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On a rainy Saturday seven years ago, I headed down to my basement with an old wooden box. Several hours later, I emerged with a large, table-top harp.

Playing it is pretty straightforward. You can either plucked it from the end as you look down the strings or off to one side like a zither. You can play it with your bare hands – the strings are nylon and very forgiving – or you can use a pick.

Up until now I’ve been the only one who was really able to enjoy playing it. Hopefully, all that changes today. I’ve sampled the instrument and I’m releasing a sample library now for free. It’s got a warm but distinctive sound that can be used in a variety of different contexts.

For this release, I’ve recorded it both ways – plucked with bare hands for a nice intimate sound – and played with a pick. As you will hear, that gives quite a different sound. The two articulations sound especially good together. There’s also a third FX layer which is the plucked sound but with some added chorus and reverb.

Depending on which sampler platform your using there may also be two knobs for controlling reverb and decay.

– Dave Hilowitz

Features two layers

Finger plucked: Four round robins with two velocity layers
Picked with guitar pick: Four round robins with one velocity layers and velocity based low-pass filter
FX: Finger plucked layer but with chorus + reverb
Five formats:

The Decent Sampler version works with the free Decent Samples player plugin.

Kontakt version is compatible with the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.8.1 or later (not compatible with Kontakt Player).
SFZ version tested with Plogue Sforzando
EXS version tested with Logic Pro 10.6.0
Ableton Live version should be compatible with Live 9 and greater
Sample rate: 24-bit 48khz
Library size: 250MB

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Musician since about 45 years(various flutes, synths) Composer since 1986 admin of the forum + blog Music-Society

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