Marimba Swarm

A nine marimba odyssey

9 Marimbas placed all over the hall at Air Studios to create what can only be described as a tuned percussion 'choir'. With an infectious selection of single hits, through to transfixing choral tremolando patches.

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Overview

A versatile set of tools recorded in the world class Air Studios London by Jake Jackson via the finest signal path to 2" tape. With a broad variety of mixes, microphone positions and perspectives, Marimba swarm caters to a variety of causes. From a celebratory carnival troupe, to Terence Malick inspired vistas, to awesome Steve Reich or Terry Riley style systems uses. From a distant boys choir to an intense and slightly insane wooden rainstorm!

This product is part of our "Swarm" range, forming orchestral sections out of unexpected groups of musicians placed around the hall at Air-Studios, in the surrounds and up in the lofty galleries. To give an extraordinary sense of space and scale but also definition.

For any composer looking to create chaotic human awe in their music, for producers wishing to wow their clients with something truly unexpected, but gloriously listenable.

Background

Wood is a living substance, it expands and contracts in different conditions. For wooden bodied instruments the seasons can effect the resonance, the harmonic table of the instrument. For instruments that use the wood itself to create the pitch this can result in microtonal differences over time. It is part of what gives the Marimba it's rich sound.

So it should follow that no Marimba note is going to exactly match that of another. When combining 9 together you therefore get 9 distinctly different notes sounding in unison. Combine this with the natural human trait of not playing in perfect phase aligned time and you have a truly unique experience, and one that cannot be easily replicated by doubling up instruments "in the box". Combine this with placing all 9 marimbas all over an expanse over two horizontal planes and you have a rare one off.

Marimba swarm is a curiously versatile library conjuring carnival like unison hits recorded over many dynamic layers with different beaters and numerous round robins, to a veritable hail storm of unmeasured tremolos down through the dynamic layers to a soft murmuring of angelic choirs.

Features

• 9 Marimbas on the main scoring stage
• Trems, Rolls & Hits with Numerous Round Robins and sticks
• Additional low end soft extension with trems and rolls
• Slow and fast trems with speed control and dynamic crossfading via mod wheel
• Epic unison hits with soft, medium and hard sticks as well as hand muted.
• 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 arpeggiator, 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

  • Hit - Hand Muted
  • Hit - Hard Stick
  • Hit - Hot Rods
  • Hit - Medium Stick
  • Hit - Soft Stick
  • Hit - Very Hard Stick
  • Roll - Hard Stick
  • Roll - Medium Stick
  • Tremolo - Hard Stick
  • Tremolo - Medium Stick

Soft Extension

  • Tremolo - Soft Stick
  • Roll - Soft Stick
  • Hit - Hand Muted Soft

Mics & Mixes

Main Mics

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

Mixes

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