A Comparison of Digital and Sampled Celestas (Kram, Richard)

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Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Opening)

 Notion4 Version
#308890 - 0.69MB - 0:45 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 28x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/29)

 Spitfire Redux Percussion Library
#308891 - 0.69MB - 0:45 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 28x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/29)

 Vienna Symphonic Library - Special Orchestral Edition
#308892 - 0.69MB - 0:45 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 29x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/29)

 East West Symphonic Orchestra
#308893 - 0.69MB - 0:45 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 25x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/29)

 Garritan Personal Orchestra
#308894 - 0.69MB - 0:45 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 22x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/29)

 Sibelius7 Version
#308895 - 0.72MB - 0:47 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 27x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/29)

 Project SAM - Lumina
#309501 - 0.69MB - 0:45 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 11x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/29)

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Notion

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Richard Kram

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

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.

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Celestial Event (Kram)

 Notion Version
#309065 - 1.28MB - 1:24 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 11x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/30)

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Rkram53 (2013/12/30)

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Rkram53 (2013/12/30)

 Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Version
#309068 - 1.28MB - 1:24 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 11x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/30)

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Rkram53 (2013/12/30)

 Garritan Personal Orchestra Version
#309070 - 1.28MB - 1:24 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 8x

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Rkram53 (2013/12/30)

 Project SAM - Lumina
#309502 - 1.28MB - 1:24 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 7x

MP3 file (audio)
Rkram53 (2013/12/30)

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Notion4

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Minimal extra reverb added. No individual note adjustment to get a fair "out-of-the-box" comparison. All normalized to -7 dB.

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Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker excerpt

 Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Opening)
#308889 - 0.07MB, 3 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 68x

PDF typeset by Richard Kram
Rkram53 (2013/12/29)

PMLP499386-Sugarplum.pdf
Editor:

Richard Kram

Publisher Info.:

Richard Kram

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 [tag/del]

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Kram - Celestial Event

 Complete Score
#309064 - 0.07MB, 3 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 27x

PDF typeset by Richard Kram
Rkram53 (2013/12/30)

PMLP499386-Celestial Event.pdf
Publisher Info.:

Richard Kram

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Solo Celesta piece written for Celesta sample library testing

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General Information

Work Title A Comparison of Digital and Sampled Celestas
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Composer Kram, Richard
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Celesta


Misc. Comments

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.

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