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  • What's included
  • Tech specs
  • Chaotic patterns of beauty

    The perfect blend of mandolins, charangos and ukuleles, featuring eighteen players spaced evenly in pairs between ribbon microphones, in The Hall at AIR Studios. From a beautiful patina of plucked notes to jets of long notes created by a multitude of chaotic unmeasured tremolos, the result is truly inspiring swarms of beauty.

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    Requires Kontakt (full license)

    6 mic signals

    Kontakt Full

    Listen to Mandolin Swarm

    Christian was commissioned to write for a film in September 2014, operatic in its expanse, with acres of space. Always a fan of the work of Terrence Malick, the aim was to create something to emulate arcing fields of barley and teardrops of rain; sounds that would mirror these chaotic patterns of natural beauty. After much testing, we took a “Swarm” of players, 18 in total, to AIR Studios, to play a specially selected blend of instruments — mandolins, ukeleles and charangos. The results were sublime, from a beautiful patina of plucked notes, to jets of long notes, created by a multitude of chaotic unmeasured tremolos played by players all over the room.

    Mandolin Swarm was recorded by Jake Jackson at Lyndhurst Hall in AIR Studios, through an array of vintage microphones via Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps, to a beautifully serviced Studer 2” tape machine and then into digital at 96k via Prism AD converters. We elevated a second tree and third ambient and outrigger to create the perfect symmetry between every player. The players were placed in three waves: seven huddled around the first tree, six around the second tree, and six in each gallery quadrant. Whilst the upper dynamic layers provided shocking drama and definition, it was the quieter layers that offered the most intrigue.

    The library is presented with six microphone positions and three stereo mixes which you mix and blend to fit the application you’re working on, but also automate for dramatic shifts in focus and depth. They're also fully output assignable for surround and 5.1 use. The definitive range is designed to fit with Spitfire's entire orchestral range. The tremolandi gives you control over both the dynamic level of these extraordinarily long articulations, and the speed — from a gentle trickle, to a haze of notes. We also have two sets of measured trems that, depending on the application, can sync to your host tempo with varying levels of tightness, as well as a hair-raising set of slowly played chords. When combined with Blake's scripting and our talented programmers, producers and composers, Swarm gives you instant inspiration of a very special kind.

    The overview panel

    Smc0124 Gui1 Full
    This is the main interface for melodic instruments. Its default view displays all available playing techniques, has a simple microphone mixer and includes the main feature controllers.

    General controls panel

    Smc0124 Gui2 Full
    This view allows further in-depth control of the instrument, showing all available signals and feature controllers, as well as the ability to purge techniques from memory to reduce system usage.

    What's included

    Instruments main mics

    • Big ensemble chords
    • Big ensemble
    • Small ensemble

    Cog patches

    • Big ensemble chords
    • Big ensemble
    • Small ensemble

    Individual patches

    • Big ensemble - long chords
    • Big ensemble - long measured tremolo 90bpm
    • Big ensemble - long measured tremolo 120bpm
    • Big ensemble - long tremolo
    • Big ensemble - short fx behind bridge
    • Big ensemble - short pluck alt
    • Big ensemble - short pluck muted
    • Big ensemble - short pluck
    • Small ensemble - long tremolo
    • Small ensemble - short pluck muted
    • Small ensemble - short pluck

    Time machine patches

    • Big ensemble
    • Small ensemble


    Instruments stereo mixes

    • Big ensemble chords
    • Big ensemble
    • Small ensemble



    Cog patches

    • Big ensemble chords
    • Big ensemble
    • Small ensemble

    Individual patches

    • Big ensemble - long chords
    • Big ensemble - long measured tremolo 90bpm
    • Big ensemble - long measured tremolo 120bpm
    • Big ensemble - long tremolo
    • Big ensemble - short fx behind bridge
    • Big ensemble - short pluck alt
    • Big ensemble - short pluck muted
    • Big ensemble - short pluck
    • Small ensemble - long tremolo
    • Small ensemble - short pluck muted
    • Small ensemble - short pluck

    Time machine patches

    • Big ensemble
    • Small ensemble


    Microphones

    • Close
    • Tree
    • Ambient
    • Outrigger
    • Tree 2
    • Gallery

    Mixes

    • Fine
    • Medium
    • Broad

    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.10 or later

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install

    32-bit DAWs not supported


    PC system requirements

    Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install

    32-bit DAWs not supported


    File size

    37.80 GB disk space required during install

    18.90 GB download size

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    Kontakt player

    Kontakt Full 5.6.8 or higher required

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