Our first commercial sample library, where we pioneered the sampling of snare stirs. It also contains some unique things, especially the percussion: brushed cowbell, darbouka, djembe and bongos and a cajon used as a kick. There's also a China cymbal and a few cracked or broken cymbals. Now that we've improved the stir model, those are probably its main attractions.
For the more standard kit pieces, you get brushed drums with snare stirs and flutters that are flexible and controllable, a hi-hat with six degrees of openness, five toms, and a kick.
Version 1.1 adds an instrument for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt, and also features improved snare stirs, noise removed from cowbell samples, and a slightly friendlier GUI. The below walkthrough is of version 1.0.
It all adds up to over 4700 samples and 1.7 GB of hard drive space. All the various hits have four round robins, and the number of velocity layers vary from 22 for the main kick to 7 for the hi-hat splash articulation.
While brushes on drums are most commonly associated with jazz, but this kit is more indie - all the kit pieces sampled belong to punk and metal drummers, they're just being hit gently with brushes instead of beaten with sticks and without mercy.
Swirly Drums includes the following kit pieces and articulations:
Either Plogue Sforzando version 1.933 or newer, or the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.5 or newer is required. As Sforzando is free and works on both Windows and Mac systems in both 32 and 64 bits, that should not be much of an obstacle to most users. You can download Sforzando from Plogue's website. All the samples are also included as unlocked WAV files, so you can also use them as one-shot samples etc. if desired.
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