Confinement Céleste

A four octave Mustel Celesta from the early 1900’s....

The story


I’m Pierre Caillet, a French film music composer. During the Covid-19 pandemic in France we are all confined. All productions are stopped, recording studios and mixing facilities are closed. To be with my family, I’ve stopped to go daily In my own studio and days are long…

To do something, I’ve started to sample some instruments laying around at home. At first, I’ve managed to do a great Hand Pan for Kontakt and shared it with composers friends. Then, my friend Yan Volsy (also a French film composer) proposed me to record his Mustel Celesta to do a Kontakt program for Pianobook. He took the time to make a great record of this wonderful instrument, I then edited it and convert it into this Kontakt virtual instrument : “Confinement Céleste”

This is an original 4 octave Mustel Celesta, probably from the early 1900’s. Yan got it at a RadioFrance auction. It is old, rather abused, noisy, and its pitch is a bit high (the tuning was properly globally lowered in the Kontakt Instrument)

Recorded @ 48khz 24 bit with two pair of close microphones :
– Ribbon : Prodipe RSL (Blumlein stereo Ribbon microphone)
– Cardioid : Spaced pair with Aston Origin (left) and Lewit LCT540 (right)
All samples were denoised using Isotope RX

More or less chromatically sampled with 4 levels of velocity, key release noise and sustain pedal noise.

This Kontakt instrument gives control level for each pair of microphones.
An independent volume for key release noise and sustain pedal noise is also present.
No reverb as I prefer to use my own reverb in a mix, but Pianobook’s logo is included in the about page !

I’m not a Kontakt script programmer at all, so I was unable to keep note release noises when sustain pedal is on.
Anyone is welcome to correct this and let me know how to do it properly.

Should works with Kontakt Full 5.8.1 and up.

The “ConfinementCelesteV1.0_Kontakt” folder contains everything you need to use it with Kontakt (samples are lossless compressed by Kontakt)
The “ConfinementCelesteSamples” folder contain all the samples uncompressed as a Pianobook requirement, but this folder isn’t required for the Kontakt instrument.

No Soundcloud demo yet, I have to go back to my studio to get a proper 88 notes keyboard.
I hope I will be there soon !

Thanks for your great work with Pianobook and Spitfire. Also a special thanks to Christian for his great music and all those great videos.



Pierre Caillet, confined composer



Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Really great celesta with one issue

    This is such a beautiful instrument. It's well sampled, not noisy, and really lovely to play. The only issue I discovered is that the pedal volume control only affects the volume of the pedal down samples. The volume of the pedal going up is stuck at max regardless of the setting of the pedal volume knob. Hopefully someone will take the time to fix the programming, because this is truly a lovely instrument.

    Sam Ecoff18 October 2021
  • Perfect Close sound

    Seriously, this instrument has such rich mechanical sounds associated with the notes. If you like that sound that is almost as if the hammers--do celestes have hammers..?--are smacking your ear directly, this is just perfect. I like that sound so, very high rating, I will probably have this forever.

    ryan weeks14 October 2021
  • Sounds lovely !

    This celeste do all you want a celeste doing. It's very delicate, with light hammer and pedal noises, a nice stereo and a great sound quality. A must have for lovely melodies.

    Oathr12 October 2021
  • A cute celeste

    This is simple but efficient. In case you are looking for a free celeste with some character, this will be a good addition to your arsenal. It's not super fancy but it gets the job done. The worst part is that you can't fully put away the click noise of the keys. Also the GUI could be a little better, because the brown sliders don't look well over the selected background.

    Alex Raptakis12 October 2021