Michaela's Celtic Harp is a sample library for Kontakt 4.2 and above. The full version features three microphone positions, multiple velocity layers, damped and stopped string samples, and variable speed triplets.
If you're a professional composer or an enthusiastic hobbyist then the full version is going to be ideal for you. It comes with all three microphone positions – direct input, stereo close, and stereo room – that offer lots of flexibility for mixing and blending the instrument within your template.
The instrument includes normal plucked samples recorded at three dynamic levels. This is the default articulation and has that quintessential warm, resonant, sound that is typical of the Celtic harp.
It is often desirable to have a little less resonance and to accommodate this we've not only provided a release time slider on the interface, we also recorded a separate set of damped string samples. To create these Michaela used her hands to damp the strings around the one being plucked. This provides a rounder sound that tails off a bit more quickly.
Some pieces call for the player to stop one or more sounding strings with their hands. This has a distinct sound as the vibrating string is brought to an almost instant stop. Michaela's harp allows you to perform this technique live using a single key switch that stops any playing notes and triggers individual stopped samples for each one.
Playing quick groups of three notes is a common occurrence in Celtic harp music and is not easy to simulate with individual plucked samples. The triplet recordings in this library cover the mid-range of the instrument where this technique is most often used. They can be sped up or slowed down using a simple slider on the interface to allow them to fit the tempo of your music.
The Lite version of this library is great if you're looking for an instrument with a smaller resource footprint or all you need is one microphone position. It features the same range of articulations and you can upgrade to the full version at any time.
You can find out more about Michaela's harp in the user guide.