Native Instruments Intros Mysteria Cinematic Vocal Instrument

Native Instruments has introduced Mysteria, a new software instrument designed for creating vocal atmospheres and transitions.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

MYSTERIA is a one-of-a-kind cinematic instrument that captures the human voice’s unique ability to convey unmediated emotion.

Play unusual and arcane textures live, and use an otherworldly mass of choirs, vocals, and textures to create high-tension shifts, angelic transmissions, and soaring transitions that are imbued with the innately human. MYSTERIA harnesses hours of specially-recorded choirs, curated to convey the entire spectrum of human emotion – from the intimate to the sublime.

The 29 GB sound library encompasses more than 800 sound sources, recorded in Bratislava and Cologne with a large symphonic choir also split into male and female sections, a chamber choir, and an intimate New Music vocal quartet. The result is a truly versatile sound that covers everything from close whispers, to epic choruses, and everything in between.

Here’s an in-depth walkthrough of Mysteria:


Pricing and Availability

Mysteria for Kontakt (works in the free Kontakt Player) is available now for $299 USD.

9 thoughts on “Native Instruments Intros Mysteria Cinematic Vocal Instrument

    1. Judging from the demo, and file size (29 GB), there are a few aspects to this product.

      1. They hired a bunch of really good singers.
      2. They recorded them properly in a good studio with good mics & other gear.
      3. They chose a range of sounds, vowels, phrases, etc, based on some unified concept.
      4. They skillfully edited the samples into a playable palette.
      5. They added a variety of special effects via DSP, reverse, pitch, layering, etc. etc.

      For people doing film scoring, this could be a useful color, and they don’t have time to roll their own.

      NI’s Kontakt libraries are generally good– except there are some stinkers in Kontakt’s Factory Library (which is to be expected).

      As for VAST, well, any one can record some singers (as needed) and process vocal tracks/samples as needed, either through VAST, or modular, or multi-effects or granular or whatever. Sky is the limit. But life is short (or medium, or long, depending on the luck).

  1. No specific use for it right now, but I’ve been using Thrill which is of similar intent but with orchestral sounds. I have no doubt that this would be useful for a lot of different soundtrack work as well as some Penderecki-style writing.

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