Tempo Rubato has launched Ruckers 1628, a superbly-sampled recreation of one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time.
Flemish instrument-building family Ruckers need little in the way of introduction to those in the know; suffice to say, their highly-valued (and valuable) historic harpsichords are akin to Stradivarius violins built by the Stradivari family. You could even say that the harpsichord was the ‘synthesizer’ of its time, without which influential early musical stylings such as baroque and renaissance would never have emerged.
Needless to say, 1628 must have been an especially excellent year for the Ruckers family, for the Ruckers 1628 is now one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time. Those thinking that they will never get to experience the sheer musical joy of playing this two-manual harpsichord built by master craftsman Andreas Ruckers (The Elder) in Antwerp way back in 1628 should surely think again.
Thanks to the definitive development work of TempoRubato in collaboration with sample content provider par excellence realsamples, now you can conveniently enjoy playing an authentic recreation of the Ruckers 1628 from the comfort of their favourite iOS device whenever and wherever you like!
Historic Harpsichords – Ruckers 1628 for iOS is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.
More information: Tempo Rubato / Ruckers 1628
Realsamples has released the German Harpsichord 1741, a harpsichord instrument library.
The German Harpsichord 1741 library offers an instrument by Christian Zell, built in Hamburg in 1741. It resides in the Organeum in Northern Germany. The harpsichord delivers a vivid midrange and shimmering treble response. The library contains 6 different sounds: Front and rear 8’ stop, both together, Lautenzug, 4’ stop as well as the tutti combination of both 8’ and the 4’ stop. The sample set consists of nearly 3,300 single samples. Every note was recorded up to eight times per stop, key release noises four times per note and stop.
For the recording of the harpsichord, custom-made Wagner™ U47w® tube microphones were employed, in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® converters. For best sound quality, the samples were recorded in 192 kHz/24 bits resolution. To start right away, presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion®, Kontakt2® and higher, EXS24® and GigaStudio3®.
The sample library is available for purchase for 139.95 EUR / $159.95 USD. Higher resolution editions (88.2/96 kHz and 192 kHz) are also available.
More information: Realsamples / German Harpsichord 1741
Realsamples has released the German Celesta sample library, the latest addition to its ongoing Edition Beurmann, featuring instruments from the famous German collector Andreas Beurmann.
Invented over 125 years ago, the celesta remains an obscure yet fascinating instrument. Opposed to a piano, hammers touch steel plates instead of strings: It sports a vibrant, mellow and charming sound reminiscent of a vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba and a piano – yet a sound of its own.
Back in the day, it was inspiring to those looking for a new sound – Tschaikowsky wrote some parts of his Nutcracker for a celesta. The instrument out of the Beurmann collection is from Schiedmayer and was built around 1960. It cost a fortune, and it still does, so there are few concert halls that keep one around. It’s great for anything from classical to those looking for unconsumed yet familiar sounds for pop, folk or any experimental genre.
For the critical task of recording the instrument, custom-made Wagner U47w tube microphones were used in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and Universal Audio 2192 digital converters, captured in 192 kHz/24-Bit resolution. The sample library features 16 different samples of each key. A celesta owes a huge part of its character to the key release noises, so they were recorded with 8 samples per note to complete the virtual celesta experience.
Presets are available for all common sample formats including HALion, Kontakt (2+), EXS24 and GigaStudio3.
The German Celesta sample library is available to purchase in various formats starting at $139.95 USD.
More information: Realsamples / German Celesta
Roqstar Entertainment has announced the release of 5-String Bass and 73 Stage Piano Collection, two sample libraries by Realsamples.
The realsamples ‘5-String Bass Collection’ offers a 5-string bass guitar for your sampler. The lush, full deep sound of a G&L™ bass is captured with its dynamics with 32 velocity layers of each note.
5-String Bass Collection features
- Every one of the five strings have been sampled separately with 32 velocity layers, along with ghost notes of each string.
