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SWAM Solo Strings by Audio Modeling

Audio Modeling released SWAM Solo Strings. This arrives as a collection of 4 AUv3s; SWAM Double Bass, SWAM Cello, SWAM Viola, and SWAM Violin. They are priced at $20 each, and unfortunately there is no bundle yet. I will try to update this post when a bundle becomes available!

SWAM Solo Strings

SWAM Solo Strings has arrived on iOS! The incredibly powerful Physical Modeling technology is now MOBILE. Extreme Expressivity and Realism delivered in a package of only 46 MB

These instruments are NOT sample libraries. Unlike sampling, which uses recordings to replicate the sound of an instrument, physical modeling doesn’t generate a sound as such but creates the conditions for the system to create it according to an external input (like someone playing on a keyboard).

With SWAM Solo Strings you can:

- Explore our collection of presets, create your own, or import them from your Desktop
- Play in real-time using the standalone version of the app
- Play with different instrument bodies
- Play in a variety of styles like a real player
Control the instrument’s expressivity in real-time directly through the touch control interface on your iPad including the exclusive virtual bowing touch surface!
- Play and control the instrument’s expressivity in real-time using your favorite external controller (ROLI Seaboard, Akai EWI, breath controllers, regular keyboards, and more)
- Use the included AUv3 plugin version to produce music with a mobile setup
- Use the included AUv3 plugin version in combination with Camelot PRO for live performances
- Adjust every aspect of the instrument’s sound (timbre, vibrato, amount of air, etc.) through an easy-to-use control panel
- Micro-tune the instrument through the Pitch Manager (note: MAQAM device is supported with direct integration)
- Add built-in effects such as Reverb, EQ, and Compressor
- Have access to easy MIDI control configurations
With our SWAM Double Bass for iPad, you now have the unique ability to express yourself with all the emotions and subtleties of a natural string instrument sound as played by a real player, in any style — from classical to film scoring and even microtonal music.

SWAM Double Bass for iPad can be used as a standalone instrument for playing in real-time, or as a plug-in for mobile music production. Play with your favorite external controller or directly from the iPad through our intuitive interface.
With our SWAM Cello for iPad, you now have the unique ability to express yourself with all the emotions and subtleties of a natural string instrument sound as played by a real player, in any style — from classical to film scoring and even microtonal music.

SWAM Cello for iPad can be used as a standalone instrument for playing in real-time, or as a plug-in for mobile music production. Play with your favorite external controller or directly from the iPad through our intuitive interface.
With our SWAM Viola for iPad, you now have the unique ability to express yourself with all the emotions and subtleties of a natural string instrument sound as played by a real player, in any style — from classical to film scoring and even microtonal music.

SWAM Viola for iPad can be used as a standalone instrument for playing in real-time, or as a plug-in for mobile music production. Play with your favorite external controller or directly from the iPad through our intuitive interface.
With our SWAM Violin for iPad, you now have the unique ability to express yourself with all the emotions and subtleties of a natural string instrument sound as played by a real player, in any style — from classical to film scoring and even microtonal music.

SWAM Violin for iPad can be used as a standalone instrument for playing in real-time, or as a plug-in for mobile music production. Play with your favorite external controller or directly from the iPad through our intuitive interface.

Reader Red Sky Lullaby demoed all 4 of the apps in this short video!

Reader Comments 5

How do these compare to FingerFiddle? Unless I’ve missed it, FingerFiddle doesn’t have AUv3. It’s otherwise a fantastic physically modeled set of strings to play on iPad.
On May 06, 2021 - @dysamoria said:
How do these compare to FingerFiddle? Unless I’ve missed it, FingerFiddle doesn’t have AUv3. It’s otherwise a fantastic physically modeled set of strings to play on iPad.
Ha! Didn’t realize it was still developed. Can’t remember the last time I tried it.

One thing to note about Audio Modeling (apart from the extent of their catalog and the fact that those do work as AUv3) is that much of the work behind Physical Modelling has to do with how you control all the parameters. Indeed, part of the reason PM’s making something of a comeback has to do with MPE controllers. Which are supported by AM’s (monophonic) instruments. With a windcontroller, it also makes a big difference.

While screenbased controllers do have some advantages, they haven’t gained that much traction over the past decade+ of diverse attempts. The one screenbased control surface we hear frequently is GeoShred… which has integrated some SWAM Engine instruments (as IAP) and does work well to control SWAM Engine instruments on desktop as well as iPadOS.

Something which might be useful to know is that the SWAM Engine really optimizes for realistic emulations of specific acoustic instruments. Some other PM (soft)synths are more flexible or more playable. PM really sings as a way to get the sound of a fictional acoustic instrument, but SWAM instruments aren’t designed for that. PM is also great in terms of responsiveness with MPE- or wind-controllers, producing sounds which change a whole lot based on playing (say, playing the same notes several times in a row or playing with subtle variations in breath/aftertouch between two notes). The SWAM approach is to “decide” on articulations for you. So they sound like they would sound on the acoustic instrument, as much as possible (sometimes with the Uncanny Valley effect). But you don’t have that much leeway in producing articulations which wouldn’t be possible on the acoustic instrument.
Yea, I think with some practice some of these SWAM instruments could be used with reasonable realism-- within a pretty standard way of playing. And as soon as you would push past some safe zone, it starts to sound stupid.
I can’t imagine how a bowed instrument would be played on a wind controller (which I do have). It allows interesting sounds to come from my Yamaha VL70-m, but I don’t feel it’s anywhere as realistic as using the touch controls of FingerFiddle.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard the SWAM engine, unless it’s present in the free GeoShred.
I just watched the video. The sounds are good but I’m not sure about the bowing. I also don’t have an MPE device like that Roli Block (and Roli has succeeded in failing to attract me to their products whatsoever, for various reasons I won’t get into). I only have after touch on my 88-key Alesis keyboards.

Is MPE still moving forward, or are other hardware developers giving up on it too? Nobody seems to offer anything at a reasonable price that isn’t tied to a computer.

Anyone working with MIDI 2.0 yet? I was surprised to find Apple actually added it to current Mac and iOS versions (which I’m not on yet), though I don’t know what parts of the spec they actually added. Is it in Logic now?
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