Soundiron Circle Bells 2
Soundiron spend a great deal of time finding and/or creating new instruments that are not commonly known and the Circlebells are no exception. Soundiron managed to get their hands on a very 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 only one at the time, so there are very few of them available in the world.
The instrument sounds somewhere between a Gamelan, Glass Waterbowl, Prayer Bowl and something extraterrestrial. It is made of an array of 6 steel cone-shaped bells, ranging from 2" to 3 1/2" in diameter and each about 10" long. Each note can sustain for up to 10 seconds or more and carries a deep blend of beautiful overtones.
Soundiron recorded the instrument in wide stereo, very up close in a dry vocal booth. They very carefully captured a huge variety of articulations and effects on the Circle Bells, making it one of their very largest libraries. It’s divided into two sections: sustains and strikes. The Strikes section includes soft mallets and hard metal picks, with a large array of custom-designed special effect instrument patches, light versions and special presets. The Sustains section includes viola bow sustains, staccatos and effects, as well as soft mallet and metal pick sustaining rolls and crecendos, all covering a wide range of speeds and intensities that can be fully controlled using the modwheel.
Version 1.0 of this library was originally released by Tonehammer in 2009. For version 2.0 Soundiron brought Circlebells to be in line with the original vision by restoring the original source recording fidelity. Also in version 2.0, the key-mapping and overall playability has been improved, a full set of brand new automatable performance added, effect and arpeggiator controls, fixed a few minor bugs and refined the overall experience. The new custom, automatable user interface unlocks the power of Circlebells, allowing for dual-layer blending and limitless customization.
Includes a free bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambiences, drones and special FX presets, as well as our favorite custom convolution reverb impulses and an advanced Kontakt user interface with full automation support.