W-Harpsichord

 

Natural and pure.

Resonance and dry.

 

A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed. It was widely used in Renaissance and Baroque music. During the late 18th century it gradually disappeared from the musical scene with the rise of the fortepiano. But in the 20th century it made a resurgence, used in historically informed performance of older music, in new (contemporary) compositions, and in popular culture.

You can see pictures of the instrument sampled in our Facebook page.

The harpsichord doesn’t respond to any dynamics, so there’s 1 velocity layer. But, in order to have the more realism as posible, we sampled all (no pitch shifting) notes 3 times (3 round robin), even though is always the same volume there are always nuances that make the difference. Even the release samples have been sampled with 3 round robin.

There are 2 knobs in the GUI that control the type of the release: Dry and Resonance. With the “dry” you can only listen the key sound, and with the “resonance” one you can listen the key sound + natural resonance of the other strings.

For EXS24 and Kontakt 3.5 or superior. Full version required.

Tech Info

  • WAV files, 44.1KHz 24bit.
  • 3 round robin.
  • Dry and Resonance samples.
  • Custom script, full control.
  • 56 keys.
  • All notes sampled, no pitch shifting.
  • 1.11 GB installed.
  • For Kontakt 3.5 or superior and EXS24.
  • Kontakt player will run in demo mode for 15 minutes.
  • Price: €9.95.

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