• Deep-Sampled Lyre w/ 4 Finger & Playing Types
  • Custom Ancient Lyre
  • 9,300+ Samples / 2.95GB
  • Deep-Sampled Lyre
  • 4 Mics (Contact, Inside-Close, Semi-Close & Room)
  • 4 Finger Types (Finger, Nail, Muted and Short Tremolo)
  • 3 Harmonic Types (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Harmonic)
  • Slides, Under Bridge, Bowed
  • Assorted FX (Glissandi FX, Bowed FX and Sound
  • Delivered by Download
  • Kontakt 5.8.1 Full Retail (or later) Required

The Ancient Harp

The Lyre is an ancient Greek Harp dating back to ancient Mesopotamia (2500BC). The earliest depiction of the seven string Lyre was found in a sarcophagus in Crete (1400BC). The classical Lyre has a soundbox/resonator with two raised arms connected with a cross bar, where the strings are attached. 

We deep-sampled the Lyre with a variety of finger positions, each with a different attack and percussive quality, including Finger, Nail, Muted, and Short Tremolo. The finger is warmer and softer, whereas the nail and muted articulations are more pointy, percussive, and defined. We also recorded 3 types of harmonics, slides, under bridge, and bowed Lyre. In addition, the Lyre also contains Glissandi FX, Bowed FX and Sound FX. 

The Lyre was recorded with four microphone positions, including contact mics, inside close mics, semi-close, and room mics. The end-result is a staggering 9,300 samples and the most comprehensive Ancient Lyre ever sampled. We also added our new micro-tuner, so you can use traditional middle-eastern tunings. 

Our CHAOS engine has also been added to multiply the textures and possibilities this library has to offer. We hope you enjoy using this library as much as we enjoyed making it for you! 





Microphone Positions

The Lyre comes with four different microphone options, including Contact Mic, Close-Internal, Semi Close, and Room Microphones. The contact microphones give a unique perspective into the resonating body of the instrument, whereas the close mic gives you an upfront sound captured right outside the body of the instrument. The semi-close and room microphones are more ambient. 


Assorted Articulations


In addition to the 4 finder styles, the 8Dio Lyre contains a rich section of assorted articulations: 1st harmonics, 2nd harmonics and 3 harmonics were sampled separately. In addition, it contains slides, under bridge picks, and bowed lyre. We also created a large assortment of effects, including Glissandi-style effects, Bowed FX and more traditional Sound Effects on the Lyre. 

Micro-Tunings & Options

The 8Dio Lyre offers a variety of ethnic micro-tunings, which transforms the instrument in several ways. These include Rast, Saba, Bayati, Hijaz, Huzam, Sikah, and Suznak. We also created an Ensemble function, so you can have up to three Lyres playing at once. We also added our new Flow-Note system, so you can have the program play repeated notes rapidly.