Marie Ork is a voice bank for the free Plogue Alter/Ego synthesizer. She was created from recordings of a female death metal vocalist, but is capable of much more than just death metal growls. The original version was an entry in the 2016 KVR Developer Challenge.
Marie Ork is now distributed by Plogue Art et Technologie Inc, so in addition to the ZIP button above, she can also be downloaded (along with Alter/Ego) from Plogue's website. If you are wondering how to use Alter/Ego, we've collected some tutorial videos on another page.
The vocal is free, but if you wish there was some way you could spend money on it, there is! You can also purchase a physical boxed edition, as well as Marie Ork acrylic keychains.
She can be used as a virtual vocalist who can both sing and growl, a source of monster voices and sound effects for game and film audio, and a synthesizer which generates strange textures. Her voice bank contains four voices. Version 2.0 adds the clean singing voice, and the talker. The growl (noisy unpitched vocal) and space (capable of producing a discernible pitch, just plain weird) voices are unchanged from version 1.0. All the growl and space voice recordings were of English phonetics, while the clean and talker voices add a few extra phonemes for Latin. Japanese is also supported, but will have an accent. More than 50 presets are included ranging from conventional singing to dubstep basses. The total download size is 652 MB.
This walkthrough explains her general functionality.
And here is an older video showing some presets using the growl and space voices.
Marie is a cyborg, a goblin and a witch, which explains her cybernetical-magical ability to produce so many different sounds with her voice. Her favorite human vocalist is Edith Piaf. We didn't bother to think about stuff like age, height, weight... We did think about whether she has a bellybutton or not, but didn't actually decide. Then several people drew her with a bellybutton, so we suppose that means she does have one after all.
Here's a short in-character song featuring both growls and clean vocals, and very orcish lyrics!
As quite a few people have made other tracks with Marie already, we've collected them all on a separate page, and also made a gallery with all the art we've come across.
Copyright 2017 Karoryfer Lecolds.