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''Voice Drops'' Sound Byte Collection

High-quality vocal drops for a multitude of applications By Frank Moldstad

Nightingale Music has released Vol. 4 of its Voice Box series, ?Voice Drops, a high-quality library of  750 production-ready human vocalizations. The sounds are suitable for broadcast, film or multimedia applications, and are divided into 20 different categories, from Love & Romance to Insults & Bad Attitude.

?Voice Drops (MSPR $129) is the latest addition to Nightingales Voice Box collection, which was launched in the year 2000 with Vols. 1 & 2, ?Vocal Production Elements, followed in 2001 by Vol. 3, ?Just Kids and Babies. Production of the library is overseen by Nightingale Music founder Caron Nightingale, a composer, VO artist and music supervisor.

Vol. 4 serves up an all-new collection of royalty-free voice elements that extends what the previous volumes offered. The 20 categories are: Movie & TV Lines; Responses & Reactions;  Kid Stuff; Foley; Letters & Numbers; Radio Slug Lines & Listener Call-Ins; Hip Hop Samples; Sayings; Sex & Innuendo; Insults & Bad Attitude; Love & Romance; Telephone/Email; Questions; Occasions; Etiquette and Greetings; Zaps, Stings & Effects; Vocalizations; Miscellaneous; Distress, Fear & Pain; and Calls & Commands.


?Voice Drops comes with two discs containing identical content, one a standard audio CD and the other a CD-ROM with 16-bit/44.1 wave files. The inclusion of a CD-ROM is a welcome addition for multimedia users, as it enables quick browsing on a computer with descriptive names for each sound byte.

By contrast, tracks on the audio CD are displayed on a computer simply as ?1 Audio Track, 2 Audio Track and so on. But they do include indices for machines that are capable of reading them. For those whose CD players cannot read indices, a printed catalog lists all audio tracks by category and number. Users can refer to the catalog to find candidates with likely-sounding names and descriptions while browsing the tracks. The catalog also notes the start time and length of each CD track.
 

Producer and Nightingale Music founder Caron Nightingale
As with the previous collections, the ?Voice Drops sound bytes have an uncanned quality, thanks to creative approaches by the producers and the professional VO talent. This is evident in common phrases, such as a man asking, ?Have you seen my shoes? or a female voice exclaiming ?Oh! as if shes just been stung by a bee. The Vocalizations category includes a male voice absent mindedly singing, ?Dada Dadum, which goes on for 10 seconds before trailing off. The Kids Stuff category has a nice selection of typical kids phrases ?I want my own, ?Yummy, ?Simon says, along with sound bytes of laughing.

Most of the everyday stuff is recorded dry, leaving producers the flexibility to add their own reverb to help the track sit better in a mix. But some clips have been processed with effects that add to their realism such as the comprehensive selection of telephone sound bytes. These include useful clips like ?Press One to review your messages, Bye Bye, and ?We are experiencing a high volume of calls ? Several of these have humorous tags, such as my favorite, ?Im sorry, that number is no longer in service. Youll have to find a new boyfriend. Of course, if need be, the second phrase can be edited out.

The Foley category includes a good selection of snorts, grunts, snores, hiccups, coughs, sneezes, screams, kisses, burps and laughs, all handy for building atmospheric soundscapes.

Broadcast producers will find a wealth of elements for everything from listener call-in responses (?Omygosh, I won!), to numerical countdowns by a group of people. Some of the phrases are repeated with various accents, such as ?Only the best music! said with an Indian accent. There are also alphabetical and numerical countdowns spoken in clear DJ voices, for assembling call letters and phone numbers.

The Insults & Bad Attitudes category includes a wide variety of phrases, from humorous (?That was so five minutes ago) to just plain angry (?Get out of my face! and ?F [bleep] you!).

Overall, the ?Voice Drops collection would be a great addition to any producers arsenal, whether its for radio, aural soundscapes, or commercials. Live radio producers in particular could have a field day with this library at their fingertips. The recording quality is first-rate, and the sound bytes are useful for a multitude of situations. For ultimate flexibility, it can be paired with Nightingales other Voice Box collections to provide a vast selection of vocal talents and sound bytes. Highly recommended.

For more information, go to www.nightingalemusic.com.


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