realsamples releases sample library of a Dutch Ruckers Harpsichord from 1628 29/04/08
Continuing with their ongoing Edition Beurmann, German-based sample manufacturer realsamples
offers another harpsichord : The green 1628-built Ruckers harpsichord.
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
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. Features
6 different register combinations sampled: upper 8', lower 8', tutti, 2x8', 4' and lute stop
Sampled registers can be combined for even more sounds
Each register recorded with 8 different samples of each note
ready to play HAlion/Reason/Kontakt/Independence/MachFive/VSampler3/EXS24 or GigaStudio presets
wave format (except GigaStudio version)
no mastering applied
recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled
license-free applicable in your music
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. More information: