Spooky Viola Harmonics

Mellow and less squeaky Viola harmonics...

The story

Hi everyone, here is my contribution to the wonderful PianoBook library. Special thanks to Christian Henson for inspiring me to do this and to David Hilowitz for his excellent YouTube instruction!

These are one shot artificial harmonics samples ie the string is stopped normally, and then fingered (with the little finger) a 4th above the stopped note. Viola harmonics are more mellow and less squeaky than violin ones and sit in the register between C4 and C6.

The viola was recorded with my favourite mic – an AEA R44 to which I added a little reverb but left in some bow noise for more of an organic feel.

For the demo ’Spellbound’ I randomly choose a bunch of PianoBook instruments and built them around the Spooky Viola sound. No other samples or sounds were used. Thanks everyone for your sounds.

In order of appearance

Boars Hill Gate Post,
Spooky Viola Harmonics
Amped Bottle
Finger Muted iBach
Mountain Dulcimer
Wine Cork Hits
Studio Lucid Pizz Cello
Scary Violin Flautandos
Discord Choir
Confinement Celeste
DK Cello Spurs
Bowed Guitar Preset 2

Have fun!


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Spooky indeed

    Love the old dirty character of this

    Caift15 October 2021
  • Spooky, but in a good way!

    This instrument has a lot of potential. Right from the get-go, it sounds very pleasing with no problems other than the samples being very short and they don't loop in any way. I noticed that the knobs by default don't represent the actual settings. If you try to change the Attack, Decay or Sustain, they reset and kind of make it unplayable until you manage to set it up again. Nevertheless, you can definitely give it a try. Once you figure it out, I'm sure it will only do good to your music.

    Alex Raptakis13 October 2021