Mobel is a bell ringing simulator for church bell ringers and handbell change ringers. When ringers are at home, travelling or at towers, Mobel lets them practise any method they are going to ring. It also shows the blue line diagram for any method, including bobs and singles.
Practise any method on 4 to 16 bells.
Ring plain courses, or touches that Mobel creates (including spliced). Add your own touches (compositions).
Ring any bell; handbell ringers can ring any pair.
Mobel rings the other bells, and speaks any calls.
Conduct: put in bobs and/or singles yourself.
See the blue line diagram for any method or composition that you have added.
Line styles with or without the underlying bell numbers, or as a grid.
Lines for bobs and singles.
Pinch to zoom the diagram.
Select from 19,000 methods in the microSIRIL library.
Change the speed of the ringing.
Ring with or without a handstroke gap.
Have Mobel wait if you hesitate - or continue in perfect rhythm.
Edit methods and calls to create new methods or doubles variations.
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 double tap to change line style, or pinch to zoom.
- Tap the info (i) button to view and change settings.
- Tap the Help buttons for further information.
Mobel comes from AbelSim, producer of the world's best-selling change ringing simulators: Abel for Windows PCs and Mabel for Apple Mac (see www.abelsim.co.uk).
Mobel is not intended for handbell tune ringers: it rings changes, not tunes.
The latest version runs on iOS 8 and later. Earlier versions of Mobel are still available for previous versions of iOS.
Whoops! I added a bug in the last version, and took it out again in this one.
Ratings and Reviews
I love Mobel
I've used Abel for many years, mainly on a laptop but also used it to provide the sounds with a simulator. I also used Mabel when it was first available. I gave up ringing for about 5 years but having moved from Wales, where there was no opportunity to ring, to Guernsey where there is plenty of ringing I found Mabel lurking on an old MacBook. A look at the Abelsim website showed that things had moved on and Mobel was now available for iPad. Perfect except that I had to find a way of getting iTunes to allow a Guernsey resident to buy an app. That sorted I duly bought Mobel and I am finding it just as useful as ever. I haven't yet had so chance to explore all the options so it may or may not have some of the more advanced options that I used to use. But I have been relearning Cambridge and Primrose and have found it invaluable. I have already rated it 5* and think it is excellent value for money.
I certainly recommend it to anyone.
Lets me practice methods my tower cannot usually ring, so when I do get the chance I know more or less what I am doing! Invaluable. Also does get the ear attuned to perfect striking, so just a matter of getting the body to do what it's told...Has allowed me to learn complex methods so I score QPs at first blows in method. Crucial with the lack of advanced practices available. Team behind it very responsive to feedback and new version even better than before! Helped me get my first 7-spliced minor recently 🙂
I find Mobel a very valuable source for learning methods, I struggle with rope sight and was going to give up ringing after a couple of years because I couldn’t progress.
After using a simulator I realised I found it much easier to hear the bells and my place, so I now ring primarily by listening and learning the circle of work in a method and practicing it on here before ringing ‘live’! I am also trying to observe the bells and work on my rope sight to back me up!
So I will be rating Mobel at full whack! Hugely recommend. 😀
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.