ETHEREALWINDS HARP II
The Etherealwinds Harp is back, this time with a full range of articulations including standard and stopped plucks, pres de la table, muted plucks, glisses, and tons of extended techniques, all sampled chromatically on a new 34-string lever harp with a gorgeous tone at 48/24 quality.
In addition to the harp, we’ve included a full chromatically-sampled vocal library with two octaves of common syllables and 240 individual phrases! A grand total of 3,200 samples.
|Developer:||Versilian Studios LLC.|
|Software:||Kontakt FULL 5.6.8+ Required|
|Format:||.nki (Kontakt instrument)|
|Samples:||3200 Samples (?)Samples are individual performances, not including duplicates from multiple mixes or mic positions. The File count is the total number of sample audio files in a product.|
|Filesize:||3.8 GB of HDD space (+3.5 GB for installation files)|
|Other:||SSD for sample storage & loading recommended
Modwheel-equipped controller recommended
The instrument sampled was a 34-string Iona lever harp made of ash and beechwood, performed by UK-based musician, singer, and composer Jordi Francis, or Etherealwinds.
Lever harps differ from orchestral harps as they use individual lever mechanisms on each string to facilitate sharpening. Unlike orchestral harps, they cannot flatten a note, although an instrument can be retuned (or use enharmonics) to play flats, which is what we did here.
They are also generally somewhat smaller, with fewer strings, giving them a unique tone- if an orchestral harp is a 9′ grand piano, the folk lever harp is a baby grand.
Jordi’s interests range through Video Game, Celtic/World, New-Age, Electronic, Folk, and Classical styles of music, and the results have applied to his playing styles and large range of extended techniques.
Jordi also performed two whole octaves of chromatically sampled voice sustain samples and nearly 250 short phrases, perfect touches to any piece.
As a vocalist, Jordi draws from a blend of linguistic and cultural elements across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to create a language called ‘Etherean’, the cornerstone of his unique vocal performances.
Long Hours make Fine Samples
Sampling was done over an eight hour period (with a break in the middle for tea of course) remotely in the UK, while monitored live from Versilian HQ in New England, USA.
A pair of small diaphragm condensers were the centerpiece of the process, placed relatively close to the harp to pick up the fine nuances in the notes, but far enough to avoid excessive proximity effect and generate a pleasant clean room tone.
The entire range of the instrument was sampled chromatically with four round robins and at up to three dynamic layers across a number of different articulations.
This was supplemented by a large array of aleatoric effects such as tremolo and trill sounds performed with a pick and glissandi across the instrument.
You will also find a range of Snapshots and several ‘bonus’ patches which transform the harp and voice into entirely new dimensions.
ARTICULATIONS / PATCHES
- Harp – Normal Sustained
- Harp – Normal Stopped
- Harp – Muted Sustained
- Harp – Muted Stopped
- Harp – PDLT Sustained
- Harp – PDLT Stopped
- Harp – FX
- Harp – Extra: Borealis
- Harp – Extra: Primordial Waters
- Harp – Extra: Clavi Harp
- Voice – Syllables (A, E, I, O, U, Ka, Ke, Ki, Ko, Ku, Ra, Ya, Ye, Yo)
- Voice – Syllables Cycling
- Voice – Phrases (C, C#, D, Eb, E, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B)