UVI has released Nagoya Harp, a new virtual instrument collection inspired by a unique stringed instrument capable of a range of sounds from guitar-like strums to harp plucks and bowed sustains.
Nagoya Harp includes 2 variations, STRUM, the classic instrument, aimed at more traditional sounds, and KEYS, an expanded version incorporating modern and experimental playing techniques.
“Our goal in the development of Nagoya Harp was to create an instrument that satisfies both traditionalists and modern producers while delivering the precise and convincing sound of a classical instrument. At the same time, it offers advanced playing techniques, performance scripts and effects to inspire musicians of all backgrounds. With over 20,000 samples, Nagoya Harp is a genre-spanning collection created for those who have an affinity for beautiful, traditional tones and contemporary avant-garde.”
Several microphones were used to capture all the samples, including a Royer SF-24, a Neumann U67, and a Bruel & Kjaer 4006, all with discrete level control for ultimate flexibility.
Designed to mimic the traditional playing style, STRUM provides minimal control that focuses on the standard operation, including drone tuning and open strings (root), a velocity sequencer, key noise, and discrete control for 3 microphones.
Performance-based scripting intelligently triggers hammer-on and pull-off samples for guitar-like playing and natural strumming gradients. A selection of effects includes representatives folding, drive, EQ, chorus, phaser, delay, and algorithmic reverb. STRUM is ideal for anyone looking for an authentic, ethnic sound.
Designed to complement the traditional sounds and playing styles, KEYS extends the STRUM version with a range of performance techniques such as Una Corda high-string, Una Corda low-string, palm cushioning, poles and bows.
An additional configuration page with controls provides a 4-level amplitude envelope, along with multimode filters, stereo unison and alternative options, a mono/poly switch with pitch-glide, and easy assignment of the modulation wheel on your controller keyboard.
KEYS transfers this traditional instrument to a new level and creates varied and experimental sounds that cover a wide spectrum – from violin-like to ambient pads, from guitar sounds to percussive sounds.
The Nagoya Harp effects system provides incredible sound-shaping power, ranging from high-quality convolution effects and algorithmically reverbs to creative effects such as Drive, Chorus, Phaser, and Delay, to a 3-band EQ that helps you quickly adjust the sound in your mix.
These effects give the already dynamic and expressive instrument a pure acoustic sound with a natural space, powerful, guitar-like tones and floating, washed-out drones. With a clear and powerful interface, you can quickly navigate through the included presets to find inspiration or to design your own sounds.
Nagoya Harp offers native 64-bit standalone operation by way of Falcon or the free UVI Workstation, providing comprehensive support for all modern DAWs and simultaneous authorization on up to 3 computers or iLok keys.
Pricing: Nagoya Harp is available immediately at an introductory price of $49 / 49€ through December 18th, 2017 (regularly $79 / 79€).