realsamples releases sample library of a 100 year old Dulcitone Celesta 13/02/08
realsamples has introduced another rare instrument for
your virtual sampler â€“ the Dyson & Sons Dulcitone tuning-fork piano. The library is
another part of the Edition Beurmann, a series of instruments out of the renowned historical
keyboard instrument collection of Professor Andreas E. Beurmann. Nicolay Ketterer, head of realsamples, who led the sample recording sessions at the
Hasselburg estate told us, â€œItâ€™s mind-boggling. Ever since I first heard it, I gotta have more Dulcitone.â€�
Hereâ€™s more details in realsamplesâ€™ own wordsâ€¦ â€™Built around 1910, this unique instrument sports a vibrant, mellow and charming
sound reminiscent of a vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba and a piano â€“ yet a
sound of its own full of patina.
At that time, it was inspiring to those looking for a new sound â€“ Pjotr Tschaikowsky
wrote some parts of his Nutcracker for a celesta like the dulcitone. Being a rather
quiet instrument, it seemed unappropriate for orchestral use, so its parts were often
played by a glockenspiel instead â€“ luckily, this is not a problem in a sampler.
Back then, no one had ever dreamt that a celesta would be as relevant today as ever
â€“ being the acoustic ancestor of the most popular vintage electric pianos, which
share the same basic sound principles.
Providing a warm and full bass, it carries more weight than a toy piano and is great
for any track demanding an unconsumed yet familiar sound.
An original Dulcitone celesta is very hard to play, offering a very rough-running, tight
and limited dynamic response. Capturing the dynamic shades of the instrument, we
recorded every note with eight different samples.
The Dyson & Sons owes a huge part of its character and life to the unique release
sounds of its keys â€“ hence we recorded these sounds as well, providing 4 varitions of
each key release sound to complete the Dulcitone experience.â€™
The samples were recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution, employing vintage
Neumann TLM-170 microphones through Crane Song preamps and Universal
Audio 2192 converters. The library contains two versions of the instrument
recorded with different stereo settings. It consists of nearly 1500 single samples.
for all common sample formats, including
presets for HAlion, Kontakt, EXS24, Independence, MachFive, Reason
NN-XT, VSampler3 and GigaStudio, amongst others.
8 different samples of each note
4 variations of each key release sound
ready to play HAlion/Reason/Kontakt/Independence/MachFive/VSampler3/EXS24 or GigaStudio presets
wave format (except GigaStudio version)
no mastering applied
recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled
license-free applicable in your music
Pricing and Availability:
Available on CD or DVD starting at $79.95 USD.