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How Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT Can Elevate Your Cinematic Music Production


Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT Review: A Cinematic Powerhouse


If you are looking for a cinematic Kontakt instrument library that features vocals, hybrid synths, and epic sounds, Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT might be the perfect choice for you. This library is the latest and most advanced version of the Ethera series, created by award-winning composer and sound designer Stefano Maccarelli and featuring the stunning vocals of Clara Sorace. In this article, I will review Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT in detail, covering its vocal, hybrid synth, and sound design instruments, its user interface and features, its pros and cons, and its conclusion and rating. By the end of this article, you will have a clear idea of what Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT can do for your cinematic music production.




Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT



The Vocal Instruments




Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT features three vocal instruments: True Legato, Vocal Phrases, and Sustains & Vocal Synth. Each instrument offers a different way of using Clara's voice in your compositions, from realistic legato singing to expressive phrases to creative vocal synthesis. Let's take a closer look at each instrument.


Ethera Gold 2.0 True Legato




The True Legato instrument is designed to provide a smooth and natural legato performance of Clara's voice. You can choose from four vocal articulations: Ah, Oh, Mm, and Uh. Each articulation has a different vocal range and timbre, and you can switch between them using key switches on your MIDI keyboard. You can also control the dynamics of the voice using MIDI velocity, from soft to loud. The True Legato instrument also features a polyphonic mode, which allows you to play up to four voices at the same time, creating beautiful harmonies and chords. The polyphonic mode has two options: Auto Harmony and Manual Harmony. The Auto Harmony option automatically generates harmonies based on the scale and key that you set in the Settings Page. The Manual Harmony option lets you play each voice separately using different MIDI channels.


Ethera Gold 2.0 Vocal Phrases




The Vocal Phrases instrument is designed to provide a variety of pre-recorded vocal phrases that you can use in your compositions. You can choose from six vocal styles: Celtic, Epic, Ethnic, Mystical, Soul, and Voice Over. Each style has a different language and mood, and you can switch between them using key switches on your MIDI keyboard. You can also adjust the speed, pitch, and start point of each phrase using the knobs on the Main Page. The Vocal Phrases instrument also features a Phrase Builder mode, which allows you to create your own phrases by combining different syllables and words from the library. You can access the Phrase Builder mode by clicking on the Edit button on the Main Page.


Ethera Gold 2.0 Sustains & Vocal Synth




The Sustains & Vocal Synth instrument is designed to provide a creative way of using Clara's voice as a synthesizer. You can choose from three vocal modes: Sustain, Vocalise, and Vocal Synth. The Sustain mode offers long sustained notes of Clara's voice with different vowel sounds that you can switch using key switches on your MIDI keyboard. The Vocalise mode offers short vocal expressions of Clara's voice with different vowel sounds that you can switch using key switches on your MIDI keyboard. The Vocal Synth mode offers synthesized sounds of Clara's voice with different waveforms that you can switch using key switches on your MIDI keyboard. You can also use the modulation wheel and aftertouch on your MIDI keyboard to shape the sound of each mode with different effects such as vibrato, tremolo, filter cutoff, etc.


The Hybrid Synth Instruments




Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT features two hybrid synth instruments: Core Synth and Action Synth. Each instrument offers a different way of creating hybrid sounds that combine organic and synthetic elements. Let's take a closer look at each instrument.


Ethera Gold 2.0 Core Synth




The Core Synth instrument is designed to provide a powerful and versatile hybrid synth engine that can create a wide range of sounds from pads to leads to basses to plucks and more. You can choose from four instrument types: Analog Synth, Organic Synth, Guitar & Bass Synth, and Ethnic & World Synth. Each type has different categories and presets that you can browse using the browser on the Main Page. You can also use the three layers and four engines on the Main Page to create your own sounds by mixing and matching different sources, filters, envelopes, LFOs, etc.


Ethera Gold 2.0 Action Synth




The Action Synth instrument is designed to provide a rhythmic and dynamic hybrid synth engine that can create exciting sequences and patterns for your cinematic music production. You can choose from four loop types: Drums, Percussion, Bass, and Synth. Each type has different categories and presets that you can browse using the browser on the Main Page. You can also use the four layers and arpeggiators on the Main Page to create your own sequences by mixing and matching different loops, effects, envelopes, LFOs, etc.


