|Type / Tags||HarpsichordKontakt Instrument|
Virginal, a 417 MB sample library for Kontakt 3+ and EXS24, was created from a replica of a 4 octave Italian Box Virginal. The Virginal is the predecessor of the Harpsichord with the strings running parallel to the keyboard rather than from front to back like the Harpsichord. Virginals were made all over Europe between the years 1500 and 1800.
Kontakt 3+ Virginal features:
- Multi-sampling and Round-Robins - Each key of the Virginal was recorded twice and implemented as a round-robin in Kontakt, even though the 2 samples are almost identical in sound.
- Octave Mapping - A ‘faux’ octave layer was created to emulate a double Virginal effect.
- Lute Stop Emulation - Filtered samples and envelope parameters were used to create the emulation of a Lute Stop which was common on Harpsichords.
- Prepared Virginal - Lute Stop emulation with envelope parameters and filtering. Also included are sampled harmonics by reaching inside the virginal and touching the string at a harmonic node point, then engaging the key to pluck the string. These 2 articulations are combined with some very inventive KSP scripting by Bo Clausen for creative sound design purposes.
- Micro-tuning Tables - A choice of 12 different temperament tunings or create your own and save it into the preset menu.
- Key Release Sample Control - Key Release sample noises were recorded for realism on every key. The user may turn the Key Release samples on or off as well as being able to control their volume from the front panel.
- Space IR Convolution - You may choose from 5 different IR Spaces with control over IR parameters as well as Preset Save and Recall capability.
- Key-switching - Both the Octave layer as well as the Lute Stop setting can be toggled on and off with Key-switches.