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  • Bring your scores to life

    Our first percussion library in three years, Percussion Swarm is a one-of-a-kind, encyclopaedic collection of beautiful cloud-like evolutions, pointillistic textures and single hits created from tuned and untuned percussion. This new world of dynamic sounds is a collaboration with three of the world’s most renowned percussionists, equipped with their enviably rare and extensive range of instruments.

    Following the same groundbreaking concept as our celebrated Swarm series, various techniques were performed simultaneously at random intervals in the inimitable resonance of The Hall at AIR Studios — resulting in undulating textures and swarm-like swells ranging in sparsity and density, with a staggering 16 signals to choose from. Percussion Swarm also offers you 30 warped pads and rhythmic textures, and 235 snapshots, presented in our Mercury Synth engine.

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    Includes Kontakt Player (free download)

    Compatible with NKS

    Percussion

    12 mic signals

    Kontakt Player

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    Percussion Swarm Gui 2

    The Mercury Synth

    The warped section takes these organic sounds to a completely new place, giving you 30 warped sounds and 235 snapshots created by our expert team of developers. Made using granular synthesis, guitar pedals and other outboard gear, discover an extensive range of otherworldly pads, evolving swells and atonal rhythmic textures, all presented in our Mercury Synth engine.

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    The overview panel

    Percussion Swarm Gui 1
    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.

    What's included

    4 pallettes

    Clouds

    • Long, looped notes, with a slider controlling the density of the hits

    Swarmed

    • Swelling short notes with a slider controlling note length and speed of swarms

    Shorts

    • Short single notes and hits with sliders controlling tightness and release

    All in ones

    Xylophones
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed sticks
    • Short Soft sticks
    • Pitched cloud hot rod
    • Swarmed sticks hot rod
    • Short soft sticks hot rod
    Glockenspiels
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed sticks
    • Short soft sticks
    Glass glockenspiels
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed sticks
    • Short soft sticks
    Kalimbas
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed sticks
    • Short soft sticks
    Marimbas
    • Pitched cloud
    • Pitched cloud fingered
    • Swarmed bows
    • Atonal cloud
    • Short soft sticks
    Tubular bells
    • Pitched cloud
    • Superball cloud
    • Swarmed fingers
    • Swarmed superball
    • Short soft sticks
    • Short superball
    Tubular bells metal sticks
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed sticks
    • Short metal sticks
    Chimes & phones
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed bows
    • Short soft sticks
    Wah chimes
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed bows
    • Short soft bows
    Angklungs
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed sticks
    • Short soft sticks
    Crotales
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed bows
    Hand bell carousel
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed bows
    • Twirls
    • Short soft sticks
    Dafs
    • Atonal cloud
    • Swarmed fingers
    • Short soft sticks
    • Short hard sticks
    Damarus
    • Atonal cloud
    • Swarmed fingers
    • Short soft sticks
    Rammanas
    • Atonal cloud
    • Swarmed fingers
    • Short soft sticks
    Batas
    • Atonal cloud
    • Swarmed fingers
    • Short soft sticks
    Udus
    • Atonal cloud
    • Swarmed fingers
    • Short hits
    • Short soft hits
    Rototoms
    • Swarmed bows
    • Pitched cloud
    • Short soft sticks
    Pantam
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed fingers
    • Short soft sticks
    Tongue drum sticks
    • Pitched cloud
    • Superball cloud
    • Swarmed sticks
    • Swarmed superball
    • Short soft sticks
    • Short superball
    Tongue drum fingers
    • Pitched cloud
    • Swarmed fingers
    • Short soft sticks
    Close pans
    • All-in-ones
    Extras & mixes
    • All-in-ones


    Warped

    • Laurasia
    • Pangaea
    • Euramerica
    • Gondwana
    • Pannotia
    • Avalonia
    • Protolaurasia
    • Rodinia
    • Cimmeria
    • Baltica
    • Laurentia
    • Nuna
    • Nena
    • Atlantica
    • India
    • Siberia
    • Sclavia
    • Kenorland
    • Ur
    • Congo
    • Vaalbara
    • Eurasia
    • America
    • Amasia
    • Aurica
    • Novopangaea
    • Amazonia
    • Artica
    • Chilenia
    • Kalaharia


