Music Software Review: “Celestia” by Impact Soundworks

Celestia Impact Soundworks

Celestia by Impact Soundworks is a sound design sample library for Kontakt 5 which focuses on the lighter end of the sound design spectrum with “atmospheric pads, ambient textures, heavenly bells, airy choirs, soft plucks, cosmic effects, and much more.”

Below are the features of Celestia as listed on the Impact Soundworks website:

  •  550 tailor-made NKI presets
  •  Acoustic, Hybrid, FX, Texture, Synth Poly patches
  •  Warm, Glassy, Airy & Grainy, Motion Pads
  •  Gated, Arp & Seq, Leads & Basses
  •  Powerful synthesis engine with modern UI
  •  200+ sound sources in 10 categories
  •  Acoustic, vocal, hybrid, and synthetic sources
  •  Dozens of internal arp, FX, layer and perform presets
  •  Dual layer preset system with unique filters, LFOs, envelopes
  •  Full FX rack including convolution reverb with custom impulses
  •  Preset randomizer with ‘locking’ feature for controlled chaos

With over 550 .nki patches, and weighing in at over 6GB, this is pretty large library. So how does it hold up? Meena Shamaly dives right into Celestia in this in-depth review to take a look at the sounds of Celestia and how flexible the library it is.

“Celestia” by Impact Soundworks is a sound design sample library for Kontakt 5 which focuses on the lighter end of the sound design spectrum with “atmospheric pads, ambient textures, heavenly bells, airy choirs, soft plucks, cosmic effects, and much more.” Below are the features of Celestia as listed on the Impact Soundworks website:  550 tailor-made NKI presets  Acoustic, Hybrid, FX, Texture, Synth Poly patches  Warm, Glassy, Airy & Grainy, Motion Pads  Gated, Arp & Seq, Leads & Basses  Powerful synthesis engine with modern UI  200+ sound sources in 10 categories  Acoustic, vocal, hybrid, and synthetic sources  Dozens of internal arp, FX, layer and perform presets  Dual layer preset system with unique filters, LFOs, envelopes  Full FX rack including convolution reverb with custom impulses  Preset randomizer with ‘locking’ feature for controlled chaos With over 550 .nki patches, and weighing in at over 6GB, this is pretty large library. So how does it hold up? Meena Shamaly dives right into Celestia in this in-depth review to take a look at the sounds of Celestia and how flexible the library it is.

Celestia Review

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97/100

A plethora of sounds on offer, a diverse array of crafted presets, and boundless editing capabilities on the front end: Celestia defies genre and is a hell (or heaven?) of a lot of bang for the buck. Don’t let the name fool you, angels can still turn into demons!

97

Written by: Meena Shamaly

Meena Shamaly is a composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet based in Melbourne, Australia. His music covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities and often intersects with his poetry. He is part of international production house EON Sounds, working on various film, TV, video game, and production library projects.

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