Creating a handbell soundfont
Hi all, I've posted about this before and I see there are a handful of other posts about it. I arrange handbell music but Musescore doesn't have a good sound for handbells. I approximate it using the vibraphone sound, but it's just not the same. I finally have access to a full 5 octave set of Schulmerich handbells, and am working on a video project with them so I thought why not make a soundfont in the process? I found the tutorial page about making soundfonts, and it seems fairly straightforward, but I'm a little confused on a couple of things:
-Do I need to record every pitch, or can I just record one to get the waveform and Musescore will fill in the pitches for me?
-Do I need to record multiple note lengths? Or can I just record one long note and it will be adjusted based on the note lengths in the score?
-How do I go about adding bell articulations? This is a little more specialized and may be beyond my capability, but I know strings have pizz. and brass has a mute effect so I think it would be similar to that.
Hope what I'm asking makes sense. I love Musescore, and I've been using it to help my bell choir practice during COVID. It would be even more helpful for us if I can make a good soundfont! I even taught a class about it for our virtual Spring Ring event a couple months ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMQNunn9g-I