mp3 Demo - J. P. Sweelinck - Malle Sijmen
mp3 Demo - Camphysen Manusskript - Anonym - Daphne
mp3 Demo - Anna Maria van Eyl's Klavierboek - Anonym - La Princess
Demo tracks by Steffen Fahl
mp3 Demo - Tutti - L. Kleber - Preambulum
mp3 Demo - Both 8' - J. J. Froberger - Sarabande
mp3 Demo - Upper 8' - J. S. Bach - Trio
mp3 Demo - 4' - S. Scheidt - Choralis in cantu
mp3 Demo - Lower 8' - J. S. Bach - Praeludium
mp3 Demo - Lute stop - J. P. Krieger - Sarabande
Demo tracks by Tobias Birkenbeil
The performances contain additional reverb.
The Dutch Harpsichord library offers an original harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers built in 1628. Due to its two manuals and many registers, the Ruckers harpsichord offers lots of unqiue sounds, sampled with 6 register combinations, including the upper 8', lower 8' (principal 8'), tutti, both 8' together, the 4' register as well as the lute stop.
The instruments of the Ruckers family represent the well-known and sought-after sound of Flemish harpsichords while ranking among the best harpsichords ever built. Their full and precious sound set out to influence the harpsichord designs in Spain, France, England and Germany.
Ruckers harpsichord - photo: Andreas E. Beurmann
Like all harpsichords, the Ruckers is not touch-sensitive. However, not any given note will sound exactly the same due to different resonances of body and strings.
Up to now, many keyboards and samplers represented harpsichords by always triggering off the exact same digital sample, leaving a sterile sounding impression.
In order to pay tribute to the liveliness and depth of this antique instrument, we captured every sampled register with up to 8 variations of each note.
Left side of the keyboard - photo: Andreas E. Beurmann
To complete the harpsichord experience, we recorded every register with 4 different release samples of each note.
Remaining in great condition in the collection of Andreas Beurmann, it is now available for the first time for your sampler within the Dutch Harpsichord library, presented in its original valotti tuning at 372 Hz (presets in 440 Hz are included as well).
Presets are included for HAlion®, Kontakt2® (or higher) and EXS24® software samplers. Furthermore, the Dutch Harpsichord sample library contains an essay in German from Prof. Beurmann, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.
The sample library contains nearly 3,700 single samples.
Recorded in the great sounding rooms of the Hasselburg estate, we employed Royer® R-122V tube-driven ribbon microphones and vintage Neumann™ TLM-170® microphones in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters. Recorded originally at 192 kHz/24 bits, the sample are available at the resolution of your choice.
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