The Sound Design Instruments




Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT features three sound design instruments: Soundscapes, Hits & Hybrid Brass, and Trailer Sounds & Reverse FX. Each instrument offers a different way of creating sound design elements that can enhance the mood and atmosphere of your cinematic music production. Let's take a closer look at each instrument.


Ethera Gold 2.0 Soundscapes




The Soundscapes instrument is designed to provide a rich and immersive sound design engine that can create ambient textures and atmospheres for your cinematic music production. You can choose from four sound sources: Pads, Drones, Textures, and Noises. Each source has different categories and presets that you can browse using the browser on the Main Page. You can also use the four layers and effects on the Main Page to create your own soundscapes by mixing and matching different sources, filters, envelopes, LFOs, etc.


Ethera Gold 2.0 Hits & Hybrid Brass




The Hits & Hybrid Brass instrument is designed to provide a powerful and epic sound design engine that can create impact sounds and hybrid brass sounds for your cinematic music production. You can choose from four hit types: Hits, Sub Hits, Braams, and Whoosh Hits. Each type has different categories and presets that you can browse using the browser on the Main Page. You can also use the four layers and effects on the Main Page to create your own hits by mixing and matching different sources, filters, envelopes, LFOs, etc.


Ethera Gold 2.0 Trailer Sounds & Reverse FX




The Trailer Sounds & Reverse FX instrument is designed to provide a creative and cinematic sound design engine that can create transition sounds and reverse effects for your cinematic music production. You can choose from four sound types: Risers, Downers, Reverse FX, and Reverse Vocals. Each type has different categories and presets that you can browse using the browser on the Main Page. You can also use the four layers and effects on the Main Page to create your own trailer sounds by mixing and matching different sources, filters, envelopes, LFOs, etc.


The User Interface & Features




Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT features a user-friendly and intuitive user interface that allows you to access and control all the parameters and functions of each instrument with ease. The user interface consists of three pages: Main Page, Effects Page, and Settings Page. Let's take a closer look at each page.


The Main Page




The Main Page is where you can access the main controls and functions of each instrument. Depending on the instrument type, you will see different sections on the Main Page, such as Layers, Engines, Arpeggiators, Modulation Wheel, Aftertouch, etc. Each section has different knobs, sliders, buttons, switches, etc., that allow you to adjust the volume, pan, tune, filter, ADSR, LFO, etc., of each layer or engine. You can also access the browser on the Main Page, where you can browse and load different presets and categories for each instrument type. The Main Page also has a global section, where you can access the master volume, master tune, master filter, and master effects of each instrument.


The Effects Page




The Effects Page is where you can access the effects modules and parameters of each instrument. Depending on the instrument type, you will see different effects modules on the Effects Page, such as Reverb, Delay, Distortion, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, etc. Each module has different parameters that allow you to adjust the amount, time, feedback, rate, depth, etc., of each effect. You can also turn on or off each effect module using the switches on the Effects Page. The Effects Page also has a global section, where you can access the master EQ and master compressor of each instrument.


The Settings Page




The Settings Page is where you can access the settings options and functions of each instrument. Depending on the instrument type, you will see different settings options on the Settings Page, such as Key Range, Velocity Curve, Legato Mode, Scale & Key, MIDI Channel, etc. Each option has different functions that allow you to change the key range, velocity curve, legato mode, scale and key, MIDI channel, etc., of each instrument. You can also access the help button on the Settings Page, where you can view the user manual and contact information of Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT.


The Pros & Cons of Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT




Ethera Gold 2.0 KONTAKT is a cinematic Kontakt instrument library that features vocals, hybrid synths, and epic sounds. It has many pros and cons that you should consider before buying it. Here are some of them:



Pros


Cons


- It features a stunning vocal performance by Clara Sorace.


- It requires a full version of Kontakt 6 or higher to run.


- It offers a variety of vocal instruments with different articulations, phrases, modes, and effects.


- It has a large file size of over 22 GB.


- It offers a powerful and versatile hybrid synth engine with different instrument types, categories, presets, layers, and engines.


- It has some minor bugs and glitches that need to be fixed.


- It offers a rich and immersive sound design engine with different sound sources, categories, presets, layers, and effects.


- It has a steep learning curve for beginners.


- It features a user-friendly and intuitive user interface with three pages: Main Page, Effects Page, and Settings Page.