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Woodwind Evolutions

Soaring, evolving woodwinds

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  • Soaring, evolving woodwinds

    Woodwind Evolutions gives you some of the most instantly gratifying sounds we've ever had the pleasure of making. Recorded dry at the amazing Air Edel studios, London, this eclectic collection of woodwind evolutions provides composers with a unique palette of inspirational tools to create ultra-minimal, realistic textures, from dark and arresting, to soaring and beautiful. Now presented in our own sophisticated GUI with an ingenious grid layout, you have an almost infinite number of configurations at your fingertips, to hold your listeners spellbound. 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


    48 evolutions & 19 presets

    Dedicated plugin

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    Woodwind Evos effects

    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 (evolutions) 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.

    Woodwind Evos Grid

    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 sits on each of those 12 key ranges, toggle your pegs, or hit 'Feeling Lucky' to generate randomised evolutions, replay the MIDI, and no cue will ever sound the same twice.

    What's included


    Band A - Woods

    • Flute (3)
    • Alto flute (1)
    • Bass flute (1)
    • Contrabass flute (1)
    • Bb clarinet (3)
    • Bb bass clarinet (3)

    Band B - Reeds

    • Oboe (3)
    • Cor anglais (2)
    • Bb clarinet (2)
    • Bb bass clarinet (1)
    • Baritone sax (1)
    • Bassoon (3)

    Light woods

    • Light — full
    • Light — shimmer
    • Normale — pulse
    • Light — tongue shudders (episodic)
    • Light — shudders
    • Shudders — strong
    • Breath — tone
    • Light — accelerating siren
    • Light — beautiful siren
    • Normale — overtone flickers

    Pitch woods

    • Normale — semitone cells
    • Normale — tone cells
    • Normale — dissonant pulse
    • Normale — multiphonics
    • Normale — episodic overtones
    • Gentle shimmer — overtones
    • Normale — harmonic wisps
    • Normale — building trill
    • Normale — multiphonics and pedal
    • Light — dissonant tongue shudders
    • Normale — dissonant overtone pulse
    • Shimmer — multiphonic overtones
    • Light — harmonic cell bursts
    • Breath — dissonant pulse

    Light reeds

    • Light — full
    • Light — shimmer
    • Normale — pulse
    • Light — tongue shudders
    • Light — shudders
    • Light — shimmer bursts
    • Light — accelerating siren
    • Light — beautiful siren

    Pitch reeds

    • Normale — semitone cells
    • Normale — tone cells
    • Normale — dissonant pulse
    • Normale — down bends
    • Normale — multiphonics
    • Light — siren shudders
    • Normale — episodic overtones
    • Normale — singing pitch
    • Light — random bursts
    • Light — shimmers and sirens
    • Chatter — dissonance
    • Light — chaos
    • Soft — overtone pulse
    • Singing — shimmer bursts
    • Light — shimmered bends
    • Soft — full multiphonics

    Curated presets


    • A simple start — bright
    • Episodic bursts — bright
    • Harmonic woodwinds — bright
    • Movement pad — dark
    • Pulsing presence — dark
    • Shimmering ensemble — bright
    • Steel pans — bright — distorted
    • Stretched moments — dark
    • Reed swamp — dark
    • Woodwind swamp — dark
    • Ensemble swamp — dark
    • Grit bursts — dark — distorted


    • Always building — bright
    • Cracks of beauty — dark
    • Intense sirens — dark
    • Is it broken — dark — distorted
    • Semitone shimmers — bright
    • Is it more broken — dark — distorted
    • Dirty moments — dark — distorted

    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


    What software will I need to run the Spitfire evolution libraries?

    For Angular String EvolutionsFragile 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.

    Evo Grid 3 needs Kontakt Full to run. For more information on Kontakt Full click here.

    Hey, why isn't Evo Grid 3 a dedicated plugin?

    Due to some of the technology needed for Evo Grid 3, we have not released it as a dedicated plugin yet.

    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 10.15 to OS 13

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

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

    Both Intel and Apple Silicon/ARM are supported

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    PC system requirements

    Windows 10 or Windows 11 - (Latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

    Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM

    Recommended: Intel Core i7 6th gen and later or AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    File size

    ~3312 samples

    20.0 GB download size

    19.80 GB disk space required during install

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