Key Information (no pun intended):
- Diatonically sampled, 4xRR.
- Adjusted to be Equal-tempered, A440, to be compatible with modern ensembles.
- Includes two stops.
- Full Decays sampled.
- Includes "Plus" Kontakt edition with added capabilities.
Harpsichords are a form of keyboard instrument with a history as far back as the Renaissance, predating the modern piano by several hundred years. The only problem with the design of the harpsichord was that it lacks the ability to create dynamics naturally. Instead, different stops must be used to achieve different timbres and volumes, like on organs. This particular harpsichord is a hand-built modern replica based on Italian designs from the Late Renaissance/Early Baroque periods and features two different stops. The physical instrument uses bird quill plectrums (the pieces that physically pluck the strings), which is less common among harpsichord replicas than other materials and produces a more gentle tone.