One Piano, Two Harpsichords

US Best Service releases three sample libraries produced by Realsamples      09/07/10

One Piano, Two Harpsichords

Here's all the details that Best Service have sent us:
Edition Beurmann - Orphica Piano
The Orphica Piano library offers an very special little piano: Invented by Carl Leopold Röllig, the small portable piano type was exclusively built by piano maker Joseph Donal at the end of the 18th century. Produced for merely about 15 years, the Orphica remains one of the rarest pianos today – worldwide, only 30 instruments have been preserved at the very most. Inventor Röllig was reminded of the "Lyre of Orpheus", so he chose the name accordingly for what happens to be a predecessor of today's portable keyboard.
The instrument featured in this sample library was built around 1798 and offers a slinky, charming and lively piano tone unlike any regular piano sound – thanks to its small size featuring three octaves, it has a different main focus: Twinkle-toed, yet present with chocolate-like mids and with the typical piano-like grace, it can be great for any piano track asking for a fresh, unconsumed sound.
Edition Beurmann - Italian Harpsichord III
The Italian Harpsichord III library features an instrument built around 1690 by an anonymous maker. Featuring three sounds – a front and a rear 8' register as well both together – it allows for the traditional rich and slick Italian harpsichord tone, of-fering additional flexibility by choosing the adequate 8' or using the gentle 2 x 8' combination with its inspiring and complex harmonics.
While it is very typical for the Italian style to feature a housing separated from the painted cabinet, this instrument is one of the rare Italian harpsichords with a fixed housing. Instead, it belongs to the category of so-called "false inner-outer" instruments: The edges of the body as well as the offset cheeks are used to pretend that it features a separate housing.
The sample library contains more than 1600 single samples.
Edition Beurmann - French Harpsichord
The French Harpsichord library features a double-manual instrument by renowned French builder Nicolas Pigalle. The instrument – built in Dijon in 1771 – features an "enchanting sound with singing clarity and a substantial bass", as Professor Beurmann explains. _These qualities - along with its huge tone which also manages to bring out its delicate, sophisticated finesse and detail – make it is an excellent representation of the French style. "It is one of only two surviving harpsichords from Dijon, a city once so rich in musical tradition, the other also being by Pigalle.", he continues. Despite its age of almost 250 years, the harpsichord still remains in excellent condition. It is now available for the first time in the sampler with the French Harpsichord library, presented in its original Valotti-tuning at 383 Hz. Based on its two manuals and different registers, the Pigalle harpsichord offers lots of unqique sounds, sampled with 5 different register combinations, including the upper 8´, lower 8´ (principal 8´), the 4´, both 8´ as well as the "tutti" combination of both 8' registers and the 4' recorded together.
The sample library consists of more than 3400 single samples.
For the critical task of recording the instruments, we employed custom-made Wagner™ U47w® tube microphones in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® pre-amps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters to do the instrument justice. For maximum sound quality, we recorded in 192 Khz/24 bits resolution, downsampled to 44.1 khz/24 bits.
Pricing and Availability:
Orphica Piano SRP £ 109
Italian Harpsichord III SRP £ 119
French Harpsichord SRP £ 129
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