I sampled a set of Schulmerich handbells in the entryway of my house using a U47 clone running through a Rascal Audio Two-R preamp. Each bell was recorded with 3 velocity layers.
I made a video describing the process, including a demonstration of how I might use the sounds in a non-traditional manner. The last 2 minutes of the video feature a performance utilizing the handbell samples, the flute+violin samples from my last video, and my felted Kawai upright piano.
Soundcloud demo – https://soundcloud.com/meyerjon-1/softly-ring-the-bells
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Beautiful tone, beautifully captured :)
I needed some Handbells for a Christmas track I was arranging and, knowing Jon’s work through YouTube and Pianobook, came straight here.
Really playable out of the gate and a gorgeous warm tone. I used them straight up/clean, so the only reason I’ve skipped one star is that I came across a noise on two pitches I used, because the use was quite exposed. It wasn’t prohibitive though and I managed to sort it out for the track. Thanks, Jon, for all your great inspirational work and videos! 🙂