German Harpsichord 1741 - Edition Organeum


German Harpsichord 1741 - Edition Organeum

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mp3 Demos - 2 x 8' stops

William Byrd - Excerpt from "The Galliarde to the Firste Pavian"
William Byrd - Excerpt from "My Ladye Nevels Grownde"

mp3 Demos - Front 8' stop

William Byrd - Excerpt from "The Galliarde to the Firste Pavian"
William Byrd - Excerpt from "My Ladye Nevels Grownde"

mp3 Demos - Rear 8' stop

William Byrd - Excerpt from "The Galliarde to the Firste Pavian"
William Byrd - Excerpt from "My Ladye Nevels Grownde"

mp3 Demos - Tutti

William Byrd - Excerpt from "The Galliarde to the Firste Pavian"
William Byrd - Excerpt from "My Ladye Nevels Grownde"

mp3 Demos - Lautenzug

William Byrd - Excerpt from "The Galliarde to the Firste Pavian"
William Byrd - Excerpt from "My Ladye Nevels Grownde"

mp3 Demo - 4' stop

William Byrd - Excerpt from "My Ladye Nevels Grownde"

Performed by Tobias Birkenbeil
 

mp3 Demo 1 - J.N. Tischer - Partitura Introduttione

mp3 Demo 2 - C.P.E. Bach - Preußische Sonate 6 - Allegro

mp3 Demo 3 - J.S. Bach - WTK II - Präludium C

mp3 Demo 4 - J.S. Bach - WTK II - Fuge C

mp3 Demo 5 - C.H. Graun - Gigue b-flat minor

Performed by Steffen Fahl

Die Einspielungen enthalten zusätzlichen Hall.

 

 

The German Harpsichord 1741 library features another rare German harpsichord built by Christian Zell in 1741. The instrument provides an elusive majestic texture and beautiful upper mid harmonics unlike any other harpsichord. Residing at the Organeum in the Northern Germany, the harpsichord is in excellent playable condition.

 

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Zell harpsichord, front view - photo by Nicolay Ketterer

The sample library features six sounds sampled seperately - the front and a rear 8' stops, both together, the 4', Lautenzug and the tutti combination. The Zell harpsichord is now available in the sampler in its Bach-Kellner tuning at 399 Hz (presets at 440 Hz are also available).

Like all harpsichords, the instrument is not touch-sensitive like a piano. However, even if the differences are minuscule, not any given note will sound the same twice 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 cold and sterile sounding impression. In order to improve upon previous recreations and to pay tribute to the liveliness and depth of this antique instrument, we captured every sampled stop with 8 variations of each note (Lautenzug and 4': 4 samples per note).

 

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Left cheek - photo by Nicolay Ketterer

The key release sounds are also of major importance: What was originally side noise is now often overlooked and even simply left out in digital simulations, resulting in a very abstract overall picture. Therefore, we recorded 4 release samples per note.

The sample library contains close to 3,300 single samples.

Presets are included for HAlion®, Kontakt2® (or higher) and EXS24® software samplers.

For the recordings, we employed custom-made Wagner™ U47w® tube microphones in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters. The samples were recorded at 192 kHz/24 bits, downsampled to your resolution of choice.

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Zell keys close-up - photo by Nicolay Ketterer

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Additional product information

Samplerate 44.1 kHz
Format Kontakt™/HAlion™/EXS24™
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