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Soniccouture releases Nyckelharpas – Scandinavian Keyed Strings for Kontakt & Kontakt Player

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Soniccouture has announced its latest Kontakt Player instrument library Nyckelharpas, featuring the sounds of the traditional Swedish musical instrument.

Soniccouture Nyckelharpa Viola

Familiar yet somehow different, the sound of the Nyckelharpa walks a delicate line. Dating from the middle ages, Nyckelharpa translates as ‘keyed fiddle’ in Swedish.

The pitch of the notes is altered by pressing a wooden key, which frets the string. There are also 12 sympathetic strings, added in the mid 1700s, possibly inspired by the viola d’amore. They serve to add resonance, volume and a general zing to the sound.

This product features two different harpas: the standard viola pitch instruments, and an ‘octavharpa’, a cello tuned model.

Nyckelharpas features

  • Standard pitched nyckelharpa made by Sören Åhker: standard Swedish 3-row tuned (low to high) C G C A.
  • Cello pitched nyckelharpa (oktavharpa) made by Olle Plahn with the key box by Annette Osann. Tuned an octave lower than the normal nyckelharpa. This particular instrument has all four melody strings keyed and is tuned exactly like a cello – C G D A.
  • Close mics: stereo pair U87 (cello) Coles ribbon (viola).
  • Room mics: stereo pair U48.
  • 24 bit 96 kHz sampling.
  • 7.7 GB library (4.5 GB with Kontakt NCW compression).
  • Bowed, Pizzicato, key-off/up/down, sympathetic resonance samples.
  • Jammer – KSP generative arpeggiator.
  • Ensemble detune module.
  • Custom effects insert chain.
  • Custom IR reverb processor with Soniccouture IR library.

Nyckelharpas is on sale at an introductory 30% discount, priced at 90 EUR/$97 USD until November 26th, 2018 (regular 129 EUR/$139 USD).

More information: Soniccouture

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