Century Harps for Kontakt VST-AU-AAX Samples

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by j. evans (06/07/2018)
im a harpoholic and this sample instrument is one of a kind. the fact you can choose between differe...

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Overview

  • Price: $248
  • Two True Deep-Sampled Orchestral Harps
  • Kontakt VST / AU / AAX
  • 21.446 Samples. 59GB HDD (compressed to 28.1GB)
  • Deep-Sampled Venus Concert Harp
  • Deep-Sampled Lyon & Healvy Concert Harp
  • True Deep Multi-Sampling (21.446 Samples)
  • True Deep Glissando Sampling (+3.000 Glissandos)
  • 1 Close / Intimate Microphone Position
  • 3 Hall Microphone Positions (CMixed, DECCA, Wide)
  • Fluent controls over Dynamics (MW), Expression and Speed
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.6 or later required

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  • Century Orchestral Harps

  • Century String Arcs

  • Century Muted Strings

Century Harps for Kontakt VST-AU-AAX Samples overview

8Dio Century Orchestral Harps is a leap forward in truly realistic symphonic harp sampling. Playable and intimate beyond words. Produced by long-time Academy Award, T.E.C and G.A.N.G Award Winning and Emmy-Nominated producers, Colin O’Malley and Troels Folmann

8Dio Century Harps contains two separate concert harps, each chosen carefully to represent a different facet in the realm of harp tones.  Harp 1 is a bright, bold and shimmering Venus Concert Harp.  The instrument can sound delicate, but it also has vibrant highs which can cut through and soar in your orchestral compositions.

The second instrument is a Lyon & Healy Concert Harp. It has a mellower and rounder tone.  The instrument can sit back in a mix, and will add a warm depth to your orchestrations.   While it has a wonderful bold tone at higher dynamics, It’s perfect for delicate/quieter passages.   We think of it as a softer, scoring harp.

The dynamic range of a concert harp is very broad.  Harps are capable of the softest feathery pp all the way up to a thunderous ff.  This presents a particularly difficult challenge when it comes to sampling.  For us, the real magic of the harp exists in the softer dynamics.  It is impossible to capture this softer dynamic range without encountering some noise (particularly in a large sound stage). For this reason, softer dynamics are often under represented in sampled instruments.

Century Harps are likely processed FAR LESS than other harps you have used.  We’ve worked very hard to preserve the natural feather, air, shimmer and even HISS (gasp!!!!!) of the softer tones.  Removing these elements destroys the character of the softer dynamics.   We just couldn’t do that to our beloved harps!! 

If you’re after a more heavily noise reduced instrument, there are other libraries available that may be better suited to your tastes.  There are definitely other solid harp libraries out there.  The specific intention of Century Harps is to capture the true feather, air and shimmer of the natural instruments.  We believe that the natural noise reflection is absolutely central to the sound of Century Harps. 

Real Harps - Stringed in Emotion

The beating heart of Century Orchestral Series is its completely realistic sound, playability and emotion. The Century Orchestral Dual-Harps represents two of the most prominent harp brands: Venus Orchestral Harps and Lyon & Healy Concert Harps. The character is vastly different between the two harps. One is more warm, emotional and gentle. Where as the other is more present and modern sounding. John Williams amongst many others uses dual harps to create a more lush and wide motion through the composition. Century Harps was designed with this in mind. Complete command over everything.

Control The Sound and Room

Century Orchestral Harps comes with 2 dedicated harps – that each contain 4 dedicated microphone positions. First, you have our premixed “Mixed” microphone position. The perfect balance between presence and room. The second microphone is our intimate or closed microphone position. Great for more a more present harp. The harps also come with a DECCA tree option for true orchestral purists. We also recorded a more lush WIDE microphone position, which capture more of the richness in the room. The instant panning options allows you to place the harps exactly where you want them – both in regards to distance (mic gain) and panoramic perspective (pan).

True Deep-Sampled Glissando

Century Harps contains over 3000 Glissandos. We deep-sampled the Glissandis in Minor, Major, Diminished, Augmented and Pentatonic chords – and two velocity and two speed variations. In addition you can choose between four different swirl styles, including Two-Octaves Up/Down, Four-Octaves Up/Down, Swirling Back/Forth and Bi-Directional Pattern. All recorded in velocities and with full speed controls.

One Click to Everything

All articulations can be accessed with a few simple clicks. One of the cornerstones of Century is the architecture behind it. All patches in Century comes with 10 empty slots. Double click on any of the slots and gain instant access to all the articulations. Select whatever you want and you are set. Every slot automatically gets assigned to a key-switch (or CC if you prefer), so you can literally create an advanced articulation matrix of up to 10 articulations in just a few seconds. So no more loading different program files for a simple arrangement, and no more hassle. It is all there, conveniently inside of the same patch – just a click away.

True Deep-Sampled Venus Concert Harp

  • Sustains
  • Sustains Soft
  • Plucked with Care
  • Harmonics
  • Bisbigliando (Soft Tremolos)

True Deep-Sampled Harp Glissando Fast

Deep-Sample Note: The Harp Glissandos are recorded at multiple speeds and multiple velocities from feathery to fortissimo. All Harp Glissandos are also recorded at two different speeds (CC16 pr. default).

Glissando Patterns:

  • Two-Octaves Up and Down (P/F) (2 Speeds and with time control)
  • Four-Octaves Up and Down (P/F) (2 Speeds and with time control)
  • Swirling Pattern (P/F) (2 Speeds and with time control)
  • Bi-Directional Pattern (P/F) (2 Speeds and with time control)

Glissando Chords:

  • Minor
  • Major
  • Diminished
  • Augmented
  • Pentatonic

True Deep-Sampled Lyon & Healy Concert Harp

  • Sustains
  • Sustains Soft
  • Plucked with Care
  • Harmonics
  • Bisbigliando (Soft Tremolos)

True Deep-Sampled Harp Glissando Fast

Deep-Sample Note: The Harp Glissandos are recorded at multiple speeds and multiple velocities from feathery to fortissimo. All Harp Glissandos are also recorded at two different speeds (CC16 pr. default).

Glissando Patterns:

  • Two-Octaves Up and Down (P/F) (2 Speeds and with time control)
  • Four-Octaves Up and Down (P/F) (2 Speeds and with time control)
  • Swirling Pattern (P/F) (2 Speeds and with time control)
  • Bi-Directional Pattern (P/F) (2 Speeds and with time control)

Glissando Chords:

  • Minor
  • Major
  • Diminished
  • Augmented
  • Pentatonic
  • Close (Intimate) Microphone Position
  • Mixed Microphone Position
  • Decca Microphone Position
  • Wide Microphone Position
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.6 or later required
  • Kontakt  is 32 and 64-bit compatible on both PC and Mac platforms
  • Century Orchestral Harps requires 28.9 GB of hard drive space
  • Runs as a stand-alone application, VST® or Audio Units plug-in, AAX® under Pro Tools
  • Minimum: 4 GB RAM. 8 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended