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  • Harp Sustain Notes

    Hi all,

    What happens with note off messages and release samples for harps?

    I am not a harpist (maybe one day!), and was under the impression that a harp plays a note by plucking a string, after which the note naturally dies away, like a piano with the sustain pedal held down permanently. I know strings can be then muted out, I was under the impression that this was what the 'mute' articulation did on the VI Harps setups. But I notice that when using the standard articulation, a short MIDI note is a lot shorter than a long one. Is muting the string included as part of the release sample on the standard articulation?

    What should I do for a musical performance where the harp strings decay away naturally rather than being muted? Should I use very long MIDI notes, or will CC#64 work as it can for the piano?

    Many thanks,

    Pyre


    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.59Mhz Processor, 64 GB RAM, Windows 10.0.19045, Cubase 10.5.20, Sibelius 7, VEP 5.4.16181, VIP 2.4.16399, Symphonic Cube, MIR Rooms 1-5, Suite, Choir, Organ, Imperial, Solo Voices, Dimension Strings, Historic Winds, World Winds
  • Hi Pyre!

    The "mute" articulation for the Vienna Instruments Harps doesn't include a release sample. It triggers notes that have been muted by the harpist shortly after the attack. There is also a "normal+RS-mute" articulation. With this articulation the notes ring as long as the key is hold. At the release of the key a mute sample gets triggered.

     

    @Pyre said:
    What should I do for a musical performance where the harp strings decay away naturally rather than being muted? Should I use very long MIDI notes, or will CC#64 work as it can for the piano?

    I would use the "normal" articulation and hold the keys as long as it suits. CC64 will work as well.

    Best regards,
    Andi


    Vienna Symphonic Library
  • Hi Andi,

    Fantastic, that's great to know, I'll move forwards with that in mind.

    Many thanks for your help.

    Pyre


    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.59Mhz Processor, 64 GB RAM, Windows 10.0.19045, Cubase 10.5.20, Sibelius 7, VEP 5.4.16181, VIP 2.4.16399, Symphonic Cube, MIR Rooms 1-5, Suite, Choir, Organ, Imperial, Solo Voices, Dimension Strings, Historic Winds, World Winds