Church Bells


This past weekend, the Missus and I went to a big wedding up in Hunter, NY.   The couple was married in a beautiful wooden Ukrainian Catholic Church that was built without a single nail.

The acoustics in the place are just beautiful.  Surprisingly, the acoustics in the church were not the biggest attraction.  Just outside the church is another hand-built structure: the bell tower.

The bells were sounded for the arrival of the couple and at the conclusion of the service.  I was lucky enough to weasel my way into the bell tower to sneak in some recording time.

Even though there were still some people in the church driveway, I managed to get a fairly clean recording.  If you listen carefully you can hear the creaking of the ropes and pulleys that the bells rest on.

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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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  1. I just love that you’d just run off to record the bell during the wedding, especially that it ment that you packed up your gear just in case… Love the recording! Beautiful!

Michael Raphael June 30, 2010