The Swarmitar

Blended ebowed guitar textures inspired by the Dewanatron Swarmatron...

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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!


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • 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
  • Swarm of guitars

    The swarm concept with its excellent GUI and unique sounds has been applied to guitar. love the minimalistic and useable GUI, and the unique sounds this generates. The sounds tend to really peak in the 2-4k range, so the inclusion of a cutoff frequency control is a welcome addition to help tame that a bit. EQ controls within the GUI might have been more effective, but the Fc gets the job done. Overall, this is an excellent instrument.

    Sam Ecoff25 October 2021
  • 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