Thursday, February 4, 2021

WESTWOOD INSTRUMENTS VIOLA UNTAMED- REVIEW & PLAYTHROUGH




WESTWOOD INSTRUMENTS
resumes their incredible Untamed series with

VIOLA UNTAMED


OVERVIEW


Often described as the instrument with the closest sound to the human voice, VIOLA UNTAMED is the here to do the talking in your music. The 4th installment of our Untamed series, we've recorded 3 octaves and 333 unique, individual improvised performances. From soulful and fragile murmurs to impassioned and feverish cries.

Not for the traditionalist, and not for the faint of heart. This is for fans of alternative scores and inspired by composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jed Kurzel and Jonny Greenwood.

With the same unique feature-set as the rest of the Untamed series, including Storms; a powerful articulation which can creates crescendos, from a solo performance to a frenetic ensemble. As well as all of the this, there are 9 other classic long and short note articulations which complement the other instruments in the series.

It's here to inspire your writing and is really at home with minimalist compositions where tone and sound do more talking than melody.

Longs Articulations:

Improvisations A1 

Improvisations A2 (Alternative start)

Improvisations B1

Improvisations B2 (Alternative start)

Improvisations C1

Improvisations C2 (Alternative start)

Storms

Glue

Glue 8vb

Normale

Flautando

Sul Pont

Tremolo

Circular Bowing

Short Articulations:

Spiccato (6 round robins, 3 velocity layers)

Pizzicato inc. Bartok (6 round robins, 4 velocity layers)

You can use the interface to easily combine any number of articulations to create interesting textures and some unusual combinations. We love the sound of the Improvisations together, which feels like a small ensemble of violas all doing their own thing whilst flowing in and out of unison.

Performance Controls:

Dynamics - Expression - Vibrato

Microphones:

Spot - Close - Room - Gallery

Effects:

Saturation - Stereo Width - Reverb (with 7 included presets) - 3 Band EQ


This is how they recorded it:

Recorded at The Nave, one of the North of England's finest recording studios; a converted church with the most beautiful sounding live room. Engineer Tom Orrell used an impeccable set of classic microphones and vintage outboard to tailor the perfect sound for the viola.



A single Brauner VMA valve mic is at the heart of the mix, providing a really rich, full and very detailed sound. A stereo pair of Neumann KM184s captured a close stereo overhead perspective. A pair of Oktava MK-012s mics adds more depth to the room, whilst a second pair of the same mics placed high up in the gallery do a perfect job of capturing the natural reverb tail of the studio. We collected this really wide range of perspectives for you to mix exactly the sound you need.

Everything was recorded through through Neve and API preamps, an AMEK Rembrandt desk and captured at 96kHz using world-class Apogee AD16X analogue to digital convertors.


BRIEF REVIEW

 WESTWOOD INSTRUMENTS continues their Untamed series with another inspirational library for any modern composer. Powerful articulations, masterly recorded, and a clean one page interface that won't interrupt your musical flow. Westwood's Untamed Viola delivers a fantastic chapter to their untamed virtual instruments. 

 

5 OUT OF 5 STARS! 



AVAILABLE HERE: WESTWOOD INSTRUMENTS



 

  

 

 

 

 

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