Swarms

THE COMPLETE SWARM COLLECTION

Spitfire’s Swarms range is one of our most romantic enterprises. We took instruments usually played in isolation and placed them in enhanced numbers, to turn them into orchestral choirs of their very own. By upscaling to large groups of harps, marimbas and mandolins, we take instruments that create beautiful but often diminutive sonics, and turn them into monster hordes! A new standard in orchestral sample library innovation, this will significantly expand your existing orchestral palette to include a huge variety of totally unique textures.

Sleepwalker - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 1:14)

Dusk Shoals - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:18)

Corduliidae - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:12)

Helocordulia - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:01)

Swarming Simplicity - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:08)

The Swarm - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:31)

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Product Info

  • 72474 Samples
  • 130.6 GB Uncompressed .WAV
  • 79.4 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 158.8 GB disk space required during install
  • Kontakt Full Required
  • User manual

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Overview

Whilst our multi round robin single hits and plucks take on an epic nature, the extraordinary common theme that runs through all of our swarms is tremolandi. By getting sections of this size to play slow and quick repeating notes, through a series of dynamic layers you suddenly get choirs of marimbas, a haze of guitars, a rain storm of harps… Also, with total control over not only the dynamic but also the speed, these libraries can produce anything from a gentle patter of notes to a kinetic haze.

These instruments bathe in the elegance of the Hall (and galleries) of Air Studios and come complete with an extraordinary set of microphone positions. Own any Spitfire orchestral libraries already? Swarm will sit perfectly with them. We find the swarms add alluring detail to orchestral arrangements; the heat of the guitars sitting above the violins, the choral quality of the marimbas combining with cellos, or indeed the fantastic splendour of 9 harps glissando-ing across your science fiction fantasy show. For a truly original approach, use a Swarm in isolation to produce anything from a True Romance style marimba adventure, to a middle eastern plucked nylon escapade to a menagerie of regal harps.

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A new standard in orchestral sample library innovation, this will significantly expand your existing orchestral palette to include a huge variety of totally unique textures. As an alternative to just using straightforward long notes, this library draws upon the pointillistic effect of having multiple players perform short notes at random intervals to create an undulating swell of sound that can be performed in real time for inspiring results. MANDOLIN SWARM

Products in the Collection

Harp Swarm

9 Harps playing simultaneously spread out around the Hall at Air Studios. From hauntingly slow and fast tremolandi, to long and 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.

Marimba Swarm

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

Orchestral Swarm

A new standard in orchestral sample library innovation, this will significantly expand your existing orchestral palette to include a huge variety of totally unique textures. As an alternative to just using straightforward long notes, this library draws upon the pointillistic effect of having multiple players perform short notes at random intervals to create an undulating swell of sound that can be performed in real time for inspiring results. Taking our Swarm approach, but adapted for the orchestra, it gives access to even greater detail by utilising the huge variety of articulations and playing styles of orchestral instruments and will give your compositions a liquid dynamic that dances alongside the picture.

This library has been created exclusively in collaboration with Bleeding Fingers, and is featured in Blue Planet ii and Hans Zimmer/Radiohead’s collaboration “(ocean) bloom”.

Mandolin Swarm

19 guitarists, a perfect blend based on a series of test sessions; charangos, mandolins, ukuleles were placed in pairs between ribbon microphones around the hall at Air Studios. It has to be heard to be understood.