MEG Autoharp by Oscar Schmidt circa early 1970's
Above is the Autoharp I've had since the early 1970's. It's in excellent condition. I've sampled it thoroughly, and programmed an Autoharp virtual instrument for the Garritan ARIA Player. It's the most complex SFZ instrument I've so far put together.
--528 24 bit samples.
--All 127 MIDI notes - 10 1/2 octaves of sound.
--SEVEN ARTICULATION LAYERS for each chord.
--Release samples on all chords.
--Pick noise controlled by Mod Wheel.
--Automatic damping noise controlled by Sustain Pedal.
--Three octaves of single notes plus alternates.
--Six octaves of chords.
--Open string strums for atmospheric pads.
--Other effects - key noises, plucks, etc.
Here's an MP3 montage with five segments, demonstrating the Autoharp as a rhythm instrument, as a melodic instrument, and in ensemble with other instruments:
Click below for more demos, more information and the download link to MIDI files, MP3s, a manual featuring a detailed keyboard map of the samples, and the folder with the SFZ file and samples:
AUTOHARP INFO AND DOWNLOAD INFORMATION*
Please notice the Pay Pal button at the Autoharp website. After using that, you will be sent the download links within 24 hours. Thanks.
This is a very detailed virtual instrument, making for a substantially sized folder of data. The Zip file is 217 MB, unzipped size is 233 MBs. The manual includes the simple installation instructions.
Though the Autoharp is used most often in folk and country music, I feel it would also add an interesting texture to other musical genres.
This has been my full time project for two weeks. I put it together for you, members of the Garritan Forum. Now I hope some of you investigate the Autoharp and come up with some music using it.
I look forward to hearing some Autoharp music!
*as of 6/14, downloads are only possible after using the PayPal donation button.