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Don Williamson

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Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« on: May 24, 2017, 09:32:18 am »

I am looking for some help here and hope this is an acceptable post for this area.

My brother is looking to build a bell tower on top of a barn on his farm and would like to have a carillon system install that plays bell music. While he cannot afford an expensive church system, he has asked if I would help him find a cheap way to do this.

I would think that something as simple as a Raspberry Pi (miniature PC) would do the trick, with the 'Church Bell' software installed, an amplifier and a couple of speakers.

I really have no idea on an amplifier or speaker size to get. (Maybe some horn speakers?)

He is not looking to shake the neighbors up a mile away, but loud enough to be heard 1,000 feet or so, with a tone\quality like that of a church bell system

Any help on this would be appreciated.

D. Williamson
Chester, VA
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Re: Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2017, 02:33:22 pm »

Would that be 1000' in all directions or is one general direction (ie: towards the house) acceptable for this application?
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Re: Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2017, 12:00:20 am »

I think we decided in 2 directions. The barn is to the right of the house and back a ways. The road is parallel to the barn and the house. So, we are thinking one speaker aimed at the road and another aim to the left at 90 degrees ( if facing the front of the barn ).

I have been talking in PM's here with Jerome Malsack who has helped me figure out what I think I am going to do.. to a degree.

Here are my thoughts:

Amp  - JBL CSA2120 2x120 Watt Power Amplifier
Speakers - 2 - Atlas Sound DR-32 95 Uniform Coverage Horns
Drivers - 2 - Atlas Sound PD60A 60W Compression Drivers

I have MP3s I think can use to generate the bells. The only remaining pieces are the PC items.
Jerome mentioned that the Amp has no fan, which in a barn would be good. Barns tend to be dusty and a fan would likely suck in a lot of dust.

So, the same being said for the PC.. I was thinking a bout using a Raspberry Pi for the PC part. If I could find the software for it that would allow me to schedule the MP3s by time, that would be great.

So I am searching...

Any suggestions on this plan so far?

Thanks!


Would that be 1000' in all directions or is one general direction (ie: towards the house) acceptable for this application?
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Re: Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 01:26:49 am »

I think we decided in 2 directions. The barn is to the right of the house and back a ways. The road is parallel to the barn and the house. So, we are thinking one speaker aimed at the road and another aim to the left at 90 degrees ( if facing the front of the barn ).

I have been talking in PM's here with Jerome Malsack who has helped me figure out what I think I am going to do.. to a degree.

Here are my thoughts:

Amp  - JBL CSA2120 2x120 Watt Power Amplifier
Speakers - 2 - Atlas Sound DR-32 95 Uniform Coverage Horns
Drivers - 2 - Atlas Sound PD60A 60W Compression Drivers

I have MP3s I think can use to generate the bells. The only remaining pieces are the PC items.
Jerome mentioned that the Amp has no fan, which in a barn would be good. Barns tend to be dusty and a fan would likely suck in a lot of dust.

So, the same being said for the PC.. I was thinking a bout using a Raspberry Pi for the PC part. If I could find the software for it that would allow me to schedule the MP3s by time, that would be great.

So I am searching...

Any suggestions on this plan so far?

Thanks!

raspberry pi's run Linux.  The 'cron' program schedules commands to run. 

The player is called mpg123 so running the command 'mpg123 -vC /home/music/bellaudio.mp3' would play and mp3 in the the /home/music directory called bellaudio

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Re: Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 07:03:23 am »

I think we decided in 2 directions. The barn is to the right of the house and back a ways. The road is parallel to the barn and the house. So, we are thinking one speaker aimed at the road and another aim to the left at 90 degrees ( if facing the front of the barn ).

I have been talking in PM's here with Jerome Malsack who has helped me figure out what I think I am going to do.. to a degree.

Here are my thoughts:

Amp  - JBL CSA2120 2x120 Watt Power Amplifier
Speakers - 2 - Atlas Sound DR-32 95 Uniform Coverage Horns
Drivers - 2 - Atlas Sound PD60A 60W Compression Drivers

I have MP3s I think can use to generate the bells. The only remaining pieces are the PC items.
Jerome mentioned that the Amp has no fan, which in a barn would be good. Barns tend to be dusty and a fan would likely suck in a lot of dust.

So, the same being said for the PC.. I was thinking a bout using a Raspberry Pi for the PC part. If I could find the software for it that would allow me to schedule the MP3s by time, that would be great.

So I am searching...

Any suggestions on this plan so far?

Thanks!
Jerome may have PM'd you too, but I'm going to take partial credit for this, as the above was my suggested gear list. :)
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Re: Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 01:06:40 pm »

My mistake... Credit goes to Tom for the specs...I had just glanced at the last PM I received

Don


Jerome may have PM'd you too, but I'm going to take partial credit for this, as the above was my suggested gear list. :)
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Re: Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2017, 11:42:12 pm »

My solution in action...

Using windows scheduler to schedule the bells by time. Tested with a laptop.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v86warqg4ezzguq/Bells.mp4?dl=0
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Re: Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2017, 07:25:42 am »

One of my church customers has this program called "Churchbells" running on an old windows computer with roughly the same amp/speaker set you're proposing. It's shareware with a $35 forever license and allows for all sorts of scheduling options. Plus the sounds that I heard are beautiful:

http://inspiredcode.net/CBells.htm
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Re: Poor man's carillon for a farm.
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2021, 09:58:39 am »


I have been talking in PM's here with Jerome Malsack who has helped me figure out what I think I am going to do.. to a degree.

Here are my thoughts:

Amp  - JBL CSA2120 2x120 Watt Power Amplifier
Speakers - 2 - Atlas Sound DR-32 95 Uniform Coverage Horns
Drivers - 2 - Atlas Sound PD60A 60W Compression Drivers

. . .

Any suggestions on this plan so far?

Thanks!

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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2021, 11:34:29 am »

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