Large Wind Chimes

A large set of wind chimes recorded through an AKG C414, Shure SM57, and AKG P170 pair, each going into a Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD interface....

The story

These Large Wind Chimes have been at my parents house for a long time.

There’s five bells, tuned to a warm pentatonic scale originally just beyond the scope of A = 440Hz. I recorded them through an AKG C414, Shure SM57, and AKG P170 pair — each going into a Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD interface. The have been re-tuned in Kontakt, but I left the original pitches in the Samples folder.

It’s a little noisier this way (perhaps this is a good thing), but I love them the most when sustaining each note for a long period of time, as the real bells would do themselves. Of course, I kept the release time fairly low should you want a little more vanilla control over the duration of the notes.

Likewise, the zones have been mapped fully across the range of an 88-Key MIDI controller, so one may play any note, however for those who wish to maintain the spirit of the original instrument a Bb pentatonic centered at middle-C will do well. Those with an adventurous soul must consider using this extended key range for thunderous carillon tones at the bottom register, and sweet worldly glockenspiel sprinkles above.

Do enjoy!

Included .nki requires latest version of Kontakt 5 or newer

Reviews

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  • Nice sound, especially lower register

    Very interesting! Lower register has a big bell sound which gives a cinematic texture. I like the sound of this wind chimes!

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • Interesting Bells

    These samples occupy an interesting space between a glockenspiel and a vibraphone. The addition of multiple mics is a nice touch. There are some additional musical noises in some of the samples, but they're not really troublesome. There are A LOT of velocity layers here 9 or 10 but no round robins. I suppose the thought is that you're not going to be consistent when playing the keyboard and it will trigger different samples. It more or less works, but once in a while, I am consistent enough that the same sample is played twice, and the the illusion is spoiled rather quickly. All of that aside, this is a worthy addition to PB, and worth your time to download.

    Sam Ecoff18 October 2021
  • Bells with an unlimited tail

    This is an alright bell library that can be fun to play with. The SM57 is by far the noisiest mic amongst the three offered, but it's not easily noticable anyway so it's not a big deal. My real issue is that if you hold the keys for an okay period of time, you will notice that they never stop to resonate. Ok they do, but THEY ARE 30 SECONDS LONG, and at the end you can hear some weird noises, and maybe some forgotten samples. That's also when the noise begins to be more audible. It's possible that you will never notice that though, because they are not meant to be played that way anyway.

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021
  • Great Bell Sound

    Not too bad of a sound here. It actually has a nice childlike quality. The sound also has a little bit of character to it. Throw a flanger or chorus on this and you're golden! Enjoy!

    dafingaz13 October 2021