Hiss and a Roar has released Chimes, a sample library featuring the sounds of various chimes.

Hiss and a Roar SD009 Chimes

Wind chimes can be incredibly useful for colouring an ambience with subtle harmonics – I used them to great emotional effect as a nostalgic/memory device in the war film Home by Christmas. But they are also incredibly rewarding as source material for creating ambient textures and drones via processing. Bell trees and mark trees have been used over the years for many forms of ‘magical’ sounds, but their rich harmonic content does not limit their application to Disney impressions.

Recorded at 192kHz using four microphones with extended high frequency response (Sennheiser MKH800, MKH8050 and a pair of MKH8020s) this library contains a wealth of rich harmonic material, including eleven different wind chimes, ten percussion instruments (bell trees, mark trees, chime bars, glockenspeils) and four sets of bells (including some classic sleigh bells for any Christmas applications!)

The Chimes library is available to purchase in two editions:

  • Ultra $99 USD – 24bit 192kHz, 4 channel (MKH800 + MKH8050 and MKH8020x2), 7.2GB download / 10.8GB uncompressed.
  • Max $49 USD – 24bit 96kHz, stereo (MKH800 + MKH8050), 1.6GB download / 2.7GB uncompressed.

More information: Hiss and a Roar / Chimes