Spitfire Audio – Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions v1.0.1b25 (KONTAKT)

By | May 28, 2024


Publisher: Spitfire Audio
Website: Spitfire Audio
Quality: 24 bit 44.1 kHz stereo
System requirements: KONTAKT FULL (Version 5.6.8 or higher)

Description: Beautiful, instantly playable symphonic string textures
Composers are constantly asked to create meaningful music that flows seamlessly with dialogue without distracting from the scene. Our Evo Grid technology, based on an easy-to-use evolutionary engine, allows you to create and perform engaging, complex and emotional music from the simplest of arrangements.

Additional Information
Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions marries this concept with the majesty of a symphony-sized string section recorded at the legendary Air Studios.
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.

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 instrument for when you’re pushed hard up against those almost impossible deadlines we all face.

By introducing a ‘dice function’ with sounds categorized so that different Evos could be randomized 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 customization. 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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