The story

A 15-layer ebowed guitar instrument loosely inspired by the Dewanatron Swarmatron.

I’ve made a bunch of versions of this bendy swarmy Swarmatron-inspired instrument over the years in Kontakt and Omnisphere with various sound sources like strings, horns, and synths for my work on shows like Scandal and the upcoming Netflix film, The Block Island Sound.

This one, however, blending the ebowed guitar textures I love from the likes of Nine Inch Nails with the bendy Swarmatron textures I love from totally way different people like Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, felt like something special, so here it is!

So go out and transition into or out of tension, ride the mod wheel and play it like a string pad, play it like a Blade Runner horn through long reverbs and delays, put it through your favorite amp sim, channel your inner David Bowie, bend it, swarm it, and do things with it that I didn’t think to do. BYOS (Bring Your Own Splosh – you already have your favorite reverbs and don’t need Kontakt’s!) (…unless you really want it and then I’ll add it in)

Please enjoy, and I look forward to hearing how you use it!

See how it was made:

Guitars used:
-1967 Silvertone Silhouette 1478
-2003 Gibson Les Paul Studio
-2013 Gretsch Baritone

Thank you!


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  • A perfect, haunting swarm.

    After checking out "The Swarminet" - which I recomment you immediately go and download right now - I had to try this one too. The idea is exactly the same, except this time it's a guitar swarm that will haunt your dreams. Since the guitar can be a little more spicy sounding than the clarinet, the sound is a little more harsh, but this makes it perfect for the purposes of a haunting swarm. Everything about Paul's instruments is simply perfect and beats me when I think they are out here for free.

    Alex Raptakis16 October 2021
  • Simply amazing

    As i said in my reviews of the swarminet, i would love more instruments in this series because the pitch bending is so unique and fun, the GUI is amazing and useful and the sounds are great. I also said in that review that i prefer this instrument to the swarminet because i just feel like this sound works better with guitar. I like to cut fair amount of high end from both instruments. I like the more mellow tone and i also find you get a smoother transition between the pitch bending. You can create such a moody and mysterious vibe at the beginning of the track by just playing a chord and fading back and forth between the pitch bending. Very post rock. These instruments are super quality and i would love to see more in this series. No complaints, just vibes

    septemberwalk30 October 2021
  • Swarm Reception

    Love it! This is a perfectly executed Guitar swarm instrument. The GUI provides setting for the swarm note range, pitch bend up and down amounts; the filter sweep is controlled by your mod wheel.

    Very well thought out and implemented.

    lfo2vcoSamplist 15 February 2022
  • Nice textured guitar library, easy to play with!

    Very nicely sampled guitar library! The sound quality is very nice. I also really like the GUI with pitch bend!

    Asuka Amane25 October 2021
  • Top Shelf

    Nice work, Paul! This is a powerful tool. The other swarm instruments you made are equally inspiring. 10 out of 10 for me. Thank you!!!

    Ry HermaSamplist 11 November 2021
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