NYCKELHARPAS

SCANDINAVIAN KEYED STRINGS

  • Viola + Cello Instruments
  • 4GB Library
  • Kontakt Player + NKS
Nyckelharpas

The Nyckelharpa

Familiar yet somehow different, the sound of the Nyckelharpa walks a delicate line. Dating from the middle ages, Nyckelharpa translates as ‘keyed fiddle’ in Swedish.

The pitch of the notes is altered by pressing a wooden key, which frets the string. There are also 12 sympathetic strings, added in the mid 1700s, possibly inspired by the viola d’amore. They serve to add resonance, volume and a general zing to the sound.

This product features two different harpas: the standard viola pitch instruments, and an 'octavharpa', a cello tuned model.

Instrument Anatomy

Recreating such a traditional, natural instrument requires a forensic approach.

Each element is recorded, every tiny detail captured - and then reconstructed in Kontakt.

Simple characteristics can become creative features once you have control - noises, resonances, plucks.

Take our video tour to learn more about the pieces that make up the whole.

Preset Library & Sound Design

The detailed, multi-element control available in Nyckelharpas makes it an extremely flexible sound design tool.

Completely natural, organic sound all the way through to abstract evolving drone-scapes.

With noise control, sympathetic resonance, ensemble mode, filters, modulation and effects to experiment with, new hybrid soundscapes are a few tweaks away.

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KONTAKT PLAYER COMPATIBLE

This is a Kontakt Player instrument. This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it. It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/WASAPI,compatible host program or DAW eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools. No extra purchase necessary.

System Requirements:

Windows 7 or higher (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)

Mac: OS X 10.9 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM  

Requires KONTAKT 5 or KONTAKT 5 PLAYER version 5.6.8 or later  

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