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1 Operating Abel (1)1 Trainer Training Operating Abel (1)

2 2 Abel connections Footswitches Setting off in time

3 Operating Abel (1)3 This tutorial assumes you are familiar with using Abel on it’s own i.e. without bells and sensors Slides 4, 5 and 6 are specific to the installation at St Nicolas, Guildford

4 Operating Abel (1)4 Abel Connections Computer AComputer BComputer C (Headphones)(Headphones)(Loudspeakers) Treble Bell 2All ten bells

5 Operating Abel (1)5 Footswitches Need to be connected if required One per computer Footswitches connect to ‘Small White Boxes’ using the jack-plug leads One ‘Small White Box’ in each cupboard

6 Operating Abel (1)6 Footswitches Computer A (Currently no connection possible) Computer BComputer C SWB1 SWB2

7 Operating Abel (1)7 Footswitches Press to start into rounds (starts on the press, not the release) Press again to start the method And again to call a bob at the next calling position If you decide you didn't mean that, then press again before the call is made and it will be cancelled

8 Operating Abel (1)8 Setting Off in Time There are four ways of setting off: –joining-in –timed start –footswitch start –auto start

9 Operating Abel (1)9 Setting Off in Time Joining-in –press START to set Abel running in rounds (all bells will sound) –pull-off at the right moment –Abel will sense that you have started ringing, will stop sounding your bell automatically and will now take it’s cue from the sensor on your bell

10 Operating Abel (1)10 Setting Off in Time Joining-in –this is only suitable for experienced ringers –beginners will find it difficult to judge when to pull-off

11 Operating Abel (1)11 Setting Off in Time Timed start –tutor sits by the computer, ready to press START –tutor tells ringer to pull-off –tutor watches rope and judges when to press START –Abel starts the treble immediately

12 Operating Abel (1)12 Setting Off in Time Timed start –works well –but the tutor needs to be quite well ‘calibrated’ –tutor can’t stand with learner and press START at same time Note: the START works when the finger is lifted off the mouse button

13 Operating Abel (1)13 Setting Off in Time Footswitch start –operates as for the timed start, or for the joining-in start –the ringer effectively presses START using the footswitch Note: the START works as soon as the footswitch is pressed

14 Operating Abel (1)14 Setting Off in Time Footswitch start –tutor is now able to stand with learner and start Abel

15 Operating Abel (1)15 Setting Off in Time Auto start –the ‘Auto’ button is selected (on the Abel toolbar) –the ringer sets-off at a steady ringing speed –after two whole pulls, Abel will join in with the other bells

16 Operating Abel (1)16 Setting Off in Time Auto start –the ringer is always in the right place –but the ringing speed may be too fast or too slow –speed can be edged back to ‘normal’ by the tutor –but this must be done at the computer (trainer may have to move away from learner)

17 Operating Abel (1)17 Setting Off in Time The two favourite methods seem to be: –The Auto start (when there’s a computer operator as well as the tutor) –the timed start using the footswitch

18 Operating Abel (1)18 More tips…. Striking display…. [View][Striking Display] Use the striking display to help beginners see their place if they can’t hear it. The striking display works in “sound time” not “rope time”

19 Operating Abel (1)19 More tips…. Review striking…. [Ringing][Review Striking] The "Hand Error" and "Back Error" percentages show the average distance that the bell was from its correct position The "Late" and "Early" percentages show if the bell has a general tendency to be early or late at either stroke If the "Hand Error" or "Back Error" percentage is much larger than the corresponding Late/Early figure, it shows that the striking was rather unsteady Bell 3 Hand Error 23% (18% Late) Back Error 25% (20% Late)

20 Operating Abel (1)20 More tips…. Striking controls…. You can mimic an odd struck bell Right click over a rope icon

21 Operating Abel (1)21 More tips…. Software stuff…. If you accidentally open Abel twice at the same time it will report COM port errors, as it will fight the previously opened version for access to the sensors!

22 Operating Abel (1)22 And finally…. When you exit Abel, please leave it as you found it Just say… No


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