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Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica

Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica

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The most detailed sampled Chromatic Harmonica on the planet

Play harmonica like Stevie Wonder or Toots Thielemans - but on your MIDI-keyboard. With almost 7.000 samples, 14 articulations, up to 8 dynamic-layers and a full range of 4 octaves, CH-Harmonica is definitely the most detailedly sampled Chromatic Harmonica on the planet. The user interface holds tons of features on several pages to shape the sound the way you want it. However, if you do not feel like editing, just play and explore the 26 pre-programmed Key-Switch presets ranging from A-1 to A#1 on the lower keys of your MIDI-keyboard.

To achieve the feeling of a live performance, the user interface offers four "Dynamic Modes", „Key-Vibrato“, „Hot-Keys“ and a revolutionary new concept of articulation presets .


One of the most unique features in CH-Harmonica are the Phase-Aligned samples. After six months of research, Chris Hein found a solution to phase-synchronize the samples. This enables an absolutely perfect blending between six dynamic layers. During the development of CH-Harmonica, most attention was spent on how to work with dynamic expression.


The Musician

We were very happy when Berthold Matschat gave us permission to sample his rare harmonica. There are very few chromatic harmonica players worldwide, and he is the leading player in Germany. Berthold Matschat is also an accomplished jazz pianist and composer. Since he extensively works with sampled instruments in his own studio, he had a detailed concept of what needed to be played on and sampled of the harmonica. His tone is particularly soulful and emotional. We recorded an old rare Hohner Harmonica, that dates back to those times, when Hohner could impress with the words “Made in Germany”.


  • 1 Single Instrument for Kontakt 5.2.1 or higher (full version required)
  • 4 octaves range / 3.5 GB Content / 7.000 Samples / 14 Articulations
  • Up To 8 Dynamic Layers / Unique Phase-Align Technique / 4 Dynamic Modes
  • Hot-Keys / Intelligent Legato / Glide-Mode to play realistic runs
  • 10 built in DSP-Effects / 2 independent Convolution Reverbs / 63 high class IRs
  • Attack- & Release controls
  • Special Noise Controls
  • Ensemble Maker
  • Micro-Tuner
  • Adjustable Fader Settings in the GUI
  • Intelligent LFO-Vibrato including EQ
  • Customizable Auto-Vibrato
  • Key-Vibrato
  • Hand-Damping simulation


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Die Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica schließt in puncto Qualität und Austattung lückenlos an die Vorgängerprodukte an und verdient rundum nur Bestnoten. Die Audioqualität und die Präsenz dieser über vier Oktaven spielbaren, chromatischen Mundharmonica ist allen mir bekannten Mitbewerbern deutlich überlegen. Die Vielfalt an Spielweisen, die ausgefeilten Legato- und Vibrato-Optionen, die Gestaltungsoptionen der charakteristischen Einschwingphase durch Blow- und Attack-Spielweisen setzen neue Maßstäbe.

Trotz umfassenden Editiermöglichkeiten bleibt die Bedienung übersichtlich und leicht erlernbar. Wenn überhaupt nötig, hilft hier das deutschsprachige PDF-Handbuch. Obwohl es eine Reihe von voreingestellten Konfigurationen gibt, die über Key-Switches anwählbar sind, lohnt sich der Einstieg ins Editieren – hier geht es bis hin zum Klangdesign und experimentellen Verfremdungen. Diese Mundharmonica kann sowohl lieblich-bluesig gespielt werden als auch zu einem druckvollen, Blechbläsern ähnlichen Ensemble mutieren. Ein Instrument der Sonderklasse zu einem ausgesprochen günstigen Preis.

