A Comparison of Digital and Sampled Celestas (Kram, Richard)
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Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Opening)
Vienna Symphonic Library - Special Orchestral Edition
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All orchestra parts except the Sibelius version were played in Notion4 (with East West Spaces convolution reverb added). The Sibelius version uses the Sibelius Standard orchestral library. Tried to normalize volume of celesta as best I could across different versions. Did not try and tweak individual notes of the celesta part so you can get a better idea of the "out-of-the-box" sound. Also note different libraries may need octave adjusting for celesta part.
Celestial Event (Kram)
Spitfire Normal Articulation (75% Close, 25% Tree mic pos)
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Spitfire Tight Articulation (75% Close, 25% Tree mic pos)
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East West Symphonic Orchestra Version (75% Close, 25% Stage mic pos)
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Minimal extra reverb added. No individual note adjustment to get a fair "out-of-the-box" comparison. All normalized to -7 dB.
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker excerpt
Kram - Celestial Event
|Work Title||A Comparison of Digital and Sampled Celestas|
|Composer Time Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||Electronic music samples (celesta)|
At Christmas time I thought a selection of celestas in my ongoing series of sampled comparisons would be appropriate. My main purpose was to test out the Spitfire Redux Percussion library, which is purported to be one of the best with excellent sounds all around. I'll also compare a number of other popular sampled options - starting of course with the most famous celesta part ever written - the main theme of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker. Then added a piece I wrote for the testing.