Dulcitone Celesta

Dulcitone Celesta
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The realsamples 'Dulcitone Celesta' out of the Edition Beurmann is a hidden gem. Built around 1910, it has been patinated over time and looks like a little version of a piano. This unique tuning-fork piano sports a vibrant, mellow and charming sound remeniscent of a vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba and a piano, yet with a sound of its own.


At that time, it was inspiring to those looking for a new sound - Pjotr Tschaikowsky wrote some parts of his 'Nutcracker' for a celesta like the dulcitone. Being a rather quiet instrument, it seemed inappropriate for orchestral use, so its parts were often played by a glockenspiel instead. 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, 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 and tight dynamic response. Capturing the dynamic shades of the instrument, Realsamples 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, hence these sounds have been recorded as well, providing 4 varitions of each key release sound to complete the Dulcitone experience. Breathe life into your sampler!


For the recording of this marvellous little fellow, Realsamples employed vintage Neumann™ TLM-170® microphones in conjunction with Crane Song™ preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® converters. The library contains two versions of the instrument recorded with different stereo settings. For maximum sound quality, it is recorded in 192 khz/24-Bit, downsampled to the resolution of your choice.


The Dulcitone delivers and it does so for all common sample formats, including presets for HAlion®, Kontakt2®, EXS24® and GigaStudio3®. This sample library contains nearly 1500 single samples.


Furthermore, the 'Dulcitone Celesta' sample library contains an essay in German from Professor Andreas E. Beurmann himself, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.


About the Demos:

• Demo 1: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - taken from Tschaikowsky's Nutcracker Suite (played by Tobias Birkenbeil)

• Demo 2: Mozart Zauberfloete - Ein Maedchen oder Weibchen (played by Steffen Fahl)

• Demo 3: Franz Schreker - Hoerst du den Ton - taken from the Opera Der Ferne Klang (played by Steffen Fahl)



MP3 Demo 1 MP3 Demo 1 (1950 KB)
MP3 Demo 2 MP3 Demo 2 (1852 KB)
MP3 Demo 3 MP3 Demo 3 (1229 KB)

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