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Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions

Beautiful, instantly playable symphonic string textures

Composers are forever being asked to make meaningful music that sits easily under dialogue without diverting attention away from the scene. Our Evo Grid technology, based on an easy-to-use evolution engine, allows you to create and perform engaging, sophisticated and emotional music from the most simplistic of arrangements. Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions marries this concept with the majesty of a symphony-sized string section recorded at the legendary Air Studios (the same featured in the award-winning Spitfire Symphonic Strings). As a layering tool it can bring static arrangements to life with elegant, modern and progressive orchestral techniques, plus solve one of the harder aspects of media composition: effective gradual transitions from one state to another. The hands-on grid and access to endless amount of textural layers make this inspirational, flexible and tactile string library a must-have.

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Product Info

  • ~4703 Samples
  • 36.6 GB Uncompressed .WAV
  • 27.7 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 55.40 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo

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Evo Grid meets Symphonic Strings

With Evo Grid 1 and Evo Grid 2, we unleashed on the world a totally new way of working with long strings articulations. By recording a number of very long notes that change or mutate over time across the entire range of the keyboard and by allowing different evolutions (or Evos) to be assigned to different registers, Spitfire created a whole new way that A-list composers could create profound end results; a highly playable instrument that can be shaped dynamically as you play, this is the perfect tool for when you’re pushed hard up against those almost impossible deadlines we all face.

By introducing a 'dice function' with sounds categorised so that different Evos could be randomised across the keyboard, Spitfire also discovered a way of offering up an almost infinite number of permutations within any single instance. From shimmering and undulating beauty to gradual and relentless building tension, be inspired by rolling the dice to discover a completely different instrument than before. Also, there’s the option to randomise within parameters to lean more towards ‘beauty’, ‘horror’ etc.

Blockbuster Sounding Strings

What do you do when you want your samples to sound like the real deal? Go to the place where they actually record the scores and use the same players and people.

Recorded during the same session as for Spitfire Symphonic Strings, this features 60 star players: 16 1st Violins, 14 2nd Violins, 12 Violas, 10 Cellos & 8 Basses; all handpicked from the best orchestras in London. Performing 48 Evos orchestrated by established contemporary concert composer Ben Foskett, this library is rich with both beautiful and tense symphonic string parts; all performed in situ as they would be in a score session. With each of the Evos playable across multiple ranges, an almost infinite amount of symphonic string combinations and textural layers are available for composition.

Captured in the revered acoustic of The Hall at Air Studios, using the same equipment used for the major scores, the result is emotive and musical. Digitally recorded at 96kHz via a 2” Studer tape machine, with priceless valve and ribbon mics, Neve Montserrat pre-amps into a Neve 88R desk; no expense has been spared here.

The Evo Process

  1. Orchestrate a series of Evos (very long notes that change over time)
  2. Record these from low in the register to high up
  3. Repeat this for the different Evos
  4. Each Evo is placed in one column of the Evo Grid, with each row representing a pitch range (i.e. x = Evo, y = Pitch Range)
  5. Select which Evo sits in which range by activating ‘pegs’ on the Evo Grid (when a note is performed or programmed, it triggers the Evos pegged into that range)
  6. You needn’t select pegs yourself - randomise with the dice function that gives you several criteria to play with
  7. Make sure you save as there are a near infinite number of possible combinations


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.

The Overview Panel

This is the main interface for melodic instruments. Its default view displays all available playing techniques, has a simple microphone mixer and includes the main feature controllers.

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What's included

Main Evo Grid

  • Symphonic Strings Evolutions

Individual evolutions:


  • Vibrato Movement
  • Ordinare to Dolce Trem
  • Ordinare to Dolce Pulse
  • Static Tasto to Pont
  • Pulse to Sul Pont Trem
  • Static Timbre Harmonics
  • Ordinare to Fast Light Bow
  • Pont Trem to Pulsing Bow
  • Ordinare to Heavy Bow
  • Tasto to Semitone Trill
  • Tasto to Wholetone Trill
  • Ordinare to Sul Tasto Trem
  • Pont to Pont Semitone Trill
  • Pont to Pont Wholetone Trill
  • Tasto to Pont
  • Tasto Light Bow to Dolce
  • Pulse Trem to Harmonics
  • Static Harmonics with Pedal
  • Tasto to Semitone Trill and Pedal
  • Tasto to Wholetone Trill and Pedal


  • Light Bow to Pont Overtones
  • Harmonic Whisps
  • Harmonic Whisps Sul Pont
  • Note Phasing
  • Note Phasing Sul Pont Trem
  • Trem Shudders Tasto
  • Trem Shudders Pont
  • Pont Attacks
  • Harmonic Pulse 1
  • Harmonic Pulse 2
  • Light Bow to Pont Overtones with Pedal
  • Harmonic Pulse with Vib
  • Harmonic and Ordinare Pulse
  • Ordinare to Heavy Bow Harmonic Whisps
  • Pont Attacks with Sul Tasto Trem
  • Pont Trill with Trem Shudders

Modestly Extreme

  • Accented Lilting Pulse
  • Pulsing downbows CS
  • Cross String CS
  • Bending Trem Cloud
  • Heavy Bow with Pulsing Bends Up
  • Heavy Bow with Pulsing Bends Down
  • Harmonic Whisps with Overtones Bent Up
  • Harmonic Whisps with Overtones Bent Down
  • Static Harmonics with Overtones Bent Up
  • Static Harmonics with Overtones Bent Down
  • Trem to Shudders to Pont Attacks with Cross Strings
  • Tasto to Phasing to Shudders to Pulsing Downbows

Curated presets:

  • 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
  • A Beautiful Start
  • All The Harmonics
  • Bends Down
  • Bends Up
  • Bow Changes
  • Episodic Bow Changes
  • Episodic Whispers
  • Shuddering Tremulations
  • Soft Tremulations
  • Tense Tasto

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