The Closet Harp is a fully sampled Troubadour harp, a Lyon and Healy style celtic harp. As one might guess, it was recorded in the beautiful acoustics of a closet with only one decent microphone. The harp itself is beautiful, with an unusual resonance for its size.
It is currently being rented away to a client. I was lucky enough to receive it during a brief vacation of a client, and decided to sample the instrument. So logically the best use of that time was to sit in a dense closet for 3 hours, recording every string on the harp. I’m surprised how well the instrument turned out given the…interesting recording technique and environment.
The harp was recorded with 3 dynamic layers and 3 round robins per note (for the most part….).
I have stumbled upon one misfortune: the library is 1 Gb (zipped) to download and is about 1.5 Gb uncompressed (even with ncw files).
The problem seems to stem from its 24-bit nature. Note to self: just use 16-bit.
It plays in the full version of Kontakt 5.6.1 and higher.
Please see the video in the link provided which features a demo, other key details, and a comparison with another harp library.
Enjoy the ethereal sounds of a celtic harp. It’s absolutely wonderful with a large hall reverb. :]
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