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—   Orchestral Harps Sample Library

A MusicTech 10/10 awarded orchestral harp sample library. CineHarps, the top-rated harp VST, is a collection of deeply sampled orchestral harps that's easy to use and is loaded with techniques and features that will make this a classic in any composer’s template.

This harp sample library was recorded with a wide variety of perspectives at the legendary MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, and will quickly become a favorite harp VST plugin in your orchestral composition template.

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About the Product

Special thanks to MusicTech for their in-depth review of CineHarps!

"CineHarps has gone well beyond the boundaries of conventional approaches, delivering a product that is deep, beautifully recorded, and that offers more options than I’ve seen from other harp libraries. As with other CineSamples releases, the sound encompasses a live, present quality that blends seamlessly with the CineOrchestra family..." - David Coscina, FSMO

Film Score Monthly
Volume 22, No. 10
October 2017

For the 10th anniversary of our landmark product CineHarps,
Cinesamples is proud to present the completely re-imagined, deeply-sampled sequel - CineHarps. Recorded at the historic MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, CineHarps captures the ease of use and varied techniques of the original CineHarp while adding pristine audio fidelity and improved features that will make this a classic in any composer’s template. 

Recorded in three distinct positions on the scoring stage, CineHarps includes multiple articulations and timbres - plucked patches, precise glissandi, and incredibly robust effects. Whether a composition calls for classical harp techniques or a hybrid sound design approach, CineHarps offers composers the richest harp sounds available. 

As with all CineSymphony libraries, CineHarps library does not require you to purchase any additional sample playback software, and is licensed to work with the Native Instrument’s free Kontakt Player. All you need is a sequencer like Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer, LIVE, Pro Tools, Cakewalk, or even Apple GarageBand and you’ll be up and running. 

  • 01 Concert Harp
    02 Harp Glissandi
    03 Harp Glissandi Ad Lib
    04 Harp Harmonics
    05 Harp Xylophonics
    06 Harp Pedal Buzz FX
    07 Harp Bisbigliandi FX
    08 Harp Scrape FX
    09 Harp Slide FX
    10 Harp Thunder Crash + Palm Slaps
    11 Harp 2
    12 Harp 3

  • 01 Harp Pad
    02 Bass Harp
    03 Sub Pluck
    04 Cable Snaps
    05 Harp Dubstep (MOD)
    06 Sitar
    07 Banjo

The Perspective Fader


CineHarps includes the addition of a new Perspective Mode. When Perspective Mode is turned on, a slider appears that performs a smooth crossfade between the Close, Room, and Surround microphone perspectives. This slider is automatically mapped to the mod wheel, giving you the ability to instantly control the relative depth of the instrument.

Gliss Mode

Gliss Mode transposes all of the white keys according to the selected notes and pedal diagram. This allows for easy playing of glissandi on the white keys. When the Gliss Mode button is active, note attacks in faster phrases are gently softened. The faster you play, the softer the attack.

Tip/Trick: Turning on Gliss Mode and leaving the pedals set to C major allows you to play chromatically, but still softens the onset of each note in faster phrases, which can result in more realistic trills, bisbigliandi and other types of playing.

Close Delay Button

Above the Close microphone perspective is small yellow button marked with a “D”. Activating this button delays the sound of the Close perspective by approximately 15ms, which time aligns the Close with the Room and Surround Perspectives, resulting in a tighter sound. Turning off the Close Delay gives the instrument more depth and definition, which can be useful for featuring it in the mix.

Velocity Curve

The Velocity Curve control can  be used to dial in exactly the dynamic you are looking for. Bias Forte makes it easier to play louder dynamics, and Bias Piano makes it easier to play soft dynamics. Linear allows the velocities to pass through unaffected. The Velocity Curve control can also be used to compensate for a MIDI keyboard with an undesirably hard or soft action. You can custom-draw a velocity curve by clicking and dragging with the mouse. 

Release Mode

The Release Mode knob changes the way releases are played. “Muted” simulates the harpist immediately dampening the string at the note release, and “Let Vib.” allows the string to ring out for its full duration ignoring any note releases. “Normale” provides a moderate decay to the release. This control along with the Release Volume control can be used to dial in the exact type of release behavior you are looking for.


Round Robin Borrowing

The RR Borrowing knob employes surrounding notes as additional round robins. A value of 6 results in up to +/- a tritone of borrowing providing up to an additional 12 round robins per note. A value of zero only plays two round robins per dynamic level. Higher values result in more round robins and more tonal variation.

Dynamic Range

The Dynamic Range knob can increase or decrease the overall dynamic range of the instrument. With the knob turned all the way up, low dynamics are almost completely inaudible and higher dynamics are very loud. With the knob turned all the way down the instrument plays all of the recorded dynamic layers, but at the same perceived volume.

CineHarps v1.1 is scripted for Native Instruments' Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) format.  That is the only difference from CineHarps v1.0.  You can learn more about NKS here.   Explore the latest version of Kontakt here


Produced by: Michael Barry and Michael Patti
Project Director: Tim Starnes
Kontakt Scripting: Ben Chrisman
Recording Engineer: Adam Michalak
Mix Engineer: Tim Starnes
Sample Editors: Elan Hickler, Casey Merhige, Elvis Bates
Quality Assurance: Elisa Rice

Requires Kontakt 5.6.8 and above (Works with both the free Kontakt Player and the paid, full version of Kontakt)

  • Requires a minimum of 25GB free hard drive space during installation. Library size is approx. 12GB after installation
  • Minimum 4GB RAM Recommended

Kontakt 5.6.8 Minimum System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit) Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2

Kontakt 5.6.8 Supported Interfaces

  • Mac OS X (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
  • Windows (32/64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, AAX