Audio Modeling SWAM Brass on iOS with an EWI
Welcome back to the channel it’s dominic, also known as tiktok today, we’re going to look at audio modeling, swam standalone instruments for ios. These instruments have been available for pc and mac desktops for composers, but now are on the ios platform they’re also available. In the rolly app and geoshred, but i’ve been waiting for these apps to actually be standalone on ios so that i can use them with my own controllers, as well as the ewe, the electronic wind instrument. So we’re going to take a look at that. These instruments are acoustic models of real instruments. They don’t use any sampling but they’re very accurate and very expressive so i’m going to give you a little run down of the app itself kind of go through it a little bit and then we’re going to do some jamming out so that you can hear how Expressive these instruments actually are so let’s get into it. ok, so here is the swamp trumpet app. Now each instrument has its own uh application, so there’s a swamp, trumpet there’s, a swamp, flugelhorn, c'è, a swamp trombone, a swam french horn and a swamp tuba. So this is the swamp trumpet that we’re looking at right now out of the box, it does have presets. So there are different styles classical jazz balkan miles, which you would imagine would be some type of trumpet with a mute and then satchmo and then, of course you can create your own presets as well right now for midi control i’m using an e.
But you can also use these with a keyboard Music, and then they give you this midi keyboard at the bottom Music. These apps are also auv3, so you can use them in your favorite. Ios daw i’ve been able to use several instances in beatmaker 3 with no problems, so it works well. It’S pretty light it’s, not that big of an app because it’s all acoustic models and the cpu isn’t used up as much either so it’s pretty light going back through the app you have some midi options where you can connect your different midi devices. Naturalmente,, there are audio options there or various uh audio devices you may have connected here are some actual app options. There uh by default it’s, set up for your keyboard, but there are presets for different types of controllers, so i’ve chosen the ewe default uh because it’s more catered to the ewe. It changes the pitch bin value for me uh. It also assigns the breath control to expression, which is needed for this app to really shine and to really be expressive. So so you can see, as i put more wind into the ewe, then it gets louder and softer and that’s very important for getting the most realistic, uh sound out of the application. Um let’s go through some of these options here on the left side, so expressivity uh expression is going to be that volume control that is controlled from the one synth here: uh vibrato death, so you can add vibrato and how deep it’s going to be okay and Then, Naturalmente,, the rate of that vibrato, if it’s going to be a fast or slow, vibrato, there’s some other little options here for how you attack, notes and flutter tongue and growl.
Those are all essential expressive options that a trumpet player might use or a brass player might use, and you can assign those to different midi controllers, so our keyboard controller can assign them to knobs or sliders as they see fit going to the play modes. There are different play modes here, so you have a pipe gesture which is going to be how you uh the valves perform. So you can have a normal valve where it’s full full on down or half valve. So if you want to squeeze a note, then a half valve would be your. You get a different timbre, so normal valve is more bright than the half valve, and then you have kind of a in between setting there and of course you can assign those to midi controllers as well. Then we have our mutes let’s go back to the main page, because this does the same thing here as it does on the main page. Allora, on the main page, we have a picture of the trumpet bell and if we tap right, we can go through different mute options, so here’s a straight mute and then we have a harmony type of mute cool thing about this is we can adjust the mute Control so we can uh in a harmon mute there’s a stem, and you can vary that to get different timbres, so we can bring that in or out as we see fit. We can also assign that to a midi controller, so i have it assigned to an expression pedal Music, so you can kind of give like a huawei type of trumpet sound there there’s also a plunger mute so well.
I call it a plunger mute, but they say it’s a cup mute. You can vary that as well Music. So that was me just adjusting the growl. As i am moving my foot to control the uh mute control there and then we have hand muting so there’s hand muting, you use your hand to mute the bell there so again, more expressive options there for getting a more realistic sound. So they did really well with this application. Then we have timbre, so you can adjust the timbre. The bell resonance will give you a brighter sound at its highest point and then a darker sound at its lowest point. So that’s pretty cool bell, dispersion angle, not sure exactly what that does, but just another variable for altering the sound then breath noise. You can dial in how much breath you want inside of that dirtiness. So you know again just varying the tone and the timbre of the instrument. Now some of these are not available in the ios version. They come from the desktop version. Maybe they’ll unlock that in the future, or maybe it’s just an incentive to use the desktop version over the ios version. But nonetheless you still get a lot of options here for adjusting the sound and the timbre and the tonality of these instruments. Dynamic sensitivity again more options. There then we have pitch. You can set the pitch bin amount, as you can, with most synth apps um by default for the ewe setting it’s set for one up and one down.
But i set it to two so that i can use uh the the tip of the e for vibrato. But i just kind of get a better response on the vibrato by setting my pitch bend to two up and below so there’s. Also vibrato that you can dial in with the controller i’ll use, usually use a mod wheel on a keyboard to do that. But with the ewe, as i just said, i’ll use the tip of the ewe to do my vibrato, and then we have some effects here. So we have a compression some eq’ing here as well as a reverb, so you can dial in some reverb for it. Musica. All right so let’s just kind of play through a little bit of this app by itself before we go over to beatmaker 3 and jam over some tracks. Music let’s. Do the harmon mute Music me. So one thing i really like about this app is that, depending on how you uh play or if you’re touching the portamento strip here on the ewe, it’ll smear between notes, so sometimes you may get an actual run between notes other times, if i’m, not touching the Strip then i’ll get a smearing between notes, Music and that’s, pretty realistic for me, so i mean again a lot of options for being expressive. With this app so let’s go over to beatmaker3 we’ll play some tracks and kind of jam out all right, so we have beatmaker3 here uh.
I have a couple of instruments already loaded up and some scenes with patterns already ready to play. So i have i’m using soft drummer from loom, beat uh for drums fm tines 2 as well as base delicious for the base, so let’s, just Music Applause, Musica, ah, Musica, Musica. Va bene, we got swan tronbone here in the new group Music, oh wow! Those are really expressive: instruments, Sono, so glad they decided to port these over to the ios and create standalone versions of these apps i’m also excited for them to introduce their flutes and their other woodwind instruments. I see using these instruments to layer with the other instruments that i actually play to create horn arrangements and other textures in my production, so good on them. I hope you got something out of it.