Celestia: Heavenly Sound Design is a hybrid synth & acoustic workstation designed for atmospheric, ethereal, haunting, emotional, and ambient sounds. Available in Kontakt 5.3+ format, Celestia features a modern UI and deep dual-layer synth engine with extensive tweaking capabilities: filters, LFOs, envelopes, FX rack, arpeggiator, sequencer, randomizer, etc.
Sound sources in Celestia range from traditional acoustic sounds (piano, guitar) to found sounds (copper pipeharp, wrenchophone), analog waveforms, morphed pads, and physical models. The library comes loaded with over 550 factory presets that take full advantage of the 6GB sound source set, along with the synth engine features.
Though ideal for emotional and dramatic scoring (film, TV & games), Celestia includes a wide range of material ideal for other genres like new age, ambient & space music, jazz fusion, chillout, and even trance or house. The presets are categorized for easy browsing with sections like Acoustic, Hybrid, Leads, Basses, Warm Pads, Textures, and Rhythm.
To help inspire creativity, the instrument includes several ways to create unique variations. Each component of the engine features its own preset menu, such as layer (envelope & filter) presets, or effects rack presets. A randomizer button will randomize the controls of the entire instrument, but individual sections can be locked to help "control the chaos".
Celestia is available from Impact Soundworks for a list price of $139. Owners of ISW's Juggernaut: Cinematic Electronic Scoring Tools get a special crossgrade discount.