Harpsichord multisample - stop 1, stop 2, lute stop, and combinations
I put together a multisample set for the Deluge from a harpsichord sampling project that was posted online here. I had to do a bit of batch editing of the filenames and of the tags using EndlessWAV, but it ended up working well.
Since the Deluge can't trigger a sound on the release of a key, they end up sounding a bit unnatural unless the notes play the maximum duration. I set up various combinations of the three stops they provided by assigning one sample to OSC1 and the other to OSC2. For the lute combinations I reduced the level of the other sounds to make the lute sound stand out more. In order to get this working, you will need to place the synths in the SYNTH folder, and place the Multisamples folder (which contains the three multisample sets) in the SAMPLES folder. I also included a copy of the license stipulations and information on the sample origins in the folders. Please look it over and follow their reasonable requests.
They load fairly quickly, although they don't cover the entirety of a modern piano keyboard. They cover 58 notes, from G1 to E6 (roughly 5.5 octaves), which is a very usable range, and are tuned to a modern 440 instead of the traditional 415. They are really fun to play with a midi keyboard, and I've already used them in a couple of songs. Enjoy.
I found an issue with the original sample naming and numbering scheme. I didn't notice the discrepancy until I used them with a full 88 key keyboard synth as a controller where I had the sounds coming from both the synth and the Deluge, and the notes didn't match up. I had to shift the notes a half step to have them match the true note names and also shifted things an octave in order to match up exactly with the modern piano keyboard. I updated the linked archives with the changes.
(here are the original questions related to the thread below, which have been addressed)
I noticed that their sample collection has separate samples for the attack and for the release of each key. I see that there's a way to account for that in software synths like Kontakt, but is there a way to handle that in the Deluge or in other hardware synths? I couldn't find any reference to that. It sounds fine as is with the mode set to "once" (simulating sustain on), but in other modes it doesn't sound quite right when the note stops so abruptly when the key is released. It just doesn't sound like a real harpsichord. Also, to make it sound more realistic when using a midi keyboard, it would be best to be able to set the velocity to max by default. Is there a way to do that? Thanks in advance.
I finally figured out how to modify the velocity sensitivity, so I updated the files. I didn't remove it entirely, but set them in the 20-30 range based on what sounded good for each one.