I took advantage of the Steinberg offer on Olympus Elements: bought it, downloaded it, received the licence code.
It could have done with some instructions, as I just got the .vstsound file in my Download folder, with no idea of what to do.
I had to add the the licence to my key, and then work out that I needed to launch the Steinberg Library Manager, and then drop the .vstsound file onto that to get it to work.
Essentially, what you’re getting is: more vowels, more key switches. Ah, Ee, Eh, Ei, Ih, Oh, Oo, and Mm, each as Legato, Sustain, Staccato, and Marcato. So for each setting, there’s 2 octaves of Key switches, twice, for each ‘bank’ of voices - men, women.
I’m not sure I understand the choices in the HALion player: you can choose “Legato Mm”, but that has Key Switches for all the other styles, so you can set it to ‘Staccato Oo’. Similarly, there’s a ‘Staccato Oo’ setting that also has a KS for ‘Legato Mm’.
Most of the settings (all but the Legato settings) have an ‘overlap’ between the banks, so that around Middle C, you’re using both samples. The Legato settings, without the overlap, have a bit of a ‘jump’ if, say, an Alto dares to stray below Middle C, and suddenly gets very butch.
The Tenors are very realistic, as they start exploring the undersides of some notes.
I recently bought the Requiem Light library, which is significantly better (at $199), (though Kontact is a bit of a faff, with more user accounts, licences and library managers, etc.).
Anyway, for the current discount price, Elements is certainly worth a punt, just to have a wider range of choir sounds within the HALion player.
I’ve just noticed that there isn’t actually a custom Expression Map for Olympus Micro. Dorico gives it Mod Wheel and Note Velocity, but it seems to respond more to C11 and Mod Wheel. There’s probably some work to be done there.
Test-Requiem.mp3.zip (572 KB)
Test-Elements.mp3.zip (553 KB)