Version 2 of this unique 2.4 gigabyte sample library has doubled in size since version 1 was released in November of 2009. Three more octaves of Handbells as well as 2 new articulations (Mart and Mart-Lift) have been added. On the low end, C2 and G2 bells as well as the octave above that (C3 - B3). On the high end we have added bells C7 - C8. And to round it off, a very flexible user interface with KSP scripting has been created by Bo Clausen.
If you are a current owner of the V1 Handbell Library, you can upgrade to V2 for $50.00 until January 1 2011. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, we'll verify you've purchased V1 and send you a discount coupon for V2.
The download is in a multi 4 part .rar format. Once all 4 parts are downloaded, all you need to do is double click in part 1 and the RAR utility of choice on your computer will do the rest. If you need any downloads reset send an email to email@example.com
Handbell V2 Sampled Articulations -
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 for a special effect.
Singing Handbells - The Singing Handbells sound is created by running a wood dowel along the rim of the handbell, similar to the way you can run a wet finger along the edge of a crystal glass and 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.
Malleted Handbells on a padded table - samples are created by striking the bell with a rubber mallet while the bell is resting on the foam of a padded table. This produces a tone brighter and more percussive than the plucked samples.
Handbell Shakes - is accomplished by quickly ringing the bell back and forth so that the clapper strikes both the front and back of the bell casting in rapid succession. This creates a continuous sustained tone.
Martellato (mart) - this articulation is created when the handbell is rung by holding it by the handle and gently striking the full body of the handbell horizontally on the padded table.
Martellato Lift (mart-lift) - is the above Martellato articulation followed by immediately lifting the handbell from the table to allow the bell to continue to ring.
*Full version of Kontakt SAMPLER 3 or 4 required. Will only run on the Kontakt PLAYER for 30 minutes in demo mode.*