Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 4+

tempo rubato

Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 11 Ratings
    • $19.99



Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 is a superbly-sampled recreation of one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time!

Please check https://www.youtube.com/nlogmusic for demo videos!

Universal app for iOS supporting iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6plus or later.

Flemish instrument-building family Ruckers need little in the way of introduction to those in the know; suffice to say, their highly-valued (and valuable) historic harpsichords are akin to Stradivarius violins built by the Stradivari family.
You could even say that the harpsichord was the ‘synthesizer’ of its time, without which influential early musical stylings such as baroque and renaissance would never have emerged.

Needless to say, 1628 must have been an especially excellent year for the Ruckers family, for the Ruckers 1628 is now one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time. Those thinking that they will never get to experience the sheer musical joy of playing this two-manual harpsichord built by master craftsman Andreas Ruckers (The Elder) in Antwerp way back in 1628 should surely think again.

Thanks to the definitive development work of TempoRubato in collaboration with sample content provider par excellence realsamples, now you can conveniently enjoy playing an authentic recreation of the Ruckers 1628 from the comfort of their favourite iOS device whenever and wherever you like!

Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 has been tested and tuned with hardened harpsichord instrumentalists and features full recreation of all stops and combinations. Creative users can play both manuals individually using separate MIDI channels with faithful recreation of manual coupling using key velocity for controlling onset delays.

It includes historic tuning systems such as Werckmeister, Vallotti, Krinberger, Meantone, and more. Main a4 pitch is tuneable by +/- one semitone specifically for historically-correct performances. That said, performances need not necessarily be restricted to faithful recreations of those notable early musical stylings, but are applicable to current genres, too.

Technologically speaking, Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 is truly a state-of-the-art app, supporting all iOS standards such as AudioBus, Core MIDI, Virtual MIDI, and InterApp-Audio. Indeed, it can be played using Apple’s InterApp-Audio or from other iOS apps via virtual Core MIDI. When using it as a sound module for MIDI controller keyboards it is fully playable using Core MIDI-compliant interfaces or Apple’s Camera Connection Kit and class-compliant USB MIDI devices.

Of course, superb sample content is also a given with Historic Harpsichords - Ruckers 1628 making mind-blowing use of 800MB of sampled data, including key release sounds, while high-quality floating point audio processing is used throughout. Today any appropriate iOS device owner can dive right in to the rich sampled sound of the original Ruckers 1628 harpsichord and start exploring the app’s capabilities using the onscreen keyboards.

What’s New

Version 1.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

- iOS 9 Compatibility
- AudioBus update
- Bug Fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

BK Holiday ,

Great but please update to support AUDIO UNIT -AU

If you have to make it a $5 IAP but plz get it done! Otherwise great !

grosseteste ,

Beautiful harpsichord

Very elegant and beautiful sounding harpsichord, well worth the money. Clean sampling, great instrument selection. Ideally use this with a physical MIDI keyboard. I could imagine it having a nicer UI, but the only thing that really matters is the sound and options.

(Important tip: By default it will keep processing sound in the background, draining your battery completely if you don’t force-quit it. However if you go to Settings > Ruckers 1628, you can turn off background audio.)

Palmdale Gary ,


Inhave always loved the sound of the harpsichord So when I found this app I got it. There are two major problems that I noticed. 1. It is not voiceover friendly. I am totally blind and need to use voiceover. All of the buttons are not labeled so I have to just try each one to see what it does. I also suspect that there are more controls that voiceover doesn't even know is there. 2. as far as I can tell there is no way for me to use this app as a plugin in Garage Band.

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