Cylinder Vocals: Singing & Operatics
Sterling follow-up to the Crate Diggers debut, this Singing & Operatics edition moves into scratchy melodic territory with 240+ sung one-shots featuring choirs, quartets, musical toplines, and soprano and tenor operatics: all laden with (very) old school flavours.
Crate Diggers is about two things: originality and authenticity, serving up royalty-free spoken word clips sourced from over 5,000 rare cylinder recordings from the early 1900s. Pre tape, pre vinyl, and pre gramophone, cylinders were the original recording medium created by Thomas Edison.
This pack takes off where Volume 1 left off, with melodic vocal lines - both solo and layered - that will find fans among producers in need of authentic vinyl-inspired vox, irrespective of genre.
In all, 280+MB of original samples are provided, with folders for Chorus, Musical Men, Musical Women, Quartet, Religious, Soprano, French, German, and Tenor.
Cut, paste, layer, reverse, re-pitch and re-sample for a whole host of new tones.
The demo showcases a small selection of clips.
Over 5,500 cylinder recordings were reviewed during the making of this unique and original set of material. The Cylinders were transferred with a French-made Archeophone, using custom Shure styli from Expert Stylus in England.
The audio was captured into the digital domain using a CEDAR ADA at 44.1KHz with a bit depth of 24 bits in Steinberg's Wavelab software.
Files were edited, normalized and processed using CEDAR's Series X, Declicker, Decrackler, Dehisser, and Debuzzer units.
The quality of the original cylinders varies widely, depending on the type, the condition and even the quality of the original recording.
These samples are sold copyright-free to the end user. Crate Diggers, in co-operation with the UC Santa Barbara Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, has licensed the use of their digitized collection of Edison cylinder recordings, in order to create this library for use by end users.
Cylinder recordings made by the companies of Thomas A. Edison between 1890 and 1929, are presumed to be in the public domain. Edison recordings can be used in commercial and non commercial works without restriction.
Crate Diggers' Cylinder Vocals has been edited, compiled and produced by James Johnson, with very special thanks to David Seubert of the UC Santa Barbara Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project.
Please see www.cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/ for further info.
The demo includes music and drum loops not included in the collection.
25% of each purchase goes directly to the UC Santa Barbara Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project for further acquisitions and preservation of cylinder recordings.