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“…Authentic? Very much so!”
“…The sound is top-notch!”
“…Incredible value for the money!”
“…If Celtic wind instruments are what you are after, you should look no further, as Bela D Media has done it right again!”
Sound on Sound Magazine 2007
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The Complete 5 Star Review
Bela D Media Anthology Volume 1: Celtic Wind
Bela D Media have settled on the new ethos of 'Authentic, Advanced, Affordable', with the launch of this new library. The first in a series of ethnic sample collections, Anthology Volume 1 is dedicated to Celtic Wind, covering the usual flute suspects, through reedy accordions and a concertina to the more esoteric Bombarde and Celtiberic War Horn, via both Highland and Uilleann Pipes.
Authentic? Very much so. Respected European session player Eduardo Tarilonte came onboard to oversee (and sometimes play on) this library. There are multiple layers, plenty of articulations and everything from key clicks to bag noise captured in 24-bit glory. Packaged into a Kontakt 2 format (with Giga to follow if they can find a way to replicate the complex scripting), Celtic Wind comes complete with its own instrument graphics. More importantly, the sounds are top notch, with no glaring noise or excess hiss.
Advanced? Yes — but not in the traditional sense. Bela D Media have decided not to enter the "I've got more samples than you" contest. In fact, the entire library comprises only 15 separate patches, including left-hand and right-hand patches for instruments like the accordion. Instead, the laudable goal has been to make every single sample count, by making the patches endlessly flexible and their full capabilities easily accessible. Keyswitches and a well-designed custom patch window within the Kontakt 2 interface make tweaking a cinch, with the crucial controls falling easily to hand.
The reason for including so few patches becomes clear the instant you load one: perhaps Bela D Media should have added an extra word to the alliteration — 'Accessible' — as it's really the scripting that raises a well-recorded library to another level entirely. The closest comparison I can draw is with the VSL VI libraries, with their own custom player. You load the instrument you want and then keyswitches and controllers can change articulations on the fly (if the cunning scripting hasn't already done it for you through speed, legato or other detection routines). Much of this is thanks to the Kontakt 2 platform, but it is a refreshing change to have it all sorted for you on day one, allowing you play straight away, rather than spend valuable composing time tweaking MIDI and scripting.
Affordable? Definitely. The nine instruments with 15 patches each are great value at this price — even before you consider the excellent impulse response for the Church of the Redeemer that comes as part of the package.
Normally, seeing this price tag would make me run a mile, in fear of nasty sampling processes, a lack of articulations and limited layers, but in this case it represents incredible value for money. For me, the VSL comparison holds true, and if Celtic wind instruments are what you're after, you should look no further, as Bela D Media have done it again.
SOS Magazine 2007