Cinesamples – CineHarpsichord

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CineHarpsichord is a modern adaptation of a Franco-Flemish 1624 Iohannes Rückers Colmar harpsichord sampled by hand at the legendary MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. With four stops and three distinct sonic characters, CineHarpsichord will be suitable for use in scoring and classical applications.

CineHarpsichord includes our new Perspective Mode feature which allows for changes through microphone positions.  When you activate Perspective Mode, a slider appears that gives a smooth crossfade between the microphone perspectives.  The slider is automatically mapped to the Mod Wheel, giving instant control of the relative depth of CineHarpsichord.


The disposition of a harpsichord is the set of choirs of strings it contains.  The modern adaptation of a Franco-Flemish 1624 Iohannes Rückers Colmar harpsichord we sampled had multiple choirs of strings accessible by switching stops.  These included two sets of 8-foot strings, one set of 4-foot strings, and a buff stop (lute stop) – a stop that pressed pieces of soft leather against the first 8-foot set of strings to produce a muted, pizzicato tone.


  • Single: 1×8’
  • Double: 2×8’
  • Triple: 2×8’ + 1×4’
  • Buff: 1×8’

On the Triple stop, lower velocities reveal a slight time difference between the choirs of strings.  This is due to the physical mechanism plucking the lower choir of strings before the upper choir.  During normal playing, they sound at the same time.


Round Robin Borrowing

The RR Borrow knob employes surrounding notes as additional round robins.  A value of 6 results in up to +/- a tritone of borrowing providing up to an additional 24 round robins per note.  A value of zero plays two round robins per dynamic level.  Higher values result in more round robins and more tonal variation.




Release Volume

This knob offers control over the volume of the release samples.  Note: this will affect the ambience of the instrument.



Normally there is very little dynamic variation on a harpsichord.  However, the dynamics control allows for a certain range of variation.


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