At the 2013 NAMM Show: Antiquity Music is actually premiering the Wheelharp , a keyboard musical instrument that gives the player the ability to ‘orchestrate’ with a chromatic scale associated with sixty-one 61 real bowed strings at one’s own convenience.
Quite simply – it’s sort of a steampunk version of the orchestral sound library.
The way the Wheelharp Functions:
When the player presses any kind of key to the Wheelharp, the action moves the chosen key’s respective thread toward a rotating steering wheel with a rosined edge, thereby bowing the thread.
With all the right pedal, the player regulates the speed of the motor that becomes the wheel, which varies the bowing velocity of the wheel against the string and thus changes the dynamic effect. For example, the steering wheel speed and the important depth can both be applied to create swells and decrescendos. The action for each notice can easily be eliminated as necessary for servicing or string substitute.
The left pedal controls a complete damper system that extends across the guitar strings. An electromagnetic pick-up floats above the guitar strings and a piezoelectric pick-up is mounted towards the soundboard, allowing for the player to fully control the increased timbre from the Wheelharp.
Here is a demonstration from the Wheelharp for doing things:
Based on Antiquity Music, “string instrument sampling and string synthesizers get yielded innovative results which come close to, but frequently fall short associated with, creating persuading, authentic bowed-string seems. The Wheelharp vastly improves upon these mechanical instruments by combining a surprisingly efficient design with extensive dynamic control along with a full chromatic scale, giving the gamer a rich audio palette of real bowed strings that can not be equaled by activity or sampling. ”
Here are some audio demonstrations from the Wheelharp:
Pricing (Linear Model or Radial Model):
- 5-octave range: $11, 900
- 4-octave range: $10, 900
- 3-octave range: $9, 900
Production of Wheelharps is expected to begin in June 2013. See the Antiquity Music website for more information.
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