SWAM Instruments provide the control every Musician needs.
Have you ever composed or played with a sample library? The way a sax or violin sound evolves is the result of studio recording. It is a kind of “picture” taken from another musician playing a Sax or a Violin for you. You can combine, tweak and get inspired from it but someone else has recorded it for you, probably very well, but are you sure you can express yourself totally with it?
SWAM is not just a great technology for modeling acoustic instruments: it is a philosophy of making music with digital instruments. Our aim at Audio Modeling is not intended only to replicate with accuracy the sound of an acoustic instrument; we want to provide also its behaviour: how the instrument reacts under the hands of the musician, recreating the bidirectional feeling and link between the artist and the instrument.
Having now the big power of SWAM acoustic instrument model, how can you interact with it? How can you express your musical ideas on the digital instrument? You need one or more controllers.
Those kind of Controllers communicate with computers and digital instruments with the MIDI protocol. They are able to tweak the instruments parameters that have effect of the sound generation. There is a huge number of MIDI controllers on the market but we would like to focus especially on continuous controllers.
A continuous controller is the hero of the story with SWAM engine instruments because it is capable of sending real time messages, for example, setting the expression (dynamic) level, the bow or breath pressure, the speed of the vibrato with the result for the musician to get the natural behaviour he or she has in mind.
Listed here the controllers we will describe deeper in the next weeks:
- Expression Pedal
- After touch & Pressure
- Breath & Wind Controller with “Bite” feature option
- Knobs and Faders
- Ribbon and Pads
- Modulation Wheel
- Pitch Bend Joystick
- Accelerometers on Rings shape controllers and other devices