Bentside Spinet – A magnificent landmark in musical history

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Wednesday, 6 October 2021
  • Time to read: 2 min.

A 17th-Century Italian Baroque Keyboard

A perfect way to relax and enjoy music, the Bentside Spinet is an 18th-century keyboard instrument that was derived from its Italian predecessor – the harpsichord. It had many advantages in terms of size (less), tone quality & volume which made it preferred over other types by 17th-century households all across Europe for entertainment purposes as well daily home education on how to play these beautiful sounds we call piano sonatas or concertos alike!

The instrument shape resembled a harp laid horizontally, with the keys in the position of the sounding-board. As a result, the spinet produced a rich and sustained timbre but was darker and less brilliant than the harpsichord. It had a five-octave range with natural keys re-covered with ebony and ivory topped accidentals, giving it a strikingly memorable look.

Soundiron recorded each key of Bentside Spinet in stereo close and far mic positions with 8 round robin, as well as note releases. The natural tone is rounded out by 20 ambient soundscapes to help transport you back into a European parlor… Good luck at your dinner party!

  • One master NKI instrument bank in open Kontakt format
  • Spinet sustains, releases, key up & down SFX
  • 20 Ambience patches created from the source content
  • 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
  • 25 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
  • 1,247 Stereo WAV files
  • 4.6 GB installed
  • Flexible and intuitive multi-layer user interface controls, with LFO, filter, glide, and arpeggiator
  • Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments

The Bentside Spinet is one of the first pianos ever made. It has a dark and quiet tone that was aesthetically stunning, as it came from an era when people didn’t have much exposure to music or instruments like this. This piano’s history dates back more than four centuries ago – making it some what rare in today’s world! The oldest artifact found so far on record features this instrument around 1490 AD but by 1631 its popularity had grown significantly enough for you see them all over Europe during baroque time periods where they were used solely for home entertainment purposes- even if there wasn’t always leisurely movement happening right next door at someone else.

Bentside Spinet comes with an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing, and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 12 lowpasses, high-pass, and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position, and step-sequencer table control. Soundiron customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization, and duration. Soundiron included a key and scale lock system to constrain your notes to common scales and keys for easy melodic composition and live performance.

Pricing and Availability

Bentside Spinet is available now.

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