A Comparison of Digital and Sampled Harpsichords (Kram, Richard)

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Test #1: Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.96

 MIDI Control File
#260085 - 0.02MB - ? -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2) - - !N/!N/!N - 58x

MID file (audio/video)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

Performers:

Notion

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Richard Kram

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Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 [tag/del]

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Sampled Harpichord Comparisons (Plug-Ins and Sample Libraries)

 Finale Harpsichord
#260171 - 2.39MB - 2:36 -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 109x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Sibelius 8+4
#260172 - 2.39MB - 2:36 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 76x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Sibelius 8+8
#260173 - 2.39MB - 2:36 -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 39x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Sibelius 8+8+4
#260174 - 2.39MB - 2:36 -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 37x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Sibelius Lute
#260175 - 2.39MB - 2:36 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 37x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Notion 8' Long
#260176 - 2.63MB - 2:52 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 47x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Notion 8' Lute
#260177 - 2.62MB - 2:51 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 28x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Notion 8' Nazzard
#260178 - 2.62MB - 2:51 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 35x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Notion 8' Short
#260180 - 2.65MB - 2:53 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 22x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 EWSO Gold Stage mic
#260181 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 60x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 EWSO Gold Close mic
#260182 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 31x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 EWSO Gold Stage + Close mic mix (less close)
#260183 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 29x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Halion Ambient
#260185 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 38x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Halion Baroque
#260186 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 60x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Halion Concert 8' A+4'
#260187 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 38x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Garritan Personal Orchestra (Plug-in Version)
#260322 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 52x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Kontakt5 Harpsichord
#260323 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 69x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Precision Sound Blanchet 1
#260324 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 52x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Precision Sound Blanchet 2
#260325 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 33x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Precision Sound Alternat
#260326 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 20x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Precision Sound Uniti
#260327 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 15x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Sonivox DVI Harpsichord
#260328 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 64x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Sonivox DVI Lo Dulci
#260329 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 28x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Sonivox DVI Compressed
#260330 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 15x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Sonivox DVI Harpsichord Lite
#260331 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 22x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Miroslav Orchestra Harpsichord 1
#260332 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 57x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Miroslav Orchestra Harpsichord 2
#260333 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 30x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 ERA Medieval Legends Virginal
#260334 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 51x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Soni Musicae Blanchet Jeu 1 (Free - See comments)
#260394 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 56x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Soni Musicae Blanchet Jeu 2 (Free - See comments)
#260395 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 23x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Soni Musicae Blanchet Luth (Free - See comments)
#260396 - 2.49MB - 2:43 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 26x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Vienna Symphony Library Cembalo 8 Ft. Double
#299535 - 2.40MB - 2:37 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 31x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

 Vienna Symphony Library Cembalo Tutti
#299536 - 2.40MB - 2:37 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 30x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

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Notion

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Richard Kram

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Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 [tag/del]

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Digital Harpsichord Comparisons (Synthesizers)

 K.96 - Kurzweil PC3X Harpsichord
#260398 - 2.47MB - 2:41 -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 103x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/28)

 K.96 - Kurzweil PC3X Brite Harpsichord
#260399 - 2.47MB - 2:41 -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 59x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/28)

 K.96 - Yamaha Motif-Rack XS Hipsichord
#260400 - 2.46MB - 2:41 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 65x

MP3 file (audio)
Richard Kram (2012/11/28)

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Richard Kram

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Richard Kram

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 Hauptwerk + Sonus Paridisi Mietke sample set - 8' lower
#324363 - 3.81MB - 2:46 -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 24x

MP3 file (audio)
Nuke pcr (2014/5/9)

MP3 file (audio)
Nuke pcr (2014/5/9)

 Hauptwerk + Sonus Paridisi Mietke sample set - 8' laute
#324365 - 3.71MB - 2:42 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 10x

MP3 file (audio)
Nuke pcr (2014/5/9)

MP3 file (audio)
Nuke pcr (2014/5/9)

MP3 file (audio)
Nuke pcr (2014/5/9)

Performers:

Richard Kram

Publisher Info.:

Richard Kram, Nuke pcr

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Created using Hauptwerk organ simulation software (available also in a functional free version). The harpsichord sample set is installed separately from Sonus Paradisi. There is also a Ruckers model, which has a free version as well.

