After 15 years with our carillon not working we purchased ecarrillon. It was so easy to set up and the sound is joyous!
Our previous 20+ year old carillon system had failed months ago, but the amp was still good. We priced replacements and were shocked at the high prices of the new systems. Then we found eCarillon. Great sounds, easy scheduling, and even better price! Using existing equipment we were up and running in a very short time and our community loves to hear our bells 'ringing' again!
Nice package overall. The only suggestions I might offer would be a comprehensive installation or setup manual, with an FAQ section. For instance, the computer I used was set to go to sleep after 30 minutes inactivity. So, the program didn't function. Not everyone would know to look for this setting, or where to find it. A checklist of computer settings might be helpful to many users who are not all that tech savvy.
Installed in church in a small town of 300. It is beautiful to have in it play at noon and 6. We have used this program with a regular bell toll of a old fashion church bell. Bell rings for one minute and then the carillon plays. Wonderful!!
Set the program up on a laptop, connected it to a pre-amplifier and amplifier and we once again have music coming out of our bell tower. Program was easy to set up. It has been operating for the past 10 days or so and we've had no issues with it. Well worth the money.
The ease of use and flexibility to load chimes to the tunes of our Lutheran Service Book was the selling point of this program. I was able to have it up and going in about 20-30 minutes. Wonderful product!!
Rev. J. M. Dickmander
This system was easy to use and with little support was up and running in a matter of 15min. Great sound.
If you're looking for something to toll on the hour, of if you have your own digitized bells/hymnody, you're in luck. While the included hourly tolls are good, the ancillary offerings of hymnody/bells seems to be quite limited. The good news is that you can use your own *.mp3 files of hymns/bells.
The interface, while a bit "clunky" in places, is relatively user-intuitive.
The system lacks the ability to schedule hymnody/bells on an annual basis for non-movable events (such as July 4th or December 25th); you may only schedule bells/hymns "Daily" or "Weekly" ... but not annually. Additionally, there is no forethought when it comes to annual movable events/celebrations/feasts such as Ash Wednesday, Lent, or Easter; one cannot automatically schedule annual lenten hymnody to being on Ash Wednesday and conclude on Easter - or to schedule Easter hymnody annually starting on Easter and continuing for "x" number of days.
All this said, given it's price point, it's a great program for those with basic carillon needs ... and who don't mind having to seasonally update the programming to account for a seasonal hymnody.
A laptop that was sitting around with a small audio adapter replaced an older system that stopped functioning and added simplicity and capabilities that were not previously available right on time for the Christmas Season. Thank you!
The Blessed Bells Collection is working very well for us with our Church chimes. We would strongly recommend it to others that may have this need.
Works as advertised
very knowledgeable and helpful support staff
I purchased the Christmas album and the software program. Our church is delighted with the results. The bells sound great and the Christmas songs are very appropriate and sound great as well. Joseph is very helpful. Thumbs up!!
I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to add church bells to their
church environment. Well worth it!
Bill Black--- Holy Spirit Church in Hemet, Ca.
Excellent product. Straightforward installation. Flexibility in setting up a schedule and calendar entries. Good support when working with the demo.
I would have given these a five star review only for the fact I don’t like the phony sounding intros. The bells themselves sound like real cast bells but the digital synth sounds spoil it.
It was wonderful hearing the bells pealing the hourly time and playing our favorite hymns once again, after more than a year of silence. After setting up the refurbished computer system at home and downloading the beta version of your product. I had eCarillon programmed in a few hours with bell music and peals from our former bell system CD library, thanks to the "How-To Videos" on your support page. The system is now installed in our church and connected to our existing amp and belfry speakers. Many of our churchgoers expressed their delight and reflected on how much they had missed the church bells. Thank you, eCarillon, for an amazing product.
As you can hear with the demo, the bell music is very nice. It was easy to buy, download, and use with our existing system. The sound is much better than the old tapes it replaced.
Our old system at St Peter Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona failed about 18 months ago. We had delayed the repair/replacement because of the high cost to fix the old system. For $300.00, an old computer and about 30 minutes of our time, we downloaded the program, interfaced the computer with the old amp and now we enjoy some really great hymns. Very easy to program and very easy to select new hymns. Great bargin.
I bought the Hymns to play at our Church was disappointed that it was not all bells the intros were synthesized sounds. Also I was unhappy that I did not receive a CD all I got was a downloadable file.
Works as advertised on internet, very good system!!!
eCarillon have designed an easy access music scheduler software that takes only 5 minutes to setup. I was running eCarillon "Blessed Bells" 10 minutes before the hour the time I downloaded the eCarillon Ultimate Pack and uploaded the eCarillon "Blessed Bells". Excellent product!!!
My church has been using an old system from the 1970’s which included a mechanical clock and magnetic loop tapes. The eCarillon system is so much more flexible in programming and music selection. It’s working flawlessly and the customer support to answer my questions both pre and post purchase has been swift and on point.
The songs are simple and beauty. It worked well with our setup.
We had an old 8 track system that had long since failed and of course getting new tapes was not an option, replacing the 8 track portion with the newer module that had built in hard drive was going to be much too costly. Found this solution and decided to give it a try. After a little time spent figuring how to connect to the existing amplifier it was up and going. With the exception of once forgetting to click the PM button and waking neighbors at 2 in the morning, it has been great. We have had so many positive comments and words of thanks since getting our chimes going again! Can't wait until Christmas when we can try our Christmas hymns as well.