We wanted to share a new teaser with you from our upcoming Circle Bells library.
Essentially we managed to get our hands on a unique tuned percussion instrument, which is made by an artisan in the San Francisco Bay Area and can only be found in a handful of local music shops. The maker makes one at the time, so there are very few of them in the world. The instrument is known as a "Circle Bell" and sounds somewhere between a Gamelan, Waterbowl, Prayer Bowl and extraterrestrial. The instrument is made of an array of 6 steel bells, ranging from 2" to 3 1/2" in diameter and about 10" long.
Tonehammer: Circle Bells
* Release date: Thursday June 11th 2009
* Articulation list:
o Cloth mallet strikes: an average of 12 velocity layers with our standard 10 round-robins
o Cloth mallet rolls: modwheel controlled loops with 3+ velocity layers and 2+ round robins with release triggers
o Twin metal guitar pick strikes: an average of 12 velocity layers and 10x round-robin
o Twin metal guitar pick scratch effects: 8 layers and 8 round robins per layer
o Twin metal guitar pick scratch "rolls": modwheel controlled loops with 3+ velocity layers and 2+ round robins with release triggers
o Bowing sustains on all bells (fundamental notes and harmonics): 2+ velocity layers and 2+ round robin with release triggers
o Bowing staccatos on all bells (fundamental notes and harmonics): 2+ velocity layers and 2+ round robin
o Custom sculptable ambient drones, created using only the circle bells as source material
* Extensive read me install, patch and hint documentation (.pdf)
* Interview w/Mike Peaslee / Troels Folmann
* Sample resolution: 44.1Khz /24 bit and stereo .wav format
* Format(s): Kontakt 2 and .wav
* Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 2.2.4 / 3 full stand-alone retail versions required
I just made a quick demo using some of the other articulations in the library. This demo is using our guitar picked circle bell (main articulation) and different effects such as scrapes, short bows (stacs) with overtone control, rolls and glitched rhythmic ambiences by Steve Tavaglione.