    Warped snapshots

    • Amasia - battle of 1297
    • Amasia - big Bang
    • Amasia - blown Out
    • Amasia - default
    • Amasia - everything
    • Amasia - giant's Heartbeat
    • Amasia - missing
    • Amasia - robot Veins
    • Amasia - skipped A Beat
    • Amasia - tiny Heart
    • Amazonia - default
    • Amazonia - forest
    • Amazonia - irreversible
    • Amazonia - mod
    • Amazonia - pan pad
    • Amazonia - positive
    • Amazonia - reichesque
    • Amazonia - rooted trees
    • Amazonia - slow space
    • Amazonia - trust
    • America - a train
    • America - baby bubbles
    • America - coral reef
    • America - default
    • America - dial up
    • America - fingers
    • America - hydro organ
    • America - more movement
    • America - sea sick
    • America - water tremolo
    • Artica - around
    • Artica - baby penguins
    • Artica - crisp
    • Artica - default
    • Artica - hollow
    • Artica - sad 'n' sweet
    • Artica - tangy
    • Artica - the glacier
    • Artica - tundra winds
    • Artica - walker
    • Atlantica - circus act
    • Atlantica - default
    • Atlantica - industrial ring
    • Atlantica - morpheus
    • Atlantica - spring
    • Atlantica - trap door
    • Atlantica - werk
    • Aurica - black ice
    • Aurica - changing
    • Aurica - default
    • Aurica - dystopian big ben
    • Aurica - haunted bell pad
    • Aurica - icy lake
    • Aurica - resister
    • Aurica - ritual
    • Aurica - short changed
    • Aurica - wow and flutter
    • Avalonia - atonal gust
    • Avalonia - corrupt electricity
    • Avalonia - default
    • Avalonia - distant impact
    • Avalonia - jupiter storm
    • Avalonia - rather fat
    • Avalonia - whoops
    • Baltica - default
    • Baltica - moon
    • Baltica - ocean
    • Baltica - reverend
    • Baltica - specimen
    • Baltica - swellboi
    • Baltica - transmissions
    • Chilena - default
    • Chilena - empty
    • Chilena - ice queen
    • Chilena - light lead
    • Chilena - surprise
    • Chilena - up and away
    • Chilena - wobble
    • Chilenia - default
    • Chilenia - extra crunch
    • Chilenia - ouen
    • Chilenia - sands
    • Cimmeria - default
    • Cimmeria - galaxy
    • Cimmeria - meteor shower
    • Cimmeria - orb
    • Cimmeria - portal
    • Cimmeria - stardust
    • Cimmeria - stratucci
    • Congo - alien whistle
    • Congo - default
    • Congo - fade away
    • Congo - mono ghost
    • Congo - mothclub
    • Congo - on the beach at night alone
    • Congo - tapeworm
    • Euramerica - default
    • Euramerica - drainpipe
    • Euramerica - drift
    • Euramerica - fizzy
    • Euramerica - gentle
    • Euramerica - got lost
    • Euramerica - pulsar
    • Eurasia - default
    • Eurasia - float away
    • Eurasia - mars organ
    • Eurasia - night sky
    • Eurasia - our moon
    • Eurasia - space gliss
    • Eurasia - where's my flute
    • Gondwana - cold shiver
    • Gondwana - default
    • Gondwana - hopeful
    • Gondwana - music box
    • Gondwana - selected ice works
    • Gondwana - shining
    • Gondwana - tidal
    • India - atmos
    • India - clean and mean
    • India - default
    • India - drone
    • India - rezonator
    • India - scanning
    • India - tight and bright
    • Kalaharia - another room
    • Kalaharia - default
    • Kalaharia - functions on the low
    • Kalaharia - jupiter
    • Kalaharia - kind knight
    • Kalaharia - merry go round
    • Kalaharia - midnight mass
    • Kalaharia - organ breathes
    • Kalaharia - turbine
    • Kalaharia - windy
    • Kenorland - 1310
    • Kenorland - awaken
    • Kenorland - ceremony
    • Kenorland - default
    • Kenorland - dundas
    • Kenorland - landing
    • Kenorland - return
    • Laurasia - clean delay
    • Laurasia - default
    • Laurasia - percussion bends
    • Laurasia - planet destroyer
    • Laurasia - spinner
    • Laurasia - tremor
    • Laurasia - underworld
    • Laurentia - can't help
    • Laurentia - default
    • Laurentia - in the shadows
    • Laurentia - not saved
    • Laurentia - organ
    • Laurentia - power
    • Laurentia - until the light takes us
    • Nena - 1984
    • Nena - crazy
    • Nena - default
    • Nena - help me
    • Nena - not true romance
    • Nena - still
    • Nena - vibolo
    • Novopangaea - 2049
    • Novopangaea - cable
    • Novopangaea - crash
    • Novopangaea - default
    • Novopangaea - distorted delay
    • Novopangaea - drive space
    • Novopangaea - drive
    • Novopangaea - iron
    • Novopangaea - modulated percussion
    • Novopangaea - phase air
    • Nuna - breaking
    • Nuna - cab
    • Nuna - default
    • Nuna - edge
    • Nuna - gnarly
    • Nuna - mono no aware
    • Nuna - no comply
    • Pangaea - default
    • Pangaea - ice cold
    • Pangaea - lost
    • Pangaea - mountain chimes
    • Pangaea - swimming shorts
    • Pangaea - underground
    • Pangaea - where am I
    • Pannotia - 13 angels
    • Pannotia - broken tape
    • Pannotia - cashews
    • Pannotia - default
    • Pannotia - kino
    • Pannotia - mac music
    • Pannotia - organ doner
    • Protolaurasia - black moon rising
    • ProtoLaurasia - default
    • Protolaurasia - dots
    • Protolaurasia - joono
    • Protolaurasia - movement
    • Protolaurasia - selected ice works II
    • Protolaurasia - sweet
    • Rodinia - baroque lazer
    • Rodinia - changing gears
    • Rodinia - default
    • Rodinia - hang ten
    • Rodinia - okay then
    • Rodinia - razor bass
    • Rodinia - razor lead
    • Sclavia - all good
    • Sclavia - cassette
    • Sclavia - default
    • Sclavia - from a distance
    • Sclavia - infancy
    • Sclavia - jupiter rising
    • Sclavia - ladywell
    • Siberia - default
    • Siberia - double dip
    • Siberia - eon
    • Siberia - fade
    • Siberia - fond
    • Siberia - pass this on
    • Siberia - slow
    • Ur - axolotyl
    • Ur - default
    • Ur - exoddus
    • Ur - oddworld
    • Ur - oil
    • Ur - poison
    • Ur - water
    • Vaalbara - default
    • Vaalbara - eunomia
    • Vaalbara - manhattan
    • Vaalbara - plip vaalbara - plip
    • Vaalbara - reflective
    • Vaalbara - rewind
    • Vaalbara - voice of the mysterons


