The Dutch Harpsichord library offers an original harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers Sr. built in 1628. Due to its two manuals and many registers, the Ruckers harpsichord offers lots of unqiue sounds, sampled with 6 different 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 Dutch 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.
Like all harpsichords, the Ruckers 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 note. To complete the harpsichord experience, every register comes with 4 different release samples of each note.
The sample library contains nearly 3700 single samples. Recorded in the great sounding rooms of the Hasselburg estate, active tube-driven Royer R-122V ribbon microphones as well as 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 Dutch Harpsichord library available in 44.1/48 khz, 96 khz and 192 khz resolution, starting at $139.95 USD. The sounds can be purchased directly on the realsamples website.