30 Days of Roc #14: Bells

30 days of Roc, where we release 1 new instrument a day! You're on day 14. We're also running a contest for each instrument, where you can win $10-$50 iTunes gift cards!

Enter now to prove you're the Roc master! First time here? Check out what you've missed:

Day 13: Chimes Hi & Lo
Day 12: Thumb Piano
Day 11: Music Box
Day 10: Vocal FX
Day 9: Vocal Jazz
Day 8: Singing Vowels
Day 7: Konokol and Tabla Bols
Day 6: Birds
Day 5: Animals
Day 4: Around the House
Day 3: The Kitchen Sink
Day 2: Body Sounds
Day 1: Human Beatbox

Bells have been around for-ev-er, dating all the way back to 500 BC. For those of you unfamiliar (I hope there are not many) with this instrument, it's a percussion as well as an idiophone. They're usually hollow, in a shape of a cup, and rung or struck to create a "ringing" sound. They are usually crafted from metal, but can be made out of glass or ceramic as well, and range from all sorts of sizes. Fun fact: The largest bell ever made was the Great Bell of Dhammazedi in 1484, weighing approximately 300 tons!!! That's about 50 elephants! Historically, bells have been used during significant events to represent peace and freedom, which still carries on today as a formal tradition.


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For today's release, we present to you 3 different instrument packs, entitled Bells Lo, Bells Mid, and Bells Hi. You can find all three in the instruments toolbar, located on the right hand side of Roc, our music creator. With Bells Lo, Mid, and Hi, you'll have an arsenal of 36 ring-ding-a-lings to work with, to create one majestic piece of harmony.

Launch Roc now to start going exploring!

And remember, every instrument, including Bells is licensed under creative commons attribution, and can be used commercially. This means that you can use any music you've created in Roc (even in a commercial project!) as long as you give Aviary credit.

Bruce and Mizagorn have put together two demonstrations to show you what can be done with Bells Lo, Mid, and Hi. Create a song from scratch, or add them to your existing songs!


Hint for Day 15 release (coming Thursday): This specific bell is usually rung at a certain hour to signify a gathering.

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