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Swell is a performable Kontakt instrument and sound effects library designed to create natural sounding cymbal swells with a variety of different cymbals and performances. Cymbals include gongs, orchestral suspended cymbals, crashes, chinas, sizzle ride, and others.

Swell is divided into 2 parts: natural and designed.

The natural collection has recordings that are unaltered from their original performances and was created to produce clean, musical, natural sounding swells.

The designed collection uses samples based on the natural recordings that have been transformed into entirely new and different sounds using heavy processing and layering. It was created to produce interesting design and transition sounds quickly and easily. Swell includes over 200 fully designed rises.

In addition to the carefully recorded sounds we have created a truly useful and flexible Kontakt instrument. This instrument ties the mod wheel to an entire matrix of effect parameters that you can manipulate in real time for instant complexity.

Swell is available in two versions

Key features for the Swell Lite Collection

• 70 unique recordings
• full res total coverage of the Zildjian A Custom 18″ cymbal
• fully functional kontakt instrument for the Zildjian A Custom 18″ cymbal
• 25 designed cymbal swells with Kontakt instrument
• option to upgrade to the full collection at any time for the difference in price
• .nki files require full version of NI Kontakt 5.3 or higher

Key features for the Swell Full Collection

• 500+ unique recordings
• The entire “Natural” collection
• The entire “Designed” collection
• 6.5 GB total
• 12 Kontakt fully programmed unlocked .nki files
• .nki files require full version of NI Kontakt 5.4.3 or higher

Note: Can be used without Kontakt too!
All Kontakt instrument libraries include fully unlocked and accessible metadata tagged .wav files. You don't need any version of Kontakt to use these files as a standalone sample library.

Licensor: echo | collective
Categories: , , , , , .
Type: Cymbal sound effects / recordings
Specs: 500+ files • 500+ sounds • 24bit/96k • 6.5 GB • Includes metadata
Instant - blazingly-fast - digital download
License type:
Royalty-free - you can select the number of users on checkout
Swell demo – natural:


Swell demo – designed:


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We brought in a professional drummer to perform each of the swells and on during the recording sessions we covered a wide variety of cymbal shapes and sizes. Great care was taken to record each performance with the highest sonic quality and detail. We chose a relatively reflection free space with a super low noise floor and recorded through John Hardy M1 preamps for the big clean gain. Schoeps and Neumann mics were used to get full coverage of each cymbal.

Check the User Guide for detailed descriptions and images of the Kontakt instruments. And check out this interview with Rene Coronado, on the making of the Swell SFX library

swell natural front page swell natural designer page


Full sound effects list for Swell:

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echo | collective

echo | collective is the label under which the guys at Dallas Audio Post release sample libraries and Kontakt instruments for use in film, music and games.

Our need for unique and interesting sounds has us constantly updating our libraries and databases. We love making noises, bending sounds and recontextualizing things into shapes and forms they were never really meant to take.

Under echo | collective our custom sounds are available to the world at large. Feel free to take a look around, listen to the demos, watch the videos and then pick up some sounds. You can follow us on twitter @echocollective