First Look: Glissando Harps by Chocolate Audio

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Glissando Harps delivers a wide range of expressive harp timbres and performance functionality sure to meet all your harp needs.

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First Look: Glissando Harps by Chocolate Audio

 

Glissando Harps sells for $169.00 from Chocolate Audio.

At the time of posting it was on a special intro price $119 from Chocolate Audio

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Glissando Harps download as 19.3 GB (54 GB uncompressed) and contains two Harp Sample Libraries. One recorded in a warm mid-size room and one in a large and lively studio.

Glissando Harps contains Two fully sampled Harp sample libraries, a Camac and a Salvi 47-string concert harp. The two Harps were sampled in different rooms and offer different a lot of flexibility making this harp collection ideal for use in almost all harp scenarios I can think of.

Glissando Harps “Playing Modes”

Glissando Harps has 2 main playing modes, Harp and Piano. Piano mode allows you to play the instrument across all 88 keys as you normally would play the piano.  The Harp mode simulates the unique physical strings of a harp with 7 strings and pedal controls to adjust tuning, just like a real harpist would use.

In addition, the instrument provides “Tonal Center” dials which auto adjust the pedals for you allowing for quick access to staying in Key or a specific mode.

Glissando Harps Mixer Panel

The Concert Harp contains 2 Mic positions with Stereo AB with Schoeps CMC6 mics and MidSide Stereo with Neumann and Royer mics while the Orchestral Harp comes wit 8 microphone sets, including ribbons, tube and Decca tree. All mic controls are found on the Glissando Harps mixer panel. The Mixer panel also includes Reverb controls, delay effects, EQ, compression and a distortion/amp simulation effect.

 

Glissando Harps Reverb & Room convolution presets pull-down menu.

 

In total the library includes 23 Articulations with 3 Types of Release Samples & up to 4 Round Robins.

Glissando Harps Articulations Panel

The wide range of articulations offers a broad range of opportunity to generate natural and more avant-garde performances from the instrument with the articulations panel offering control over articulations keyswitch placement and behavior.

Glissando Harps presets

Each of the included nki presets comes with a small selection of presets in the top left “Presets” drop-down menu.  Each preset contains mic position, effects and reverb settings which can dramatically change playback. A quick flip through the presets showcases the diversity timbres from intimate to grand concert hall performance, from synth like harmonics with delay and reversed reverb settings to mid-sized life-like chamber performances.

Chocolate Audio has really taken things up a notch with the expanded Glissando engine. This allows automation of glissando playback with presets for quick starts and several controls, all able to be controlled via midi cc, at the ready.

With just a first look at Glissando Harps, I can tell this instrument delivers a wide range of expressive harp timbres and performance functionality. With its great sample set and fantastic adjustability, my bet is that this could be the only harp you need.

Glissando Harps sells for $169.00 from Chocolate Audio.

At the time of posting it was on a special intro price $119 from Chocolate Audio

 

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