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Eric Whitacre Contrast

Breathtaking new extremes

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  • Breathtaking new extremes

    Transcending the boundaries of choral performance, experience the human voice in a completely new light. 245 all-new emotive, dynamic techniques performed by 19 world-class singers, captured at AIR Studios with 11 pristine signals — pushed to breathtaking new extremes in our inspiring Evo Grid and game-changing synth engine.

    Curated by Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, Contrast allows you to build evocative, evolving atmospheres — from visceral human vibrations to otherworldly shimmering beauty — with texture, tone and pitch evolving beneath your fingertips in subtle and dramatic shifts, subject to your own curation. The Evo Grid offers instant inspiration, creating rich, dissonant, multi-layered textures, while our eDNA synth engine transports the organic material into the electronic realm. Recombine techniques to create new hybrid vocal textures, and explore our bespoke range of warps and editable presets — plus a stunning set of bespoke presets from three acclaimed sound artists (Ryan Lott, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Clark), with a sophisticated range of in-built controls and FX.

    A living, breathing machine of sonic metamorphosis opening the door to limitless sound design possibilities for any genre or setting — from media composition to contemporary electronic music.


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    Our dedicated plugin

    19 singers

    eDNA Synth Engine

    14 signals

    Evo Grid & Scale Mode

    Stormy and cold landscape with island in the distance
    Up close of a frozen tree stump
    Contrast Evo Grid interface

    Pushed to breathtaking extremes

    The eDNA synth engine moves these stunning choral performances into the electronic sphere to create rich, multi-tonal synth textures that haunt and glisten, offering limitless inspiration whether you’re a pop producer, beat maker, sound designer, or composer writing your next sci-fi, horror or game score.  

    Harnessing sophisticated technology and innovative processing techniques, it features 24 warps and 92 synth presets created from the organic material, as well as a huge range of in-built controls and FX for maximum creative control and endless sound design possibilities within the plugin. The synth engine also features bespoke presets from three outstanding guest sound artists — Oscar-nominated composer Ryan Lott (Son Lux), Clark, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

    Contrast synth engine

    What I love about Contrast is that it feels alive... it offers this emotional cinematic palette that evolves under your fingers, totally different to anything we've done before. Suddenly you can create these genuinely interesting emotional worlds.

    Grammy winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre

    Eric Whitacre in black and white conducting the choir

    The Grammy award-winning composer and conductor has had works programmed worldwide, and his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united 100,000 singers from more than 145 countries. To date, the Virtual Choirs have registered over 60 million views and have been seen on global TV. Born in Nevada in 1970, Whitacre spent his formative years writing electronica and listening to Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, then went to study at The Juilliard School, and in Las Vegas and – on a whim – joined a choir. “I thought, that’s the sound that’s been in my heart my whole life. It was a singular moment and it absolutely transformed me.”

    His compositions have been widely recorded and his debut album as a conductor on Universal, Light and Gold, featuring the Eric Whitacre Singers, went straight to the top of the charts, earning him a Grammy. His most recent album, Home, is a collaboration with VOCES8 on Universal Decca featuring compositions spanning his thirty-year composition career. A sought-after guest conductor, Eric has conducted choral and instrumental concerts around the globe, including concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to several collaborations with Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer and John Powell, he has worked with British pop icons Laura Mvula, Imogen Heap and Annie Lennox.

    His composition for symphony orchestra and chorus, Deep Field, was inspired by the achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope and became the foundation for a collaboration with NASA, the Space Telescope Science Institute and 59 Productions, seen at arts and science festivals across the world. A charismatic speaker, Eric Whitacre has given keynote addresses for many Fortune 500 companies, from Apple and Google to the World Economic Forum in Davos and the United Nations Speaker’s Program. His mainstage talks at the influential TED conference received standing ovations. His first collaboration with Spitfire Audio became an instant bestseller and is used by composers the world over.

    Eric Whitacre Choir Square artwork


    Eric Whitacre Choir

    Crafted and conducted by the Grammy winner himself, showcasing his elite family of singers. This encyclopaedia of the voice will enrich your compositions.

    What's included

    Techniques

    Fragments

    Over a short length, all singers crescendo from silence to a fixed dynamic, whilst moving in pitch together.

