Sound Dust has announced Tiny Binaural Harpsichord MKII, an updated version of the multi-sampled Arnold Dolmetsch portable harpsichord library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
My binaurally sampled portable Harpsichord, although still sounding lovely, was getting a bit long in the tooth feature wise. So I’ve completely rebuilt it.
Now it has 5 pages of handy scripting with built in Baroque Engine, Organic-ator and many other controls.
I’ve also added a really useful new separate instrument the Tiny Binaural Prepared-ness which features lots of binaurally recorded prepared Harpsichord sounds combined with its own Cage Machine script for extra rhythmical madness.
The library is available to purchase for £15 GBP. The update is free for previous owners. Requires full version of Kontakt 4 or higher.
More information: Sound Dust / Tiny Binaural Harpsichord MKII
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on Jul 04, 2013
SampleTekk has launched its Summer Sale 2013, offering a 50% discount on its sample libraries for a limited time.
Time again for our annual Summer Sale where you can grab multisampled instruments for you Halion, Kontakt, EXS24, Gigastudio sampler with a 50% discount!
Choose between grand pianos, uprights, organs, flutes, organs, brass, harpsichords, choirs, percussion and other instruments.
The sale ends August 8th, 2013.
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Soniccouture has announced the release of Clav, a sound library for Native Instruments featuring the sounds of the Hohner D6 clavinet.
Featuring 31 velocity layers (14,880 samples – 9GB), Soniccoutures’ new intelligent round-robin system, release samples and a fully modelled pickup / preamp section, Soniccouture Clav brings the Hohner D6 Clavinet to your DAW like never before.
Few instruments get fans of funk grooves drooling like the Hohner D6 clavinet. Originally intended for classical harpsichord-esque duties, but really sonically closer to an electric guitar than a piano, its twangy, spanking timbres add a melodic tension to a groove like nothing else. To achieve the iconic funk sound it is paired with a wah-wah pedal – one of the earliest examples of this was on Up On Cripple Creek by The Band in 1969.
The D6 contained 60 strings that are amplified by two active pickups, one above the strings close to the bridge (Upper Pickup), and one below the strings (Lower Pickup). The instrument is played from a keyboard, which launches little hammers that strike and hold the strings in place. When the hammer is released, the dampers at the end of the string stop the sound. The D6 also has a Mute slider, which brings a felt damper over the resonant part of the strings to create a different timbre and shorter decay time.
- 9.6GB Library (5GB on disc).
- 24 bit 48 khz sampling.
- 31 Velocity layers + intelligent round robin.
- Modelled Preamp switching.
- Seperate Pickup sampling.
- Kontakt Player Compatible.
The Clav library costs 99 EUR/£89 GBP/$119 USD.
More information: Soniccouture / Clav
Wavesfactory has announced W-Harpsichord, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS24.
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.
The sample library is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.
More information: Wavesfactory / W-Harpsichord
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on Nov 06, 2012
SampleTekk has announced the release of Virginal, a sample library for Kontakt, EXS24, HALion, and NN-XT.
A virginal is a smaller and simpler rectangular form of the harpsichord with only one string per note running more or less parallel to the keyboard on the long side of the case.
The heyday of the virginals was the latter half of the 16th century to the later 17th century until the high baroque period.
The sample library costs $12 USD. Until December 1st, 2012, all sample SampleTekk products are 50% off in a Winter Sale.
More information: SampleTekk / Virginal