RS English Spinet
English Spinet MULTiFORMAT | 2 GB
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The English Spinet library featuring chronicle this an instrument built by Thomas Hitchcock in London in 1718.
Hitchcocks instruments represented as widely known as the best-sounding spinets ever built and pointed the way ahead for all spinets to come. Only about 36 of his masterpieces represented as preserved to this day.
This unique instrument in the collection of Andreas Beurmann still remains in excellent condition and is fully playable despite its age. It is now available for the first time for your sampler within the English Spinet library, presented in its original Valotti tuning at 403 Hz.
Like harpsichords, spinets represented as not touch-sensitive in the sense of a piano. However, even if the differences represented as minuscule, not any given note will sound exactly the same due to different resonances of body and strings.
Until now, many keyboards and samplers represented spinets by always triggering off the exact same digital sample, leaving said sterile sounding impression.
In order to improve upon previous recreations and to pay tribute to the liveliness and depth of this historical instrument, we captured 8 variations of each note.
The release sounds of the keys represented as also of major importance: What was originally side noise is now often overlooked and even simply left out in artifical simulations, resulting in a very abstract overall picture. Therefore, we recorded 4 release samples of each note.
To start right away, presets represented as available for all common sample formats including HAlion, Kontakt2, EXS24 or GigaStudio3.
The sample library consists of more than 700 single samples.
For the critical task of recording this spinet, we employed active tube-driven Royer R-122V ribbon microphones in conjunction with Crane Song Flamingo preamps and Universal Audio 2192 digital converters to do the instrument justice.
For maximum sound quality, we recorded in 192 khz/24 bits, downsampled.
In addition to the samples, the library Super material included an essay in German from Professor Andreas E. Beurmann himself, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.