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For general technical notes go to www.saariaho.org/Electronics-general-notes.html

For solutions to common problems go to www.saariaho.org/Electronics-common-solutions.html

General information

The electronics for this piece can be run with a Max patch including all effects.

In both rehearsal and performance the sound engineer/musician should read the score and adjust the relative levels of the harp and electronics on the mixing desk, according to the given context (musical interpretation, equipment, acoustics of the performance space).


latest standalone patch version does not require Max installation

alternative: mxf patch version requires Max installation

Technical requirements for the current version

- Macintosh computer equipped with an external audio interface compatible with Max (cf: www.cycling74.com), e.g. Motu: www.motu.com, Digidesign: www.digidesign.com, RME: www.rme-audio.com

  1. -Microphone(s) for the harp

  2. -Mixer & stereo diffusion (possibly a return monitor for the harpist)

Performance notes

The amount of amplification required naturally depends on the performance space, but it should never cover the acoustic sound of the harp.

The ideal sound is a clear and rich 'close’ sound. The microphone(s) should be placed as close to the harp as possible.
The general level should be rather loud, but not painfully so.