- Recorded in 96 KHz and 24 bits resolution, the signal was downsampled to 44.1 KHz/24 bits (16 bits in the Giga® version).
- No mastering process has been applied to the samples, hence you don’t get an overprocessed sound, just the great, deep, lush and full sound of a 5-string bass.
- Includes ready-to-play presets for Halion®, Kontakt®, EXS24® or GigaStudio®.
- “Light” versions of the presets are included as well.
The realsamples 73 Stage Piano Collection brings the holy grail of electric pianos to your studio: A vintage Fender™ Rhodes® piano, sampled with 16 velocity layers per note.
To get the most natural sound, the piano was recorded directly from the pickup through the preamp section of a Mindprint™ DTC high-end preamp while bypassing any equalization. Recorded in 96 KHz and 24-Bit resolution, the signal was downsampled to 44.1 kHz. The set contains ready-to-play presets for Halion®, Kontakt® and EXS24®.
The 5-String Bass Collection and 73 Stage Piano Collection libraries are available to purchase for $49.95 USD each.
More information: Roqstar Entertainment
Realsamples has released Italian Harpsichord III – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring a 300 year old harpsichord.
The Italian Harpsichord III library features an instrument built around 1690 by an anonymous maker.
Featuring three sounds – a front and a rear 8′ register as well both together – it allows for the traditional rich and slick Italian harpsichord tone, offering additional flexibility by choosing the adequate 8′ or using the gentle 2 x 8′ combination with its inspiring and complex harmonics.
Italian Harpsichord III features
- 3 different register combinations sampled: Front 8′, Rear 8′ and 2 x 8′.
- 8 different samples of each note per register combination.
- 4 different release sounds of each note per register combination.
- 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 set.
- license-free applicable in your music.
Italian Harpsichord III – Edition Beurmann is available to purchase for $149.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.
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Realsamples has released French Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring a double-manual instrument by renowned French builder Nicolas Pigalle. The instrument – built in Dijon in 1771 – features an “enchanting sound with … read more
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Realsamples has released German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring the Lute-Harpsichord – or Lautenwerck, one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s favourite instruments. Despite 50 Lautenwerck builders in Germany, not a single instrument survived … read more
Realsamples has released Beurmann Bundle – Edition Beurmann, a collection of 8 previously releases Edition Beurmann sample libaries. Beurmann Bundle – Edition Beurmann includes Italian Harpsichord English Spinet Grand Piano (Erard Pianoforte) Dulcitone Celesta English … read more
Realsamples has released a free light version of their English Harpsichord “Edition Beurmann” library. English Harpsichord Light features Recorded in the great sounding rooms of the Hasselburg estate with vintage Neumann™ TLM-170® microphones in conjunction … read more
Realsamples has released Early Pianoforte – Edition Beurmann, a sample library which offers the unique sound of a historical pianoforte by Johann Andreas Stein built in Augsburg in 1793. Clearly showing influences of harpsichords of … read more
Realsamples has released Dutch Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann, a harpsichord sample library featuring nearly 3700 single samples. The Dutch Harpsichord library offers an original harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers built in 1628. Due to its two … read more
Realsamples releases Pianoforte – Edition Beurmann, a sample library which offers the sound of a historical pianoforte from Traugott Berndt in Breslau. Built in 1848 by Johann Karl Traugott Berndt himself, who was appointed courtly … read more
Realsamples has released English Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring more than 3,600 single samples of a harpsichord built by Jacob Kirckman in 1766. Due to its two manuals and many registers, the … read more
Realsamples has released Grand Piano (Erard Pianoforte) – Edition Beurmann, a Grand Piano library featuring nearly 3300 single samples of a historical pianoforte built by Erard 1837 in London. This unique instrument in the collection … read more
Realsamples Bass Guitar Collection Compact Edition is a free compact version that demos the 2.8 gigabyte Realsamples Bass Guitar Collection. The compact edition features a Warwick Streamer Bass recorded on a Mindprint DTC Channel-Strip. It … read more