Soundiron – Harpsichord

Free Download Soundiron’s Harpsichord Sound Library for Kontakt.

Overview of the Harpsichord:

The harpsichord, a keyboard instrument from the 16th to 18th centuries, once ruled European music.
This versatile instrument was a star in both Renaissance and Baroque works, shining as both an accompanist and a soloist. 

Differently designed, harpsichords typically had two or more sets of strings, each producing unique sounds. The sound was amplified by the soundboard under the strings, which transmitted vibrations through the bridge. 

The strings were plucked with needles rather than struck with hammers, so the key could produce only one speed. Harpsichords flourished throughout Europe, with centers of production located in Italy, Flanders, France, Germany and England. These instruments varied in configuration, with different keyboard settings, foot pedals, and hand rests. 

Their cases were often exquisite works of art, decorated with inlays, paintings and intricate surface decoration. The plucked strings of the harpsichord produced a rich, clear sound that enriched the complex melodies of Baroque music. Almost every Baroque composer wrote for the harpsichord, whether soloist or continuo.

Features of the Harpsichord:

  • Authentic sounds of 18th-century Italian Bizzi harpsichord.
  • Unique sonic characteristics of both the instrument and the room.
  • Two stereo microphone positions: bridge and soundboard, providing a nuanced auditory experience.
  • Includes piano and forte registers, glides, slides, percussion hits, plucks, scrapes, and taps.
  • A treasure of custom effect presets to add your unique touch to the harpsichord’s timeless melodies.
  • Audio content created from raw acoustic sources, offering boundless creative possibilities.

Technical Details & System Requirements:

  • Publisher: Soundiron
  • Format: KONTAKT
  • Quality: 24-bit 48 kHz stereo

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