Mobel, a Belfry in your Pocket

Mobel is a ringing simulator primarily for the mobile phones and tablets. Mobel for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is available from Apple's App Store - and there is also a version for Apple Mac in the Mac App Store. Mobel for Android phones and tablets is available from the Google Play store (search for Mobel AbelSim, or go to this address). When ringers are travelling or at towers, at ringing meetings or in the pub, they can use their phone or tablet to practise any method they are going to ring. Mobel also shows the blue line diagram for any method including bobs and singles.

Mobel lets you practise any method on 4 to 16 bells, ringing a single bell or, for handbell ringers, a pair. You can ring plain courses, or touches with bobs and/or singles that Mobel calls, or spliced. You can conduct touches of single methods, with bobs and/or singles. If you choose the Tower Bells option, Mobel displays pictures of sallies and tail ends, uses tower bell sound, and rings at tower bell speed. If you choose the Hand Bells option, Mobel displays pictures of handbells, uses handbell sound, and rings at handbell speed. You can select from over 22,000 methods, and can edit methods to create new ones, including Doubles Variations. You can ring random compositions that Mobel generates, and you can add specific compositions that you want to practise. You can vary the speed of the ringing, and ring with handstoke gap or cartwheeling. You can have Mobel wait for you if you hesitate while ringing a bell - or it can carry on in perfect rhythm. Optionally, Mobel will give you marks out of 10 for your striking.

Mobel can display the blue line for any method, showing all the rows or just the lines. Mobel shows the diagram for bobs and singles, if these are defined for the method. Mobel can also show the blue line for compositions that you add. You can use pinch gestures to change the scale of the display, and swipe left and right if the picture is too big for the screen. With the Hand Bells option, Mobel displays the lines for both the bells you'd ring.

Basic instructions for using Mobel:

  • Tap a bell to select it for ringing.
  • Tap Start to start the bells ringing rounds.
  • Then tap Go to ring the current composition and method.
  • Tap the bottom of the screen to ring the bell you selected.
  • For handbells, tap right and left to ring a pair.
  • Conducting: tap the top of the screen for a bob or single.
  • Tap Show to see the blue line for the current method.
  • Then pinch to zoom; double tap (Apple) or tap Style (Android) to change style.
  • Tap the i button (Apple), or Settings (Android), to view and change settings.
  • Tap the Help buttons for further information.

You can read the full Help information for Mobel (Apple version) here.

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Mobel on an iPad

  Screen shots

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Mobel ringing tower bells

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Mobel ringing handbells

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St Martin's, Android phone

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