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Glass Instruments

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Glass Instruments
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The Glass Harmonica was invented in 1761. Mozart wrote several pieces for this instrument. The hemispherical glass bowls which rotate around a horizontal axis driven by a pedal were rediscovered only in the last decades of the 19th century. Sounds are produced by touching the rotating glasses with moistened fingertips. Today, the glass harmonica is an absolute rarity, with roughly ten professional players world-wide.

Another rather rarely encountered jewel is the Verrophone (from the french word "la verre" for glass). The youngest of the glass instruments was developed only 20 years ago in Germany. Chromatically tuned glass tubes are rubbed with moistened fingers like the musical glasses, but are also struck with mallets. The lingering, atmospheric sound is highly esteemed by modern composers due to its extraordinary intensity. The musical glasses present one of the oldest forms of making music and sounds with glasses. The instrument consists of several custom-made wine glasses. In order to get different pitches the musical glasses are filled with varying amounts of water. The musical glasses sampled by the Vienna Symphonic Library have a chromatic range from G3 to G6.

The Glass Instruments are rounded off by the bottles which are blown with articulations such as sustains and flutter tonguing.

System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • macOS 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.

Recommended

  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • 8 GB RAM
  • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

Hard Drive Space Requirements

  • 2.3 GB free hard drive space for the Standard Library, 6.3 GB for the Full Library
Glass Harmonica
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
01 GLASS HARMONICA Portato, sustained Half tone trills, mallet hits normal and secco, mallet glissandos
Verrophone
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
02 VERROPHONE Staccato, sustained Portato, tremolo, half tone trills, mallet hits normal and secco, chromatic mallet trills, mallet glissandos
Musical glasses - A
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
03 MUSICAL GLASSES - A Staccato, portato, sustained, tremolo, and half tone trills
Musical glasses - B
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
04 MUSICAL GLASSES - B Staccato, sustained Portato, tremolo, half tone trills, single hits with soft, medium, and hard mallets, mallet glissandos
Musical glasses - C
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
05 MUSICAL GLASSES - C Staccato fast and slow, portato fast and slow, sustained, tremolo, mallet single hits
Bottles
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
06 BOTTLES Staccato, sustained, flutter tonguing Portato, sforzato