Vienna Symphonic Library Special Keyboards - Standard Library

Virtual Instrument/Sample Collection with Harpsichord, Harmonium, and Prepared Piano - Mac/PC Standalone, AAX Native, RTAS, VST, AU
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Vienna Symphonic Library Special Keyboards - Standard Library
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A Unique Keyboard Sample Collection!

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The VSL Special Keyboards virtual instrument combines some classical sounds with some unconventional approaches. This Special Keyboards collection includes harpsichord, harmonium, and prepared piano instruments, and gives you sounds that are at once familiar and distinctive. An essential for any sound designer or composer, this collection provides great sonic options when a piece of music or a soundtrack needs some unique character and mood. Expertly recorded harpsichords, harmoniums, and a specially treated Bosendorfer grand piano are captured, providing 8GB of incredibly realistic and expressive sounds in Special Keyboards.

VSL Special Keyboards at a Glance:
  • Harpsichord
  • Harmonium
  • Prepared piano

The harpsichord has a famously bright sound, rich in overtones. Typically a Baroque instrument, the harpsichord has played a minimal role in classical and romantic music. In modern literature, however, it has been rediscovered by a broad range of musicians, and is also used poignantly and effectively in film and TV music. On VSL's Silent Stage, the following single notes and repetition performances of a two manual harpsichord were recorded: 8' register solo, 8' double, and tutti (a combination of two 8' registers and one 4' register).

The harmonium is a free-reed instrument, meaning that air streaming past reeds of different lengths causes them to vibrate. Unlike organ pipes, the harmonium's reeds produce more disharmonic overtones, creating a unique undulating sound.

Prepared piano
The prepared piano is a technique introduced in 1949 by John Cage, where objects like erasers, nails, wire, paper, etc., are inserted between a piano's strings in certain places, causing them to produce additional tones, harmonics, or percussive sounds. The VSL team also treated the Bosendorfer grand piano with bare hands (e.g., glissandos over the strings) and with wood mallets in order to get a multitude of creative sounds and colors.

VSL Special Keyboards Features:
  • 8GB collection
  • Expertly recorded at Vienna Instruments' state-of-the-art Silent Stage
  • Harpsichord, harmonium, and prepared piano samples
The VSL Special Keyboards virtual instrument collection gives you a touch of the unconventionally classic!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Symphonic Sample Player
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format Standalone, AAX Native, RTAS, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac G4 CPU, 1GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel/AMD CPU, 1GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.4
OS Requirements - PC Windows XP
Manufacturer Part Number VSLV18

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