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 Hybrid Harpsichord by Sound Magic is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
Hybrid Harpsichord
Product Hybrid Harpsichord
Developer Sound Magic
Price (MSRP) €69
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The Hybrid Harpsichord is based on an instrument built by Kirckman in the 1770s. This rare-seen classic instrument has a single manual with 3 stops, including a lute stop. The Krickman Harpsichord is famous for its unique, high quality sound and although this particular instrument is over 240 years old, it's in surprisingly excellent condition.

To make this wonderful instrument available to all musicians, we did careful sampling and used our Hybrid Modeling Technology to bring it to life once again.During the recording session, we use several acclaimed Brauner VMA microphones, which nowadays are considered to be the best microphones available for this sort of job. We also used API preamps and dCS's Analog to Digital Converters to record it.

Sound Magic Hybrid Modeling Technology offers both the authentic sound of sampling and the playability of Physical Modeling. With over 20 controls on final sound, the Hybrid Harpsichord provides its users with everything they need for a great sounding harpsichord suitable for many different styles of sound.Its NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine reshapes every note to ensure that each successive note sounds slightly different. Although by it's very nature the original harpsichord is not sensitive to dynamic changes, Sound Magic has included an optional dynamic response system if users want to add something a little different to your instrument. Accents and crescendos on a harpsichord might have been unheard of in the 1770's, but it might be exactly what musicians are looking for! The NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine also makes the CPU usage of the Hybrid Harpsichord unnoticeable and its 190MB size allows it to run fast - even on an old PC.

Sound Magic has made it easy and convenient to control the 3 stops by using three key switches. Perfect for on-the-go changes.

There are also three microphone positions available and users can mix and match between them any way they want to. It's really a fun to adjust the microphones in real time (like a recording engineer) and what a great feeling when you finally hit that ideal sound.

Another critical feature in Hybrid Harpsichord is its powerful Add-on System. Bringing unlimited extension possibilities to the instrument, each Add-on focuses on solving one specific problem with the aim of a thorough - but lightning quick - solution. Every musician has his/her own needs, their own challenges and the Add-on System is the ideal tool, providing solutions with great precision and flexibility. With the Add-on system, the Hybrid Harpsichord is incredibly versatile. With the right Add-on, users can even create an awesome electric harpsichord.

Features:

  • NEO Hybrid Modeling Engine.
  • Optional Dynamic Response System.
  • Multi Microphone Positions.
  • Over 20 Controls on Sound.
  • KeySwitch between different Stops.
  • Built in Professional Reverb Effect.
Made with Maize Sampler
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13 September 2012 at 6:02pmsynchro

Purchased Hybrid Harpsichord for Mac recently. The interface for (AudioUnits) needs some work, but with some help from Shane at Sound Magic with some adjustments was able to get a very nice harpsichord sound. Newer versions for Mac will hopefully have a way to save custom settings within the AU instrument. Overall, the sound is very convincing and crisp.

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