    Shorts

    Marcato - Singers perform a bright and sharp "Eh!" sound ("Eh" light, "Oh" dark).

    Mist Chimes/smoke chimes

    Divisi, half of group performs atonal "Ehhh" very breathy, while the other half sustains a soft airy tone over 2-4 beats at 120bpm.

    Convergences semitone tone close medium etc etc

    Group begins from a microtonal point up to a semitone below or above the target note, crescendo and converge to the target note over two beats, then hold note and fade out.

    Divergences

    Begin on the target note, then diverge to a microtonal point up to a semitone below or above. Crescendo and portamento over 2 beats, then hold divergence and fade out for two more beats.

    Swells

    Over 2 different lengths (crotchet, minim, semibreve, 2 bars at 120bpm), all singers swell from silence to a fixed dynamic - to hard stop.

    Shards

    Over an EVO length (20s), each singer individually ad libs shards (swells from "niente", up to an agreed dynamic, with a hard off).

    Shadows

    The counterpoint to Shards, altered for a darker, threatening tone.

    Crystal

    Over an EVO length, each singer individually ad libs crystals ("Tah" with accented vib). Bright and open.

    Clouds

    The counterpoint to crystals ("Dah"). Dark, menacing.

    Chattering

    One half singing sustained "Ahh"; the other slow aleatoric "cha, sa, tah" - slow and fast variations.

    Murmuring

    Divisi — One half singing sustained "Ohh"; the other slow aleatoric "mo, wo, doh" - slow and fast variations.

    Held Mist

    Divisi — One half singing very quiet "eeee", other semi random "ehhh" very breathy with high/no pitch (atonal) (slower attack on breaths).

    Held Smoke

    Divisi — One half singing very quiet "mmm", other semi random "ohhh" very breathy with low/no pitch (atonal).

    Prism Evos

    Over an EVO length, each section sings long sustained divisi. Div 1 individually ad lib moving to 1 semitone above the written note with slight cresc. Div 2 stays at written note, moving slowly between vib and non-vib.


    Standard Mode

    (Tutti // Soprano // Alto // Tenor // Bass - they all contain the below)
    • Light Prism 1 (minor 2nd)
    • Dark Prism 2 (minor 2nd)
    • Light Prism 3 (Major 2nd)
    • Dark Prism 4 (Major 2nd)
    • Light Prism 5 (Perfect 4th)
    • Dark Prism 6 (Tritone)
    • Light Prism 7 (Perfect 5th)
    • Dark Prism 8 (minor 6th)
    • Light Shards
    • Dark Shadows
    • Light Crystals
    • Dark Clouds
    • Light Chattering
    • Dark Murmuring
    • Held Mist
    • Held Smoke
    • Eh Marcato
    • Mist Chimes
    • Oh Marcato
    • Smoke Chimes
    • Light Convergence Close
    • Dark Convergence Close
    • Light Convergence Distant
    • Dark Convergence Distant
    • Light Divergence Close
    • Dark Divergence Close
    • Light Divergence Distant
    • Dark Divergence Distant
    • Light Swells Short
    • Dark Swells Short
    • Light Swells Medium
    • Dark Swells Medium
    • Light Fragment Up (min 2nd)
    • Dark Fragment Up (min 2nd)
    • Light Fragment Down (min 2nd)
    • Dark Fragment Down (min 2nd)
    • Light Fragment Up (Maj 2nd)
    • Dark Fragment Up (Maj 2nd)
    • Light Fragment Down (Maj 2nd)
    • Dark Fragment Down (Maj 2nd)
    • Light Fragment Up (min 3rd)
    • Dark Fragment Up (min 3rd)
    • Light Fragment Down (min 3rd)
    • Dark Fragment Down (min 3rd)


    eDNA (Warps)

