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Realsamples releases German Celesta

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Realsamples has released the German Celesta sample library, the latest addition to its ongoing Edition Beurmann, featuring instruments from the famous German collector Andreas Beurmann.

realsamples German Celesta

Invented over 125 years ago, the celesta remains an obscure yet fascinating instrument. Opposed to a piano, hammers touch steel plates instead of strings: It sports a vibrant, mellow and charming sound reminiscent 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 Schiedmayer and was built around 1960. It cost a fortune, and it still does, so there are few concert halls that 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 Wagner U47w tube microphones were used in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and Universal Audio 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.

Presets are available for all common sample formats including HALion, Kontakt (2+), EXS24 and GigaStudio3.

The German Celesta sample library is available to purchase in various formats starting at $139.95 USD.

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Roqstar releases 5-String Bass & 73 Stage Piano Collection by Realsamples

realsamples 5-string bass collection

Roqstar Entertainment has announced the release of 5-String Bass and 73 Stage Piano Collection, two sample libraries by Realsamples.

The realsamples ’5-String Bass Collection’ offers a 5-string bass guitar for your sampler. The lush, full deep sound of a G&L™ bass is captured with its dynamics with 32 velocity layers of each note.

5-String Bass Collection features

  • Every one of the five strings have been sampled separately with 32 velocity layers, along with ghost notes of each string.
  • Recorded in 96 KHz and 24 bits resolution, the signal was downsampled to 44.1 KHz/24 bits (16 bits in the Giga® version).
  • No mastering process has been applied to the samples, hence you don’t get an overprocessed sound, just the great, deep, lush and full sound of a 5-string bass.
  • Includes ready-to-play presets for Halion®, Kontakt®, EXS24® or GigaStudio®.
  • “Light” versions of the presets are included as well.
realsamples 73 stage piano collection

The realsamples 73 Stage Piano Collection brings the holy grail of electric pianos to your studio: A vintage Fender™ Rhodes® piano, sampled with 16 velocity layers per note.

To get the most natural sound, the piano was recorded directly from the pickup through the preamp section of a Mindprint™ DTC high-end preamp while bypassing any equalization. Recorded in 96 KHz and 24-Bit resolution, the signal was downsampled to 44.1 kHz. The set contains ready-to-play presets for Halion®, Kontakt® and EXS24®.

The 5-String Bass Collection and 73 Stage Piano Collection libraries are available to purchase for $49.95 USD each.

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Realsamples Italian Harpsichord III – Edition Beurmann, sample library

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Realsamples Italian Harpsichord III

Realsamples has released Italian Harpsichord III – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring a 300 year old harpsichord.

The Italian Harpsichord III library features an instrument built around 1690 by an anonymous maker.

Featuring three sounds – a front and a rear 8′ register as well both together – it allows for the traditional rich and slick Italian harpsichord tone, offering additional flexibility by choosing the adequate 8′ or using the gentle 2 x 8′ combination with its inspiring and complex harmonics.

Italian Harpsichord III features

  • 3 different register combinations sampled: Front 8′, Rear 8′ and 2 x 8′.
  • 8 different samples of each note per register combination.
  • 4 different release sounds of each note per register combination.
  • ready to play HAlion®/Kontakt2®/EXS24® or GigaStudio3® presets.
  • wave format (except GigaStudio® version).
  • no mastering applied.
  • recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled.
  • DVD set.
  • license-free applicable in your music.

Italian Harpsichord III – Edition Beurmann is available to purchase for $149.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.

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Realsamples French Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann, harpsichord sample library

Realsamples French Harpsichord - Edition Buermann

Realsamples has released French Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring a double-manual instrument by renowned French builder Nicolas Pigalle.

The instrument – built in Dijon in 1771 – features an “enchanting sound with singing clarity and a substantial bass”, as Professor Beurmann explains. These qualities – along with its huge tone which also manages to bring out its delicate, sophisticated finesse and detail – make it is an excellent representation of the French style. “It is one of only two surviving harpsichords from Dijon, a city once so rich in musical tradition, the other also being by Pigalle.”, he continues.

Based on its two manuals and different registers, the Pigalle harpsichord offers lots of unqiue sounds, sampled with 5 different register combinations, including the upper 8′, lower 8′ (principal 8′), the 4′, both 8′ as well as the “tutti” combination of both 8′ registers and the 4′ recorded together.

French Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann features

  • More than 3400 single samples, recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled.
  • 5 different register combinations sampled: Lower 8′, Upper 8′, 4′, Tutti and 2 x 8′.
  • 8 different samples of each note per register combination (4′ register: 4 different samples per note).
  • 4 different release sounds of each note per register combination.
  • Ready to play HAlion®/Kontakt2®/EXS24® or GigaStudio3® presets.
  • Wave format (except GigaStudio® version).
  • No mastering applied.
  • DVD or CD set.
  • License-free applicable in your music.

French Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann is available to purchase for $159.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.

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Realsamples releases German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann

Realsamples German Lautenwerck - Edition Beurmann

Realsamples has announced the release of German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring a Lautenwerck (Lute-Harpsichord).

Despite 50 Lautenwerck builders in Germany, not a single instrument survived throughout the centuries. When the instruments had vanished, the awareness had gone as well: Only a couple of decades ago, musicologists found out that such an instrument had existed, solving the mystery of scores mentioning being written for Lautenwercke. Until then, one would have guessed that the composer meant a regular lute instrument by that notion. When the knowledge of it had resurfaced, Professor Beurmann had a reconstruction built by Ludwig Richter in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

The instrument is now available for the first time in the sampler within the German Lautenwerck library, presented in its original Valotti tuning at 412 Hz (presets at 440 Hz are available as well).

German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann features

  • Nearly 700 single samples in total
  • 8 different samples of each note
  • 4 different release sounds of each note
  • Ready to play HAlion®/Kontakt2®/EXS24® or GigaStudio3® presets
  • Wave format (except GigaStudio® version)
  • No mastering applied
  • Recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled
  • DVD or CD set
  • License-free applicable in your music

The German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann library is available to purchase for $139.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.

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Realsamples releases Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann

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Realsamples Italian Harpsichord II

Realsamples has released Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring an Italian Harpsichord.

The Italian Harpsichord II library features an instrument built around 1590 by an anonymous maker. Being very typical for the Italian style, the instrument features a housing seperated from the painted cabinet.

Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann features

  • 8 different samples of each note.
  • 4 different release sounds of each note.
  • ready to play HAlion®/Kontakt2®/EXS24® or GigaStudio3® presets.
  • wave format (except GigaStudio® version).
  • no mastering applied.
  • recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled.
  • DVD or CD set.
  • license-free applicable in your music.

Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann is available to purchase for $139.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.

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Realsamples releases German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann

Realsamples German Lute-Harpsichord - Edition Beurmann

Realsamples has released German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring the Lute-Harpsichord – or Lautenwerck, one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s favourite instruments.

Despite 50 Lautenwerck builders in Germany, not a single instrument survived throughout the centuries. When the instruments had vanished, the awareness had gone as well: Only a couple of decades ago, musicologists found out that such an instrument had existed, solving the mystery of scores mentioning being written for Lautenwercke. Until then, one would have guessed that the composer meant a regular lute instrument by that notion.

Back in the days of harpsichords and spinets, the lute-harpsichord offered a much warmer, soft and intimate yet defined tone. While having been built to imitate a lute on a keyboard instrument in the first place, it brings a consistent attack to the table (due to not being touch-sensitive, just like a harpsichord) and also by allowing for full decay of all notes due to missing dampers. This allows for a vibrating, reverberant yet still transparent sound.

Just like harpsichords and spinets, the Lautenwerck is not touch-sensitive. However, even if the differences are minuscule, not any given note will sound exactly the same due to different resonances of body and strings. In order to pay tribute to the instruments’ variances, every note was captured with 8 different samples.

German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann features

  • 8 different samples of each note.
  • 4 different release sounds of each note.
  • Ready to play HAlion/Kontakt2/EXS24 or GigaStudio3 presets.
  • Wave format (except GigaStudio version).
  • No mastering applied.
  • Recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled.
  • DVD or CD set.
  • License-free applicable in your music.

The German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann is available to purchase for $139.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.

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Realsamples releases Beurmann Bundle – Edition Beurmann

Realsamples Beurmann Bundle

Realsamples has released Beurmann Bundle – Edition Beurmann, a collection of 8 previously releases Edition Beurmann sample libaries.

Beurmann Bundle – Edition Beurmann includes

The Beurmann Bundle is available in HALion, EXS24 and Kontakt2, and GigaStudio formats in 16 and 24bit editions, and costs $999.95 USD (ex shipping and VAT).

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