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How about some “mojo” for your sampler? realsamples just released the German Celesta library out of their ongoing Edition Beurmann, featuring instruments from the famous German collector Andreas Beurmann. Invented over 125 years ago, the celesta remains a nicely obscure yet fascinating instrument. Opposed to a piano, hammers touch steel plates instead of strings: It sports a vibrant, mellow and charming sound remeniscent of a vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba and a piano - yet a sound of its own.

Back in the day, it was inspiring to those looking for a new sound - Tschaikowsky wrote some parts of his Nutcracker for a celesta.The instrument out of the Beurmann collection is from SchiedmayerTM and was built around 1960. It cost a fortune, and it still does, so there's only few concert halls which keep one around. It’s great for anything from classical to those looking for unconsumed yet familiar sounds for pop, folk or any experimental genre.

For the critical task of recording the instrument, custom-made WagnerTM U47w® tube microphones were used in conjunction with Crane SongTM Flamingo® preamps and Universal AudioTM 2192® digital converters, captured in 192 kHz/24 Bit resolution. The sample library features 16 different samples of each key. A celesta owes a huge part of its character to the key release noises, so they were recorded with 8 samples per note to complete the virtual celesta experience. To start right away, presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion®, Kontakt2® or higher, EXS24® and GigaStudio3®.

The German Celesta sample library is available in different resolutions, starting at 139.95 US $. The sample library can be purchased directly on the realsamples website. (www.realsamples.com)

Sound samples and information:
http://www.realsamples.com/index.html?d_611_German_Celesta___Edition_Beurma nn342.htm

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