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Marimba Swarm from Spitfire Audio is a unique sample library featuring nine marimbas placed all over the hall at AIR Studios to create what sounds like a tuned percussion "choir," along with a selection of single hits, and transfixing choral tremolando patches. The library is curiously versatile, and includes carnival-like unison hits recorded over many dynamic layers with different beaters and numerous round robins, hail storms of unmeasured tremolos down through the dynamic layers, soft murmurings of "angelic choirs", and more.
The Ostinatum section of the instrument is not quite an arpeggiator, nor a sequencer, but a device that allows for building complex patterns dependent on what's being played. Additionally, the samples are presented with numerous microphone perspectives. A full version of KONTAKT 5 is required to utilize this sample library.
Nine marimbas on the main scoring stage at AIR Studios, London
Tremolos, rolls, and hits with numerous round robins and sticks (round robins use multiple samples for each hit/note)
Additional low-end soft extension with tremolos and rolls
Slow and fast tremolos with speed control and dynamic crossfading via modulation wheel
Unison hits with soft, medium, and hard sticks as well as hand muted
Selection of microphone perspectives, mixed by Jake Jackson, from up front and personal, to epic widescreen
Recorded to tape via high-end microphones and preamps
Easy to use of the box
Hit - Hand Muted
Hit - Hard Stick
Hit - Hot Rods
Hit - Medium Stick
Hit - Soft Stick
Hit - Very Hard Stick
Roll - Hard Stick
Roll - Medium Stick
Tremolo - Hard Stick
Tremolo - Medium Stick Soft Extension
Tremolo - Soft Stick
Roll - Soft Stick
Hit - Hand Muted Soft Microphones
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Full version of Native Instruments's KONTAKT 5 for Mac OS X or Windows (not included) 40.6 GB hard drive space required during install 20.3 GB hard drive space required