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Harp glissandi
Last post Thu, Feb 13 2020 by garyeskow, 5 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Feb 12 2020 20:29
by garyeskow
Joined on Thu, May 11 2006, central new jersey, Posts 61

For all the success I've had, and joy I've gotten out of using these libraries, I've finally comes across an issue that I can't solve-even though it seems like it should be simple!!!

Trying to create a white key (C major) glissando using Harp I preset level 2. This gliss should take place across two bars at the tempo of 63 bpm. None of the glisses I play using C#7 as the trigger note cover this amount of time, and overlaying one on top of another, the second as the first fades out, sounds corny and unconvincing. Has anyone had success making this sound realistic?

Thank you!

Gary

Posted on Thu, Feb 13 2020 14:33
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5495

When there is a harp glissando that is not covered by the sampled ones, you can time stretch it - something I never tried - or  program the individual notes without too much difficulty.  When I've done that I doubled the notes that would be enharmonics given the pedal settings of the harp, and that makes it sound very natural, especially if you use some humanize in the timing and velocity.   This is also how you would program a glissando in an unusual (but possible for harp) scale.  

Posted on Thu, Feb 13 2020 16:27
by garyeskow
Joined on Thu, May 11 2006, central new jersey, Posts 61

Interesting, thanks!!!

Posted on Thu, Feb 13 2020 16:49
by Guy Bacos
Joined on Sun, Jan 16 2005, Quebec, Canada, Posts 1986

I never tried the time stretch for this, interesting. Another option, and the most common I use in these cases, is simply to to play a gliss on your keyboard from the starting to end note, practice a few times timing it, and then add the appropriate accidentals in the piano roll. I also repeat some notes to make it more realistic.

Posted on Thu, Feb 13 2020 17:12
by garyeskow
Joined on Thu, May 11 2006, central new jersey, Posts 61

Thanks, Guy!

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