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    GPO harpsichords

    Here\'s a quick and dirty demo of the GPO harpsichords using a JS Bach MIDI file I pulled off the web.




    It is described as a double-manual instrument from Hubbard. The first instrument is an 8\' stop - brighter sound, the second is a 8\' + 4\' stop - described as a \"mellower sound\", and the third is a \"Buff Stop\" - with a muted sound.

    Again, dry as a bone - no reverb.

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    Re: GPO harpsichords

    Thanks, Houston . . . of course, this only frustrates me more, waiting as I am for delivery of my copy of GPO!

    Regards . . .

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    Re: GPO harpsichords

    Thanks again Houston for your generosity with your time.... even to do this with standard MIDI files doesn\'t just happen.

    They\'re are so many different sounding harpsichords it must be hard to chose. This is a good one though.

    I liked your piano MIDIs better. These are not my favourite Bach pieces. Unfortunately I wouldn\'t be able to name the ones which are my favourites either. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I only know when I hear them!



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    Re: GPO harpsichords

    Thanks, these are really nice and give me a better idea. Could you possibly post a a few string quartet samples so I can hear what that will sound like?

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    Re: GPO harpsichords

    If you have Kontakt, something that I thought helped the harpsichord sound was to load a second version but trigger it on note releases. It takes a little fiddling to get the amplitude to match the note decay the right amount, but I find that releases are a big part of the classic harpsichord sound( how musically important they are is debatable, I suppose ).

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    Re: GPO harpsichords

    I agree on the release portion of the harpsichord sound. It\'s difficult to get right, though. We had a harpsichord specialist in the music school I attended (their keyboard faculty was pretty amazing) and he allowed me to record some notes to get a grip on the \"quill reset\" for my Yamaha TX programming (anyone remember frequency modulation? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ). It was a real bear. With sampling it can be done to a good approximation, and I would hope that it might be on the list of GPO updates. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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