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Angular String Evolutions

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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The Bench (Murder Case) — Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:06)

Hubris Of The Damned — Louis Rugg (0:00 / 2:37)

Simple Beauty (Contextual) — Christian Henson (0:00 / 2:32)

Simple Beauty (Contextual 2) - Christian Henson (0:00 / 2:32)

Elysium — Harnek Mudhar (0:00 / 1:41)

Goldfinger vs Angular Evolutions — Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:21)


Product Info

  • ~3324 Samples
  • 32.7 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 33.00 GB disk space required during install
  • 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. Intel-based Apple computers only - Apple Silicon/ARM not yet supported. Machine must be connected to the internet during install

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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.

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.

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.

More Evolutions

Fragile Evolutions.
Woodwind Evolutions.

Product Reviews

What's included


  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A tight, dry mix

  • A compressed version of Close with occasional glitches

  • Reverberant and atmospheric

  • 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

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