C-30

Digital Harpsichord

Q.What sounds are onboard? What are the characteristics of these sounds?

A.You can switch between six onboard instruments on the C-30: French harpsichord, Flemish harpsichord, fortepiano, dynamic harpsichord, positive organ, and celesta.

[Characteristics of each type]
The French harpsichord has a gentle, fluid sound that displays its charm particularly in solo playing.
The Flemish harpsichord has a crisp sound with enough presence for ensemble playing.
The fortepiano is the same early piano sound heard by Mozart and Bach.
The dynamic harpsichord lets you play the French harpsichord with more dynamic expression and also allows the use of the damper pedal. With this sound-set you can explore new territories of harpsichord expression.
For these four instruments, the following four buttons provide different sound coloration to chord and combination selections.

[Sound characteristics]
8-foot pitch I: Known as the "back eight," the tone is gentle and thick, and provides an underlying sound. Often called "front eight," the bright and distinctive sound results from plucking the string near the end of its sounding length.
4-foot pitch: An octave above 8-foot, it is usually played together with 8-foot.
Lute: When a buff of felt or similar material is applied to 8-foot strings, the sound resembles the lute, the ancestor of the guitar.
To vary the positive organ sound, the following two buttons are used for selecting the pipes. These can also be used layered.

[Sound characteristics]
Organ I: Wooden pipes (lower flute, 8-foot)
Organ II: Metal pipes (principal, 8-foot plus 4-foot)
The organ button is also used for selecting celesta.
Celesta: The charming sounds are made by hammers hitting metal plates.

(2008/07/10)

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