Do you think this could work with a harp?

Hey guys

Have a friend who’s harp player and enthusiast of unconventional improvisational electronic music input devices, who’s recently become disheartened after support for some tools he used for years, have been dropped on modern operating systems.

I’m looking for suggestions to get him enthused with music and creating again, but don’t want to suggest a whole lot of stuff to try that doesn’t have much chance of success, as I feel this will have the opposite effect from what I intend.

I was wondering, do you think jam origin could work with harps?
Or, being much more than 6 strings, do you think the polyphonic nature of it would cause chaos with its pitch detecting algorithms?

What I would do as a test would be to feed a harp VSTi into MG and see how it reacts. Worst case play a solo harp piece through a device’s headphone output (be it phone, tablet, computer, etc.) into your usual set-up instead of your guitar.

Get creative and report back with the results. I’m sure that many would be curious to know how it works out.

in terms of melodic material, i bet mg2 will track even the fastest harpist with reliable accuracy.

the player might need to modify the way he plays chords. it would probably be better to avoid the sustain pedal on the harp itself and use an external midi sustain pedal, for instance when triggering pads.

here’s an option - have him send you a few recordings and run them through mg2 on your system. you should be able to tell pretty quickly what works and what doesn’t.

Hello Andrew, welcome here :slightly_smiling_face:

All the above suggestions are excellent, but you should also be aware that only the notes of the harp between D2 and A#4 (range of the guitar) will be processed, the notes below and above will be ignored (the range of the harp goes from Cb0 to Ab6).