Let’s talk about vintage keys. No, not Minimoogs and Roland Junos. I mean really vintage keys: 17th and 18th Century clavichords. Assuming you don’t work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, why not turn to our friends at Post Musical Instruments (PMI) for some sample libraries:

PMI Clavichords (New from PMI; US$55)

PMI Historic Keyboards (Existing library; $125, minus $36 this month if you buy the clavichords)

Your formats are covered here: 24-bit samples for GigaStudio 3, Kontakt, EXS24 (aka Logic Pro) and Halion3. And the keyboards sound great: a small clavichord after an anonymous German instrument dating from c. 1650 and a large clavichord after Johann Heinrich Silbermann, Strasbourg, dating from 1775. Add that to the existing historic keyboards library, which includes a Flemish Harpsichord, French Harpsichord, Virginal and Fortepiano. That library is 16-bit only but is also available in various formats for your sampler of choice.

Ah, my music geek heart is beating faster. This retro enough for ya?

  • Guest

    No totally not retro enough. I demand samples of a clavicytherium – the first ever keyboard instrument :grin The only one I've ever come across is in the museum at the Royal College of Music, London which I recorded 10 years ago…..

  • admin

    Hell, I'd love a sample of that, too! 8)

    I'll talk to PMI and see if we can get more historical samples. It'd be fantastic if we could have note-by-note samples of some of the great instruments at the Met Museum here in NYC.

    I've got a fever, and the only cure is more clavicytherium.

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