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Eccentric Autoharp

For Reason/NN-XT

Product Overview

I received an Oscar Schmidt autoharp from my mother-in-law a handful of years ago and I can?t say that I put it to good use until recently. I had always liked the way it sounded when you plucked the strings individually but it wasn?t very easy to do on a consistent basis when playing along with a piece of music. I decided that the best way to obtain this sound was to multisample each of the thirty-six strings. Those very samples are what?s contained in the Eccentric Autoharp library. These samples are mapped in the middle four octaves and there a few round-robins set up for each note. Due to the very nature of the autoharp, other strings will vibrate sympathetically when only one is plucked. What you end up with is a very unique sound that is a cross between a harpsichord and a hammer dulcimer. As an added bonus, I?ve also sampled all twelve chords and mapped each one to a key on the keyboard. Below shows how each chord is set up. The key marked ?dissonance? is all the strings being struck without any chord key pressed. Dissonance ? C1 C Seven ? C2 D Minor ? D2 E Seven ? E2 F Major ? F2 G Minor ? G2 A Seven ? A2 A# Major ? A#2 C Major ? C3 D Seven ? D3 G Seven ? G3 A Minor ? A3 G Major ? G4 These are the patches that are included. Except for a couple of the Combinator patches, this library should work with most versions of Reason. NN-XT Plucked Autoharp ? This is the basic plucked autoharp samples. Plucked Autoharp Looped ? It is the same as the Plucked Autoharp patch except loop points have been added. Plucked Autoharp Panned ? It?s the same as the Plucked Autoharp patch except notes are slightly panned left to right across the keyboard. Plucked Autoharp Pan and Loop ? This is a combination of both #2 and #3. Strummed Autoharp ? These are the twelve chords of the autoharp being strummed. Strummed Major ? The C Major chord is mapped chromatically between C3 and C4. Strummed Major ? The C minor chord is mapped chromatically between C1 and C2. Strummed Seven ? This A7 chord is mapped chromatically between C5 and C6. Combinators Chromachords ? This contains NN-XT #6, #7, and #8 from above together with some effects. Distorted Plucked ? This contains #4 NN-XT with a Line6 amp and some effects Harmonic Lead (Polar) ? This contains #4 NN-XT with Polar and other effects. Vibrokeys ? This uses Pulverisor to add variable vibrato to #4 NN-XT. Other effects are also included. Strummed basics ? This is the #5 NN-XT with some effects. Demo: https://soundcloud.com/user-967249537/sets/eccentric-autoharp-demos

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If you're unsure whether this is right for you, here's a short example of what's included in Eccentric Autoharp