    • Dark Pulses
    • Dark Vibrations
    • Delay Pad (120bpm)
    • Elven Horizons
    • Elysium
    • Eternal Mist
    • Ethereal Whispers
    • Flutters
    • Ghostly Artifacts
    • Glitchy Transmission
    • Granular Choir
    • Hazy
    • Heat
    • Mechanical Clamour
    • Mirrored Dreams (120bpm)
    • Misty Moorland
    • Neon Mist
    • Dissonant Paradise
    • Phantom Ship
    • Pixies
    • Radioactive Mist
    • Scattered Delusions
    • Solar Glimmer
    • Dissonant Chatter


    eDNA Tutti 

    • Light Prism 1 (minor 2nd)
    • Dark Prism 2 (minor 2nd)
    • Light Prism 3 (Major 2nd)
    • Dark Prism 4 (Major 2nd)
    • Light Prism 5 (Perfect 4th)
    • Dark Prism 6 (Tritone)
    • Light Prism 7 (Perfect 5th)
    • Dark Prism 8 (minor 6th)
    • Light Shards
    • Dark Shadows
    • Light Crystals
    • Dark Clouds
    • Light Chattering
    • Dark Murmuring
    • Held Mist
    • Held Smoke
    • Eh Marcato
    • Mist Chimes
    • Oh Marcato
    • Smoke Chimes
    • Light Convergence Close
    • Dark Convergence Close
    • Light Convergence Distant
    • Dark Convergence Distant
    • Light Divergence Close
    • Dark Divergence Close
    • Light Divergence Distant
    • Dark Divergence Distant
    • Light Swells Short
    • Dark Swells Short
    • Light Swells Medium
    • Dark Swells Medium


    eDNA - Spitfire Audio Presets

    • Gates of Rome
    • Prometheus
    • Mission Discovery
    • Stacked Mist
    • Splitting the Atom
    • Ghost Town
    • Basilica
    • Subdued Glow
    • Voyage Through The Ether
    • Static Restlessness
    • Chorale Glitches
    • Heaven's Choir
    • Sinister Machine
    • Cosmic Dust
    • Amalasuntha
    • Ashentown
    • Attala
    • Cindermourn
    • Emberburn
    • Flamehelm
    • Hilderic
    • Ripfall
    • Serpenmore
    • Shadowbrooke
    • One Last Time
    • Columbia
    • Babbling Wires
    • Pilgrims
    • Relic Site
    • Splinter
    • Bermuda Triangle
    • Night Drive
    • Waves
    • Razor
    • Forest Winds
    • Lone Pine
    • Silent Mountain
    • Sound of Jura
    • White Stag
    • Sheet Lightning
    • Il Colosseo
    • Labyrinth
    • Deep Water
    • Sleeping Warrior


    eDNA - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

    • Creature
    • Crickets
    • Raises
    • Rolls
    • Moving Water
    • Soft Fallen
    • Cicadas
    • Long Wonder
    • Roots
    • Mint
    • Together
    • Mouth
    • Organ
    • Waver
    • Community
    • Low Light


    eDNA - Clark

    • Afters with Ltj Bukem 165 bpm
    • Dry and Hopeful Minor Seconds
    • Foley Craving Bliss
    • Infinite Hungry Ghosts
    • Ligeti's Broken Nagra
    • Malevolent Heptapod
    • Mud for Chimes to Float Above
    • Muted Anthem
    • Portal In Your Kitchen
    • Robocop Alert
    • Panning Dysfunction
    • She Disappeared
    • The Centre Fades
    • Thirsty Heptapod
    • Too Much Grit For Incense Sticks
    • Trippp Pad Stab
    • Semi Semi Tone Bubbles


    eDNA - Ryan Lott

    • Bog Whispers
    • Cicada Swarm Heave
    • Consulting Spirits
    • Diced Light
    • Dust To Dust
    • Glass Tree Frogs
    • Hovering Phantoms
    • Metrists
    • Mod Gusts
    • Moth Wing
    • Murmuration Atoms
    • Myth Particulate
    • Prayer Motor
    • Sand Moths
    • Unaligned


    Evo Grid

    (Tutti // Soprano // Alto // Tenor // Bass - they all contain the below)
    • Light Prism 1 (minor 2nd)
    • Light Prism 3 (Major 2nd)
    • Light Prism 5 (Perfect 4th)
    • Light Prism 7 (Perfect 5th)
    • Dark Prism 2 (minor 2nd)
    • Dark Prism 4 (Major 2nd)
    • Dark Prism 6 (Tritone)
    • Dark Prism 7 (minor 6th)
    • Light Shards
    • Light Crystals
    • Light Chattering
    • Held Mist
    • Dark Shadows
    • Dark Clouds
    • Dark Murmuring
    • Held Smoke


    Mics & mixes

    Mixes

    • Med - A combination of close and room microphones, to give a balanced sound
    • Big - A full, broad balance of the various microphone positions on a single fader
    • Small - A close, intimate mix with only a hint of the room reverb, all on a single fader


    Signals

    Close - This is a selection of close mics, artfully balanced down to a single fader for simplicity. Use to get the closest sound of the instruments.

