Celestion, the manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers and professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement applications, has announced their new line of Impulse Responses (IRs).
With the launch of a new website, Celestion Plus, there are IRs featuring seven different classic Celestion loudspeaker models, each in five different speaker cabinets.
For the first time, Celestion customers can audition specific models before purchasing one or more physical speakers. These may be auditioned, purchased and downloaded for use in studio and live production applications.
Celestion IRs capture the essential behaviour of the cabinet in the specific space in which it was recorded, including the frequency and phase response of single drivers as well as the interaction of multiple speakers.
In both recording and live production, Celestion IRs enable the desired tone to be precisely and consistently reproduced regardless of the music recording or live sound environment and IR users can escape the limitations of a single mic and cabinet setup.
Nigel Wood, Celestion’s managing director, says: “We have a deep understanding of tone, as well as the complex, technical methodology required to capture it in the most precise and faithful way. Responding to a clear market demand, we see our definitive digital download products as a natural extension of Celestion’s product range – providing the authentic speaker tone you crave – but simply in a digital, rather than physical, format.”
The initial list of Celestion IRs available for purchase includes the company’s popular G12M Greenback, G12M-65 Creamback, G12M-75 Creamback, G12H Anniversary, G12-65, Celestion Blue and Vintage 30 models mounted in 1×12 and 2×12 open and closed back and 4×12 cabinets.
The Celestion IRs were captured using a variety of spot and room microphones at Decoy Studios in England by UK recording engineer, producer and mixer Mike Spink, known for his work with artists such as The 1975, Jake Bugg and The Gaslight Anthem, who also created a menu of presets for each speaker model. Decoy Studios is home of mixer Cenzo Townsend, two-time recipient of The Music Producers Guild’s Best Mix Engineer award, who has produced special demonstration Celestion IR tones for the new web site.
Celestion IR digital downloads are available in uncompressed, industry standard .WAV format at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz sample rates at 24 bit depth, in lengths of 200 and 500 milliseconds
Once the files are downloaded and unzipped, users simply load the IRs into a convolution plug-in in their DAW or into other processing hardware.
These formats will work in all known hardware capable of loading IRs, and for the most popular hardware Celestion have already grouped together the correct formats. The Celestion IR files may be downloaded in the sample rate and length appropriate for the hardware being used or as a complete package of all rates and lengths.