Glass of Water

A glass with water added to adjust the pitch.

The story

I attempted to sample my own piano which is an old Kawaii piano i inherited from my grand parents, the thing is probably 40 – 50 years old, not much in instrument years but me being 29, having an instrument that’s older than me is pretty cool.
My attempt failed as the area my piano resides is way too noisy during the day for me to be able to sample it properly, so here i am waiting for the right night to sample my piano.

now with this new knowledge of how to sample things i started to look for other things i could sample.
and i ran into well… a drinking glass that so happened to be thin enough to produce a tone, it was a very flat F so i started adding water to it until i got it in tune to E and then more water and tuned it to a D.

unfortunately thats as far as the piano went in tones so i had to work with what i had and made this little 2 octave instrument that i called… pretty obviously… glass of water… since… thats what it is…

the first hit i used a pencil with the eraser side to give it less of a click and the sustain is that water cup thing where you wet your fingers and circle the edge of the glass to make it give a tone.
in the end it sounds kind of like a bell but the sustain parts can make a really cool kinda creepy sounding pad that could be used for many things.

So this is not a piano as much as it is just a random instrument i created inspired by the pianobook concept.
i hope someone finds this instrument helpful im sure i’ll be using it as much as i can since its my first time sampling something other than a piano.

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  • Mesmerizing sound

    The colour of this instrument is mesmerizing when adjusting the hit volume level to zero, it reminds me of a glass harmonica. The GUI could be more readable because of the number of knobs in it.

    OsvaldoDeJesusG28 October 2021
  • A mallet with hidden wind pads!

    It really sounds to me like mallet - or a very high-pitched hang drum, and the sustain layer sounds to me like a wind pad, almost like an ocarina to be exact! It's a really interesting and versatile sound that might be your next inspiration.

    Alex Raptakis03 November 2021
  • Enough to quench your thirst for samples

    This little library has a very clear, chime like sound with a rather limited range of two octaves. it's rather pure on top and gets more gong-like as you work your way lower. In addition to the struck glass sound, there is a pad layer. The volume of each layer is independently adjustable. The pad layer has a woodwind like quality to it, and adds a nice dimension to the stuck sound. The sounds are well recorded and edited, and this is worthy download.

    Sam Ecoff04 November 2021
  • Ok Sounding Bell

    Ok sounding bell-like sound. Nothing too crazy with the sound. It could use some FX to help bring out more character. Made from a glass of water though? So dope!

    dafingaz13 October 2021
  • Awesome sampling idea but a bit plain

    Although this is really creative sampling and the end product sounds great there are bell instruments i much prefer on pianobook. This instrument while really well recorded and clear sounds a bit novel and cheap. Theres not much in the way of dynamics and round robins wither which is always a big downside for me with these bell type instruments. There are many bell instruments on pianobook that i think have a more interesting and "expensive" tone, are warmer with a more pleasing sounding resonance and have some kind of mechanical noise or mallet noise which adds alot of realism. This is still a pretty great instrument its just that there are several on the site that will get the same job done that i prefer

    septemberwalk14 November 2021