Arman Bohn has released a free virtual instrument for Windows, the Glass Armanica VSTi.
It’s a virtual recreation of Ben Franklin’s rubbed glass instrument, known as the Glass Harmonica, Armonium, Hydrocrystalophone, or Armonica.
The Glass Harmonica makes gorgeous, ethereal sounds.
Here’s a sample from Bohn’s Glass Armanica:
The samples were created by filling wine glasses with water and tuning them with a chromatic tuner to the appropriate pitches (drop by drop). It was recorded with an Oktava MC-012 cardioid condenser microphone running into a Seventh Circle C84 Preamp.
The VSTi features:
- A single octave octave of samples running from MIDI note 72 to 84 (Octave 6)
- Amplitude ADSR controls
- Velocity sensitivity
- Reverb with width, size and mix controls
- Hi-Cut and Master Volume controls
It’s a free download from Bohn’s site.