Celtic ERA

Celtic ERA

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Celtic ERA – when druids of the Highlands ask for a dance

With Celtic ERA, Eduardo Tarilonte once again takes you to a fascinating journey through time. This time, he travels far north to the roots of the Celtic culture. These sounds have been played in the green vastness and the high mountains of Ireland for ages and are now available at your fingertips with Celtic ERA.

After creating successful libraries such as Ancient ERA Persia, Forest Kingdom, Desert Winds, Epic World and ERA Medieval Legends, sample-mastermind Eduardo Tarilonte has dedicated himself to the sound of Nordic myths.

Whenever the unmistakable flutes are heard, they’ll magically enchant our dreaming minds with pictures of the green island and its majestic Nordic mountains. Hence, Celtic ERA is the pick of the bunch for film-scores and background music for television documentaries taking place or being settled in this region. Whether historical or fictional background, the authentic sounds of Celtic ERA will raise the power of the pictures to a new level.

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Features Overview

  • 18-GB-heavy library with more than 18,000 samples

  • 23 brass-, string- and percussion-instruments in full detail and with immaculate quality

  • three additional instruments from the Bronze Age: Cranyx, Cornu and War Horns

  • All instruments are elaborated multisamples (24 bit/ 44,1 kHz) with several dynamic graduations, various articulations, round robin and real legato samples as well as dedicated glissando samples

  • Recorded using selected Kahayan U47-microphones into preamplifiers by the same manufacturer

  • All instruments have been played by superb musicians of the Irish music scene

  • Including authentic phrases as MIDI-patterns as well as inspiring soundscapes

Celtic Era Instruments Image 1The Instruments

For Celtic ERA, Eduardo Tarilonte has recorded 23 brass-, string- and percussion-instruments in full detail and with immaculate quality. Find catchy flutes, dreamy harps, the famous Uilleann Pipes and the indispensable Bodhran drums. To achieve an even greater variety, some sounds were created by recording two different instruments of the same kind. This allows you for example to play a harp duet with different sounding instruments.

In addition, authentic phrases were recorded as MIDI-patterns as well as inspiring soundscapes. Naturally, the instruments are offered in all of their typical articulations with an added true legato function.

List of Instruments:

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  • Irish Flute
  • Irish Whistle
  • Low Whistle (D)
  • Highland Pipes
  • Uilleann Pipes

Percussion: Bodrahns

Keys: 2 Concertinas


  • 2 Celtic Harps
  • Irish Fiddle
  • Acoustic Guitar (fingered and plucked)
  • Irish Bouzouki
  • Tenor Banjo

Strummed: Acoustic Guitar and Irish Bouzuoki

Ancient Instruments:

  • Carnyx
  • Cornu
  • War Horn

Instruments from the Bronze Age

A true highlight of this library are three additional instruments, unheard in any previous sample library: Cranyx, Cornu and War Horns already existed in the bronze age. These instruments allow you to tap into unexplored sonic worlds.

The instruments of this nearly 18-GB-heavy library (consisting of more than 18,000 samples) are elaborated multisamples (24 bit/ 44,1 kHz) with several dynamic graduations, various articulations, round-robin- and real legato-samples as well as dedicated glissando samples.

The Engine

Celtic ERA transfers the sounds of the far north, that have been preserved until this day from long ago, into today’s DAW-based production environment. The Engine Player's carefully programmed user interface makes working with this library really easy, allowing musicians to be inspired by the libraries' sounds to fully unfold their creativity.

Celtic Era GUI Screen 1Who is it for?

Celtic ERA is suited for different purposes and musical applications and styles. Its spectrum ranges from traditional scoring with authentic sounds, to fantasy games and movie soundtracks and even beyond to the new age genre.

The sounds of Celtic ERA are completely unique and cannot be found in any other library. The outstanding selection of instruments, the MIDI-patterns and soundscapes provide you with an extensive collection with no sound left to be desired.

The Recordings

Eldana Studio

The recordings for Celtic ERA were made in Eldana studios in Spanish Dueñas. All instruments were played by superb musicians being part of the Irish music scene. Martino Vacca (Uilleann Pipes, Irish Flute, Whistles), Karen Hickey (Fiddle), Carlos Martín Aires (Acoustic Guitar, Irish Bouzouki, Tenor Banjo), Jean Yves Magre (Highland Pipes), Pablo Vergara (Bodhrans). Eduardo Tarilonte, the creator of this library, single-handedly played the Concertinas and Celtic Harps while the three historical instruments were performed by Abraham Cureiro.

