You get brushed drums with snare stirs and flutters that are flexible and controllable, a hi-hat with six degrees of openness, and extra kit pieces like China crash, brushed darbouka, and a cajon used as a kick.
A complete and detailed brushed drum kit with thousands of samples, the most innovative and important feature you get in Swirly Drums are the snare stirs. We’ve found a way to sample stirs in a way which lets you use them at practically any tempo. This core brushed snare technique is often left out of sampled drum kits, because of its nature – using the brush to make circles on the snare head in sync with the rhythm – which means they are tempo-dependent and can’t be sampled like regular drum hits. Instead of sampling stirs being performed at a specific rhythm, we created a model of the stir technique using samples as a raw ingredient. This sounds right, allows you to set the length and tail parameters to match the feel you need, and can even be triggered from an electronic drum kit.
We’ve found a way to sample stirs in a way which lets you use them at practically any tempo. Instead of sampling stirs being performed at a specific rhythm, we created a model of the stir technique using samples as a raw ingredient. This sounds right, allows you to set the length and tail parameters to match the feel you need, and can even be triggered from an electronic drum kit.
You also get samples of kit pieces which are very rare in brushed kits - a darbouka, djembe, bongos and cowbell (all hit with brushes), a China crash, a broken crash, a cracked splash, and a cajon being played with a kick pedal.
While brushes on drums are most commonly associated with jazz, 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 features
- Brush-specific snare articulations: center and edge hits, digs, stirs, flutters, and dig release noises.
- Snare stir and flutter length adjustable.
- Kick drum plus cajon used as a kick.
- Hi-hat with six degrees of openness, foot chik and foot splash articulations, and pedal return noises.
- Five toms from 16″ to 8″.
- Crash, ride, splash, China crash, broken crash and cracked splash cymbals.
- Cowbell, djembe, two bongos and darbouka.
- Over 4500 WAV samples adding up to 1.7 GB.
- Plogue Sforzando and Native Instruments Kontakt instruments included.
Demo song: https://youtu.be/4Yp3uekyWm8
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. All the samples are also included as unlocked WAV files, so they can be used as one-shot samples etc. if desired.