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 Harps by Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL) is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an RTAS Plugin.
Product Harps
Developer Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL)
Price (MSRP) €125 (Std. Library) / €135 (Ext. Library)
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 2.0.3232  - Released
 2.0.3238  - Released
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionDongle (USB-eLicenser)

Harps is part of the Symphonic Cube, which consists of ten "Vienna Instruments Collections". Harps features the following instruments:

  • Harp I.
  • Harfe II.


Sustained notes:

  • Normal , secco, près-de-la-table, fingernail playing normal and secco, harmonics, bisbigliando, pedal glissandos.


  • Major and harmonic minor full-scale.
  • Melodic minor, diminished, pentatonic.
  • Whole tone scale.
  • Slow, medium, fast.
  • One, three, and 5 octaves, single and multiple cross glissandos.
  • Fast fortissimo glissandos spanning 1 octave.


  • Major, minor, diminished, augmented.
  • Three and four notes.
  • Slow, medium, fast.

The Vienna Instrument Engine:

  • Powerful proprietary streaming audio engine, developed by Vienna Symphonic Library's Christian Teuscher.
  • Up to 3,456 Articulations (Patches) on one MIDI channel.
  • RAM pre-load of up to 25,600 stereo samples (based on 1.6 GB available RAM under Windows; 48,000 samples on a 3 GB Mac G5).
  • 64 stereo voices per instance streaming from disk.
  • Extremely low load times (average 1 sec. per Patch) using pre-caching.
  • Lossless real-time de-compression for using less RAM and hard disk resources.
  • RAM Optimizer kicks unused samples out of RAM.
  • Pre-configured Patches.
  • Performance Detection algorithms integrated in Patches without the need to switch manually between articulations.
  • Trigger comprehensive sets of articulations using hardware controllers (MIDI learn), key switches, and speed, without ever leaving the current MIDI channel.
  • Layer Articulations for simultaneous or crossfade performances in one Preset.
  • Easily design your own Instruments using Drag & Drop.
  • Switch Velocity Crossfades and Release Control on/off on the fly.
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