Thomas Newmans zither
The Autoharp is a stringed instrument, but despite its name, the autoharp is not a harp. In fact, it´s a chorded zither with 36 strings lying over a soundbox. It has a series of chord bars, when depressed, mute all the strings
other than those that form the desired chord. by doing so, you can easily play chords.
It´s a perfect instrument to give your music a subtile highlighted shape.
|Every single one of the 36 strings of the autoharp was recorded in two different sessions (with different mic-settings), giving us two different sample sets.
We also recorded all chords (major, 7th and minor) in legato mode, each in in 2 velocity layers and 5(!) times Round Robin as separate up and downstrokes variations. By turning the ModWheel you can control the amount
of the chord glissando to get an authentic and vivid strumming feeling. We also added a script to control the amount of reverb.
As a bonus we’re also giving another draft chord patch, which contains suspended chords variatons (without the third) which are in gated mode – giving an effect similar to slicing – in 5 times Round Robin. There are also suspended chords as single glissando variations and some „scary“ random picking textures.
What is new in version 2?
The Autoharp 2 now comes along with only one patch. That means we put together all the 7 patches of the previous version into only one - without loosing any features which the older patches provided. You can now easily switch between different settings or samples sets, edit the instrument or play the strumming and the note instruments at once, without changing or laoding patches. This increases the abilities and gives you even more inspiration and fun. Furthermore we improved the tuning and the sound.
The Autoharp 2 comes along in one complex patch with all articulations (approx. data size is 300 MB). For more details please read the reference manual. In order to use the Autoharp 2 without restrictions Kontakt 4 full version is required
Listen to Autoharp
|Just a regular day||several instances of Autoharp||Pop, © by Reasy|
|Autoharp||several instances of Autoharp||Pop, © by Markus Reyhani|
|Glass Pattern||additional: Downbeat Box, Glass, Guiro, Kantele, Metallic Objects, Upright Piano||Punk, © by EvG|
|Waiting for the boat||additional: Kantele, Warm Pads||Score, © by EvG|