Spitfire Audio Releases ‘Percussion Swarm’ Sound LibraryNovember 20, 2019
Spitfire Audio has announced the availability of Percussion Swarm, described as “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”.
The library features 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. So — using performances and the resonance of the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios, combined with unconventional playing techniques, including using bows and rubber balls to lengthen each sound — Spitfire Audio added breadth, depth, and harmonic range to each instrument.
Percussion Swarm’s warped section provides 40 warped sounds and 235 snapshots. These were made using granular synthesis, guitar pedals, and other outboard gear.
The library is built around 145 GB of .WAV files. There are 21 instrument groups in the library, 76 articulations, 30 warped sounds, and 235 snapshot presets.
Native Instruments’ KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — a free version of the KONTAKT sample playback engine (included in its purchase) — to respectively run as fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD) supporting plug-in instruments for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) or Windows (7, 8, or 10 — latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit).