Sleighbells

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Q: What does every Christmas track need but has been sadly overlooked by most sample developers?
A: Sleigh Bells

Q: What are Sonokinetic going to do about it?
A: Program a ridiculously comprehensive collection of tempo-synced sleigh bells.

So for this special package, we donned our comedy Santa hats and recorded 6 different sizes of sleigh bells, ranging from just one bell to a 25 bell stick. The samples were captured using apogee hardware and a violet audio flamingo stereo microphone.

We’re providing loops in two tempi. Using Kontakt’s Time Machine function and our in-house developed ITM (Intelligent Tempo Mapping) the loops will adapt to your carol seamlessly. We have captured two meters (3/4 and 4/4) and two feels… straight(ish) called ‘trot’ and a shuffle-feel ‘gallop’ which Rudolph tells us keeps him in perfect sync with the other reindeer.

We’ve also captured a sleigh full of single hits, to create a set of round robins for maximum realism… that’s between 23 and 41 different hits per instrument.

The interface is themed around an advent calendar (what else?!) You can open doors by either clicking them, or playing any of the keys associated with that door. The numbers refer to the number of bells of that particular sleigh bell, and in number 0 there is a general options field.

Please help us spread the holiday spirit by telling all your friends and family (or at least the ones that own a full version of Kontakt and know how to use it). We might be a bit early, but we figured you were gonna need this for your Christmas composing, which is happening right now.

So enjoy, and until the next release God rest Ye all…

  • One Kontakt 4 & One Kontakt 5 patch spanning:

    • 6 different Sleigh bells

      • 25 bell sleigh bell
      • 21 bell sleigh bell
      • 17 bell sleigh bell
      • 13 bell sleigh bell
      • 6 bell sleigh bell
      • 1 bell sleigh bell
  • Loops in two tempi, two meters and two feels
  • Loop length up to 25 seconds, average around 10
  • Up to 41 Round Robins per multisample
  • 300+ samples. (about 500 Mb sample content) in 24 bit 44.1 kHz aiff format
  • Royalty and copyright free content license.
  • Sleigh bells Reference manual (pdf).
  • Artwork: “Sleigh Bells” DVD cover. Designed by Sonokinetic
  • Free Christmas spirit included

Format: All files in 44.1 kHz, 24bit aiff format.

Programmed for Kontakt 4.2.4 & Kontakt 5 (FULL VERSION ONLY! not compatible with the free Kontakt Player!)

THE INTERFACE

The main UI for Sleigh Bells will present itself as a closed advent calendar, fitting with both the holiday spirit and this instrument being a gift to you.

The different doors are numbered to indicate the number of jingling bells of each different instrument. The doors will open when you click the numbers or play any of the associated keys (more on which keys to press later).

PLAYING SLEIGH BELLS

The keyboard layout:

Sleighbells Keyboard

You might wonder what on earth we were thinking with this keyboard layout. But it’s colourful, jolly and definitely Christmassy. It’s also functional (kind of) once you get the hang of it :o )

Here’s how it goes… pay attention…

  • Bells are laid out from left to right in order of large to small, so…
  • red = 25 bells
  • yellow = 21 bells
  • blue = 17 bells
  • green = 13 bells
  • cyan = 6 bells
  • white = 1 bell
  • The leftmost set of keyswitches will set the loops of either bell type to trot (straight) or gallop (shuffle) individually. White keys will play gallop, black keys trot.
  • The rightmost set of keyswitches control the global settings behind door ’0′, from left to right the functions are:
    • Intelligent Tempo Mapping on/off
    • End hit on or off
    • Meter settings: 3/4 or 4/4
    • Global feel setting, sets all to either trot or gallop

KEYBOARD MAPPING

The white keys

Inside the playable area, loops are laid out on the white keys. There are between two and four loops per bell per feel per meter per tempo… breath in…. and the number of colored keys will change when you change any of the settings, depending on how many are available for that particular setting.

The black keys

The black keys will trigger the round robins available for your particular bell, there are either two or three black keys assigned per bell, depending on where they are on the keyboard.

OPTIONS MENU


ITM on/off

Sonokinetic’s own Intelligent tempo mapping will make sure that your reindeer stay in sync no matter how hard you push them to deliver the gifts. With ITM on it will, in extreme tempi, choose the nearest doubling/halving of the tempo, resulting in a stretch factor that is never higher than 20%, improving the audio fidelity. If you do want to have frantically fast or really slow sleigh bells, turn off ITM with either the button or the C#6 keyswitch.

End hit or no end hit

By clicking this control, or using the assigned keyswitches on D#6 and E6, you can set the instrument to play one of the round robin notes when you release a loop as an end hit.

Meter

Set the meter corresponding to the meter of your song, there is a slight difference of emphasis between the 3 4 and 4 4 jingling.

All trot / All gallop

This control toggles trot and gallop for all bells.

Audio Demos: Composed and performed with dedicated care and ear by professional musicians and composers.


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