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Arman Bohn releases Glass Armanica v1.0 beta
Arman Bohn has released version 1.0 beta of Glass Armanica, a sample based recreation of Benjamin Franklin’s rubbed glass instrument known as the Glass Harmonica, Armonium, Hydrocrystalophone, or Armonica.
I originally planned to recreate all three octaves of the real instrument, but I ran out of sufficiently large wine glasses. If I come across any enormous goblets in the future I may release an enhanced version of the 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). I used an Oktava MC-012 cardioid condenser microphone running into a Seventh Circle C84 Preamp.
Glass Armanica v1.0 beta 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.
Glass Armanica is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC.
Visit Arman Bohn for more information.