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Kontakt 6 NKI
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Windows 7 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System RAM, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.
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Mac OS X 10.12 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System RAM, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.
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The Harpsichord, a keyboard sensation from the 16th to mid 18th century, once ruled European music. This versatile instrument was a star in both Renaissance and Baroque compositions, shining both as an accompanist and a soloist. Distinctive in design, harpsichords typically boasted two or more sets of strings, each producing unique tones. The sound was amplified by a soundboard beneath the strings, which transmitted vibrations through a bridge. The strings were plucked with quills rather than struck with hammers, so a key could only produce one velocity. Harpsichords flourished across Europe, with production centers in Italy, Flanders, France, Germany, and England. These instruments varied in configuration, featuring different keyboard setups, foot pedals, and hand stops. Their cases were often exquisite works of art, adorned with inlays, paintings, and intricate surface decorations. The harpsichord's plucked strings offered a rich, clear sound that enriched the complex melodies of Baroque music. Nearly every Baroque composer wrote for the harpsichord, whether as a soloist or in continuo.

We sampled a prestigious 18th Century Italian Bizzi Harpsichord belonging to Claudia Ferrero, an acclaimed teacher and renaissance performer in Europe. The instrument has been carefully recorded in order to preserve the unique sound characteristics of both of the instrument and the room. The warm studio is based in the beautiful countryside of San Raffaele Cimena, Italy.

We've faithfully sampled every interesting sound we could get out of this instrument, with two stereo mic positions: Bridge and Soundboard. We captured the piano and forte registers, glisses, slides, percussive impacts, plucks, scrapes and taps. We've also included a wide selection of custom FX presets and plenty of our signature sound-designed ambient content, crafted from the raw acoustic source to give you complete creative freedom.

Listen to demos of Harpsichord on Soundcloud

Product Specs:

  • Piano & Forte registers, Glisses, Percussion, SFX in two mic positions: Bridge, Soundboard.
  • 20 ambient pads and evolving drones created from the source content.
  • 22 Powerful Kontakt .nki instrument presets.
  • 24-bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM WAV samples.
  • 20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets.
  • 3,448 stereo samples.
  • 5.37 GB Installed.
  • Flexible and intuitive multi-layer user interface controls, with LFO, filter, glide, and arpeggiator.
  • Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments.

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