HARP SWARM

A Nine Harp Adventure

9 Harps playing simultaneously all over the Hall at Air Studios. From hauntingly slow and fast tremolandi, to long, short plucks, harmonics, and what has to be the most extraordinary selection of cascading glissandi we've ever heard. The second instalment in the Swarm story offers instant inspiration and a broad variety of uses.

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Overview

The obvious use of 9 beautifully maintained harps, playing both on the scoring stage and in the galleries at Air studios, would be to engulf your listener in a cascade of sweeping glissandi. Yes, if you're a blockbuster composer working on fantasy and magical material, once you've had NINE you're unlikely to go back! Swarm 2 delivers some staggering epic glissandi resonating around this world renowned hall. But this is only the beginning! The plucks and plucked harmonics offer a hauntingly epic melodic universe that will happily straddle larger strident orchestral arrangements at all dynamics. However, the Spitfire team feel the real magic of this library lies in the slow, fast and at times almost granular tremolandi that range from a soft choral sea of calm to a ferocious rain storm. Great for anything other-worldly, science fiction, mystery and horror. The longs strings, with full speed and dynamic control, have an inherent kinetic movement and energy even when playing simple and slow chords. For us, this is a very cool tool to provide you with new pastures of inspiration.

Background

Spitfire swarms are made up of instrument sets rarely grouped together to form large ensembles and presents as viable symphonic 'choirs'. They enable the user to take plucked or beaten instruments and use them like you would a string band, with long shimmering sustains and inspiring epic single hits. Many Spitfire libraries give the user the ability to control vibrato in strings, for Swarm this is replaced by a speed control to vary between a glorious patina of individual notes to engaging "sheens" of sounds where each individual note is inperceptable.

Recorded in the much loved hall at Air Studios the Swarm range fits perfectly into your orchestral palette as a left field approach to sound that is beautiful, engaging and totally original.

If you're tired of your existing orchestral writing palette, or your director wants something new but your producer doesn't want to take any risks. If you're looking for something inspiring or something that you can hold for an age without your listener tiring. If you feel your sample set is dry, featureless and still, or you need to add motion and texture as a layer to your existing orchestral samples then it may be time for a Swarm!

...Oh, and if you're writing a fantasy blockbuster? Once you've had NINE harps you'll never go back!!!

Features

• 6 Harps on the main scoring stage, 3 in the galleries recorded in unison
• Long, Short & Harmonic plucks with Numerous Round Robins
• Haunting slow and fast trems with speed control and dynamic crossfading via mod wheel
• Exhaustive epic glissandi selection including release trigger and different speed options
• Recorded to tape via the finest microphones and pre-amps
• Selection of mic perspectives and Jake Jackson mixed from up front and personal to epic widescreen
• Easy to use, this one springs out of the box.

GUIs

The Overview Panel

Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.

General Controls Panel

A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

The Ostinatum

Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpegiattor, not quite a sequencer. This intuitive device allows you to build up complex patterns that react to your playing to achieve wild systems results tantalising Zimmeresque tension beds or cheeky multi-tonguing effects!

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Articulations

  • Trems - Slow and Fast
  • Harmonics - Pluck
  • Longs - Pluck
  • Short - Pluck
  • Glisses - Blues
  • Glisses - Chromatic Clusters
  • Glisses - Dom 7th - Hollywood
  • Glisses - Dom 7th - Long
  • Glisses - Dom 7th - Medium Down
  • Glisses - Dom 7th - Medium Up
  • Glisses - Dom 7th - Short Down
  • Glisses - Dom 7th - Short Up
  • Glisses - Dom 7th - Shorter Down
  • Glisses - Dom 7th - Shorter Up
  • Glisses - Maj 69 - Hollywood
  • Glisses - Maj 69 - Long
  • Glisses - Maj 69 - Medium Down
  • Glisses - Maj 69 - Medium Up
  • Glisses - Maj 69 - Short Down
  • Glisses - Maj 69 - Short Up
  • Glisses - Maj 69 - Shorter Down
  • Glisses - Maj 69 - Shorter Up
  • Glisses - Major - Hollywood
  • Glisses - Major - Long
  • Glisses - Major - Medium Down
  • Glisses - Major - Medium Up
  • Glisses - Major - Short Down
  • Glisses - Major - Short Up
  • Glisses - Major - Shorter Down
  • Glisses - Major - Shorter Up
  • Glisses - Melodic Minor - Hollywood
  • Glisses - Melodic Minor - Long
  • Glisses - Melodic Minor - Medium Down
  • Glisses - Melodic Minor - Medium Up
  • Glisses - Melodic Minor - Short Down
  • Glisses - Melodic Minor - Short Up
  • Glisses - Melodic Minor - Shorter Down
  • Glisses - Melodic Minor - Shorter Up
  • Glisses - Whole Tone - Hollywood
  • Glisses - Whole Tone - Long
  • Glisses - Whole Tone - Medium Down
  • Glisses - Whole Tone - Medium Up
  • Glisses - Whole Tone - Short Down
  • Glisses - Whole Tone - Short Up
  • Glisses - Whole Tone - Shorter Down
  • Glisses - Whole Tone - Shorter Up

Mics & Mixes

Main Mics

  • C - Close
  • T - Tree
  • A - Ambient
  • O - Outriggers
  • T2 - Surround Tree
  • G - Gallery

Mixes

  • F - Fine
  • M - Medium
  • B - Broad