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Star Trek™ Vulcan Harp

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Fans of Star Trek™ can now play Mr. Spock’s Vulcan harp on their iPad! Replicating the alien instrument from the classic Star Trek™ series, the app is fully functional and features multi‐level sounds, cool effects, and the iconic design of the original harp. Use the sleekly styled controls to compose spacey music or play fascinating songs.

Whether you're a Trek fan, musician, or just interested in playing a unique instrument, the app's richly detailed appearance and wide‐ranging musical abilities make for an instrument unlike any other!

• 15 vibrating strings – each identified, making it easy to play songs
• Distinct pluck dynamic where the sound occurs on release of a touch similar to a harp
• 5 instrument sounds from futuristic to the classic harp
• Large 6-and-a-half octave range in 5 octave banks
• Custom multi-level distortion and reverberation controls give you a wide range to experiment with
• Ability to select pentatonic scale (five notes per octave)
• One button background arpeggio (sequence chords)
• Rich, inlaid wood detail appearance on the harp and moving starfield background
• SoundCloud recording to share your creations
• Concise tutorial to locate controls

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Vulcan Harp Background:
The Vulcan harp is also called a Vulcan lyre, lute, lyrette, and lytherette.

The Vulcan harp is played in four episodes in Star Trek™: The Original Series: "Charlie X", "Amok Time", "The Way to Eden" and "The Conscience of the King".

Spock and Uhura both play the Vulcan harp. Tuvok owns one in Star Trek: Voyager™, Melian owns one in Star Trek: The Next Generation™, and (mirror universe) Kira Nerys owns one in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine™.

Spock plays "Row-Row-Row Your Boat" on the Vulcan harp in the film "Star Trek: The Final Frontier™”.

Audio Issues:
A small number of users have experienced issues with the app not outputting audio. If this occurs please send us a message via the in-app support, or email and we will help you resolve the issue.

The Star Trek™ Vulcan Harp app is licensed by CBS Interactive, Inc.
App created by Shiverware Interactive Software Developments, Inc.
TM CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
TM & © 2013 CBS Studios Inc. Star Trek and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Customer Reviews


As a professional musician and Trekkie, I very much appreciate and highly recommend this app. One reviewer said it doesn't sound like the Vulcan Harp in Star Trek, but I disagree... it sounds EXACTLY like the Vulcan Harp in the scene from "East of Eden" where Adam and Spock play it in Spock's quarters. Star Trek's producers sometimes used other instruments such as electric guitar to depict the Vulcan Harp sound, an example is the jam session with Spock and the Space Hippies in the above-mentioned episode where the girl plays an instrument that looks like a bicycle wheel. Other reviewers have requested additional features, and those would be nice, but I'm giving it five stars because it is that awesome as it is!

Great app. Even better with tweaks

This is a really fun little app. There is a decent amount of control to vary the sound. The pentatonic scales make it non musician proof though a chromatic option that could be turned on or off could make it even better. Also, as others have mentioned, the ability to save as mp3 or similar file would be very nice. I too agree that a way to pipe the sound out could make this a viable instrument for a performance. All in all, an excellent app with great nostalgia and geek cred!

Instant Pleasure

Simple and easy to play. As a Trekkie from way back (original series) I was delighted to have the chance to play the Vulcan Harp. I just downloaded it and got right into it. I have not tried to do anything fancy with it but am pleased with it as it is so far. I also like the fact that you can cradle it in your arm and strum while using the heel of your thumb for the cord effect. Live Long and Prosper!

Star Trek™ Vulcan Harp
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 39.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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