Note: this post is from 2009, outbound links may be broken.
Cinematique Instruments releases Celtic Nylon Harp
Cinematique Instruments has released Celtic Nylon Harp, a sample library for Kontakt.
The Celtic Nylon Harp is a small-sized harp with a height of nearly 39 inch (98 cm) and is usually designed for traditional music. The wooden instrument ranges in three octaves between C2 and C5 and has got 22 strings which are made of nylon and are plucked with the fingers. The harp has a lever close to the top of each string; when it is engaged, it shortens the string so its pitch is raised a semitone (sharped note if the string was a natural). The warm sound of the nylon strings is inspiring and adorable.
Every second note of the 22 strings of the Celtic Nylon Harp was recorded in several velocity layers and 4 Round Robin variations. We recorded the harp in two different mic positions (firstly very close and secondly at the sound hole at the rear of the harp), giving us different sound variations. We expanded the range from C1-G5 by tuning the strings beyond the intended key. With the ModWheel you can control the length and decay of the strings giving you feeling of damping. Beyond that you have got the possiblity of using the harp in a glissando or an arpeggiator mode.
Celtic Nylon Harp features
Celtic Nylon Harp Close MW damped — sustained notes in several velocity layers and 4 Round Robin variations recorded in a close mic position. MW controls amount of damping, Glissando Script.
Celtic Nylon Harp Close Arp — see above, arpeggiator script with 10 presets.
Celtic Nylon Harp Far MW muted — sustained notes in several velocity layers and 4 Round Robin variations recorded at sound hole in rear position. MW mutes the note, Glissando Script.
Celtic Nylon Harp Deluxe MW Vib — both far and close notes panned in one patch. MW controls amount of vibrato, Glissando Script.
Celtic Nylon Harp is available for Kontakt 3 and higher, priced at 17 EUR.