The bell lyre, also known as a bell lyra, is a small two octave glockenspiel - although they can be larger or smaller. Designed to be light and portable, some are built in the shape of a lyre and are played upright supported by a strap around the musician's waist; these are often used in marching bands. The instrument in this library is known as a flatbed bell lyre and can be supported by a special shoulder mounting when played during a performance. Every patch, with the exception of the glissando, is sampled chromatically with recorded repetitions (round robin), and recorded dynamic levels. We have made use of velocity scaling which means the instrument will respond to 128 different velocity levels, and have elegantly edited and processed the samples to maintain consistent volume levels across each patch. The instrument was recorded dry using a single condenser microphone in a close mic position. We recorded through an analogue mixer in order to retain a warmer, more natural sound, and used high quality A/D converters before fine tuning and editing each sample. The instrument is simple to use and is highly playable. Through advanced scripting we have made it incredibly easy to achieve a realistic performance with minimal programming. We have included advanced repetition scripting that helps you avoid the machine gun effect and phase issues with multiple parts, as well as easy to use glissando controls and complete continuous controller customisability.
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