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realsamples has released the German Harpsichord 1741 sample library featuring an instrument by Christian Zell, built in Hamburg in 1741, that resides in the Organeum in Northern Germany.

The harpsichord delivers a vivid midrange and shimmering treble response. The library contains 6 different sounds: Front and rear 8' stop, both together, Lautenzug, 4' stop as well as the tutti combination of both 8' and the 4' stop. The sample set consists of nearly 3,300 single samples. Every note was recorded up to eight times per stop, key release noises four times per note and stop.

For the recording of the harpsichord, custom-made Wagner U47w tube microphones were employed, in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and Universal Audio 2192 converters. For best sound quality, the samples were recorded in 192 kHz/24-bits resolution.

Presets are available for all common sample formats including HALion, Kontakt (2 and higher), EXS24 and GigaStudio3.

The sample library is available in different resolutions, starting at $159.95. The samples can be purchased directly on the realsamples website.

Sound demos:

2 x 8' - 'The Galliarde To The Firste Pavian' By William Byrd

Tutti - 'My Ladys Nevels Grownde' By William Byrd

For further information, please visit realsamples.

Further information on the Zell harpsichord at the Organeum Weener.

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