Second immaculately conceived Italian Harpsichord library, featuring 8 different samples per note (4 releases per note), of a stunning rare Harpsichord recorded using the highest end channel strip. Some of the best harpsichord sounds on the market.
The Italian Harpsichord II library features an instrument built around 1590 by an anonymous maker. Being very typical for the Italian style, the instrument features a housing seperated from the painted cabinet. Furthermore, the instrument – which had been owned by the Australian opera singer Joan Sutherland – sports a special feature: The housing is not bearing directly on the cabinet, but on two ledges below the ribs. This allows for the under-body to resonate. Although the keyboard is showing signs of wear, the harpsichord still remains in fully playable condition despite its age. In this collection it is available for the first time, presented in its original Kirnberger III-tuning at 378 Hz (presets at 440 Hz are available as well).
Like all harpsichords, the instrument is not touch-sensitive in the sense of a piano. However, even if the differences are minuscule, not any given note will sound exactly the same due to different resonances of body and strings.Until now, many keyboards and samplers represented harpsichords by always triggering off the exact same digital sample, leaving a cold and sterile sounding impression. In order to improve upon previous recreations and to pay tribute to the liveliness and depth of this antique instrument, we captured eight variations of each note.
The release sounds of the keys are also of major importance: What was originally side noise is now often overlooked and even simply left out in artificial simulations, resulting in a very abstract overall picture. Therefore, we recorded four release samples of each note. The sample library consists of nearly 550 single samples. To start right away, presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion, Kontakt2 and higher, EXS24 and GigaStudio3.
For the critical task of recording this harpsichord, we employed custom-made Wagner U47 tube microphones in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and Universal Audio 2192 digital converters to do the instrument justice. For maximum sound quality, we recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution, downsampled to 44.1 khz/24 bits.In addition to the samples, the library contains essays from Professor Andreas E. Beurmann himself, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.
What’s in the collection?
– 8 different samples of each note
– 4 different release sounds of each note
– ready to play HAlion/Kontakt2/EXS24 or GigaStudio3 presets
– Wav format (except GigaStudio®version) – no mastering applied
– recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled