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    AUTOHARP - a new instrument for ARIA

    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:


    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.

    Randy B.

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    Re: AUTOHARP - a new instrument for ARIA

    I'm glad there's so much interest in the Autoharp. Emails from Box show me that the files are being downloaded regularly. Great!

    On the site with the download link, please notice the Pay Pal button for sending in a donation. That's not getting much use yet.---

    Originally I was going to ask for $10 before the download link could be unlocked, but decided I'd rather let people try the instrument out, and then they could send in an amount they find appropriate. I didn't quite anticipate the donation button being mostly unused.

    So please do consider sending a donation if you find the Autoharp useful. Thanks.

    Randy B.

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