realsamples releases Sample Library of a Kirckman Harpsichord from 1766 02/04/08
As another release in their Edition Beurmann, German-based sample manufacturer realsamples are offering the 1766-built Kirckman harpsichord.
Hereâ€™s what they have to say about it in their own wordsâ€¦
The English Harpsichord library presents an instrument built by Jacob Kirckman in 1766. Due
to its two manuals and many registers, the Kirckman harpsichord offers lots of unqiue
sounds, sampled with 6 different register combinations, including the upper 8', lower 8'
(principal 8'), both 8' together, the 4' register, the lute stop as well as the nasale stop only
available with Kirckman harpsichords.
Kirckman harpsichords are highly sought-after instruments because of their sound quality
and their signature sound. This harpsichord is one of seven Kirckman instruments within the
Beurmann Collection, impressively showing off its special qualities. It remains in excellent
playable condition despite its age.
Like all harpsichords, the Kirckman is not touch-sensitive. However, even if the differences
are minuscule, not any given note will sound exactly the same due to different resonances of
body and strings.
Until 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, every sampled register was captured with up to 8 variations of each
To complete the harpsichord experience, we recorded every register with 4 different release
samples of each note.
Presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion, Kontakt, EXS24,
Independence, MachFive, Reason NN-XT, VSampler3 or GigaStudio.
The sample library contains more than 3600 single samples.
Recorded in the great sounding rooms of the Hasselburg estate, vintage Neumann TLM-
170 microphones were used in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and
Universal Audio 2192 digital converters recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution. Pricing and Availability:
The English Harpsichord library available in 44.1/48 khz, 96 khz and 192 khz resolution,
starting at 139.95 US $. The sounds can be purchased directly on the realsamples website listed below.