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The harpsichord, predecessor of the piano, still has its special place not only within classical music, but also in modern productions, including pop and hip-hop.
While it is not a dynamic instrument, every hit sounds slightly different due to acoustic resonances of the body. If you sampled only one hit of each key, the unique character of the instrument would be lost.
This realsamples sampled harpsichord, a master reproduction from a Ruckers instrument around 1640, was built by Michael Walker in 1988. It has been recorded with 8 velocity layers of each key. The release sounds were sampled with 4 velocity layers.
The lute stop register of the of the instrument is included as well.
For your ease, presets for Halion, Reason, Kontakt, VSampler3, EXS24 and GigaStudio are supplied.
The samples were all recorded in stereo at 24 bits/96 khz, before being dithered down to 44.1 Khz (GigaStudio: 16 bits).
For a lively recording, we used Royer SF-12 and R-122 ribbon microphons through Mindprint DTC preamps. There is no master processing to retain depth and dimension of the recordings.
The Rolls Royce of sampled instruments: if you're only going to own one harpischord, make it this one.