All instruments were recorded using selected Kahayan U47-microphones into preamplifiers by the same manufacturer. Miking was carried out intentionally close and thus without room detail. This procedure offers full control over the subsequent sculpting of the sounds and effects. Therefore, the sounds of Celtic ERA can be combined with Eduardo Tarilonte’s others libraries without any difficulty.

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Wer nach authentischen und historischen Naturinstrumenten aus dem tendenziell nordischen Kulturkreis sucht, wird bei Best Service Celtic ERA definitiv fündig. Die Library bietet die gewohnt hohe Qualität und musikalische Verwendbarkeit, die man von Produkten aus der Hand von Eduardo Tarilonte inzwischen gewohnt ist. Neben dem Einsatzzweck der musikalischen Untermalung entsprechender Medien finden sich auch viele Instrumente, die gewinnbringend in gewöhnlichen Musikproduktionen verwendet werden können. Einen wirklichen Kritikpunkt kann ich nicht nennen, wenn ich mich auch über eine erweiterte Auswahl archaischer Percussion-Instrumente gefreut hätte, da die vorhandenen Schlaginstrumente/Klangprogramme einander doch recht ähneln. Das ändert aber nichts daran, dass Best Service Celtic ERA ohne Einschränkung zu empfehlen ist!

Ganzer Celtic ERA Testbericht bei Bonedo.de

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SOS 5-stars


Travelling further back in time we find the really unusual elements of this library: the Iron Age Carnyx, an evocative trumpet-like instrument used in warfare; the Cornu from ancient Roman times, its sound reminiscent of a trombone; and the soft but thoroughly menacing War Horn, with a huge selection of pre-recorded calls — some sure to send a shiver down the spine. Finally, a generous collection of Soundscapes provides pads, textures and atmospheres to round off this exceptionally colourful library.

Full Celtic ERA review by Nick Magnus for SOS

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"This is a beautiful set of instruments and phrases and you wonder where Eduardo can possibly go next. Somewhere out of this world, I’m betting. But until then, blow the war horns and get ready to ride into a sonic battle!." - Andy Jones

Read the full review here.

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Fazit  (Auszug)

Ich bin sowieso ein Fan von Ethno-Sounds und ganz besonders, wenn man dann so eine Klangqualität vorfindet wie bei Celtic ERA aus dem Hause Best Service.

Solche Instrumente finden sich natürlich auch in den verschiedensten ROMplern, aber selten in dieser hohen Qualität und dann nicht mit diesen Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten.

Egal ob Filmkomponist, Hörspielvertoner oder auch ganz normaler Musiker. Man wird an den höchst lebendigen Klängen seine helle Freude haben. Und nochmals, Celtic ERA ist nicht nur für Folklore geeignet. Die Klangfarben können jede Art von Musik bereichern.

Gerald Dellmann

Kompletter Test für Celtic ERA bei Megasynth

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Fazit ( Auszug)

Celtic ERA ist unterm Strich eine einzigartige Sammlung teils seltener keltischer, mittelalterlicher und ethnischer Instrumente, mit der atmosphärisch dichte, musikalisch stimmige und klangmalerisch bezaubernde Kompositionen gelingen.


  • seltene, antike Instrumente mit vielen Spielweisen
  • umfangreiche Ausstattung mit Multisamples, Velocity-Layern, Round Robins und diversen Artikulationen
  • sehr gute Aufnahmequalität
  • mit viel Einfühlungsvermögen eingespielte und aufbereitete Instrumente
  • ideal für keltische/mittelalterliche oder ethnische Kompositionen

Kompletter Celtic ERA Test bei Releasetime.de

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Muy bueno, TAri! Celtic ERA überzeugt mit jener hohen Qualität, die man von Tarilonte erwartet. Diese Kollektion 
bietet erlesene Naturinstrumente, die sich angenehm und ausdrucksstark auf der Tastatur spielen lassen. Sie ist vor allem für Anwender hilfreich, die anstelle fertiger, animierender Phrasen im Baukasten-Stil lieber sämtliche Parts auf MIDI-Basis arrangieren wollen und dies auch können. Um Innovation muss sich der Musiker letztlich selbst bemühen, etwa in Form eines originellen Einsatzes der Sounds. Dabei sind die musikstilistischen Grenzen offen. Für Produzenten von Game- oder Filmmusik, Ambient, Ethno-Pop und weiteren Genres sind die 259 Euro zum Erwerb der Library jedenfalls gut investiert

Klare Empfehlung!

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Wie auch die bisherigen Teile der Serie begeistert Celtic ERA mit detailreich gesampleten Instrumenten und exzellenten Klangeigenschaften. Alle Instrumente lassen sich expressiv und nuanciert spielen. Sehr gut haben uns auch die die mitgelieferten MIDI-Phrasen gefallen, die im Handumdrehen für ein authentisches Feeling sorgen. Somit ist die Sample-Library die erste Wahl, wenn Sie Ihre Kompositionen mit traditionellen keltischen, irischen oder schottischen Instrumenten bereichern möchten.


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Who is it for?

Celtic ERA is suited for different applications and musical applications and styles. Its spectrum ranges from scoring traditional compositions with authentic sounds, to fantasy games and movie soundtracks and as far as to the new age genre.

The sounds of Celtic ERA are completely unique and cannot be found in any other library. The outstanding selection of instruments, the MIDI-patterns and soundscapes provide you with an extensive collection which leaves as good as no sound left to be desired.


Full Celtic ERA review at eMusician.com

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Rating:  Five out of five stars

Celtic ERA allows you to absorb your audience into the Nordics and works very well to picture for fairy-tale stories. The included patterns give you access to authentic phrases ready to be used in your next score. The only drawback of this excellent library is the ENGINE player who is dated. The Celtic ERA collection is another leading niche ethnic virtual instruments library. If you work in that theme or want to spice up your composition with new sounds, this is a perfect fit.

Full Celtic ERA review at stronmocha.com

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Samples are dry, close, and highly detailed.
Huge variety of articulations and techniques
Midi patterns included in some instruments for inspiration.

Full Celtic ERA review at samplelibrarreview.com

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I really love Eduardo Tarilonte’s work. Celtic ERA is a proud addition to the historical instruments collection of Tarilonte and will add an invigorating feel of nordic mythology to your epic arrangements. Embrace the lush green fields of the Celts and integrate some of the most enigmatic instruments of celtic culture into your score with a truly authentic sound.

Full Celtic ERA review at epicomposer.com

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digital notes gut plusMit Celtic ERA ist Eduardo Tarilonte mal wieder tief in der Vergangenheit eingetaucht. Herausgekommen ist eine Sammlung von hervorragend gesampleten Instrumenten und Soundscapes, die sich nicht nur für Komponisten mit einer Vorliebe für den Celtic Sound eignen. Ganz im Gegenteil, können vor allem auch die Instrumente aus der Bronzezeit neue Akzente in verschiedensten Produktionen setzten.

Kompletter Celtic ERA Testbericht bei digitalnotes.de


The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europe’s largest independent customer review company.

5.0 of 5  
29.03.2020 Sprache: deutsch

Wahnsinnig detailierte Sounds!

5.0 of 5  
28.02.2020 Language: englisch

I am using this project in a media score. I would recommend it to anybody writing music for film. Library sound quality is of a very high standard, though the interface is a little obscure.

5.0 of 5  
13.01.2020 Language: englisch

Really great Celtic instrument samples. The pipes are world class


MusicTEch Choice Awward
MusicTech Choice Award 9/10

SoundOnSound 5 Stars
SoundOnSound 5 Stars

Bonedo 4 from 5
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Band "Tanzwut"

"ERA II Medieval Legends, Celtic ERA und Dark ERA sind für mich als Mittelaltermusiker und Produzent eine perfekte Grundlage für die Studioarbeit. Die Sounds der mittelalterlichen Instrumente sind authentisch und harmonisieren miteinander. Es ist eine Freude mit diesen Samplern zu arbeiten und neue Songs für meine Band Tanzwut mit Hilfe dieser beeindruckenden Klang-Bibliothek entstehen zu lassen."


Engine poweredBest Service ENGINE 2 Sample Player is included with this product!

Mac OS

  • Mac OS 10.11 - 10.15
  • Min. recommended: Intel Mac 2GHz, 2GB Ram
  • Interfaces: Standalone, AU, VST (64bit only) 
  • AAX Support for Pro Tools 11+


  • Windows 7, 8 and 10, 32bit & 64bit
  • Min. recommended: Intel Core 2.0GHz, 2GB Ram
  • Interfaces: Standalone, VST (32bit and 64bit)
  • AAX Support für Pro Tools 11+

for all systems

  • Internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)
  • Additional hard disc space according to the library size

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