Closet Harp

An ethereal celtic harp that sounds wonderful with a large hall reverb....

The story

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. :]

Kalen Smith

Reviews

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  • Nice and simple sound of harp

    Sound is very nice! Simple but warm. I think the sound a little low, but very well recorded library.

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • An excellent free harp for all your needs!

    I was expecting something more experiemntal, but this is actually an awesome harp for everyone here. There IS some white nose that can build up if you hold too many notes with a sustain pedal, but still it's very much worth it. Some samples are not properly cropped as well. There were times that at the very end of a sample, there was the beginning of another one. That's an easy fix if you check the waveforms of the samples though. I'd also like the GUI not to have 2 separate tabs, and if the graphics were more minimal.

    Alex Raptakis16 October 2021
  • Beautiful and Pure

    Superbly recorded and a beautiful sound. I like how dry it is so you can either drench it in splosh or use it as is. Highly playable

    Jim Sanger16 October 2021
  • Work Horse

    Have used this in a few productions, works well stand alone or layered Cool Sample

    Leon Price12 October 2021