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Plectra Series 2: Highland Harps

A trio of plucked folk instruments from America and Europe with a light, airy tone and our signature deep sampling!

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$29

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$29

Audio Demos

  1. Irish Breeze Andrew Aversa 0:53
  2. Highland Ride Jimmy Hinson 1:19
  3. Cosmic Motion Andrew Aversa 1:04
  4. A Celtic Tale Eduardo Tarilonte 1:57
  5. Irish Breeze (Naked) Andrew Aversa 0:53
  6. Irish Breeze (Harps Only) Andrew Aversa 0:53

Product Info

Content

Three instruments: lyre, celtic harp and lap harp
Deep sampled: up to 7x RRs/velocities
Intimate close-miced sound
Glissando and glissando beds
Plucked, bowed, ebowed, hammered and harmonics

Features

Scripted interface for easy tone control
Bonus special FX patches
Tonal and atonal percussion

Requirements

2.75GB of disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

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Kontakt 4+ Full Version

This library is NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player.

Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)

Kontakt Requirements - Windows

Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.

Videos

Details

Continuing our Plectra Series of plucked, picked and strummed string instruments from around the world comes this collection of traditional folk harps! Featuring the lyre, lap harp, and celtic harp, this KONTAKT 4 sample library evokes images of the Irish countryside, Appalachian splendor, tall tales and a heart mug of mead beside a crackling fire. The intimate, close-miced sound is ideal for traditional, folk, medieval and Renaissance music as well as modern scores in any number of styles.

Highland Harps is the second entry into the Plectra Series of virtual stringed instruments from around the world. With this library, we wanted to capture the warm and rustic tones of the celtic harp, lap harp, and lyre, each of which has a rich tradition extending back hundreds to thousands of years. While the Western concert harp has been sampled in depth, these smaller instruments have previously been overlooked by the sampling world.

Our approach was to record using close mics and a minimum of room ambiance, leaving just the perfect amount of ‘air’ for each note to ring out and breathe. We made sure to extensively record dynamics and round robins, up to 7 layers for some articulations, so the entire range of each instrument could be accurately represented. Playing styles include plucked, harmonics, hammered, bowed, ebowed, percussive slaps and glissandos.

We believe Highland Harps is a breath of fresh air in the world of sampled plucked instruments, and we think you’ll agree!

Interface

A custom scripted interface is provided, allowing easy access to useful controls such as attack and decay, bass, brightness, transposition, octave plucking and humanization, added reverb and spatial width. These controls make it a breeze to customize a patch to your liking for any given project.

Reviews

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Testimonial – Jimmy ‘Big Giant Circles’ Hinson (Black Ops 4, Borderlands 2, Threes)

“Between Shreddage, Super Audio Cart, Juggernaut, and Mega Brass I don’t remember the last time I haven’t used an Impact Soundworks instrument in a track. The attention to detail is astonishing and it’s all so easy to use out of the box, which is a big deal.”