PP020 Evo Grid 2

Second Evolving Strings

Chapter two of the new “Evo Grid” experience. A whole new raft of super long chamber string evolutions to perfectly compliment the first instalment or sit proudly as its own super-inspiring compositional tool. Orchestrated by Ben Foskett and recorded in the dry, vintage craft studio that makes Evo Grid #2 quite simply a class act!

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After the barn-storming success of EVG1, the hundreds of emails of encouragement, some great requests and feedback and a month or so of us working with EVG1 in anger, we decided to return to make a complimentary, or indeed standalone version of the Evo concept, that opens the next chapter in the evo journey.

For the newly initiated Evos are hyperlong articulations that change sometimes subtly, sometimes radically over time before looping. We organise these on a grid so you can plot which evolution or 'Evo' sits on which key range. In this day and age, composers are often asked to engage the listener by doing so little, we're asked to rarely change a note, to do nothing, but really sort a scene out! Evo Grid is our means of providing composers with a solution to this conundrum!


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 vintage Cadac desk. Spitfire went about recording 48 different and very long Evos. Evo 2 has focussed on requests for "straighter" sounding evolutions, and "extreme" Evos where the Spitfire team thought they could push the envelope even further. Whats more after 18 long months working on the BAFTA winning "Alien Isolation" Christian Henson felt the need for "a straight note that just did 'something' every once in a while at random intervals. "To give the sense of life and movement" within any scene. These are classified as 'episodic' Evos and the whole Spitfire team think these are the jewel in EVG2's crown. Randomly mix between each of these three classes of Evo, or just within each category.

With a GUI Inspired by the EMS VCS3 you can instantly select (or peg) what evo sits on each of the 12 key ranges. This gives you literally 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 the ever changing kaleidoscope of progressive string techniques.

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.


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 curiously engaging 'episodic' evos... 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.


The Evo Grid

Based on the EMS VCS3 synth, this extraordinary and unique interface allows for instant gratification and customisation. With 1 or 2 clicks, you will be armed with something totally unique and inspiring. Scroll the Evo Grid to discover and activate Evos that are not visible. Pan and tweak each Evo for perfect blending. Punch in or out 3 useful modulators and effects. Mix your mic positions, all from the front panel.

Presets / Techniques / Articulations / Mics / Mixes


  • Strings - 48 Evos orchestrated by Ben Foskett
  • Tweaked - These 48 evos cleverly glitch tweaked by Christian Henson
  • Warp X - Special warp version from the award winning Spitfire team.
  • Warp XXX - As above but more!
  • Ambient - Completely transformed material from another world
  • Completely Varped- Yes, 48 string evos totally Horlicksed!!


  • 1-12 Step Down Diagonal
  • 1-12 Step Up Diagonal
  • 13-24 Step Down Diagonal
  • 13-24 Step Up Diagonal
  • 25-36 Step Down Diagonal
  • 25-36 Step Up Diagonal
  • 37-48 Step Down Diagonal
  • 37-48 Step Up Diagonal
  • Ambient Tratto
  • Building Heavy Bow
  • Elegant Sordino Spread
  • Harmonic Whisps
  • Maddening Trills
  • Parrallel Pulses
  • Pure Tone
  • Sharp Jetes
  • Softening Sul Ponts
  • To Hell and Back


  • 01 Trad - NV (pp) to Vib (pp)
  • 02 Trad - NV (mp) to Vib (f)
  • 03 Trad - NV (pp) to Vib (pp) CS
  • 04 Trad - NV (mp) to Vib (f) CS
  • 05 Trad - Norm (pp) to Espr (pp)
  • 06 Trad - Norm (mp) to Espr (f)
  • 07 Trad - Norm (pp) to Espr (f) CS
  • 08 Trad - Norm (mp) to Espr (f) CS
  • 09 Trad - Norm (pp) to MajTril (pp)
  • 10 Trad - Circular Pont, NV to Vib
  • 11 Trad - Norm (pp) to MinTril (pp) CS
  • 12 Trad - Norm (pp) to MajTril (pp) CS
  • 13 Trad - Pure Tone, one on each desk Tasto
  • 14 Trad - Norm (pp) to MajTril (pp) CS
  • 15 Trad - Tasto NV to Espr, with ErrorBrushing
  • 16 Trad - Norm (pp) to Trem (pp)
  • 17 Trad - Norm (mp) to PulsingTrem (f)
  • 18 Trad - Norm (pp) to Trem (pp) CS
  • 19 Trad - Norm (mp) to Trem (f) CS
  • 20 Trad - Norm (pp) to FullBowPulsing (pp)
  • 21 Trad - Norm (mp) to FullBowPulsing (f)
  • 22 Trad - Norm (pp) to FullBowPulsing (pp) CS
  • 23 Trad - Norm (mp) FullBowPulsing (f) CS
  • 24 Trad - Tasto (ppp) to ColLegTratto
  • 25 Episodic - ViolNorm + ArtHarm Wisps
  • 26 Episodic - ViolNorm + PontHarm Wisps
  • 27 Episodic - ViolNorm + PontHarm Wisps CS
  • 28 Episodic - Tasto to Norm + TremShudders
  • 29 Episodic - Tasto to Norm + PontTremShudders
  • 30 Episodic - Ord + Pont SemiTril
  • 31 Episodic - Tasto + MoltoTasto ToneTril
  • 32 Episodic - Tasto + JeteMoltoTasto
  • 33 Episodic - Ord + Pont Jete
  • 34 Extreme - TastoTrem (p) to PontTrem (fff)
  • 35 Extreme - TastoSansVib (p) to PontSemiVib (fff)
  • 36 Extreme - TastoSemiTril (p) to PontSemiTrill (fff)
  • 37 Extreme - TastoSlowBend (p) to PontWideGliss (fff)
  • 38 Extreme - TastoPulsing (p) to HeavyDownbow (fff)
  • 39 Extreme - Tasto to LightJete to PontHeavyJete (fff)
  • 40 Extreme - Tasto to StringCrossedDampedOpenStrings (fff)
  • 41 Extreme - Tasto to StringCrossedDampedOpenStrings with Pedal
  • 42 Extreme - Tasto to StringCrossedDampedOpenStrings REV
  • 43 Extreme - Tasto to StringCrossedDampedOpenStrings REV to Pedal
  • 44 Extreme - Tasto (p) to HeavyTremSemiToneVib (fffff)
  • 45 Extreme - Tasto (p) to BendingPulsingDownbow
  • 46 Extreme - TastoPulsing with HeavyJeteDownbow
  • 47 Extreme - Tasto (p) to SemiToneTrill with CrossDampedOpenStrings (ffffffff)
  • 48 Extreme - Tasto (p) to HeavyPontJete with CrossDampedOpenStrings

Mics & Mixes


  • Close (full mix) version
  • Tweaked version
  • Ambient version
  • CV - distorted version
  • X - Time stretch version
  • XXX - Hyper stretch version