    Mics & mixes

    Standard

    • Super close
    • Close valve
    • Tree
    • Ambient
    • Outrigger
    • Mids

    Close pans

    • Super close panned (L)
    • Super close panned (R)
    • Super close panned (C)
    • Close valve panned (L)
    • Close valve panned (R)
    • Close valve panned (C)

    Mixes

    • Stereo pickups
    • Ribbon pair
    • Mid mix
    • Small mix

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    Reviews

    FAQs

    Why do I need this product?

    Our first percussion library in three years, this library takes percussion instruments to a whole new dimension, using all of the sampling expertise and techniques we have developed over the last few years. Recorded in the inimitable resonance of The Hall at AIR Studios, we give you 16 signals, for peerless sound quality and control. Following the same groundbreaking concept as our celebrated Swarm libraries, Percussion Swarm features a huge range of rare and essential instruments, presented in a way that makes them easy to work seamlessly into your scores. Each instrument is taken to its limit, offering you inspiring Clouds and Swarms enabling you to create textural beds, and single hits for writing rhythm tracks. The Mercury Synth also gives you a huge range of inspiring pad sounds and rhythmic textures. A library full of endless possibilities and unfamiliar sounds, create engaging, original music in an instant, in a way that sounds graceful and sophisticated.


    How can I use this library effectively?

    The sweeping, kinetic nature of this library makes it perfect for expansive panoramas, cityscapes as well as sequences that require rhythm and movement. A library like this is also a fantastic textural tool to mix in with your existing libraries, adding fascinating detail. With other more static libraries, we tend to layer up a lot of different sounds to bring our music to life. This isn’t necessary with Percussion Swarm, so don’t overload your music — let it flow! It has been recorded in the world famous Hall at AIR Studios — the same fantastic space where we recorded our Symphonic and Chamber libraries, so it will blend in perfectly with these libraries, adding stunning colour and texture. Combine it with our other Swarm libraries, or add extra reverb for a more vast, widescreen soundscape.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.10 or later

    Intel Core 2 Duo

    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, 32/64-bit)

    Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install

    32-bit DAWs not supported


    File size

    122.00 GB disc space required during install

    59.60 GB download.

    Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout


    Kontakt player

    Kontakt Full or Kontakt Player 5.6.8 or higher

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