This is sampled from my trusty Hohner Mellowtone Toots Thilemans harmonica. I have the harmonica sample pack ready for Sampler (LPX10.5) and EX24 (LPX 10.1). I don’t own Kontakt, but feel free to make a Kontakt version too. My harmonica isn’t 100% because I lost a rubber sealer. Of cause I bought a replacement set that… I misplaced ?. That means not every sampled note is pure but there is some leakage to adjacent notes. It adds to the character.
Sounds great with a bit of reverb.
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A good harmonica
This is a good harmonica, but the samples have a few issues. Sometimes the air wasn't correctly centered on the holes, and as a result, there are multiple pitches when you play a single note. There's also some intonation drift in some of the samples, which might or might not be your cup of tea. The air coming through is very audible, I suspect because of the position of the mic when the samples were recorded. This might still be useful and usable to some who want a really raw sounding harmonica for productions, though.
Respons Hidde Pieters
Hmm such a shame they removed all my 5 star reviews of this pack. Hidde, thank you fo for your review. But I have a few remarks. I just loaded the samples in Logic Sampler to listen to them, but I don't hear any hiss, using a pair of AKG K701's. In ESX24/Sampler the noisy start and end of the sample are not played. No noise reduction / gating was applied, other than setting the sample start/end in ESX24. The instrument is very dynamic and as such needs lots of headroom when recording. I spend a lot of time to get that right. There is no looping involved since that ruins the character of the sound. Like said there is leakage. Every blow hole has 4 semitones in it so it can be a bit drifty. Playing with the right technique and pitch wheel can make it very realistic. I just bought Kontakt, so I might make a version for that.
Good, but could be better
I first downloaded this because I was looking for a fun harmonica or accordion library, and this seemed to fit the bill nicely. I didn't end up using it much though. The sound itself is very charming, to be sure, and it could do wonders given the right circumstances. That said, there's some issues that I encountered whilst playing around. First off, this instrument is suited for neither polyphonic play, nor sustained notes. The leakage of air to other notes, and the impurity of some of the notes all of which you had admittedly mentioned, really come to rear their frankly ugly heads once you start playing more than one note. I found E3 to be a particularly bad one. Further more, the noise reduction on the samples is especially bad towards the end of the samples, where you can quite clearly hear a cutoff on the noise floor. For next time, I'd recommend recording the samples a tad bit louder, and simply turning the input gain down; this should lower the noise floor, and make it easier to reduce the noise. All in all, this library has its uses, but I don't think I'll be using it myself.