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Celestion Launches Neo Creamback Impulse Responses

Classic Creamback Guitar Speaker Tones Join the Family of Acclaimed IRs, Available as Digital Downloads
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Celestion is pleased to announce the addition of the Neo Creamback IR guitar speaker tones to their acclaimed line of Impulse Responses. As the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers with a rich history in creating classic guitar tones known the world over, Celestion insists upon the utmost standards for their Impulse Responses, which are created using state-of-the art gear, award-winning engineers and world-class recording facilities. As a result, Celestion Impulse Responses are the definitive digital representations of the company’s renowned classic guitar speaker tones. The new Neo Creamback Impulse Responses, along with the eight other classic loudspeaker IRs which premiered earlier this year, are available for audition and download at Celestion Plus.

While the original Neo Creamback has been created using a neodymium magnet assembly, making it around half the weight of a traditional ceramic magnet speaker, the weight of course doesn’t matter when it comes to Impulse Responses. But the newly designed magnet assembly also adds a little extra magic of its own to the Creamback-style tone. While still providing the punch of a ceramic magnet Creamback together with a warm and vocal midrange, the Neo Creamback adds to this the shimmering presence of an Alnico guitar speaker as well as some additional note separation, all captured as well in the new Neo Creamback IRs.

Five individual IR varieties of the Neo Creamback are available for download, which correspond to each of 5 separate types of cabinet, including:

  • 1×12 (open back)
  • 1×12 (closed back)
  • 2×12 (open back)
  • 2×12 (closed back)
  • 4×12 (closed back)


And for each of these cabinets, three different professional studio quality microphones were used, each placed in six discrete locations. (thereby resulting in eighteen impulse responses per cab). In addition, Celestion has incorporated eight more impulse responses for each cabinet, created by mixing together various single IRs, offering further tonal choice. Click here to find out more about the combinations of microphone that have been used for the mixes.

“Celestion is thrilled by the amazing reception from our customers to our line of Impulse Responses, says Nigel Wood, Celestion CEO. “We are pleased to add the Neo Creamback to the IR family, and we will continue to make more original, authentic Celestion Impulse Responses available as a natural extension of our product range -- providing our celebrated speaker tones in a convenient digitally downloadable format.”  

The new Neo Creamback Impulse Responses join the other classic set list of Celestion IRs available for purchase including the G12-H150 Redback, G12M Greenback,G12M-65 Creamback,G12M-75 CreambackG12H Anniversary,G12-65, Celestion Blue and Vintage 30 models mounted in 1x12 and 2x12 open and closed back and 4x12 cabinets.  The new Neo Creamback IRs are available for download both as an individual single cabinet-type IR as well as a full collection.

About Celestion Impulse Responses

Celestion IRs, which capture the essential behavior 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, offer the user significant benefits. 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 and explore a universe of possibilities to create the perfect tone. Once you find a tone that you love, it can be precisely recreated, in the studio or on the road, time after time. And the IRs allow Celestion customers to audition specific models before purchasing one or more physical speakers.

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. Guitar processor manufacturers supported include Atomic Amps, Fractal Audio Systems, Kemper, Line 6, Logidy, Positive Grid, Two Notes, Headrush and Yamaha. 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. Certain third party hardware requires the files to be converted into a proprietary format before use.