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Old 13th August 2020
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Favorite Harp instrument

Never used much, at the moment I'm working on some tracks that are shouting for some harp to be added...

Any favorites out there? Any off the radar products?
Possibly not too expensive considering it is an instrument I don't think I would exactly use on every composition....

-I would want to have a good selection of realistic different glissandos
-Recorded in a large and live hall/scoring stage so it can blend well with an orchestra

I'm considering for now:
Soundiron harp
Project Sam Concert harp

Thanks everyone in advance for any suggestion!!
Old 14th August 2020
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Originally Posted by audioloud View Post
Never used much, at the moment I'm working on some tracks that are shouting for some harp to be added...

Any favorites out there? Any off the radar products?
Possibly not too expensive considering it is an instrument I don't think I would exactly use on every composition....

-I would want to have a good selection of realistic different glissandos
-Recorded in a large and live hall/scoring stage so it can blend well with an orchestra

I'm considering for now:
Soundiron harp
Project Sam Concert harp

Thanks everyone in advance for any suggestion!!
You can also consider CineHarps by CineSamples, it might be a bit pricier, but currently on sale at $161.85 instead of reg. price $249.

https://cinesamples.com/product/cineharps

I personally like both CineHarps, and Project Sam Concert Harp, both are great sounding. and have additional glesandos. CineHarps is recorded in Sony Stage. Sounds very good.

Hope this helps you select a Harp.
Old 14th August 2020
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Orange Tree Angelic Harp and Chocolate Audio Glissando Harps come to mind.

The former has an easy to use system for glissandi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIaygHjXMaw

It's been recorded in a smaller room though, so it needs some work during mixing to place it in an orchestral context. Not a big problem, and it works just fine for me in orchestral settings. Just place it sometwhat to the left and add reverb to taste. One of the more affordable solutions at 69€. It's my go to harp:

https://www.orangetreesamples.com/products/angelic-harp

The Chocolate Audio has a specific Orchestral Glissando harp. A bit more expensive at 99$ currently:

https://www.chocolateaudio.com/products/glissando-harps
Old 14th August 2020
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Originally Posted by audioloud View Post
Never used much, at the moment I'm working on some tracks that are shouting for some harp to be added...

Thanks everyone in advance for any suggestion!!
I don't really use Harps that much come to think about it. I've used the same two Harps for several years now. Namely, VSL Harp and Elysium Harp. It's not really a lead instrument when I use it. I use it more for atmospherics in the background.
Old 14th August 2020
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Originally Posted by Adrian Cook View Post
I don't really use Harps that much come to think about it. I've used the same two Harps for several years now. Namely, VSL Harp and Elysium Harp. It's not really a lead instrument when I use it. I use it more for atmospherics in the background.

I looked up some examples.


This one has a Harp(s) stem in it which allows just the Harp track to be heard.

https://www.productionmusiconline.com/track/3261/

This one has both the mentioned Harps throughout but not obvious.

https://www.productionmusiconline.com/track/3224/

And more obviously the same two Harps with a solo instrument.

https://www.productionmusiconline.com/track/2768/

For more underlying sound of the Harps.

https://www.productionmusiconline.com/track/2964/

Just about any reasonable Harp library should work with most things.
Thanks, I particularly like "The secret Garden"(Cello sound great on it too)
I was probably looking for something more "symphonic" sounding, but it might depend on the chosen mic positions... (?)
Old 14th August 2020
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Originally Posted by muziksculp View Post
You can also consider CineHarps by CineSamples, it might be a bit pricier, but currently on sale at $161.85 instead of reg. price $249.

https://cinesamples.com/product/cineharps

I personally like both CineHarps, and Project Sam Concert Harp, both are great sounding. and have additional glesandos. CineHarps is recorded in Sony Stage. Sounds very good.

Hope this helps you select a Harp.
Thank you! I excluded the cinsamples one for the price, so thanks for the "sale alert"! I love all the cinesamples products I have so far (have you tried the new Sonore ?! It is amazing for lead lines and themes...)

So between Cineharps and Project Sam one which one would be your favorite?
Old 14th August 2020
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Originally Posted by goodkeys View Post
Orange Tree Angelic Harp and Chocolate Audio Glissando Harps come to mind.

The former has an easy to use system for glissandi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIaygHjXMaw

It's been recorded in a smaller room though, so it needs some work during mixing to place it in an orchestral context. Not a big problem, and it works just fine for me in orchestral settings. Just place it sometwhat to the left and add reverb to taste. One of the more affordable solutions at 69€. It's my go to harp:

https://www.orangetreesamples.com/products/angelic-harp

The Chocolate Audio has a specific Orchestral Glissando harp. A bit more expensive at 99$ currently:

https://www.chocolateaudio.com/products/glissando-harps
That's really nice, thanks, but the recording space is really important for me, I prefer balancing room mics then having to add lots of verb...

Cheers!
Old 15th August 2020
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Thanks, I particularly like "The secret Garden"(Cello sound great on it too)

These days, I've found a great solo cello sample library.
Old 15th August 2020
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Originally Posted by Adrian Cook View Post
I don't really use Harps that much come to think about it. I've used the same two Harps for several years now. Namely, VSL Harp and Elysium Harp. It's not really a lead instrument when I use it. I use it more for atmospherics in the background.
+1 on the VSL Harp!

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