Angular String Evolutions

Tense, spine-tingling evolutions

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  • Tense, spine-tingling evolutions

    An extraordinary collection of long, evolving chamber strings, providing composers with a unique palette of inspirational tools. Create ultra-minimal, realistic textures, shimmers and micro-movements, from tense and spine-tingling, to beautiful and moving, holding your listeners spellbound. Recorded in the dry, vintage craft acoustic of Air Edel Studios with the UK’s finest progressive string players, the library is now presented in our own sophisticated GUI with an ingenious grid layout, giving you an almost infinite number of configurations at your fingertips. The Spitfire team have also created a range of straight-out-of-the-box presets, offering you instant playability and inspiration.
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    Our dedicated plugin

    14 string players

    48 evolutions / 22 presets

    6 mic signals

    Dedicated plugin

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    Features other Spitfire Audio libraries

    Features other Spitfire Audio libraries

    Back in 2015, Spitfire handpicked a chamber ensemble of the UK’s most progressive string players (4,3,3,3,1) to perform a range of very long, subtly evolving notes, employing a diverse set of techniques and articulations. Recorded to tape by acclaimed engineer Nick Taylor, via the finest vintage mics, with Neve preamps and a vintage Cadac desk, we have captured the diverse tonal range of each stringed instrument.

    Our 2019 update transforms these evolutions by migrating them to Spitfire’s free and easy to use dedicated plugin. Spitfire Audio's Head of Product, Stanley Gabriel, has also created twelve new presets to add to our existing ten. You can choose between a whole range of signals, and in our updated version, these can be used in any combination or all at once in any patch, giving you even more control. See our articulation list below.

    The presets are an example of the range of possibilities that can be achieved through Evo Grid technology — from simple tutti patches containing all 48 evos spread evenly across your keyboard, to specially curated patterns. With a number of FX accessible from the front panel, this is a tool designed for producers, composers and sound designers looking to create spellbinding, award-winning material from the moment your fingers hit the keyboard.

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    What is an Evo?

    Our recording expertise and acclaimed Evo Grid technology adds extra dimensions to each sample, offering you an instinctive, ever-changing kaleidoscope of progressive techniques. For the newly initiated, evolutions are hyper-long notes that change sometimes subtly and sometimes radically over time before looping, giving you unexpected results. Evolutions have become widely adopted amongst the composer community as the most effective means of easily writing music that is able to subtly change over time without melodic variation. These textures can be developed, shaped and processed further, offering you a rich range of possibilities.

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    Our bespoke, sophisticated Evo Grid interface, inspired by the EMS VCS3 synth, positions ‘pegs’ via an onscreen 12 x 48 grid arrangement, giving you access to recordings across 12 intervals, organised in a grid with an almost infinite number of possible configurations. Instantly select which evo (evolution) sits on each of those 12 key ranges, toggle your pegs, or hit "Randomise" to generate randomised evolutions, replay the MIDI, and no cue will ever sound the same twice.

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    What's included

    Instruments

    String Chamber Ensemble (4,3,3,3,1)


    Articulations

    Simple

    • Tender — lyrical
    • Tender — emotive
    • Simple — shimmer
    • Soft simple — searing
    • Gossamer bright waves
    • Tender — shudder
    • Plainsong — patina
    • Bright — lense flare
    • Beauty — patina
    • Baroque — textured
    • Timed — confident
    • Uncertain — more certain
    • Innocent — grandiose
    • Tender — plucked layer
    • Searing — lense flare
    • Shimmer — grandiose

    Scary

    • Soft simple — operatic
    • Gossamer — floating
    • Bold — floating
    • Simple — insects
    • Beauty — operatic
    • Searing — operatic
    • Shimmering — upwards
    • Bright — diving bright
    • Warm — siren song
    • Bright — descent/ascent
    • Tender — collapse/reform
    • Diving birds — en masse
    • Plucks — ascending
    • Bright — ascent (with pedal)
    • Searing — ascent (with pedal)
    • Soft simple — ascent (with pedal)
    • Warm — descent (with pedal)
    • Simple pedal — diving birds (with pedal)
    • Tender — ascending plucks (with pedal)
    • Searing — ascending plucks (with pedal)

    Tense

    • Tender — grind
    • Simple — plucks
    • Bold — lense flair
    • Plucks — en masse
    • Soft — accelerating siren
    • Soft — beautiful siren
    • Bright shimmer — choral
    • Sticks — en masse
    • Still — patina
    • Shimmer — building
    • Tender pedal — sticks (with pedal)
    • Uncertain — sticks patina (with pedal)


    Curated presets

    Simple

    • A rather nice start — bright
    • Bent unease — dark
    • Close to home — bright
    • Scary strings — dark
    • Warm wobble — bright
    • A good start — bright
    • Angular beauty — bright
    • Plucked tension — dark
    • Reflex pads — bright
    • Soft waves — dark
    • Subtle dirt — dark / distorted

    Intense

    • Find the pitch — dark
    • Go pluck yourself — dark
    • Moderate reflex — dark
    • Outer space strings — bright
    • Pitch this — dark
    • Is it broken — dark / distorted
    • Is it more broken — dark / distorted
    • Maddening bends — dark
    • Obtuse distortion — dark / distorted
    • Reversed hits — bright


    Mics & mixes

    Close

    • A tight, dry mix

    Tweaked

    • A compressed version of Close with occasional glitches

    Ambient

    • Reverberant and atmospheric

    Distorted

    • A full-on, gritty signal, useful for adding some dirt into the mix

    Stretch X2

    • The Close mix stretched to be twice the length, giving the sounds a more ethereal quality

    Stretch X8

    • The Close mix stretched to eight times the length, to slow down busy evolutions

    FAQs

    What software do I need to run the Spitfire Evolution libraries?

    For Angular String Evolutions, Fragile String Evolutions and Woodwind Evolutions we provide an AU, VST2, VST3 and AAX, so as long as your chosen DAW supports one of those plugin formats, you’re good to go.


    What are Evolutions, and what is an Evo Grid?

    Evolutions are long notes that change over time then loop seamlessly back to the beginning. In our “Evo Grid”, you can select different evolutions based on the range of the note you are playing.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.10 to OS X 10.15 

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM

    Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install


    PC system requirements

    Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)

    Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install


    File size

    33.00 GB disk space required during install

    32.70 GB download size

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