Bolder Sounds releases Handbells

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Bolder Sounds Handbells

Bolder Sounds has released Handbells, a sample library featuring a set of handbells.

For this sample library a beautiful 3 octave set of handbells were recorded in 9 different articulations totalling 1.2 gigabytes. The samples are 24 bit stereo and most articulations are presented with 2 round-robins per bell.

Handbells articulations

  • Handbell Clapper — samples are created with the traditional technique of holding it against the shoulder, bell-upwards, and then swinging the bell through an elliptical shape to cause the clapper to strike the casting of the bell.
  • Suspended Handbell with a soft rubber malle — samples were recorded with the bells suspended from the ceiling of the room while being struck with a soft rubber mallet.
  • Suspended Handbell with a hard rubber mallet — samples were recorded with the bells suspended from the ceiling of the room while being struck with a hard rubber mallet.
  • Suspended Handbell with a plastic chopstick — samples were recorded with the bells suspended from the ceiling of the room while being struck with a plastic chopstick. This creates a great deal of high frequency content.
  • Singing Handbells — The Singing Handbells sound is created by running a wood dowel along the rim of the handbell, similar to the way you can run a wet finger along the edge of a crystal glass and make it sing.
  • Plucked Handbells — is accomplished by using the thumb and forefinger to force the clapper head into the casting while the bell is on the table, producing a staccato note.
  • Malleted Handbells on a padded table — samples are created by striking the bell with a rubber mallet while the bell is resting on the foam of a padded table. This produces a tone brighter and more percussive than the plucked samples.
  • Handbell Shakes — is accomplished by quickly ringing the bell back and forth so that the clapper strikes both the front and back of the bell casting in rapid succession. This creates a continuous tone, as opposed to normal ringing in which the tone decays rapidly after being rung.
  • Handbell table hit endings — samples are typically used for the end of a piece of music or at a cadence. Before this sound is heard the bell is already ringing, so you hear just a small portion of the pitch of the bell followed by the percussive hit on the foam table.

Handbells is available for Kontakt 2 or higher (EXS24 coming soon) for the introductory price of $69 USD until January 1, 2010.

More information: Bolder Sounds / Handbells

  • cutter

    Handbells. LOL. Is there anything this company won’t sample? Not that that’s a bad thing, more power to them. How about tuned car horns and sirens? Tuned power tools? Spoons?

  • chad

    I didn’t know there were so many techniques in creating bell sounds. I remember my teacher using hand bell shake technique every time the class makes a lot of noise. LOL

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