Ethera Gold by Zero-G Review
Stefano Maccarelli, Sound Designer, Composer & Sound Technician has created Ethera Gold an amazing products and at such affordable price. Ethera EVI, Ethera Soundscapes, and Ethera Gold are developed by Stefano as one consistent series, each product (library) fills the gaps of the others. The three True Legato of EVI, Soundscapes, and Ethera Gold are very distinct. Soundscapes & EVI have the Emotive True Legato, fitting for soulful melodies. Ethera Gold has the mighty Epic True Legato. The Vocal Phrases are always different and all are alive because of the voice of Clara. Clara Sorace is a vocalist & recording artist from Italy who is based in Rome. Zero-G did send a review copy with no strings attached.
About Stefano Maccarelli
Stefano was born in Rome, in 1976. he started to discovered music & sound design at the age of 14 with his first sampler & computer. Stefano has over 20 years of experience in audio post production, music production, mixing, audio technologies. His Music & Sound Design has been used for dozens of Films, Docu-Fiction, Commercials, Idents, Promos, Tv Shows, including brands like Fox, A&E, Sky, RAI, National Geographic, Fox Sports & Mediaset.
- 2018 – Gold Award Promax BDA Europe ” Best Original Music” with FOX
- 2018 – Bronze Award Promax BDA World ” Best Original Music” with FOX
- 2014 – Bronze Award New York Film Festival ” Best Original Music” with History Channel
- 2014 – Gold Award New York Film Festival 2014 ” Best Original Music ” with National Geogprahic
- 2011 – Gold Award Promax BDA Europe “Best Original Music” with National Geographic
- 2011 – Gold Award New York Film Festival ” Best Sound Design” with Nat Geo Wild
- 2011 – Silver Award Promax World ” Best Original Music “with History “
Stefano works with Fox Network Group ( 21st Century Fox division) since 2007 as Senior Sound Designer & Composer.
Clara Sorace studied piano and singing for over 12 Years. She participated in various competitions and festivals including the “San Remo Academy of Song“ where she reached the final. She has a huge experience of musical production and vocal arrangements, which has widened her stylistic versatility and range so that she can switch easily from Soul and Pop to Cinematic and Epic Music. Her vocals have been used in many commercial works and international Trailers. Clara has sung with many of the greatest soundtrack and video games composers, trailer music creators. Her voice is a thrilling blend of soul, cinematic, epic and emotionality with the charm of Latin flair.
Ethera Gold is one of the comprehensive soundtrack & trailer creation libraries available in this large market. When I started to look into this library I was speechless due to the massive amount of different and diverse significant sounding content. Stefano’s examples did blow me away and when I did receive the library before the release date I spend hours with the extensive collection. The library is perfect for creating soundtracks, cinematic music, epic music trailers and any music needing fantastic solo vocals and powerful, inspirational, hybrid wavetable synth sounds. Ethera Gold comprises a number of excellent vocals, hybrid instruments, epic hits, bass synths, organic sounds, violin textures, tribal percussion, hybrid brass, drum loops and much more.
Ethera Gold in a nutshell
- 7 multi-sampled Kontakt 6 Instruments
- Requires Kontakt 6 FULL, as it uses some new features of Kontakt 6
- Over 16GB of 24 bit, 48KHz samples.
- Over 6000 Original Cinematic Samples
- The Brand New Epic Vocal True Legato – 1.6Gb of multi-sampled and chromatic vocal true legato (no artificial pitching – Real Vocal Range from G3 to A5, synthetically extended range from A5 to C6) – up to 3 articulations controlled by Midi-Velocity and 4 RR Sustains.
- Custom Convolution Reverb
- Over 1300 inspiring vocal phrases (2 GB of samples) organized by Key – Style- BPM – delivered also in open wav format so you can easily drag & drop them into your DAW.
