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Kurosawa

Member
I'm currently on the search for a good celesta with a soft "magical" melancholic sound to it.

I was looking at Spitfire Percussion, but the sale is over. That is why I am looking for a standalone celesta now.

At the moment I have an eye on Cinesamples Randy's Celeste and Sonokinetic's Celesta.

The VSL one is also great, but I am not willing to purchase and use a USB stick for it.

Any experiences and/or recommendations?

Greetings

Kuro
 

SoundChris

Active Member
I have got both - the Sonokinetic´s and Randy´s. Personally I prefer Randy´s because of it´s magical sound. The instrument and player which has been recorded seem to be the ones John Williams used for his Harry Potter score if I remember correctly. The Sonokinetic´s isnt bad and also can shine in many situations. But like I said: For me Randy´s exactly nails that "signature" cinematic / Tschaikowsky-Style Celesta sound. And it is the softest and most melancholic vst of that instrument that I have heared so far.
 

Joe Totino

New Member
Oddly enough I find the Sonokinetic one to be super noisy on certain notes. It hasn't been a huge issue in context of the mix, but overall I like the tone. The one in CinePerc PRO is also pretty nice!
 

Mike Fox

Senior Member
Spitfire Perc has the best one, imo. It certainly has that "magic" going on (i think it was actually used in Harry Potter?).

But that library is overpriced. I'd wait for a sale.
 

rottoy

Plebeian
I have got both - the Sonokinetic´s and Randy´s. Personally I prefer Randy´s because of it´s magical sound. The instrument and player which has been recorded seem to be the ones John Williams used for his Harry Potter score if I remember correctly. The Sonokinetic´s isnt bad and also can shine in many situations. But like I said: For me Randy´s exactly nails that "signature" cinematic / Tschaikowsky-Style Celesta sound. And it is the softest and most melancholic vst of that instrument that I have heared so far.
Randy's Celeste is a celesta mixed with a custom DX7 sine wave patch, isn't it?
 

Nick Batzdorf

Moderator
Moderator
Which one - Vienna Instruments or Synchron Instruments? The latter sounds nicely rounded, to my ears. (... and before you ask: No, I didn't record it ;) ...)
I haven't heard the latter, but the VI one is fabulous. (The one from the Special Edition.)

Celeste from EW Hollywood Percussion sounds very nice, worth check it out.
The one in EastWest Goliath, which I believe is also in the old EWQLSO library, is very good too. Totally different from the VSL one, though.
 

NoamL

Winter <3
I keep going back to the Cinesamples one. Maybe because I loved JW's score so much. That just became the sound of celesta for me. Actual "Real life" celestas feel too pingy and metal.
 

jon wayne

Active Member
I gotta say that the celeste that comes with the UVI Keyboard Suite is very usable. I found the Sonokinetic celeste to have way too much hiss.
 
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