Name: James Blunsdon
Sample instrument name: Harpsichord
I had some real fun recording this with the help of three film music friends. We found this gem hidden away in the college after one of our tutors told us about it. With the help of Ross, El and Emma, we each took turns to sample the notes in 5ths. I initially used an LDC but this picked up too much noise from a fan we couldn’t turn off and someone playing a trumpet next door so we resorted to an old dented SM58.
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I’ve tried to tune the samples as best as I can but they’re still slightly off. I recommend using a low-cut to reduce rumble that was picked up from the soundboard and adding reverb (as per usual!) I owe my thanks to Dave Hilowitz’s fantastic YouTube channel that I used to learn how to sample with Kontakt. My next challenge is to make use of the script editor.
If this get’s featured in a video my only request is that Christian wears a baroque wig.
Kontakt Version: 5.8.1
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You couldn't wish for a better sounding harpsichord
My intention for my demo was to create a ‘peal’ of harpsichord accompanied by sampled bells – rather as the Strawbs were intending to do for the introduction to the title track of their 1974-5 album ‘Ghosts’. They couldn’t make use of samples in those days, of course, and had to varispeed tape recordings of church bells to achieve something close to the desired effect. I can’t help thinking that, with the help of James’s immaculately recorded harpsichord, I got closer – although I can’t play anywhere near as well as John Hawken, I’m nevertheless satisfied with the result. Thanks, James!
Delightful 1970s harpsichord sound
Love this. Beautiful crisp sound. And I’m not sure why, but the story makes me love it even more: knowing there’s a 70’s-era harpsichord hidden away on a college campus, and you found it and gave it a second life. Thanks for sharing.