Michaela’s Harp

£49.00 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
  • 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


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