Ueberschall Liquid Instruments Adlibs

As its name suggests, Adlibs consists of short vocal phrases - 800MB of them, to be precise. They feature three female singers and two males, and cover a range of styles, including pop, dance, soul and electronica.

In case you don't know, the Liquid Instruments series makes use of Celemony's groundbreaking Melodyne technology to make its samples 'liquid'.

The sounds are displayed on a piano roll editor, in which they can be moved around almost as if they were MIDI notes.

Melodyne's audio manipulation is so good that notes can be moved quite a distance without sufering from the chipmunk efect. This means that phrases can be altered in terms of both timing and pitch to suit your songs.

While there's no doubting that the editing tools are very powerful, notes that are moved by more than two or three notes do exhibit some colouration, and it would be hard to use these phrases in a track if they were exposed too much.

That said, positioned in a full-band mix, you'd be hard pressed to spot anything unusual, which makes Adlibs a great addition to anyone's sample library, especially if you don't have access to a singer.

MusicRadar Rating

3.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Loads of phrases in loads of styles.

Cons

Some colouration when you move notes a long way from their original pitches.

Verdict

Worth a look if you want to add some finishing vocal touches to your compositions.

Features

control audio material as simply as midi data, change notes within the phrase, adapt tempo and key, select from a wide range of musical scales, control all parameters in realtime, pre-screening with adapted pitch and tempo, easily generate your individual setup, high quality Melodyne technology, multiple content management, edit start and ending, quick sound browser, all parameters midi controllable, save audio of original and modified loops, export to midi, sync to host, great bandwidth of styles, highest quality recording equipment

OS Requirements

Apple Mac Os X or later Microsoft Windows Vista Microsoft Windows XP

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