SoundEngine has announced the availability of a Kontakt sample library featuring the mysterious and rare Cristal Baschet acoustic instrument.

The Cristal Baschet Sample Set is the most complete and usable collection of Cristal Baschet Sounds available, contains multi-sampled sounds from the instrument captured by Tomás Mulcahy at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork while the instrument was touring Ireland.

How the Cristal Baschet makes sound is the core of its eerie attraction. Glass rods are attached to metal rods that are embedded in a heavy metal plate. As the glass rods are rubbed with wet fingers, there’s a transformation from a complex, unstable vibration on the glass rods to the metal rod, which via its length, ’tunes’ the vibrations to musical pitches. The diffusers the radiate the resulting acoustic waves, generated through the heavy metal plate that the metal rods are attached to. The result is a musical piece of art, originally designed by the Baschet Brothers in France in 1952.

The Cristal Baschet was sampled at 44.1Khz sample rate. There are 75MB of 24-bit samples and 68 Kontakt presets completely capturing this unique acoustic instrument. You will be able to dial up inspirational sounds quickly and efficiently.

Available for the full version of Kontakt, the sample library is on sale for the intro price of $29.99 USD (regular $39.99 USD). It comes with license-free use, lifetime upgrades, and free library restoration as needed.

More information: SoundEngine