Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolution | Review

The British Spitfire Audio launch their new virtual symphonic instrument based on the Evo Grid technology.

With Evo Grid 1 “Evolving stringscapes” and Evo Grid 2 “Second evolving strings” brought a new way of working with prolonged articulations of string instruments: recording extensive notes that move along the keyboard and allowing different evolutions (evos) that are assigned to different registers.

Now, starting from the same idea of ​​creating music with more movement, brightness, vibration and tension, they arrive with Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions. Unlike the other instruments with Evo Grid technology recorded with smaller string sections and with more limited evolutions, SSSE was recorded during the same session as its close friend Spitfire Symphonic Strings, with an orchestra of 60 string players (16 1st violins, 14 2nd violins, 12 violas, 10 cellos and 8 basses). This session took place at Air Studios in London, in which the orchestra led by Ben Foskett recorded 48 types of Evos, each with a different concept.

An ‘Evo’ is the progress of a note or chord from one of the many techniques for stringed instruments such as vibrato, tremolo or pizzicato among others. Spitfire Audio thus introduces ‘die function’ which refers to separate the keyboard by different blocks where different Evos are placed.

SSSE is a unique tool that can give life and texture to static arrangements, solving one of the most complicated aspects of digital composition: gradual transitions from one state to another.

To use SSSE you need Kontakt Player (5.5 or later) from Native Instruments included in the pack and install the Download Manager application from Spitfire Audio for Mac or PC.