Bolder Sounds introduced one of its latest products – The Handbell library.
It features a three octave set of handbells chromatically recorded in 9 articulations totaling 1.2 gigabytes. Flexible Kontakt scripting includes control over Envelope-Amp parameters, EQ, IR and reverb, Location (player perspective or audience) and release samples when applicable.
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 mallet 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 a wet finger across the edge of a crystal glass can 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.
Handbell Library Specifications:
2 round-robins per bell on most articulations.
Sample resolution of 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format
1.2 GB installed, 680 MB .rar download
Kontakt 2/3/4 and Apple EXS24 native formats
The Handbell library is available at a introductory price of $69.00 until January 1, 2010.
More information: Bolder Sounds