Michaela’s Harp

(2 customer reviews)

$63.42 ex. vat


I created this library because I love the delicate yet feisty spirit of the Celtic harp. It can be soft and gentle or bold and strong and everything in-between.

We recorded a modern Celtic harp with a warm tone and a built in pick-up. This allowed us to create a direct input recording in addition to two stereo microphone positions. We recorded in a studio so the samples are fairly dry which will help you blend and layer them with your other instruments. Michaela’s Harp was built with HISE and runs as an independent VSTi/AU plugin without the need of an extra player application.



The instrument includes normal plucked samples recorded at four dynamic levels. This is the default articulation and has that quintessential warm resonant sound that is unique to the Celtic harp.

For occasions when it’s desirable to have a little less resonance We also recorded a separate set of damped string samples. To create these Michaela used her hands to damp the strings around the one being plucked. This provides a rounder sound that tails off a bit more quickly. The decay time can be customised using the attack and release sliders on the interface.

Stopped strings

Some pieces call for the player to stop one or more sounding strings with their hands. This creates a distinct sound as the vibrating string is brought to an almost instant stop. Michaela’s harp allows you to perform this technique live using your sustain pedal. Releasing keys while the pedal is engaged will trigger individual stopped samples.

Playable triplets

Playing quick groups of three notes is a common occurrence in Celtic harp music and is not easy to simulate with individual plucked samples. The triplet sample set is activated using a key switch, MIDI CC, or program change and each set of triplet samples are triggered in a round robin fashion allowing you total control of the performance speed without the need for artificial time-stretching.


The library includes a dedicated preset browser from which you can select different factory configurations or create your own personal presets. The browser contains a search bar and a favourites feature that allows you to quickly access your preferred presets.

Audio Demos






  • Compatible with all modern 64bit operating systems
    • GNU/Linux – Ubuntu 14.04 or later
    • Windows 7 or later
    • OSX 10.7 or later (currently won’t work with Catalina, but will after the next update)
    • Build it for your OS from source
  • Host must support VSTi or AU plugins. Pro-Tools is not supported.
  • 1GB HDD Space
  • 2GB RAM


Haven’t I seen this instrument somewhere before?

Michaela’s Harp was originally released a few years ago as a Kontakt instrument. That version is no longer available for sale.

I bought the original Kontakt version of Michaela’s Harp, can I get an upgrade or do I have to buy it again?

If you purchased the professional edition of the original release of Michaela’s Harp then you should have received an email offering you a free upgrade to the latest version. If you haven’t received such an email please contact me to request an update – be sure to include your original order number, PayPal transaction ID, or Xtant Audio account details so that I can verify your order.

What is the difference between this release and the original Kontakt version?

Here are all of the major improvements in the latest version of Michaela’s Harp

  • Michaela’s Harp is now free software, meaning that it respects your freedom.
  • The samples have been remastered to improve their clarity, reduce noise, and clean up artifacts etc.
  • An additional velocity layer has been added to the normal plucked samples. This was recorded at the same time as all of the other samples but wasn’t included in the original release.
  • The new microphone mixer provides more options for placing the instrument in a virtual space and has additional controls such as individual width and pan for each channel.
  • I’ve added a velocity curve editor which allows you to adjust the velocity sensitivity of the instrument to suit your playing style and your keyboard.
  • Added a powerful preset browser for you to save and recall all of your favourite configurations.
  • The new version was built with HISE and runs as an independent VSTi/AU plugin or standalone application. It doesn’t require Kontakt or any other extra player.
  • A brand new graphical design created by Koke Núñez Gómez.

Update History

  • v1.0.0 – 04/08/2019
    • Initial release

2 reviews for Michaela’s Harp

  1. James Dowsett (verified owner)

    A fine instrument: intimate, detailed and full of character.

  2. pascal basso (verified owner)

    Very nice instrument. Really roots and easy to play . And very nice support !! Pascal 🙂

  3. Alonso Urmeneta (verified owner)

    This is truly a wonderufl virtual instrument!

    Michaela’s Harp is really deeply sampled in my opinion, and it sounds great. Even though the GUI is very detailed when it comes to art, it’s super simple and easy to use, and as a graphic designer I can think this is very nice art.

    You get 3 mic positions, settings such as delay, width and panning that can be tweaked for each of them separately, and some settings that affect the whole instrument such as attack, release, the option to enable round robins and a velocity curve graph.

    It also comes with many different presets for these settings so you can get the best sound for your composition out of it. All of these settings are contained in the main page and it’s very clear what every does even the first time you use it.

    The settings page has more advanced options in the case you are that kind of user, since you change the different sampled techniques using keyswitches, this enables you to set an input port, a MIDI channel and use third party tools such as BRSO Articulate in order to handle the keyswitches, this is what I found most useful in the settings page and it’s very appreciated.

    Once bought this plugin can be downloaded directly from the links they send you on email and you don’t require any third party programs like Pulse.

    I’ve been using Michaela’s Harp for a while and only had one issue with it, for some reason some samples went missing, I contacted support and David himself helped me solve it in no time.

    Librewave is truly a hidden gem, I recomend it and Michaela’s Harp to anyone, I’m sure their other products are just as good!

    ~Alonso Urmeneta.

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