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Topic: X-Sample Harp Question

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    X-Sample Harp Question

    I'm hoping someone who uses the X-sample harp can help. I've just used it in a job I did for a colleague at school, and I used the funny buzzing sounds in the lower strings - the really aggressive buzz. And now I'm not sure what instruction to put on the score.

    I would have said it was created by twisting two strings together and then plucking, but the raw samples are labelled PedX, suggesting it's some kind of pedal technique. I can't find my original documentation or AKAI disc at the moment (I long ago turned it into one giant keyswitched instrument for Kontakt).

    Can anyone help?

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    Re: X-Sample Harp Question

    It's called a "pedal buzz" (or "sons metalliques" if you consult Carlos Salzedo's book) and is caused by holding the pedal halfway between positions causing the string to rattle between the tuning pins. The notation varies, but often you see a backwards Z over the notes involved.

    If you can, try to find a copy of Carlos Salzedo's "Modern Study of the Harp," which you can order from Hal Leonard.
    Dan Powers

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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    Re: X-Sample Harp Question

    Thanks Dan!!

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