Spitfire adds Percussion to their Swarm Series

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
  • Time to read: 3 min.

Percussion Swarm – be ready for something new

Percussion Swarm wants you to discover a radical range of otherworldly pads, evolving swells, and atonal rhythmic textures.

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Spitfire Audio’s PERCUSSION SWARM — a one-of-a-kind, encyclopaedic collection of beautiful cloud-like evolutions, pointillistic textures and single hits created from rare and extensive tuned and untuned instruments, representing the sound-specialising British music technology company’s first percussion library in three years as a new world of dynamic sounds created in close collaboration with three of the world’s most renowned percussionists performing in the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios, resulting in moving textures and swarm-like swells, ranging in sparsity and density with a creative choice of 16 signals plus 30 warped sounds and 235 snapshots served up in Spitfire Audio’s proprietary Mercury Synth engine.

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As a distillation of musical experimentation and innovation, the epic and versatile set of tools that collectively constitute PERCUSSION SWARM follows the blueprint of Spitfire Audio’s acclaimed …SWARM series of sample-based virtual instrument libraries, designed to add movement, depth, and a modern edge to TV, film, or game scores.

Recorded Instruments

With PERCUSSION SWARM, Spitfire Audio selected a huge range of well-known and lesser-heard tuned and untuned percussion instruments. From Glockenspiels to Tubular Bells and Angklungs to Udus, most of which do not naturally sustain. Using performances and the resonance of the Lyndhurst Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios, this library promises breadth, depth, and harmonic range to each instrument, transforming them into a liquid-like form that dances along to the picture.

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Recorded by engineer Jake Jackson

Recorded by engineer Jake Jackson — one of the most exciting talents to emerge in recent years within the TV and film scoring genre, with many of the projects he has worked on being awarded BRITS, Golden Globes, Grammys, and Oscars, PERCUSSION SWARM’s sounds blend seamlessly with the sound-specializing British music technology company’s other orchestral and percussion libraries, perfectly providing textural additions to any orchestral composition.

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Jake Jackson Mix included

PERCUSSION SWARM also features four distinct mixes curated by Jake Jackson for instant playability. The ‘Clouds’ are long, looped notes made up of a glorious patina of uneven repeated hits, with a slider to control Density, while the ‘Swarms’ range from thunderous rolls to swells and through to bowed metallic sheens, where each individual hit is imperceptible with a slider to control Swarm speed and note length. Spitfire Audio also recorded short, single hits for each instrument, useful for custom creation of rhythm tracks. Therefore, PERCUSSION SWARM offers a unique experience impossible to replicate live, letting users bring something truly unexpected to their scores.

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Taking those organic sounds to a completely new place, PERCUSSION SWARM’s warped section provides 40 warped sounds and 235 snapshots created by Spitfire Audio’s accomplished development team. These were made using granular synthesis, guitar pedals, and other outboard gear.

Pricing and Availability

PERCUSSION SWARM is available at an attractively-discounted promo price of £229.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$269.00 USD/ €269.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until December 8, 2019 — rising thereafter to an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of £299.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/
$349.00 USD/€349.00 EUR (inc. VAT)

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