Prepare yourself to be blown away by the second vocalist from the "Celestial Voices"... Calypso is a solo female soprano vocalist, with a soaring sound that provokes powerful emotions.
It comes with five mic positions, so you can blend your own personal sound, flexible enough to create a broad projecting operatic sound, as well as a clean, dry pop sound, which opens the possibility to add your own reverb if you so wish.
Full list of specs:
FIVE True Legato Modes (ah, eh, ee/ih, oh, mm)
TWELVE further consonant sounds to craft the openings of phrases, multiplying legato options and variations several-fold!
FIVE mic positions - craft your ideal sound
4GB in size (8GB Required during installation)
Legato aid function
There are five fantastic true legato modes, allowing you to play realistic phrases with the sounds; ah, eh, ee/ih, oh and mm, which then multiplies when you factor in the further option of using consonants within your phrases (sah, lah, rah, reh, leh, meh, fee, ree, tee, soh, roh, doh). These consonants are fully integrated into the legato mode, so you can switch as you play.
Through the mic position mixer, you can dial in a distant, projecting and powerful operatic sound, or you can zone in with the close mics, and craft a closer, drier tone that cuts through more like a voice on a rock/pop track or certain scores to picture/trailer tracks. Use of the close mics also gives you the advantage of being able to add in your own reverb or room sound, as opposed to using the true recorded one.
How to get the most out of this instruments & it's specialisms
Calypso comes with five true legato sounds, the vowels (considering mm as a vowel in this context), plus an array of twelve consonants to add to the beginning of your phrases.
There is also a true legato function (the green F keyswitch). Hold this down whilst playing, and whatever you play will be legato, plus you won't have to worry about missing an interval here and there because you didn't hold down the notes whilst playing, saving a lot of editing time! Ensure to release the legato aid key BEFORE playing the last note of the phrase, otherwise your notes will stick!
The consonants included, shine most when used as little additions to the beginnings of phrases. (See the demos for examples). They are not designed to be held down for too long and looped, otherwise you will lose the realism. If you choose to start a phrase with a long note (say three and a half seconds or more), then choose one of the five vowels. Stylistically and realistically this is by far the better option.
Consonants are added at the beginning of every legato phrase. So if you play a phrase "D, F, A" all legato, with "sah" selected, your phrase will sound like thig: "saaaaaaah", not "sah sah sah". The consonants do not insert themselves between legato intervals to ensure the sound is as natural as real as possible. Whilst specializing very strongly in emotional, soaring operatic vocal lines; Calypso is also extremely capable with little runs and turns, as you can hear in the Rusalka demo, making it an extremely versatile instrument.
This instrument requires the FULL VERSION of Kontakt 4, or above (so it will also run in Kontakt 5 perfectly). The full version of Kontakt 4, is not the free "Kontakt Player", which can be downloaded, it is the full retail version which can be purchased from Native-Instruments' website.
You will need 8GB of free space to download and extract/install this product.