Holger Obst


  • Exzellente Audio-Qualität
  • Natürlicher, ausdrucksstarker Klang
  • Einzigartiger Reichtum an Spielweisen
  • Differenzierte Einstellungen für Vibrato und Legato
  • Dank übersichtlicher Architektur vergleichsweise einfache Bedienung
  • Preis


  • Ohne jeden Tadel

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Zusammengefaßt bekommt man hier mehr als "nur Harmonika" und zu einem Preis von € 129 sollte man sicherlich zugreifen

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KR Homestudio

Produit unique, édition complète et soignée, réalisme de l’instrument et du jeu. Une librarie de 3.5 Go basée sur les 7000 échantillons joués par l’harmoniciste de jazz Berthold Matschat. Nécessite Kontakt 5.2 complète!

Flag FR spaceNushock 03/2014


....Chris nous a concocté un instrument qui procure une joie à jouer. Si vous êtes en mode Legato,et si vous jouez une autre note vous créez une transition en douceur qui semble très crédible. Le mode polyphonique transforme vous permet de jouer des accords. Il y a également un mode Glide, qui crée le glissement de la note, définissable par votre choix de la clé, l'échelle, la vitesse et le nombre d'étapes. Vous pouvez ouvrir le son et le maintenir par votre pédale de sustain. Tout simplement génial !
Cependant, ce qui distingue cette bibliothèque des autres, c'est que toutes les nuances qui font une grande
performance sont disponibles. Vous pouvez ajouter " bruit " les sons de souffle, l'air, et la poussière, avec le paramètre de bruit. Sont également remarquables les ''Sustain expressif" patches, longs, moyens et courts.
C'est l'un des rares exemples de bibliothèque qui n'a vraiment pas de concurrence et que beaucoup d'entre nous ont voulu pendant longtemps. Si vous ne jouez pas de l'harmonica chromatique et que vous ne vivez pas à Los Angeles, ou que vous ne pouvez pas vous offrir les prestations de ''Tommy Morgan'', alors cette bibliothèque est pour vous....



Flag EN spaceASK Audio Magazine 01/2014

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...Chris has given us an instrument that is simply a joy to play. ...

...I have never found a sample library that even scratched the surface of what a chromatic harmonica is capable of in the hands of a great player, like LA’s treasured musician, Tommy Morgan. Until now!...

This is one of those rare examples of a library that really has no competition and that many of us have wanted for a long time. If you do not play chromatic harmonica and you do not live in LA, or you do but cannot afford Tommy Morgan, then this is a library for you.

ASKAudioMagazine review CHChromaticHarmonica

Flag EN spaceSound Bytes Magazine 02/2014

Sound Bytes


So, if you are in the music business, making cinematic music in search of some old-fashion memorable melodies, then this is definitely the right thing for you. You can’t get better virtual chromatic harmonica than this library. If you want to hear dirty licks, then you should hire a real player, but for everything else, you will get your boxed player for the price of an average virtual synth. You can’t miss with Chris Hein’s libraries; the only question is: Do you need a chromatic harmonica? If you do, then this is the real solution. I’ve tried to play a real one, after all a good friend of mine is one of the most cherished harmonica players in Slovenia, but I would rather stick with this one. So don’t stare too much in all those controllers, buttons and menus; they are there just to frighten you. It is much easier to get solid results than it looks. Just put your hands on the keyboard and blow.

SoundBytes review CHChromatic Harmonica


The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europe’s largest independent customer review company.

5.0 of 5  
17.03.2021 Language: englisch

Very good!

5.0 of 5  
06.01.2020 Sprache: deutsch

Fein! klingt sehr überzeugend!

5.0 of 5  
28.04.2018 Language: englisch

I personally own over a dozen harmonicas, of which two are chromatic style. I am an above average harmonica player and musician. I must say, this Chris Hein Harmonica instrument plugin is absolutely marvelous! The playback is so authentic and pleasing to listen to!


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Please notice: This library can not be used with the free Kontakt Player! To use this "Open Kontakt" format, you need a full version of Kontakt, which is included in products such as Komplete or Komplete Ultimate.

The minimum required Kontakt version number for this product is stated in the product description or can be found on the developer's website.

System Requirements:


  • macOS 10.14 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (native)
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)


  • Windows 10 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or similar CPU
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)

Supported Interfaces:

  • Mac (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3,  AAX

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