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Test #2: Buxtehude/Kram, Sarabande (from BuxWV 236)

Sampled Harpichord Comparisons (Plug-Ins and Sample Libraries)

MP3 file (audio)
Rkram53 (2013/11/3)

MP3 file (audio)
Rkram53 (2013/11/3)

MP3 file (audio)
Rkram53 (2013/11/3)

 DVI
A&B: Harpichord Lite, Repeat: Harpsichord

#301743 - 1.53MB - 1:40 -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 50x

MP3 file (audio)
Rkram53 (2013/11/3)

Performers:

Notion and VSL Instrument Pro

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Richard Kram

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 [tag/del]

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Sheet Music

Scores

 Scarlatti K96 - Embellished for MIDI Performance
#260084 - 0.14MB, 6 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- !N/!N/!N - 202x

PDF typeset by Richard Kram
Richard Kram (2012/11/26)

PMLP421762-Scarlartti K96 Play.pdf
Editor:

Richard Kram

Publisher Info.:

Richard Kram

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Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Test #1. Fully notated version of the Scarlatti control used in the comparison

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PDF typeset by Richard Kram
Rkram53 (2013/11/3)

PMLP421762-BuxWV 236 Embel.pdf
Editor:

Richard Kram

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Richard Kram

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Test #2. Slower comparison to better compare tone and voices. AABB form where I embellished the repeated sections (perhaps more than would be done, but I wanted to create more linear motion in the repeats for a better comparison). The sound files will use different sampled instrument settings for the repeated sections when available to see the variety in the sample set. All files will be played at the same consistent MIDI velocity and volume to better simulate the constant volume of the harpsichord (otherwise MIDI harpsichords will typically change volume to MIDI changes). All .WAV files normalized to -5 dB before final processing to .mp3.

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General Information

Work Title A Comparison of Digital & Sampled Harpsichords
Alternative Title
Composer Kram, Richard
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Electronic music samples (harpsichord)
Related Works Keyboard Sonata in D major, K.96, by Domenico Scarlatti


Misc. Comments

The goal of this page is to present a comparison of a variety of digital and sampled harpsichords. All normalized to -6dB (I did not want to overly amplify as the levels between different sample sets vary widely so I chose a dynamic value that should not make the examples seem too loud in relation to normal recordings). Reverb varies as I can not totally control that to make it exactly the same. No other processing is used (compression, EQ, noise filtering, etc). VST settings for plug-ins were kept at their defaults instead of trying to tweak each for an optimal sound as there would be to much variance there. (See Discuss the Piece for more information)

Current Versions posted are:

  • 1. Finale
  • 2. Sibelius (8+4, 8+8, 8+8+4, Lute)
  • 3. Notion (8' Long, 8' Lute, 8' Nazzard, 8' Short) Currently on iPad version only
  • 4. East West/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold (16 bit) Stage, Close, & Stage/Close Mix
  • 5. Steinberg Halion (Ambient, Baroque, 8'+4' [assumed Ambient])
  • 6. Garritan Personal Orchestra (Plug-in Version, not from Finale or Sibelius)
  • 7. Native Instruments (NI) Kontakt5 Harpsichord (uses "dry", reduced VSL samples)
  • 8. Precision Sound Blanchet Harpsichord (Blanchet1, Blanchet2, Alternat and Uniti)
  • 9. SoniVox DVI Harpsichord (Harpsichord, Lo Dulci, Compressed & Lite)
  • 10. Miroslav Orchestra (Harpsichord 1 & Harpsichord 2)
  • 11. ERA Medieval Legends Virginal (product also has an organetto and spinet)
  • 12. Soni Musicae Le Blanchet 1720 (Jeu1, Jeu2, Luth) Free Kontakt Instrument available here.
  • 13. Vienna Symphonic Library (Extended Keyboards) Cembalo
  • 14. Kurzweil PC3X Harpsichord & Brite Harpsichord Patches (Synthesizer)
  • 15. Yamaha Motif Rack XS Module "Hipsichord" (Synthesizer)
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