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BOLDER Sounds releases B.O.B. Early Music Instruments, B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition and Medieval Psaltery
B.O.B. Early Music Instruments is a collection of instruments spanning from the hurdy gurdy of the medieval period to fortepiano of the early classical period.
B.O.B. Early Music Instruments features
- 13 course Baroque Lute 42.3 mb
- Fortepiano 53.5mb
- Harpsichord (numerous stops recorded) 20 mb
- Hurdy Gurdy 10.5 mb
- Renaissance Guitar 6.1 mb
- Renaissance Lute 11 mb
- Theorbo (bass lute) 62 mb (EXS & Kontakt only)
B.O.B. Early Music Instruments is available in Kontakt 2, EXS24 and Giga 2 formats for $29.95 USD.
B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition is the same Fortepiano included in the B.O.B. Early Music library, yet this version has 4 chromatically sampled velocity layers (p, mf, f, ff) as well as key release samples giving much wider velocity and timberal range.
B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition is available for Kontakt 2 and EXS24 for $19.95 USD.
Boulder Sounds has also released the free Medieval Psaltery.
This is an old Medieval Psaltery which I purchased used in a local music store and has been residing in my music studio for a number of years now just collecting dust. It’s sound has a wonderful stark-rustic quality.
Typically this instrument would have been played with a very short bow. However I used a modern
violin bow, and kept the strokes short. It is only possible to play one not at a time on this instrument, so you might keep that in mind when using it in a traditional context.
I also recently experimented with this instrument being played with an Ebow (energy bow) with some very interesting results. Perhaps I’ll save that for a later Bolder FREE Sounds posting.
The Medieval Psaltery is available as a free download for Kontakt and EXS24. You’ll need to create an account (free) to download the free sounds.
Visit Bolder Sounds for more information.