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A Renaissance countertenor virtual instrument
Altus - A Renaissance countertenor virtual instrument
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Altus: The Voice Of The Renaissance
Best Service presents Altus, the Voice of Renaissance!

Often misunderstood and surrounded by mystery the counter tenor is another milestone in Eduardo Tarilonte series of exceptional voices, Altus, brings you a real counter tenor for your Renaissance and Baroque music for films, documentaries, video games and new age music.

Unparalleled realism...Pure inspiration

Altus is a unique solo vocal library featuring José Hernández Pastor, a countertenor with a magnificent expression and a truly beautiful and unique voice.
Altus is aimed at easily creating your own ultra-realistic melodies, without using any phrases. Altus offers a powerful and innovative word builder which combines 26 words (136 elements including words and their syllables) with 5 true legato and portamento vowels (a, e, i, o, u) All at your fingertips in one patch.

Altus offers:

• 5 different true legatos and portamentos (a, e, i, o, u)
• a powerful word builder with 26 latin words, 2 different articulations (fast and slow speeds).
• words can be splitted to offer a total of 136 words/syllables
• words can be combined with true legato vowel playing while the corresponding vowel is
  automatically selected
• 130 beautiful phrases
• 15 soundscapes, created from vocal samples
• dry recordings, works perfect with your custom reverb settings.

Altus GUI

Altus introduces a great and innovative new feature, allowing you to connect any word with all 5 true legato vowels to build realistic melodies without using any pre-recorded phrase.

1.3 GB (lossless compressed) and over 3000 mono samples in 44 Khz / 24 bit.

“Altus”José Hernández Pastor is a singer specialized in early music, using his voice as a countertenor. He is considered as a singer with a magnificent expression and a truly beautiful voice. He was born in Valencia 1974 and entered as a singer in the Schola Cantorum dAlgemesí in 1979, where he started his musical studies with Diego Ramón I Lluch. In 1995 he obtained his degree as piano teacher in the Official Music School of Valencia. Besides his youngness he has been conducted by Jordi Savall, Dominique Vellard, Joshua Rifkin among others. In his successful career as a countertenor, José has played many concerts along Europe like in the Kölner Philarmonie and the Koncerthaus of Vienna, the Spanish National Auditorium. In 1988 he founded together with Ariel Abramovich (vihuela) the duet "El Cortesano achieving great success.

The latest NI Kontakt Player is included in this product!
The minimum Kontakt Player version to use this library is specified in the product description.

Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended)

Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended)

for all

•  1GB free disc space for player installation
•  additional hard disc space according to the library size
•  internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)


•  Stand-Alone
•  VST
•  Audio Units
•  RTAS (Pro Tools 9 + 10)
•  CoreAudio
•  AAX Native (Pro Tools 10)
•  64-bit AAX-Plug-ins (Pro Tools 11)

License Agreement

The Following End User License Agreement is included with Altus. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of Altus from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.

"For software products produced by Best Service the German Copyright Act is effective. All other Software products sold and/or distributed by Best Service are subject to the license agreement which is part of the respective software installer.

The samples and programs contained in any software/library produced by Best Service are licensed to the owner/buyer of the product only. Only the purchaser of this CD is authorized to use the sounds for his music-, multimedia-, film-, radio-, games-, webcast- or similar productions and only as long as no isolated samples, loops or phrases become available for a third party.

It is not allowed to use the samples and programs within a network if this opens the possibility to be used simultaneously by multiple users. Unauthorized copying, reproduction (including conversion and reproduction in other data formats), hire, rental, public performance, broadcasting and distribution is expressly prohibited. Best Service constantly monitors other soundware releases to check for copyright infringements, and will prosecute all piracy and copyright violations to the fullest extent of the law.

Products marked as NFR (Not For Resale) may only be used for demonstration, reviewing or testing, but not for commercial production.

EDU (educational) products – products marked as EDU may only be used by the authorized institution, their teachers, pupils and students for education purposes but not for commercial production. EDU versions are not allowed to be resold or distributed in any way."

The Audio Spotlight | 4.9/5

The third instalment in vocal series by Eduardo Tarilonte features a different kind of voice. A countertenor and it is heavenly. Altus comes in a 1.3 GB (lossless compressed) package for Kontakt and Kontakt player. Like with the previous library Cantus, the Altus also...

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