The secret star of the Edition Beurmann is the hidden gem of the Dulcitone Celesta. Built around 1910, this unique tuning-fork piano sports a vibrant, mellow and charming sound reminiscent of a vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba and a piano – yet retains a sound all its own. In its early days the Dulcitone Celesta was inspiring to those looking for a new sound – Pjotr Tschaikowsky wrote some parts of his Nutcracker for a celesta like the dulcitone.
Back then, no one dreamed 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 rough-running and tight dynamic response. Capturing the dynamic shades of the instrument, each note is presented with eight different sample velocities.
The Dyson & Sons owes a huge part of its character and life to the unique release sounds of its keys, so four variations of each key release sound are offered too.
For the recording of the DC, we employed vintage Neuman 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, we recorded in 192 khz/24 bits.
All common sampler formats are covered, wth patches for HAlion, Kontakt2, EXS24 and GigaStudio3.