Gorgeous Virtual Glass Harmonica

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.

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