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The English Spinet II library features an instrument built by Benjamin Slade in London around 1705. The spinet still remains in excellent condition in the collection of Andreas Beurmann and is fully playable despite its age. It is now available for the first time in the sampler within the English Spinet II library, presented in its original Valotti tuning at 410 Hz (equal temperament).
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The English Spinet II library features an instrument built by Benjamin Slade in London around 1705.

Slade´s spinets were essential to the history of the instrument. He had apprentices such as Thomas Hitchcock. The sampled instrument shows the qualities for which Slade is known, offering a very sweet-sounding yet majestic and brilliant tone. Only one spinet and one harpsichord of his instruments have survived.

The spinet still remains in excellent condition in the collection of Andreas Beurmann and is fully playable despite its age. It is now available for the first time in the sampler within the English Spinet II library, presented in its original Valotti tuning at 410 Hz (equal temperament).

Another peculiar feature of the Slade spinet relies in its broken octave in the lower region: The C#1 and D#1 keys consist of two parts, which expands the key range about two tones. Like all spinets and harpsichords, the Slade is not touch-sensitive in the sense of a piano. However, even if the differences are minuscule, not any given note will sound exactly the same due to different resonances of body and strings.

Until now, many keyboards and samplers represented harpsichords by always triggering off the exact same digital sample, leaving a cold and sterile sounding impression. In order to improve upon previous recreations and to pay tribute to the liveliness and depth of this antique instrument, 8 variations of each note were captured.

The release sounds of the keys are also of major importance: What was originally side noise is now often overlooked and even simply left out in artificial simulations, resulting in a very abstract overall picture. Therefore, 4 release samples of each note were recorded.

The sample library consists of more than 600 single samples. To start right away, presets are available for all common sample formats including HAlion®, Kontakt2® and higher, EXS24® and GigaStudio3®.

For the critical task of recording this spinet, custom-made Wagner™ U47w® tube microphones in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters were employed to do the instrument justice. For maximum sound quality, the samples were recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution, and downsampled to 44.1 kHz/24 bits.

In addition to the samples, the library contains essays from Professor Andreas E. Beurmann himself, explaining both the historical and musical background of the instrument.

- 8 different samples of each note
- 4 different release sounds of each note
- Ready to play HAlion®/Kontakt2®/EXS24® or GigaStudio3® presets
- Wave format (except GigaStudio® version)
- No mastering applied
- recorded in 192 kHz/24 bits resolution and downsampled
- DVD set l
- License-free applicable in your music

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