A detailed, beautiful harp library performed by London’s leading harpist, Skaila Kanga. Recorded at London’s resonant Hall at Air Studios, it has been ingeniously scripted by Spitfire’s expert team of developers to be instantly playable.
We teamed up with leading virtuoso harpist, Skaila Kanga, to create this beautiful and detailed harp library, recorded in the resonant Hall at Air Studios. Skaila is the first call harpist in London, having played on numerous film scores, such as Die Another Day, Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, The Da Vinci Code, Harry Potter, Chocolat and The Hours, as well as session work for The Beatles, Björk, Elton John and Joni Mitchell. Coupled with Spitfire’s ability to produce and curate samples that sparkle with life, Spitfire Harp is instantly playable, making it a must have for any sophisticated media composer.
The library features multiple round robins and dynamic layers, presented in an easy to use GUI. Harp pedalling is available to make it even easier to play your own sweeps and glisses right from the keyboard – you can now set the harp pedals graphically, and just play the white notes. Alongside a stunning selection of single hit articulations, glisses are playable in every key, in the following scales: major, minor harmonic, minor melodic, pentatonic, diminished, whole tone. We have recorded full sweeps up and down, fast and slow, split the harp into four registers, and then recorded a swirly gliss, up and down. In addition, we give you an otherworldly set of ‘Harposphere’ patches – beautiful pads and textures created from our original organic recordings.
Detail & Beauty
We provide a series of detailed mixing options that allow you to dry the sound up or make it more ambient, whilst preserving the acoustic integrity and perspective of a consistent microphone set up and room configuration. All instruments have the ability to mix and/or mute mic positions from the front panel: Close mics, Decca Tree and Ambient Outriggers. Route the spots into your centre channel, the Tree in L&R, and the Ambients in Ls & Rs, and you also have a perfect 5.0 percussion instrument. Or simply keep in stereo and mix according to taste. All controls can be fully automated. The instruments are all sampled in great detail but designed to be instantly playable, with simple integration into larger arrangements and templates without risk of demanding too much from your system resources.
Spitfire’s Definitive Range aims to offer the world a one-stop shop for classic and esoteric instruments played by the greats. As all these instruments are recorded in situ, in the same room, they’re designed to lock together sonically – recorded by Jake Jackson at Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, through an array of vintage microphones via Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps, to a beautifully serviced Studer 2” tape machine and then into digital at 96k via Prism AD converters.