An extraordinary collection of long, evolving chamber strings orchestrated by Ben Foskett and recorded dry at Air Edel studios, providing you with a totally unique palette of inspiration. With an ingenious grid layout that allows an almost infinite number of Evo configurations, this library gives composers the ability to play ultra minimal passages, while still holding your listeners spellbound.
Simple Beauty (Context 1) - C.Henson (0:00 / 2:32)
Simple Beauty (Context 2) - C.Henson (0:00 / 2:32)
Elysium - Harnek Mudhar (0:00 / 1:41)
Goldfinger vs Evogrid - O. P. Weder (0:00 / 1:21)
Performed by some of the most progressive avant garde string players in London today and recorded dry at the amazing Air Edel studios via the finest vintage mics, Neve pre-amps and their vintage Cadac desk. Spitfire went about recording 48 distinctive and very long Evos. Tense, mysterious and frightening Evos as with Scary Strings, but also intensely beautiful, tender and moving. Recorded across 12 intervals, and arranged on a 12 x 48 grid, the true genius of this library lies in its interface.
With a GUI Inspired by the EMS VCS3 you can instantly select (or peg) which Evo sits on each of the 12 key ranges. This gives you an almost infinite number of personalised configurations. Toggle your pegs around, or hit "Randomise", replay the MIDI and no cue will ever sound the same twice. The pièce de résistance here though is the ability to play ultra minimal music whilst holding your audience captive with an ever changing kaleidoscope of progressive string techniques.
The need was urgent, the concept simple, and the solution spellbinding. Award winning composer Christian Henson was commissioned to write 13 hours of music for a sprawling epic TV series, yet there was no budget for orchestra and there was only 3 months to do it in. Christian quickly realised that he was going to have to have 3 months of 'working lunches' and by this he meant sustaining himself whilst composing. The result was a quick string sampling session where over a range of perfect fourths he recorded a series of greatly differing long strings evolutions, senza vib/ sul taste into sul pont trem and back again etc etc. When putting the sample instrument together Christian and those who work with him were staggered by the results. The sheer beauty was compelling, and the chaotic nature of different evolutions placed over different intervals made for exciting and unexpected results. "I could literally hit a big C minor chord, hold my sustain pedal down, reach for my sandwich and the thing would still be writing itself a minute later when I was wiping mayo off my beard".
Some two years after recording this Christian & Spitfire agreed to offer it up as part of the "Labs" program where free samples are offered up in return for donations to Unicef. As the cornerstone of the 2015 campaign, this little beauty helped get Spitfire's total to around the $90,000 donated mark. But what was compelling was the number of amazing demos turned in by users, and the sheer number of amazing comments about this little gem...
"Spitfire may have just found 'the sound' of 2015"
So what was it that made Scary Strings so special. With UIST and the countless additional and progressive techniques recorded for Spitfire's Albion ensembles and BML section based libraries we have a wide selection of inspiring transforming and evolving string sounds. But with scary strings we felt it was the proximity of the recordings that gave it a real edge, no bevelled edges of the hall at Air Studios. This was recorded in the intimate and very cool vintage kitted surroundings of Air-Edel studios. But the real clincher was the way in which different evolutions and techniques were played on different keys. It leant to a completely random but creative complex sonic execution of simplistic and minimal musical ideas.
We have specially curated these extraordinary Evos into a number of spring-out-of-the-box patches. These demonstrate not only the tense and extreme elements of the library but also the heart breaking beauty and fragile timidity... From simple "tutti" patches containing all 288 Evos spread evenly across your keyboard to diagonal patterns, specially curated peg patterns and a feature for you to randomly created peg patterns from the near infinite number of possible configurations. With a number of FX accessible from the front panel this is a tool designed for producers, composers, sound designers and editors needing spellbinding, award winning material from the minute your finger hits the keyboard.
Whilst playing the material orchestrated by Ben Foskett, we couldn't stop ourselves from creating an additional 5 grids of awesome warped, saturated and totally transformed versions of each and every Evo.