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Special Keyboards

Quick Overview


The 8 GB collection Special Keyboards offers a state-of-the-art approach to capturing exceptional, rare, but also classic sounds that every sound designer or composer should have. Featuring Harpsichord, Harmonium, and Prepared Piano, the Special Keyboards includes the full sets of samples along with the software instrument, featuring the Vienna Instruments engine.


$174.00

Details

INSTRUMENTS

Harpsichord
Harmonium
Prepared Piano

The 8 GB collection Special Keyboards offers a state-of-the-art approach to capturing exceptional, rare, but also classic sounds that every sound designer or composer should have.

The harpsichord has a famously bright sound, rich in overtones. This set is great for TV and filmscores, classic rock, and of course this is the definitive instrument for going “Back to Bach.” Recorded in Vienna’s own 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.

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 Vienna team also treated the Bösendorfer 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.

There are no Standard and Extended Library options, as in other Vienna Instruments collections; the Special Keyboards includes the full sets of samples along with the software instrument, featuring our exclusive Vienna Instruments engine.

System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • macOS 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.

Recommended

  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • 8 GB RAM
  • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

Hard Drive Space Requirements

  • 6 GB available hard drive space
Cembalo
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD LIBRARY
8' stop
8' stop with double strings
8' double and 4' stops
Harmonium
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD LIBRARY
Aeoline
Bassoon-Hautbois
Clairon-Fifre
Clarinette-Bourdon
Flute-Cor anglais
Grandjeu
Percussion
Voix Celeste
Prepared Piano
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD LIBRARY
Chain
Double-screw
Harmonic
Harmonic secco
Foil
Glass
Stick
Stick roll
Glissandi