Tiny Binaural Harpsichord
Versatile and Unique Take on the Harpsichord
Download Method: Kontakt Hub
The Tiny Binaural Harpsichord³ remains beautifully faithful to its rare origins, a spinet harpsichord made by influential instrument maker and musician, Arnold Dolmetsch (1849-1940).
As always with a Sound Dust instrument, the TBH³ offers much more than impressively realised acoustics and editing - it offers a completely unique and incredibly versatile ‘must have’ instrument for the modern player, sound designer or composer.
Source samples were painstakingly recorded using OKM Binaural microphones, enabling the capture of omnidirectional stereo sound as experienced by the ear. The result is transparency and authenticity by the bucket load. The TBH³ delivers the resonant joy of a small period harpsichord, its ancient soundboard alive to the ring and thrum of quill plucked brass strings and the soft organic clunk of a worn wooden mechanism.
Although the TBH³ has evolved from its predecessor, the TBH², there are some significant differences to hand. A spanking new edit suite and effects bank each come with an expanded set of features and editing controls for superior detailed manipulation of sound. Tweaking almost any of the controls will result in the transformation of familiar harpsichord characteristics, delivering subtle new textures or completely altered states. Experimentation rewards with never before heard wonders. Altering volume envelope, attack shape and heaping on the sustain can result in something that sounds like a treated harpsichord played with an E-Bow. Drop an octave or two, add a little something from the Sound Dust wildcards of dirt and rotor and discover the fizzing twang of short metal wires stretched over a jar. The TBH³ encourages and rewards with each edit.
THE SCIENCE BIT
The science bit...
Arnold Dolmetsch Harpsichord - plucked, damped, release and prepared articultions recorded binaurally with OKM in ear mics
ONE SHOT PAGE
5 octaves of one shot kits 13 per note articulations - inc flam, drag, roll, geiger, 16th repeat, 8th repeat, triplet 2 custom convolution reverb engines with 24 custom impulse responses Chaos and Order controls for instant ramdomisation and reset Filter, tuning and reverb send amount controls Handy build in instructions in RTFM page
Tiny Binaural Harpsichord³
- 3 articulations with selectable release sound
- Sample start control per articulation
- Stereo width and pan control per articulation
- ADSR volume envelope control per articulation
- Parametric notch/bump EQ per articulation
- Transent designer per articulation
- 24 custom convolution reverbs per articultaion
- 4 controllable insert effects - dirt, eq, rotor, phaser and master algorithmic reverb
- 2 controllable send effects - delay and algorithmic reverb
- Keyboard Velocity modelling page
- 25 instrument snapshots
- Handy build in instructions in RTFM page
BOINK ENGINE PAGE
- 215 prepared harpsichord sounds
- 12 triggered 12 track sequencers
- 8 FX sequencing lanes per sequence track - reverb level, volume, filter cutt off, hold, sample start, pan, transient modelller and tuning
- Remix control with 32 algorithms
- Sound and timing ramdomisation controls
Tiny Binaural Prepared Harpsichord³
Very niche and very good
I was debating on whether or not I should give this a 5 star review, but ultimately went for the 4 simply because I find myself gravitating more towards other harpsichords when I need them and this product is really just an incredibly well-made-but-niche instrument. Like so many other SoundDust instruments though, you can REALLY delve into this thing (I can't think of any other other prepared harpsichords on the market) so if you can find room for it, you'll be able to tweak it to your heart's desire. Maybe I'd prefer it were it part of the ghost/cloud series where they implement other sounds together with the original instrument (e.g., piano, cello). Again though, nothing wrong with sound quality or features, it's just finding a use for it that can be a problem.
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