Tempo Rubato had been teasing their new app in the past few weeks, and today that app has finally been released. That app is a harpsichord app by the name of Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628. I received my copy this morning, and have had a brief chance to give it a spin. I'll do a more in-depth review later on.
For those not familiar with the history of harpsichords, the Rucker 1628 is considered to be one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time. Needless to say, you or I will never own the real thing. Developer Rolf Wöhrmann has worked with German sample content provider realsamples to bring these classic sounds to iOS.
The interface maintains a simple look, keeping the focus on the playing surface. This isn't a synth, so look elsewhere for sliders and knobs. A double keyboard dominates the interface, with a few buttons for volume, tuning (for alternate tunings), and MIDI.
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If you're not a fan of playing on the virtual keyboard, the app provides standard features of Core MIDI (external keyboards), or virtual MIDI, allowing you to use MIDI files or MIDI sequencers. The app is also Audiobus and IAA compatible, and seems to be working well with iOS 8 so far.
Before you click 'buy' from the App Store link below, be aware of a few limitations. This app is big - 800 mb's big. As it uses samples, that's to be expected. However, as these samples are 64-bit audio, you are going to need one of the newer iOS devices. You'll need an iPad Air or higher, iPad Mini 2 or higher, or an iPhone 5s or higher (the app is universal). So, keep these minimum requirements in mind before you buy.
The app is launching with an introductory sale price of $9.99 until December 2nd, at which time it goes to its normal price of $24.99. If you're looking for authentic harpsichord sounds from a classic, this is the app for you.
If you're thinking about buying Historic Harpsichords - Rucker 1628, please consider clicking through our App Store link below. Thanks![app 936863950]