Spitfire Audio, one of our favorite sample libraries/virtual instruments companies, has announced an innovative product for their Producer Portfolio series. EVO GRID 3 – STRINGS IN MOTION takes the EVO GRID concept to new level, thanks to a series of tempo-lockable evolving strings ‘motions’.
‘Cheating’ has never felt so good: if you are you a media composer having to produce yards of sophisticated underscore for your TV scores, a games composer looking for ways of generating hours of iterative material, a producer looking for cool understated orchestral textures, then EVO GRID 3 can become your new best friend.
The story of EVO GRID (From a sandwich to a virtual instrument) The story behind the EVO GRID concept is quite hilarious: Christian Henson — award-winning composer and co-founder of Spitfire Audio — had to write 13 hours of music for an epic TV series, but with no budget for orchestra and only three months in which to do it. A quick string sampling session subsequently ensued, during which he fortuitously recorded a series of significantly differing long strings evolutions. Staggered by the resulting sample-based virtual instrument, where the chaotic nature of different evolutions placed over different intervals made for exciting and unexpected results, he semi-seriously stated, “I could literally hit a big C minor chord, hold my sustain pedal down, reach for my sandwich, and the thing would still be writing itself a minute later while I was wiping mayo off my beard!”.
The rest is history, as they say. The EVO products started taking shape, with a GUI-based grid inspired by the cult-synth EMS VSC3. Composers loved the near-infinite creative (and time-saving!) possibilities offered by these instruments.
What’s new in EVO GRID 3? EVO GRID 3 has been created by sampling evolving ‘motions’ or movements and rhythms outstandingly orchestrated by London- and Paris-based British composer and orchestrator Ben Foskett for a ‘chamber’ (small-sized) string band beautifully recorded in the dry, yet warm-sounding environs of Air-Edel Studio 1.
In PP021 EVO GRID 3 there are 37 unique evolutions across the whole range of the string band, grouped into three different categories. Its inspirational sounds are all tempo-locked to the host DAW while four individual mic signals — Close, Sweet Loops, ‘Completely Varped’, and Stretched — and a completely customisable EVO GRID with randomize function make more adventurous strings soundscapes than ever even more musically addictive.
Though the thinking behind PP021 EVO GRID 3 was initially to tackle the taxing sampling question of re-bowing — repeated phrasing on the same note, after two years of drawn-out development and shrewd scripting, the end result is so much more than was originally hoped for.
PP021 EVO GRID 3 is also available as part of THE EVOLUTIONS BUNDLE, bundled alongside all other orchestral EVO GRID titles — namely, PP017 EVO GRID 1, PP020 EVO GRID 2, PP025 EVO GRID 4, and SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS — for £599.00 GBP/$919.00 USD/€839.00 EUR, representing an overall discount of 34%, until 08:00 BST on May 13, 2016 (Thereafter, SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS will be removed from the bundle, which will then represent an overall discount of 17%.)
Note that Native Instruments’ KONTAKT 5 (full version) is required to run PP021 EVO GRID 3, while Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application for Mac or PC allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.
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