That Tuning Fork Piano Sound

realsamples releases sample library of a 100 year old Dulcitone Celesta      13/02/08

That Tuning Fork Piano Sound

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realsamples has introduced another rare instrument for your virtual sampler – 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, “It’s mind-boggling. Ever since I first heard it, I gotta have more Dulcitone.�
Here’s more details in realsamples’ own words…
’Built around 1910, this unique instrument sports a vibrant, mellow and charming sound reminiscent of a vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba and a piano – yet a sound of its own full of patina. 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 unappropriate 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, 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 – hence we recorded these sounds as well, providing 4 varitions of each key release sound to complete the Dulcitone experience.’
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
  • DVD/CD set
  • license-free applicable in your music
Pricing and Availability:
Available on CD or DVD starting at $79.95 USD. More information:

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