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Soniccouture Nyckelharpas

Soniccouture Nyckelharpas
Product Type: Kontakt format
Compatibility: PC Windows x86, PC Windows x64, MAC OSX X64 Intel


Familiar yet somehow different, the sound of the Nyckelharpa walks a delicate line. Dating from the middle ages, Nyckelharpa translates as ‘keyed fiddle’ in Swedish.

The pitch of the notes is altered by pressing a wooden key, which frets the string. There are also 12 sympathetic strings, added in the mid 1700s, possibly inspired by the viola d’amore. They serve to add resonance, volume and a general zing to the sound.

This product features two different harpas: the standard viola pitch instruments, and an 'octavharpa', a cello tuned model.

Instrument Anatomy

Recreating such a traditional, natural instrument requires a forensic approach.

Each element is recorded, every tiny detail captured - and then reconstructed in Kontakt.

Simple characteristics can become creative features once you have control - noises, resonances, plucks.

Take our video tour to learn more about the pieces that make up the whole.

Preset Library & Sound Design

The detailed, multi-element control available in Nyckelharpas makes it an extremely flexible sound design tool.

Completely natural, organic sound all the way through to abstract evolving drone-scapes.

With noise control, sympathetic resonance, ensemble mode, filters, modulation and effects to experiment with, new hybrid soundscapes are a few tweaks away.

You may also find more information about this product here.

You may buy Soniccouture Nyckelharpas or download it from our website.
This product was released on 27 Nov 2019. Please check compatibility with your hardware and O/S.


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