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
Reviews for Schulmerich Handbells
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Bells that pop!
I love these! I seem to have a fascination for bells in my music. When I found the Schulmerich Handbells it was the quality recording of bells that I needed. It breaks through other orchestration with a clear, crisp ring. Gotta like this sample library! Thanks Jon Meyer.
Woah!! These are amazing!!!
I am a handbell and bell ringing myself and woah! These are amazing. Beautifully recorded, however the E3 note only seems to be piano when I play it forte... all the other notes are at the dynamic I play them at but, I am truly blown away by these! Thanks for making the sample set!
These are gorgeous-sounding little treats, admittedly a little bit one-trick, but layer nicely into stacks of delicate bells and melody parts in my writing
Nice and warm textured hand bell!
Nice and warm sound of bells. Higher register has a distinctive bell sound, and the lower register has a little like a cymbal sound.
Just what I needed
Used these to accent notes in a track where just a little more spark was needed. Just what the doctor ordered. Thanks Jon.