Virginal EXS24


Apple EXS24

This 417 MB sample library was created from a replica of a 4 octave Italian Box Virginal. The Virginal is the predecessor of the Harpsichord with the strings running parallel to the keyboard rather than from front to back like the Harpsichord. England’s Virgin Queen ( Elizabeth I ) was said to be a fine performer on the instrument. Virginals were made all over Europe between the years 1500 and 1800.

Virginal EXS24 Features

Mulitsampling and Round-Robins - Each key of the Virginal was recorded twice and implemented as a round-robin in Kontakt. Even though the 2 samples are almost identical in sound, there is a perception
of a lack of repetition.

Octave Mapping - A ‘faux’ octave layer was created to emulate a double Virginal effect. Lute Stop Emulation - Filtered samples and envelope parameters were used to create the emulation of a Lute Stop which was common on Harpsichords.

Lute Stop emulation with a felt cloth - No ... My original idea was to create a Lute Stop with a felt cloth touching the strings. The result was a bit inconsistent, so I’ve also included the above ‘faux’ emulation mentioned above. They are both included here so you may choose between the two versions.

Key Release Samples - Key Release sample noises were recorded for realism. You may choose between EXS instruments which have key release noises and or having them included in the EXS instrument.

417 MB Library for Kontakt 3 and 4 (195 MB .rar file - download purchase only).

* You may download the .pdf Virginal manual below *

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