Glass Absolute Quintet


  • Detailed sampling of a quintet of glass instruments: Champagne, Brandy, Burgundy, Wine and Punch glasses.
  • Both resonance and staccato expressions.
  • For staccato the glasses have both individual and combined patches, while for the resonance the glasses come in a single instrument patch.
  • Instantly playable.
  • 130 MB download (315 MB when extracted)
  • 3x round robins.

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Glass has been used as a musical instrument for centuries. While usually filled with the finest French cognacs, champagnes and wines, the unique sound of these quintet of glasses produces a warm and haunting tone, that comes with a reverb-y and chamber-like echo. The Glass Absolute Quintet is an exciting new library, featuring the soprano sound of the Champagne Flute all the way down to the baritone of the Punch glass bowl. The glasses have been hit and resonated to give a variety of sounds, full of character.

The massive bowl shape of the burgundy glass and punch bowl may be designed for aroma, but sonically it provides some of the most detailed and textured ringing and droning sounds you will ever hear and causing the liquid to align, change shape and bounce around.

The resonating sound of glass produces an amazing pad-like sound, a great organic alternative to lush strings, capable of creating fullness and emptiness. Meanwhile the staccato hits give an almost pizzicato-like sound. Whether featuring on an orchestral arrangement or used to fill the space of a sparse hip-hop beat, this versatile instrument is at home however and wherever you use it.

The various glasses were approximately tuned with water. Naturally the pitch of each glass spans only an octave, with the high end of the scale being glassy and angelic sounding, while the low end drones and is rich in natural vibrato. Given the nature of the instrument, getting a perfect pitch using just water was a hard task. Minimal audio manipulation was required after the recording session to ensure that each note was perfectly tuned. The tones have been spread chromatically outside their normal range for playability.