Baldwin®Combo Harpsichord俗称Baldwin®电动大键琴，始于1960年代早期，成立于一家短命的大键琴制造公司The Cannon Guild。该公司由大键琴制造商埃里克·赫兹（Eric Herz）创立，为一位名叫Caleb Warner的发明家提供支持，他的想法最终成为Baldwin®电动固体大键琴。该设计很快就卖给了鲍德温钢琴公司（Baldwin Piano Company），后者希望以此来制造1960年代受巴洛克风格影响的音乐而获得成功。但是，最终只生产了其中约500台。
多年来，古代音乐公司已售出至少20架Baldwin®组合大键琴。我们为电子大键琴虚拟乐器采样了最响亮的声音。我们对千斤顶进行了调音和调节，以使该乐器的演奏方式与1960年代出厂时的演奏方式完全相同。然后，我们使用三种阻尼器设置记录每个音符，从无阻尼的开放琴弦到不弯曲音调的沉重静音。通过Great River MP-2NV DI和Mytek 8X192转换器同时记录了两个拾音器。
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ELECTRIC BAROQUE REVIVAL
Commonly known as the Baldwin® electric harpsichord, the Baldwin® Combo Harpsichord originated in the early 1960’s under the umbrella of a short-lived harpsichord manufacturing firm called The Cannon Guild. Founded by the harpsichord builder Eric Herz, the firm supported an inventor named Caleb Warner, whose idea eventually became the Baldwin® electric solid-body harpsichord. The design was soon sold to the Baldwin Piano Company, who manufactured it with the hope that the 1960s’ surge in Baroque-influenced music would turn it into a success. However, only around 500 of these instruments were ultimately produced.
The Baldwin® Combo Harpsichord has been used in numerous pop songs, most famously on the Beatles song “Because”. An introduction to some of the sounds of the Baldwin® electric harpsichord can be heard on Youtube. It is is equally at home in classical and pop music, though it has been used more often in the latter. However, the prospect of tuning the instrument kept many bands from using it. The Beach Boys toured with one, but they also brought a piano tuner to get it ready for every gig. Now that it’s in digital form, hopefully the Baldwin® harpsi sound will find its way back into more music.
HOW IT WORKS
This unique electro-mechanical instrument marries the modern pop timbre of the electric guitar with that of the classical harpsichord, creating a unique sound entirely its own. It features a solid aluminum body with a red formica soundboard, above which a 57-string array is amplified by two pairs of passive pickups. The resulting signal is balanced through a dual volume pedal system. The mellow middle pickup and the brighter bridge pickup each have a very pleasing timbre, and sound even better when mixed together. It also has a damper pedal, which allows the player to create an additional spectrum of sounds ranging from a muted guitar to a pizzicato violin.
ANTIQUITY MUSIC’S ELECTRIC HARPSICHORD
Antiquity Music has sold at least twenty Baldwin® combo harpsichords over the years. We sampled the best-sounding one for our Electric Harpsichord virtual instrument. We revoiced and regulated the jacks so that the instrument would play exactly the way it did when it left the factory in the 1960’s. Then we recorded every note with three damper settings, from an open string with no damping to heavy muting without bending the pitch. Both pickup sets were recorded simultaneously through a Great River MP-2NV DI and Mytek 8X192 converter.
When making the controls for this virtual instrument, a faithful recreation of the pickup switch box was added, giving the user exacting control over blending each pickups’ output, but with volume and panning capability.
Electric Harpsichord Specifications:
– 6 GB Core Sample Library – Over 800 Samples
– 24 bit 96 kHz Sampling
– 3 Round Robin Layers
– 3 Damper Pedal Articulations
– Every Note Sampled
– Customizable Velocity Response
– VST AU RTAS Standalone
– Compatible with Kontakt 5.5+
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