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1. RECORDING CHURCH BELLS

SimBell allows you to make recordings of your own bells and use these as the sounds - how best to achieve this. NEVER RING ALONE - ASK ANOTHER PERSON TO HELP YOU WHEN RECORDING. The idea of a simulator is to copy as closely as possible the ringing of the bell or bells within your tower. As the main source of feedback ( after the rope of course ) is the sound of the bell so we decided early on that we would try and achieve this as closely as possible. Bells sound different when heard from outside rather than within the tower and therefore there are always some compromises that will need to be made, however here you will find a few tips on the best way to record the sound of your bell(s) Equipment: If you have limited equipment, it is quite possible to make a reasonable  recording with a decent mobile phone, we have successfully used the “Voice Record Pro” app on an iPhone 6, there is a free version which will work just fine, but of course we encourage you to buy the full version, it is only a few pounds and it is a quality product, a screenshot is shown on the right. If you are lucky enough to have access to a digital recorder then all the better, for the sound engineers amongst you, try to use a Condensor Microphone but make sure it can handle the gain, bells are VERY LOUD and you need to protect your equipment from damage. Positioning: The ideal place to record would be where you would stand, however this has some disadvantages as you can get a lot of the extraneous sounds, ropes going though guides, coughs, splutters and choice words when that bell won’t stand first time ! We have had good results recording at the foot of the tower steps with the door closed but try different locations and see what works best for your tower. Ringing: What you are aiming for is a single strike of the bell, so from Balance to Balance. To achieve this ring the bell(s) up, then start recording, pull off the handstroke and aim to stand the bell at backstroke, or alternatively stand at backstroke and pull off, aiming to stand at handstroke. Editing: When you have got the base recordings, you need to trim them to remove silence before and after the sounds and to cut the total length to a maximum of about 4 seconds in total. To do this, if you have used the Voice Record Pro iPhone App then you can trim the file in there, otherwise you can load the file into one off the many free editors available. Remove as much of the silence before the sound wave starts as possible and then use the fade function to make a smooth end after 3 seconds. Some Tenors can continue to resonate for a long period of time, this is not important to the simulator as in most cases the bell has struck again within this time in any case so these fading sounds are not audible. File Format: Unless you have a stereo speaker arrangement in your ringing chamber a Mono WAVE (.wav) file is fine for the SIMBELL Software. We have used 44100 and 22050 Mono resolution files and these have been more than adequate in the vast majority of situations. You cannot use .mp3 files as these are not compatible.

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