals combined)
3. Instruments (ensembles & groups)
4. Drums & Percussion
1 instrument for Kontakt 4.2.4 and Kontakt 5.01 and higher with 3 tab screens: Main View, IR, and a credits tab
- Convolution reverb applied to the multi instrument to represent the original acoustic space. 4 impulses available
- Landau Music Group clickable IR sphere design knob
- Dynamic sample loading & purging for efficient memory usage
- Customizable instrument grouping and mapping – build your own patches to suit your needs.
560+ sampled looped samples. (1,12 GB sample content)
1. Vocals: (Boys & Girls Choir Umoja, Boys Village Choir, Female Village Choir, Kombe Choir, Maasai Hunting Chant, Maasai Male Singing, Male Village Choir, Shaman Singing, Girls Choir, Zulu Chant)
2. Tribe Ensembles: Kenyan Village music, Basoa, Hamuna, Lamawase, Momabassa Females, Momabassa Solo, Momabassa wind instruments, Momabassa Sung, Slum Kids Choir, Tribal singing, Weyambolo, Yesawe, Zambewe, Behi Vox and Drums
3. Drums & Percussion: Drum loops, Shabone No Vox, Swining Conga, Enigma Drum, Drumloop solo, Mombassa, Village Percussion
4. Instruments: Horn & Percussion combination, Abu Flute, Kambanane, Kambanane Large, Turkana Horn, Turkana Horn and Drums
5. Bonus files: Ukelele & Drums with choirs from the Haka library
Sample selector: By clicking the sample selector you can browse through the full sample pool without loading new patches. Just click the set you’re interested in and Maasai will load all available sub collections. By pressing “add” you can appoint the sub collection to your preferred location on your keyboard. We’ve also built an auto preview when you click the subgroup. (1 sec feature).
Due to the recording style we’ve used (Field recordings), we captured the raw authentic sound from our musicians. These loops are perfectly zero-crossed looped. Some loops have alternate starting points to accomplish a ‘perfect’ loop. To compensate for the standard tempo syncing we’ve added a speed knob along with a quick remap function.
4 impulse responses: 16 bit wave format. 3 Hut/Houses and one Jungle canopy IR
Interface installers for Mac, PC and manual instructions.
End Users License.
“Maasai” manual / reference documentation (PDF)
Artwork: “Maasai” dvd cover. Designed by Pavel Fuksa
How to Install
files will remain available for downloading in your Order History
(Click on the "Product Info" button) for 7 days after purchase.
To download FREE EXTRACTION SOFTWARE for both Windows and Mac:
Click Here for MAC Extraction Software (BetterZip)
Click Here for PC Extraction Software (RarZilla)
How to install Your Kontakt Instrument:
Ancient Voices instruments are accessible in Kontakt through the Browse button under the Libraries tab (please note that the Add Library button will not recognize these libraries). Here's an excellent YouTube demonstration of how to install third party sample libraries into your Kontakt sampler:
License & Usage Agreement:
Click Here to download the Ancient Voices EULA
Do I need a serial number, license or product key to activate Ancient Voices products?:
No, all products are instantly ready for use without any time consuming and administrational organizing troubles.
Should I register my product?:
No, there is no registration required by Ancient Voices.
Do I need the full version of Kontakt to use Ancient Voices products?:
Yes. All Ancient Voices products require the full version of Kontakt 2 or higher. Maasai requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.
Do Ancient Voices products support other formats?:
Each product is created for its specific labeled formats. For this information please check the provided format descriptions on the product page. We in no way guarantee 100% compatibility when using any form of translation software. All sales are final and neither Alexander Publishing nor Ancient Voices shall not be held responsible for importing said samples into a non-native sampler.
Do You offer a return policy?:
No. Because this is downloadable software that cannot be returned once purchased all sales are final. If you're unsure about purchasing, please contact us through our Contact Us page prior to purchasing.