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Chocolate Audio releases Celestial - Sampled Celesta for Kontakt Condenser Microphones
Old 11th April 2019
Gear Maniac

Post Chocolate Audio releases Celestial - Sampled Celesta for Kontakt

Chocolate Audio has announced Celestial, a sampled celesta designed for balanced sound and ease of fitting in any mix.

  • 0.5 GB (lossless compressed) library size, 449 samples.
  • 4 Layered channels: Spot mics with AKG C414EB, Decca mics with AKG C451E-CK22 and 2 additional sound-designed options, Hyped and Diffuse.
  • Sustaining sounds, chromatically sampled.
  • Release trails, chromatically sampled.
  • Independently controllable sustain-pedal noise.
  • Sampled with Millennia preamps fed directly into Apogee converters.
  • All of the details of the celesta recreated through the use of custom advanced scripting.
  • Recorded at 24-bit / 96 kHz, released at 24-bit / 44.1 kHz.
  • Easy-to-use mixer for extreme sound-mangling.
  • Custom User Interface.
  • Velocity curve management.
  • Fine-tuned three-band EQ for each channel.
  • Many under the hood techniques to make the instrument true to the original (release trails attenuation, intelligent release and pedal action...).
  • Master realism control and specific control over release trails, key off, resonances and pedal noise levels.
  • Envelope controls.
  • 101 custom, high quality IR reverbs.
  • 22 (+ 22) compressor + tape presets.
  • 17 factory presets + user-savable presets.

$49 USD Introductory offer for 40% off at 29 USD until April 30th, 2019.

Celestial Celesta for Kontakt — Chocolate Audio.

4 GB RAM (more if in need of loading more sample sets).
Core2Duo or equivalent Mac or PC.
Kontakt Retail Version: v. 5.5.2 or newer.

Hi quality uncompressed audio demos available at:
Celestial - Chocolate Audio

Walkthrough video:
Old 4 weeks ago
Gear Maniac


We just released an update to Celestial.

We created a 'fork' to Celestial since there is one key with a little bit more bell to it.
But some customers and testers found that a feature rather than a drawback.
So we created a separate set of NKIs for this.

This is the list of NKIs now coming with Celestial:
01 - Celestial.nki: the product as it originally shipped
02 - Celestial - Hi-Pass.nki: an hi-pass filter makes sure the key-down noise is reduced - best in an orchestral scenario - this was a much requested update
03 - Celestial - Multiout.nki: separate Kontakt outs 1 to 4 (stereo) are mapped from each channel - all internal processing is bypassed
04 - Celestial - Multiout - Hi-Pass.nki: same as 03, with 02
05 - Celestial - Re-peat Custom.nki: same as 01 but with a “fixed” key (F4 - midi key 077) due to a request from Piet De Ridder. The "problem" with that key is that it sounded with more 'bell' to it than nearby keys. We decided to keep both versions, since a few testers found that sound a plus feature rather than a negative one.
06 - Celestial - Hi-Pass - Re-peat Custom.nki: same as 02, with 05
07 - Celestial - Multiout - Re-peat Custom.nki: same as 03, with 05
08 - Celestial - Multiout - Hi-Pass - Re-peat Custom.nki: same as 04, with 05
Current customers should already have received an updated download-links email + email notice from me.

I hope this update is welcomed by current and future users.

All the best,

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