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Spitfire Harp

Detail & Glistening Beauty

A detailed, beautiful harp library performed by London's leading harpist, Skaila Kanga, who has performed on countless blockbuster film scores. Instantly playable and ultra realistic. A comprehensive range of articulations and pedalling, with glisses in every key. In addition, we give you an otherworldly set of 'Harposphere' patches — beautiful pads and textures created from our original organic recordings.

Spitfire Harp has been designed to blend effortlessly with our Symphonic and Chamber libraries, having been recorded in the same space — the world famous Hall at AIR Studios.

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Images — Andy Blaney (all mics) (0:00 / 2:12)

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RSI — Andy Blaney (close mic) (0:00 / 1:21)

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Product Info

  • ~4041 Samples
  • 12.8 GB Uncompressed .WAV
  • 6.8 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.

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A world class harp


We teamed up with leading virtuoso harpist, Skaila Kanga, to create this beautiful and detailed harp library, recorded in the resonant Hall at AIR Studios. Skaila is the first call harpist in London, having played on numerous film scores, including Die Another Day, Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, The Da Vinci Code, Harry Potter, Chocolat and The Hours, as well as session work for The Beatles, Björk, Elton John and Joni Mitchell. Coupled with Spitfire's ability to produce and curate samples that sparkle with life, Spitfire Harp is instantly playable, making it a must have for any sophisticated media composer.


The library features multiple round robins and dynamic layers, presented in an easy to use GUI. Harp pedalling is available to make it even easier to play your own sweeps and glisses right from the keyboard — you can now set the harp pedals graphically, and just play the white notes. Alongside a stunning selection of single hit articulations, glisses are playable in every key, in the following scales: major, minor harmonic, minor melodic, pentatonic, diminished, whole tone. We have recorded full sweeps up and down, fast and slow, split the harp into four registers, and then recorded a swirly gliss, up and down. In addition, we give you an otherworldly set of 'Harposphere' patches - beautiful pads and textures created from our original organic recordings.


Every note was recorded by AIR Studios' expert resident engineer Jake Jackson using an array of priceless vintage microphones via Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps and a beautifully serviced Studer 2” tape machine, then into digital at 96k via the best Prism AD converters.





Detail & Beauty


We provide a series of detailed mixing options that allow you to dry the sound up or make it more ambient, whilst preserving the acoustic integrity and perspective of a consistent microphone set up and room configuration. All instruments have the ability to mix and/or mute mic positions from the front panel: Close mics, Decca Tree and Ambient Outriggers. Route the spots into your centre channel, the Tree in L&R, and the Ambients in Ls & Rs, and you also have a perfect 5.0 percussion instrument. Or simply keep in stereo and mix according to taste. All controls can be fully automated. The instruments are all sampled in great detail but designed to be instantly playable, with simple integration into larger arrangements and templates without risk of demanding too much from your system resources.


GUIs

The Overview Panel

This is the main interface for melodic instruments. Its default view displays all available playing techniques, has a simple microphone mixer and includes the main feature controllers.

General Controls Panel

This view allows further in-depth control of the instrument, showing all available signals and feature controllers, as well as the ability to purge techniques from memory to reduce system usage.

The Ostinatum

In this view you can add notes to a pattern sequencer, select which key it triggers on and then play for instant ostinato creation. It’s like an arpeggiator on a synthesiser.

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Presets / Techniques / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

ESSENTIAL ARTICULATIONS

  • Normale – normal playing
  • Près de la table – near the soundboard
  • Flageolet – harmonics
  • Sons étouffés – damped (sus ped up)
  • Laissez vibrer – let ring (sus ped down)
  • Bisbigliando – unmeasured trem
  • Glissandi – sweeps

PATCHES:

  • Harp main techniques
  • Harp glissandi legato
  • Harp glissandi manual

Individual patches:

  • Bisbigliando
  • Flageolet
  • FX
  • Normale
  • PDLT
  • Slid

Other brushes:

  • Harp main techniques - The Punch COG

Harpospheres:

  • Harposphere Synth - Atmoss
  • Harposphere Synth - Bass of the 80s
  • Harposphere Synth - BatCave Pad (MW verb)
  • Harposphere Synth - Emptiness
  • Harposphere Synth - Ghosts in the system
  • Harposphere Synth - Growler Pad (MW verb)
  • Harposphere Synth - Grungeslap Hit
  • Harposphere Synth - Impact Sub
  • Harposphere Synth - Jangle Pad
  • Harposphere Synth - Letting of Steam
  • Harposphere Synth - Longwarble Hit
  • Harposphere Synth - Matrix Pad (MW verb)
  • Harposphere Synth - Oldman
  • Harposphere Synth - Popping corns
  • Harposphere Synth - Pulsar Pad (MW verb)
  • Harposphere Synth - SubBass decay
  • Harposphere Synth - SysErr Pad (MW verb)
  • Harposphere Synth - They're back
  • Harposphere Synth - Timelord Pad (MW verb)
  • Harposphere Synth - Ting Thing slowattack
  • Harposphere Synth - Ting Thing
  • Harposphere Synth - Tonehit Low
  • Harposphere Synth - Toys
  • Harposphere Synth - Trailerhit Gentle
  • Harposphere Synth - Trickles
  • Harposphere Synth - Unpleasant Pad (MW verb)
  • Harposphere Synth - ZooConga mid & hi

Mics & Mixes

Mics:

  • Close
  • Tree
  • Ambient

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