A very preliminary handbell soundfont

• Jan 29, 2021 - 05:09

Thanks to some help from users on this forum, I've come up with a very preliminary soundfont for handbells.

I recorded the samples on my set of 4 octave Schulmerichs. I haven't done much processing on them, I really want the sound to be as true to actual bells as possible. There's always room for improvement though, so if anyone has suggestions they would be welcome.

The thing I would really like to do would be to add all the sounds made with different bell techniques, such as marts, mallets, etc. (see this video for some examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7peh-ccULqQ ). I'm envisioning a custom palette with all the handbell symbols, and also tying audio playback to those symbols, much like the Articulations palette works. However, I think that would be a much more involved process and I'm not really sure where to begin. Recording the samples would be no problem, it's actually getting it to work with Musescore where I'm not sure. Would this mean writing a plugin?


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