- 2 Hybrid Synths with new Audio Engine based on 3 powerful Synth Engines
- Over 12GB of samples from Hardware Synths, Acoustic Instruments (Violins, Guitar, Winds etc) and many other organic sources.
- Glide & Unison Mode
- 11 LFO, 1 MIDI Assignable Table Modulator
- FX Rack
- Wavetable Synth with Sample Grain and Real-Time Time Stretching
- Over 1GB of Drum Loops
- Over 500 Snapshot Presets
- ROLI Seaboard special patches
Ethera Gold Core Synth
Ethera Gold Core Synth – a wavetable Synth, including a mixture of instrument types. You can use Bass, Drum Loops, Horns, Braams, Hybrid Brass, Organic Sounds, Rises, Strings Textures, Synth, Trailer Hits, Percussion. Providing you with 3 powerful Audio Engines, the new Ethera Gold Core Synth is an incredible wavetable hybrid synth. It has a waveform of over 8GB and comes with an incredible array of useful sounds specifically developed for sound designers, cinematic and soundtrack composers. We have sampled a multitude of sources such as an array of acoustic instruments, large objects that give huge epic hits, hardware synths, violins, wind instruments, etc. Using the Snapshot Presets you will already have about 380 cinematic presets ready to use and organized by categories: Arp, Brass, Textures, Percussion & Hits, etc.
Ethera Gold Action Synth
Ethera Gold Action Synth is a three Layer loop-based wavetable Synth. Action Synth packed with roughly 4GB of sample loops. The patch comes with hundreds of tense, organic, synthetic and percussive sequences. You can play each loop like an ideal instrument. You can use various arpeggiators, sequences, drum loops, percussion loops, and organic loops to form marvelous hybrid soundtracks with anxiety or rhythmic flows.
Ethera Gold True Legato
Ethera Gold True Legato is an accurate legato instrument. The True Legato patch is based on Clara’s powerful epic vocal. Stefano has sampled each interval of Clara’s voice chromatically with up to three sample articulations which you can control by Midi-Velocity. There is also a Scripted Legato Instrument with four additional articulations.
Ethera Gold Vocal Phrases
Ethera Gold Vocal Phrases is an instrument that performs actual vocal improvisations. The authentic “soul” of the singer. It contains over 1300 phrases in different styles (Dramatic to Epic, from Ethereal to Modern), keys, and BPM. You can change the original BPM using the Time Mode function.
Ethera Gold Sustains
Ethera Gold Sustains contains the polyphonic, single, long syllable vocal notes that are useful for creating vocal textures or backing vocals.
Ethera Gold Builder
Ethera Gold Builder contains polyphonic single-shot syllable vocal samples that are useful for creating vocal arps or short vocal sequences.
The included Legato in Ethera Gold is the first version of “Epic” True Legato. In the other two libraries EVI and Soundscapes you did find Emotive True Legato, now you can combine these phrases and sounds with a more forceful and epic sound.
Ethera Comparison Chart
The comparison chart below allows you to quickly compare the different versions of Ethera.
Ethera Gold and as well the already released other Ethera libraries come with an enormous quality & quantity. With Ethera you receive a library 16 GB in size with over 1200 vocal phases, a fantastic True Legato and a super Hybrid Synth. To make the library accessible Stefano included over 500 User Snapshot presets. The content in Ethera Gold is astounding and tremendous.
Rating: Five out of five stars
Ethera Gold is a massive collection and delivers all you need to create the perfect soundtrack. Ethera EVI, Ethera Soundscapes are perfect combinations and go very well hand in hand with Ethera Gold and overall provide you one of the most complete sets of different sound available in the market.
Ethera Gold is an influential collection of instruments. This library is excellent for producing cinematic soundtracks, huge music trailers, and music. Clara Sorace vocal performance is unbelievable and charming. With this release, part of the Ethera series Gold focuses on epic and delivery an narrative consistent excellent character. Stefano sampled endless objects and acoustic instrument to build hits, textures, and pure instrument.