Orchestral Swarm by Spitfire Audio Review

Spitfire Audio is a hyped company, they do however also have excellent sounding libraries for Kontakt. One is Orchestral Swarm which is reviewed today it includes numerous string, brass, and woodwind ensembles recorded and mixed as a section, some mixed instrument recordings are included.

Orchestral Swarm Horns

Installation

You download and if needed update the library through spitfire’s download tool. Around 60GB of Disk Space is required when you install the library. It works with Kontakt or Kontakt Player 5.6.8 or higher software in your DAW.

Sound

Spitfire did release in the past other swarm libraries, including Mandolin Swarm, HARP SWARM, and Marimba Swarm. Like the other swarm libraries, this library is mainly for film and television composers – and works for certain producers as well. I produce a record which was using this library.

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Orchestral Swarm performs a swarm effect similar to the buzzing of a swarm of beetles or waves in the ocean – instead of nature producing the sounds it is all created by orchestral instruments. It gives you a wider repertoire for all kinds of cinematic and artistic styles.

Spitfire produced a phrase library that is playable, included are Strings, Woods, Horns, Bones & Tubas, and Brass. There are many articulations available for you. Using this library I was very impressed and touched by the waves and swells included.

Orchestral Swarm by Spitfire Audio

Overall this library has many applications, besides including it in your score you could also see this as a tool to an intuitive, fast and easy approach to create movement in your score. There are some libraries out which can give you the vibe this one can produce. These are products from Heavyocity which you need to look as well like Heavyocity NOVO Modern StringsIntimate Textures Novo Pack 1, and NOVO PACK 02 – Rhythmic Textures. Or even the different EVOs or Symphonic Strings Evolutions from Spitfire Audio. The library works also well with Sound Dust different products, Gothic Instruments DRONAR Live Strings and lets not forget Thill from NI.

Orchestral Swarm Arp or Ostinatum

Spitfire included an arp function, they call it Ostinatum. You can create a pattern in a sequencer and triggers different keys. It supports up to eight patterns, there are not presets which is uncommon and missing. It works on short articulations only.

User interface & Usability

Spitfire Audio has found a standard UI that while it was slightly updated is used across all products, as you may have some spitfire products in your library you will feel right at home, if you are new to Spitfire Audio products and this is the first time you use their UI you learning curve will be ok and you will appreciate the flexibility and support from it.

Rating:  Five out of five stars

Orchestral Swarm is in line with other Spitfire Audio suitable lush and moving Orchestra libraries. Orchestral Swarm allows you to play a mare of musical vibes with the unique techniques based on Spitfire’s SWARM technology. It will find many applications in various music genres and sits well in the background in underscore or your main score.

 

Orchestral Swarm by Spitfire Audio Review

Rating:  Five out of five stars

Orchestral Swarm is in line with other Spitfire Audio suitable lush and moving Orchestra libraries. Orchestral Swarm allows you to play a mare of musical vibes with the unique techniques based on Spitfire’s SWARM technology. It will find many applications in various music genres and sits well in the background in underscore or your main score.

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