    Tree - Situated above the conductor's head, this gives a great representation of the sound. Use as a basis to add other signals to.

    Outrigger - Similar amount of room to the tree, but with added width. Use it with the tree for a great room sound.

    Mid - A middle distance sound placed between the tree and the close mics. Great for a balance of direct signal and room in a single signal.

    Ambient - Up in the gods! This gives the most amount of room, Great to add ambience into a mix, or even pop it into surrounds if you’re in 5.1

    Gallery - The furthest distance microphone set. Use them to add some slap to your mix, or as your main pair for an ambient experience.

    Wide Stereo - A wide stereo mix (only present in the Individual Sections)

    Sopranos - All the Soprano close signals on one fader. Useful to highlight this specific section in the mix

    Altos - All the Alto close signals on one fader. Useful to highlight this specific section in the mix

    Tenors - All the Tenor close signals on one fader. Useful to highlight this specific section in the mix

    Basses - All the Bass close signals on one fader. Useful to highlight this specific section in the mix


    Testimonials

    The library is something special, and I know I'll make use of it in countless ways. I'm particularly excited about the ways the eDNA engine allowed me to come up with stuff that flirts with the edge of recognition of the raw materials as vocal-based. This will allow me to imbue non-vocal based textures with an elusive sense of humanity, and also the other way around. So fun!

    Ryan Lott of Son Lux (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

    I found the LFOs and FX in the plug-in super interesting, and they didn't shy away from many options to add grit, hiss, colour, saturation, which I of course loved. It's fun being able to take stuff wildly out of key, with creeping artefacts and distortion, and to then contrast this simulation of analogue with a clean, pristine world of choral tonality. I also used some straight presets for my demo — if it works it works!

    Clark

    Intravenous inspiration: Eric Whitacre's Contrast is alive with organic nuance and humanity. It is richly vibrant and diverse in its offerings of aleatoric and gestural techniques. What a gift to have the unique signature of Whitacre's craft at our fingertips; an invitation for every composer to explore that which is soul-stirring and unexpected.

    Stephanie Economou (Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Dreamworks’ Ruby Gillman)

    I've often had Eric Whitacre in mind as a reference when writing choral music. It is incredibly inspiring to have a library that so well captures the essence of his style and approach, and includes such a wide variety of curated techniques and colors. All while having the malleability of ensemble size, microphone placement, and other parameters, allows for a personalized implementation of the iconic sound.

    Kris Bowers (Bridgerton, Green Book, King Richard)

    Eric’s work is staggeringly inspirational. His sound is a tremendously unique tonal colour for composition. His newest work “Contrast” does not disappoint. If you are looking for evocative, nuanced, beautiful new choral inspiration - look no further.

    BT (The Fast & the Furious)

    FAQs

    Does Eric Whitacre Contrast contain samples from the original Eric Whitacre Choir? 

    No, all content in Eric Whitacre Contrast is unique to this library, there is no content from previous libraries.

     

    Do Eric Whitacre Contrast and Eric Whitacre Choir share a plugin (like Abbey Road Orchestra, BBCSO and LABS)?

    No, Eric Whitacre Contrast and Eric Whitacre Choir each have their own plugin and are loaded separately. 


    Does the library tempo sync to my daw?

    Only specific patches/articulations will sync to your DAW's tempo.The following articulations will be tempo synced:

    • Swells
    • Convergences and Divergences
    • Fragments


    What promotional discounts are available, and how long will they last?

    Purchase Contrast before October 31st 2023 and save 20%. Eric Whitacre Choir owners save 40% until October 31st 2023, followed by a crossgrade discount of 20% discount thereafter.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.15 to OS 14

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM

    Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM

    Both Intel and Apple Silicon/ARM are supported

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    PC system requirements

    Windows 10 or Windows 11 - (Latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

    Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM

    Recommended: Intel Core i7 6th gen and later or AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    File size

    ~66.2 GB download size

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