Instruments: Combo Electric Harpsichord

 

Combo Electric Harpsichord

 

v1.0.0

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A rare and exclusive curio from the world of retro keyboards, we present our version of a design classic, the Baldwin Solid Body Harpsichord, also known as the Electric, or Combo, Harpsichord.

Every note of both pickups of the Combo Electric Harpsichord was directly sampled at 24/96. It was a vintage machine, there is some AC hum towards the end of the sustain as the note level fades; however, in practice harpsichord playing — even as an electric harpsichord — tends to favour a playing style that doesn't contain long notes.

Every note of both pickups of the Combo Electric Harpsichord was directly sampled at 24/96. It was a vintage machine, there is some AC hum towards the end of the sustain as the note level fades; however, in practice harpsichord playing — even as an electric harpsichord — tends to favour a playing style that doesn't contain long notes.

Main Body:

  • Blue (Mid) pickup bass C0-C3 and treble C#3-C6, independently switchable left, off, or right channel
  • Red (Top) pickups bass C0-C3 and treble C#3-C6, independently switchable left, off, or right channel
  • Light Blue and Light Red doubler with selectable 4' option for octave doubling
  • All four voices have independent Level, Tuning Screw, and Delay. Use Delay to create a "double-hit/flam" type effect, and the Tuning Screw to create chorus/unison/honky-tonk effects
  • Pedal switch enables expression pedal control for that voice

Rock-Fader section:

  • DAMP reduces the sustain and tone similar to using a damp pedal
  • VEL provides note velocity
  • REL allows you to adjust the level of Release Resonance
  • HPF sets a low pass filter to cut off any unwanted low frequencies

Amp Section:

  • Tremolo
  • Bass and Treble shelving EQ
  • Decay (release time)
  • Key release sound, with decay to produce "note-off" repetition
  • Transistor distortion
  • Spring reverb
  • Newly cleaned-up samples

Features:

  • CHANNELS: force L and R stereo channels to mono
  • SPRING: long spring reverb ROOM: short room reverb
  • VOLUME: master output volume
  • AMP: five Types plus "None", with adjustable Drive. [Note only "None" and "Transistor" options allow stereo output]
  • TONE: Adjust Bass and Treble EQ
  • TREM: Apply Tremolo Speed and Intensity
  • CABINET: Select from 8 cabinet types or "No Cabinet"
  • Separate audio outputs can be enabled for each voice on the rear panel