REVIEW: Pasi Pitkänen - Swish & Whoosh
Company: Pasi Pitkänen
Product: Swish & Whoosh
Our Rating: 4.2/5
Pasi's latest library offers users a wide variety of well recorded swish and whoosh sounds from various obscure items.
Opening Our Copy
The artwork is wonderful, the accuracy of the file structure and naming conventions are a testament to Pasi's experience in releasing libraries and working in a professional setting. The metadata and organisation make the library a joy to use, while the well recorded sounds leave no stones unturned in this theme.
Think Indiana Jones style swish sounds with a hint of Scandinavian design and a sprinkle of Star Wars laser rifles. The sounds here are well recorded, swishing and whooshing with everything from didgeridoos to violin bows.
You won't find heavily designed cinematic whooshes and transitions here though, these are bare bones elements intended for further design - the sounds are in 24bit 96kHz which leaves some room for pitch shifting.
The metal slinky sounds are a very, very nice addition. They sound really authentic and leave space for processing to make laser gun sounds in the style of Ben Burtt. There are so many variations of these too that we don't think you'll ever be hitting metal slinkys again!
There are variations on each effect (slow, fast, multiple etc.) which also contain multiple performances within the files - a wealth of content reaching almost 5GB with over 5300 sounds.
If I Had One Swish
We initially had a hard time understanding the use for this library - the type of whoosh sounds found here work in quite specific scenarios if left raw (mainly fight scenes, animation and comedy). They really need to be creatively processed to come to life - but this was Pasi's intention. With some heavy design you could turn these into nice cinematic transitions, soft slow-motion moments or organic user interface sounds.
The price is what makes this library fall short - it has great accuracy and design but unfortunately feels overpriced - not by quality or consistency - but due to the theme and content not being applicable to enough situations. Some people may find it suits their needs better though; it is down to the nature of your work.
The Bottom Line
If you want an extensive library of whoosh sounds but need to have the raw elements in a well recorded form factor, this is the library for you. There may be cheaper options available, but some of the source sounds used here are priceless.