Kontakt 2 / Apple EXS24
The Kontakt version of this library was upadted on 12/15/09. If you purchased it before this date you can go to the bottom of this page and download the update titled Christmas Bells update.zip.
This Bolder sample set consists of 12 charming Christmas Bells which are attached to a mechanical sequencer of sorts. The bells are tuned to C5, D5, E5, F5, F#5, G5, A5, Bb5, C6, D6, and E6. I extended the mapping of the lowest sample to A4 and the highest sample to G6 for more flexibility. When put in play mode the sequencer sends a signal to the bell’s 'clapper' to play the corresponding bell for the correct note. The play list includes all your typical Holiday favorites like Joy To The World, I Saw Three Ships etc ...
For purposes of sampling, I did not use the mechanical sequencer at all. Instead I just flicked the clapper with my finger while each bell was suspended from a mic stand.
For each bell 2 articulations were sampled - hits with long full decays and muted hits. For each articulation of each note, 3 samples are rotated in Round Robin fashion. When you repeat the same note, a new sample is triggered in a rotating cycle of 3 different samples. The difference in sound is subtle but effective. Both the EXS24 and Kontakt support this programming feature. So, we end up with 72, 24 bit stereo pristine Christmas Bell samples in this sample set.
Christmas Bell Specifications
86 mb (unzipped)
58 mb (zipped)
24 bit stereo samples
3 round robins per note
Kontakt KSP scripting
Articulations - long decay and short muted samples
*Full version of Kontakt SAMPLER required. Will only run on the Kontakt PLAYER for 30 minutes in demo mode.*