RARE INSTRUMENT COLLECTION
Glass Works is a set of Kontakt instruments which collects together 3 rare musical instruments which use glass to generate sound: Le Cristal Baschet, The Glass Armonica, and a set of Cloud Chamber Bowls. Soniccouture travelled to Paris to record with Thomas Bloch, a virtuoso musician who specialises in rare instruments, and Glass Works is the result.. cinematic, creepy and cool.
GLASS WORKS: THE INSTRUMENTS
GLASS ARMONICA - The glass armonica, also known as the glass harmonica, bowl organ, hydrocrystalophone, or simply the armonica (derived from "harmonia", the Greek word for harmony), is a type of musical instrument that uses a series of glass bowls or goblets graduated in size to produce musical tones by means of friction - rubbing a wet finger along the edge of the glass, as one might with a wine glass.
CRISTAL BASCHET - The Cristal Baschet or 'Le Cristal' was designed in 1952 by Bernard and François Baschet. It consists of about 4 octaves of chromatically tuned glass rods, which are rubbed with wet ﬁngers. The vibration of the glass is passed to a heavy block of metal, which itself is tuned and in fact determines the ﬁnal pitch. The entire mechanism is ampliﬁed by a large steel plate called the “ﬂame”. There are also three small ﬁberglass cones that amplify the higher frequencies.
CLOUD CHAMBER BOWLS (BOWED) - The Cloud Chamber Bowls are Soniccoutures recreation of an instrument built in the 1950s by maverick American composer Harry Partch. It consists of hanging “bowls” which are sections of 12-gallon glass carboys. Both tops and bottoms of the carboys are used. Partch had 14 (later 13) bowls hanging from a large wooden frame he called a “tori”. The name “Cloud Chamber Bowls” arose from the fact that Partch found the original tops and bottoms at a Radiation Laboratory at UC Berkeley in 1950. The bowls were originally used for cloud chambers used in tracing paths of subatomic particles.
THE KONTAKT INSTRUMENTS
The Soniccouture Glass Armonica instrument features 3 alternate round-robin layers with expressive key-off samples. Use either the mod-wheel or velocity to add the sound of natural pressure to the sound.
The Soniccouture Cristal instrument uses 2.5GB of stereo samples spread over 4 octaves. 6 different articulations (with 3 alternate layers each) make the instrument burst with expression: sustain: soft & hard, Accent, percussion: hard & soft mallet, SFX. The ‘Flame’ - the steel sheet that amplifies the sound - is modelled using convolution technology, so you can add as much or little of the effect as required.
The Cloud Chamber Bowls kontakt instrument contains 1.38 GB of stereo samples. 10 x 3 velocity layers ensure a seamless dynamic response. Switch between hard and soft mallets for a different timbre, and Bowed for a sustained pad-like sound. The tuning of the CCB can be switched from the original random tuning to a more usable chromatic (C1-C5) range.
THE EFFECTS: 3 USER CONFIGURABLE INSERT FX - 4 BAND EQUALISER - SPACE MODULE WITH ADDITIONAL FLAME IRS
Glass Works features a comprehensive effects page, with a configurable insert chain featuring Replika, Phasis and other cutting-edge NI effects. The Space Reverb module features Soniccouture's custom impulse library built up over many years and recording sessions.
GEN TOOLS: WEAVER:RHYTHMIC TRAIL GENERATOR - JAMMER:GENERATIVE ARPEGGIATOR - CREATE YOUR OWN PRESETS
Weaver creates unique rhythmic patterns for each note you play. A bit like a delay effect but evolves differently according to what you play - strands of sound weave in and out of each other. Jammer is The latest evolution of our generative arpeggiator - Hold a chord, and let it evolve - or loop a section and jam between 12 sequences.
This product requires the free Native Instruments Kontakt Player, the latest version can be downloaded through Native Access, Native Instrument’s download manager!
The minimum required Kontakt version for this product is stated in the product description or can be found on the manufacturers website.
- macOS 10.14 or higher
- 64 bit
- Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (native)
- RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)
- Windows 10 or higher
- 64 bit
- Intel Core i5 or similar CPU
- RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)
- Mac (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
- Windows (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AAX
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