I did this as an experiment to see if I could put together a decent sounding choir part that has words, not just vowels. At first I thought I might be able to record myself making a variety of consonant sounds and then put them together with some choir libraries to construct words, but that very much did not work.
Then I decided I’d just record myself several times, trying to add variety in each take and then layer them. I made copies of each take and added a vocal transformer to adjust the formant on some of them to vary the tracks further. Then I mixed in 3 different choir libraries playing the part to add texture. I did try to match the vowels of each choir sample to the word that it was playing under, so I might switch it from an E to an AH to an O, or something.
I came up with the melody first, then recorded/mixed all the choir parts, then came up with the instrumental accompaniment.
The choir part is unison, except for a low root drone and a low 5th. The next time I try this I want to write multiple choir parts with more harmony. And I’d like to take more time in recording and do more passes to build a bigger choir. The main thing I wanted to test with this was to see if I could use some basic choir libraries and my own voice to construct a workable choir recording using words without having to purchase a library that can edit syllables or gather a room full of singers to mic.
I’d love to hear any feedback of what you think, or if anyone’s done anything similar to this before.
Genre/Style: I call it a Viking Choir.
Creative Vision for the Track: It was a test of different choir ideas. I kind of imagined it as the first part of an intro for a game or a show. Like opening credits music. I might add more sections later where the instruments take over from the choir.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc): It’s a slow tempo. It’s in E.
Main Instruments used: The main thing is the choir. For the choir samples I used Classical Male Choir and Gregorian Choir from the GarageBand Jampack and Sonatina Male choir. The instruments are all from BBCSO Core from Spitfire.