Questionably Barbershop Is ‘4-Part Harmony In A Box’

barbershop-quartet-sound-librarySoundiron has introduced Questionably Barbershop – a 4-piece male vocal ensemble sound library, crafted in the style of an ‘old timey’ Barbershop Quartet.

Soundiron describes the new vocal library as ‘4-part harmony in a box.’

Here’s what they have to say about Questionably Barbershop:

Each one of our singers (Mike: Tenor Lead, Gregg: Baritone, Spencer: Bass and ‘Mikey’: Tenor Falsetto) performed 3 types of sustains and staccatos: Doo, Lah and Woh. Using our custom GUI controls, these 3 different sounds can also act as pure Oo, Ah and Oh vowel sounds, with adjustable durations and attack shaping.

Our advanced scripting gives you automatic 4-part harmony voicing in the Ensemble Sustains and Staccatos presets, ensuring that you always hear the Lead first, the Bass in his appropriate range and the Tenor for those piercing high notes! And for a big male chorus sound, you can select the “Unison” mode for all four voices over the whole key range. We even give you Auto-pan feature to intelligently spread the singers over the stereo field for a nice wide sound.

The Scat ’N Bebop phrase section includes 356 improvised phrases, with real-time tempo-synching and time-stretching. Phrases are included in the root keys of C, E, and G# with easy transposition to other keys. You’ll also find our DSP Rack panel, with multi-effects, compression, EQ, amp/speaker simulation and convolution reverb, with dozens of our favorite rooms, halls, chambers, cathedrals and FX impulses.

Here are the official audio demos:

Questionably Barbershop is available now, with an intoductory price of US $14.95 (normally $19.95). See the Soundiron site for details.

4 thoughts on “Questionably Barbershop Is ‘4-Part Harmony In A Box’

  1. I am a loss as to what a barbers shop quartet is on synthopia for? I think there should be a competition to see how far removed a product can be on this site for the actual title ‘SYNTHTOPIA’ as In synthesizers.This is off to a good start. Barbers shop quartets and synths? Well maybe the Grid do you use Banjo samples?

  2. Frank, please don’t be at a loss. Try to overcome your inability to see the appropriateness of this article according to your “definition” of what should or should not be at synthtopia.

    FYI, this is not an actual “quartet” of people that Soundiron is selling, it is simply a sample library for “Native Instruments Kontakt 5.1.0 or later”, which is a software sampler.

    A Software Sampler (like a plug-in) is considered an “instrument”, and that falls into the “instrument reviews’ part of what synthtopia is about:

  3. Barbershop Quartet was turned into a library, libraries are used in DAWs, DAWs are frequently used to create electronic music with plugins, plugins are based on synthesizers, synthesizers were used in the score to Footloose, Footloose co-starred Kevin Bacon.

    Relevancy established.

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