More Bells

For some reason I have a thing for bells.

In the last year I have recorded nautical bells, church bells, buddhist prayer bells, gongs, and all sorts of animal bells. Cow, goat, sheep … you name it I’ve probably recorded it.

I didn’t realize that I had a bell problem until recently. I guess there are worse problems one can have, but it is clear I have a problem.

My most recent bell encounter was another set of church bells. I took a drive up to the country in New York state to visit a secluded Ukrainian Catholic church. The church has a bell tower that is its own structure separate from the church. The bells are not struck with a fancy mechanism, instead they required rope and human intervention. Luckily I was not the guy that had to climb the tower. I safely guarded my hearing from a distance.

The largest bell was about 4 feet in diameter and just rings out for days.

I’m not sure what this recent obsession is about, but it sure doesn’t sound bad.


Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid on the exhaust. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/192.

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REA_008 Animal Bells

The new Rabbit Ears Audio Library is coming your way next week. REA_008 is a collection of over 15 animal bells with a couple of exotic non-animal bells thrown in as a bonus.

Recording Geek Note: Library was recorded with  Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS and MKH 30/40′s. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96 with a Cooper CS-104 used a front end.

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REA_006 Bells

Just a short overview of the new Rabbit Ears Audio Library, REA_006 BELLS:

More sounds here: http://rabbitearsaudio.com/rea006-bells/

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Buddhist Bell Plate?

I’m hard at work finishing the next Rabbit Ears Audio library, REA_006. The recording has taken me to a bell foundry and percussion rental facility, among others.

I wanted to take a break from editing and post a short clip of one of the more unusual bells I recorded. This bell comes courtesy of Percussionist Jonathan Haas and his percussion rental business, Kettles and Company.  Jonathan told me that he picked up the bell from a Buddhist temple when he was overseas, but didn’t have much more information than that.  I’ve tried to do some cursory research and I’ve seen it most commonly referred to as a “Buddhist Bell Plate” or a “Prayer Bell.”  I’m curious if anyone knows the appropriate name for this bell?

Please hit up the comments if you know the appropriate name of the bell or if you have any materials I can read. I would love to properly identify it in the library. Stay tuned for REA_006 BELLS!

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/192.

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Bells

(please excuse the headlamp glare, but we had all the lights out in the foundry)

Lately, I have been a bit bell crazy. I have been running around trying to find interesting bells for a new Rabbit Ears Audio SFX library. I love recording when I’m building libraries, but I also truly love the research. My bell recording has taken me to a percussionist, an historic barge with old nautical bells, and a working bell foundry in Maine.

At every location each proprietor was passionate and extremely accommodating. In the case of the barge, the owner was thrilled that someone expressed an interest in his passion: old historical shipping on New York waterways. In Maine, they are trying to keep an old art alive in the US (there are only a few foundries left). And part of a percussionist’s job is to have the right tools to make unique sounds when scores call for it.

This bell is a 16″ bronze nautical bell recorded at the bell foundry

 

This is a bell plate, which is a rectangular steel slab suspended from a rope.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5’s setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.

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