RealSamples Italian Harpsichord Sample Library
The RealSamples Italian Harpsichord Sample Library contains a historical harpsichord built in 1579 by Pierluigi in Livorno. Sharing its tonal qualities for almost half a millenium, it is a classic example of how Italian harpsichords were built for about 200 years. Compared to its Dutch and English siblings, the Pierluigi harpsichord stands out due to its light and simple design (one 8' register) and mostly because of its fundamental, sonorous warm and deep tone.
RealSamples Italian Harpsichord Sample Library Features:
-8 different samples of each note
-4 different release sounds of each note
-ready to play HAlion/Kontakt2/EXS24 or GigaStudio3 presets
-wave format (except GigaStudio version)
-no mastering applied
-recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled
-DVD or CD set
-license-free application in your music
This unique instrument in the collection of Andreas Beurmann still remains in excellent playable condition despite its age. It is now available for the first time for your sampler within the Italian Harpsichord library, presented in its original meantone tuning at 383 Hz (Presets in 440 Hz are included as well).
Like all harpsichords, the Pierluigi 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, RealSamples captured 8 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 artifical simulations, resulting in a very abstract overall picture. Therefore, RealSamples recorded 4 release samples of each note. To start right away, presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion, Kontakt2, and EXS24. The sample library consists of nearly 550 single samples.
For the critical task of recording this harpsichord, RealSamples employed active tube-driven Royer R-122V ribbon microphones in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and Universal Audio 2192 digital converters to do the instrument justice. For maximum sound quality, thry recorded in 192 khz/24 bits, downsampled to the resolution of your choice. In addition to the samples, the library contains an essay in German from Profeesor Andreas E. Beurmann himself, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.
A high performance system is required, especially a sound card allowing for the particular sample rate/bit depth, and at least 512 MB RAM (1 GB or more is best).