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Harpsichord samples sound design

Post by Chaconne »

I have been using a few free sample sound sets from early instruments found on the internet to play early music on soft samplers.

I have just been loading them into Renoise, or Direct Wave in FL Studio.

However I need to do some sound design. With a harpsichord there is a sort of all or nothing threshold when sufficient pressure makes sure the jack plucks the string fully. The note is then obviously cut off when the key is released and dampened. When playin back samples I find that particularly when playing ornaments at speed I am generating note lengths that are to short - resulting in notes that sound choked because I am only playing just bits of the transient.
What I need to have is an envelope that always plays a minimum portion of the the sound regardless of how fast the key release is - representing the full plucking on the string, then just reverts not a normal sustain of the wave if held longer.
I thought HOLD would do this in the Renoise sampler, but I can't get it to act in the way I want.
How could I do this?

Thnx.
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Re: Harpsichord samples sound design

Post by The Elf »

Sounds like you need a different sampler. There are good reasons why Kontakt rules the sampler world and this is yet another of those reasons.
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Re: Harpsichord samples sound design

Post by BJG145 »

Chaconne wrote: Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:10 am I have been using a few free sample sound sets from early instruments found on the internet to play early music on soft samplers.

+1 for Kontakt.

There's a free version here:

https://www.native-instruments.com/en/p ... -download/

There might be some harpsichord sounds included; otherwise there's a couple of free ones here, though I'm not sure if they'll work in the free player. Worth a try. Ask here if you have any questions about getting started with Kontakt.

http://sonimusicae.free.fr/petititalien-en.html
http://sonimusicae.free.fr/blanchet1-en.html

The free player won't have the editing capabilities of the full version either, but if I was looking for free harpsichord sounds, this is where I'd start.
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