Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of ORCHESTRAL SWARM — setting a new standard in orchestral library innovation through taking the company’s so-called ‘Swarm’ approach (as an alternative to just using straightforward long notes by drawing upon the pointillistic effect of having multiple players perform short notes at random intervals to create an undulating swell of sound that can be performed in realtime) and adapting it to the orchestra to enable even greater detail by utilising the huge variety of articulations and playing styles of orchestral instruments.
ORCHESTRAL SWARM is the direct result of a creative collaboration with Bleeding Fingers (Sons Of Liberty, Roman Empire: Reign Of Blood), a next-generation composer collective for productions that are sonically brave, who wanted to create a new Swarm library in pursuit of composing a perfect soundtrack to the oceanic goings-on featured on the groundbreaking BBC Blue Planet II natural history television series.
Spitfire Audio was well versed in this approach already having harvested this technique when working on its previous HARP SWARM, MANDOLIN SWARM, and MARIMBA SWARM libraries, and this opportunity to work with Bleeding Fingers pushed the company towards a new territory — to utilise the power of Swarm. Spitfire Audio speedily and secretly delivered an initial library for the team at Bleeding fingers to use exclusively for the BBC’s Blue Planet II. It even ended up in its high-profile launch trailer theme, ‘(ocean) bloom’, an orchestrally reimagined version of Brit art rockers Radiohead’s ‘bloom’ in collaboration with Hollywood hotshot Hans Zimmer. Pushing the creative concept further still, Spitfire Audio later returned to the studio to capture even more material with the orchestra, including short notes and expanded techniques and layers, to create the most complete toolset for media composers.
Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’
ORCHESTRAL SWARM video walkthrough
Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s
ORCHESTRAL SWARM presentation video
ORCHESTRAL SWARM presentation video
Notably, the signal path on the day featured Studio 1’s Neve 88R large-format analogue mixing console, utilising both its onboard pres, as well as D.A.V. electronics Broadhurst Gardens pres for room mics, and the vintage EMI TG12345 console’s pres for some of the mid room mics. Manufacturers of the transducers used include Royer, Ela M, Neumann, and Coles. Creatively, the recording stage at British Grove is a medium-sized, semi-reverberant room, allowing for precise detail, yet with enough energy to maintain character and fullness.
Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer in residence’ Oliver Patrice Weder’s
ORCHESTRAL SWARM ‘In Action’ video
Watch Spitfire Audio’s persuasive promo video for ORCHESTRAL SWARM
ORCHESTRAL SWARM can be purchased and digitally downloaded (as 50.1 GB of uncompressed .WAV files, featuring 25,565 samples) for a time-limited introductory promo price of £159.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$199.00 USD/€199.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until November 16, 2017 — rising thereafter to an MSRP of £199.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$249.00 USD/€249.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/orchestral-swarm/
Note that ORCHESTRAL SWARM needs Native Instruments’ free KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8) — included in the purchase — to run as a fully NKS™ (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12 — latest update) or Windows (7, 8, or 10 — latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), while Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.
For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated ORCHESTRAL SWARM webpage here:
About Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com)
Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company producing high-quality virtual instruments and sample libraries. The company collaborates with the world’s best composers, producers, engineers, and studios to create detailed and realistic recordings of instruments and sounds for use in computer-based music production. Prominent collaborators include Hans Zimmer, Air Studios, Eric Whitacre, and many more.
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