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Evolution features deep editing possibilities and an incredibly large and versatile library of production-ready sounds...

MT (Music Tech Magazine)

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Evolution

Bedroom Producers Blog - Evolution

Tomislav Zlatic (Bedroom Producers Blog) - 08/03/2018

Evolution VS Revolution

Evolution is Wave Alchemy’s most significant release to date, following the recently reviewed Revolution virtual drum machine. The two products, despite the similar names, are entirely different beasts. Whereas Revolution focused on capturing the vintage sounds and the sequencing workflow of old drum machine hardware, Evolution emphasizes modern drum sound design techniques, focuses on drum layering, innovative sequencing, and provides a vast library of original drum sample content.

In other words, both the included drum samples and Evolution’s sound engine are entirely new. It is not a simple remake of Revolution with modernized sample content, but a completely different take on the drum machine concept

Drum Sampling Evolution

According to the info available on Wave Alchemy’s website, crafting the sample content for Evolution was a five-year-long endeavor. The raw samples were sourced from an arsenal of electronic and acoustic instruments, and then processed, layered, and mangled into their final shape using outboard gear and software tools. As already mentioned, the team at WA are seasoned veterans of the drum sampling game, so it’s no surprise that the quality of the included sounds is on a high level. Quantity and quality don’t necessarily go together, but this is one of the most versatile and most inspiring drum sample libraries I’ve ever had the pleasure of browsing. It’s the kind of drum sample collection you’d expect to find on a hard drive of a producer who spent years creating a secret stash of his favorite custom-made sounds.

Evolved Workflow

The workflow in Evolution revolves around its drum layering engine. The output of each drum channel (there are twelve channels in total) consists of three sound components which are mixed using the XY-pad in the main panel of the interface. The three components are labeled Drum, Transient, and Layer, as we mentioned earlier. The Drum slot holds the main drum sound, be it a kick, a snare, a hi-hat, or something else. The Transient component adds snap and impact to the main drum, whereas the Layer slot adds body and tone. Thanks to the XY-pad controller, the drum layering process in Evolution is intuitive and blazingly fast. The relative volumes of all three components can be adjusted with a single mouse click.

This first step is only the tip of the iceberg, though. Once you’re happy with this rough mix of the three drum components, you can dig deeper into Evolution’s sound design engine which features filtering, transient shaping, bitcrushing, distortion, envelope adjustments, and a variety of other sound shaping tools which are available on the Mix panel. The effects can be applied to each channel individually, as well as to the main output. The included compressor and 4-band equalizer can handle the most critical mixing tasks, which is useful if you’re using Evolution in a standalone instance of Kontakt. Also included are delay and reverb sends. The two reverb modules are particularly interesting as they capture the sounds of classic hardware reverb units which are known to work well with drum sources.

It goes without saying, with Evolution’s sound design engine you can customize the 28,000+ included drum samples to your heart’s content and create unique drum hits that you can genuinely call “your own.” On the other hand, if tinkering with sound design is not your thing, you can always use the provided samples as-is or choose between hundreds of available kits and presets.

Sequencing Evolved

Equally impressive is Evolution’s sequencer which is packed with handy workflow enhancements to help speed up the drum sequencing process. The sequencer lane for the selected drum channel is available on all three UI panels, but the dedicated Sequencer panel is where the magic happens. The main view fairly self-explanatory. It is the classic step sequencer mode which shows all twelve drum channel lanes stacked vertically. Clicking and dragging a step will adjust note velocity. It is also possible to zoom in on a single lane in order to make more precise velocity adjustments. Individual channel lanes can be muted, soloed, cleared, and randomized.

Far more interesting, though, is the FX sequencer mode which allows the user to sequence a variety of parameters for the selected voice. These include volume, pan, pitch, and any parameter assigned to the channel’s macro knobs. The FX sequencer is probably my favorite part of Evolution’s engine. Transforming a simple drum loop into an exciting, evolving drum sequence can be done in a matter of seconds, and I’m saying this quite literally. Simply clicking and dragging your mouse across several parameters can make a massive difference. The randomize feature is available here as well, perfect for coming up with crazy modulations and loop variations with a single click.

The Verdict

Evolution is an impressive virtual drum machine. It is certainly the most substantial Kontakt Player-based drum machine I’ve ever used. The bundled sounds are well worth the asking price in my opinion, and the fantastic sound design and sequencing workflows make it a valuable addition to any electronic music producer’s arsenal.

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Music Tech Mag Review - Evolution

MT (Music Tech Magazine) - 17/02/2018

Evolution features deep editing possibilities and an incredibly large and versatile library of production-ready sounds...

  • Vast, HQ sound library
  • Punchy, production-ready sound
  • Excellent Macro system and FX Sequencing
  • Easy sound design

9/10 - Music Tech Choice Award

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Revolution 3D

Evolution - 1 Hour Tutorial Review

VST Spotlight (VST Spotlight) - 05/02/2018

A Customer takes an in-depth look at Evolution... Watch the 1 hour long walk-through video below:

ANR Review - Evolution

AudioNewsRoom (ANR) - 31/01/2018

Including more than 400 presets, Evolution’s vast archive of sounds and sound design tools from all sorts of sources, include but are not limited to: vintage analogue and modern drum machines, acoustic instruments, live rooms, processed Foley, abstract layered sounds, modular synths, percussion, re-amped drums, and tape machines (the full source list can be found in the manual on pages 52-55), all processed via analogue signal chains and mastering-grade converters, the result of five years of recording and sound design.

Evolution’s unique workflow hinges upon blending three sounds (drum sounds, transients, sound design tools) in each of its 12 drum voices. Each individual layer from each voice can be edited independently or in union with other layers.

It also has a powerful randomization tool for drum selection – clicking the dice icon will randomly select a drum sound from the current sound bank, and Cmd/Ctrl+Clicking will randomly select and load a sound for all three layers. This feature is crucial for creativity and helps users avoid being boxed in by presets. The X-Y pad can be used to easily blend layers. The fully modular eight per-voice macros and the step-lock parameter/effects sequencer can be assigned to 42 potential parameters for mix, filter, and effects.

The sequencer is feature-packed, delivering randomization and looping, along with sequenced per-voice effects, providing analogue-emulated filters and envelopes, LFOs, delays and dynamics processors, in addition to pitch, reverb, delay. The randomization function is huge for me – it lets users use their ears to find rhythms they like rather than just leaning on presets.

The analog simulation feature emulates analog equipment, generating random behaviour, subtle sonic differences, and movement. Random volume and panning along with the analog simulation can be controlled independently for each independent layer of each drum voice, which can be highly effective in making your drums sound ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ and can help in avoiding the uncanny valley sound of rigid and overly-precise, digitally programmed drums.

Evolution’s library is available clean, or in varying levels of tape saturation recorded with a vintage Studer A80 tape machine. These tape recordings sound incredible, the sound of the transients and added tape harmonics can really bring some life out of some of the colder more modern sounding samples. The reverbs boast 190 high-quality impulse responses from high-end acoustic drum rooms to classic units including the Lexicon 300L, EMT-250 Plate, AKG BX20 Spring, Fender Spring AMS RMX16

Conclusion

Here at ANR we were already big fans of Wave Alchemy, and we’re definitely impressed by Evolution. It’s a killer software drum machine, with a fantastic library and nifty features...

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Evolution Video Review - Production Expert

Production Expert (Production Expert) - 17/01/2018

Production Expert Demos Evolution! Watch their video review below:

AskAudio Mag Review - Evolution

AskAudio (AskAudio ) - 04/01/2018

Known for their vast drum libraries and intricate instruments alike, Wave Alchemy have delivered their most ambitious drum programming tool yet: Evolution. Evolution is a fresh approach to layered percussion design, extensive on-board effects, all-new forward-looking sample library, and an even more powerful sequencing system.

Evolutionary Foundations

Built from an immaculate library of more than 28,000 samples that easily lives up to the lofty standards Wave Alchemy has firmly established, Evolution is essentially comprised of 12 drum voices. Each of those voices, in turn, is constructed by three discrete sample engines: Drum, Transient, and Layer. Featuring three main device pages – per-voice XY mix and macro modulation, Mixer, and Sequencer – the currently selected drum voice remains visible along the top of Evolution’s handsome interface throughout all sections.

Ten main categories are available for the primary Drum layer, including the usual suspects: Kick, Snare, Tom, Hat Closed, Hat Open, Cymbal, and Clap, along with Perc Real, Perc Electro, and Perc Glitch. Once the general drum family has been selected from the corresponding buttons at right, up to twelve further contextual sub-categories are available for stylistic expediency on the similar buttons beneath, helping navigate the vast array of available samples in sensible fashion.

Clicking the Drum, Transient or Layer text to the right of the waveform display determines which engine is in focus, while clicking the corresponding dot allows that engine to be soloed for isolated editing. The Transient engine offers five categories to add definition to the impact of any drum voice: Soft, Hard, Clap, Click, or Snare Body. Providing additional texture on the tail end, the Layer engine offers ten classes: Organic, Sub Deep, Sub Mid, Sub Verb, and Sub Bomb for low-end sound design; Live Snare, Prep Snare, and Room Snare for more convincing kit drums; and Clap Tail and Noise for top-end material. A random selection can be drawn from the currently selected sample engine category by clicking the die icon beneath the waveform, easily generating new kits from scratch – or by adjusting the selected layer’s Select knob in the Voice section.

X & Y: Chromosomic

Clicking the X + Y toggle at the top left of Evolution brings us to the XY mix pad and macro controls for whichever voice is currently selected. The XY pad allows for swift, intuitive, and visual mixing between the Drum, Transient, and Layer engines for the selected voice, while the eight macros allow for bespoke Sequencer control – but more on that in a moment. Each macro can be selected from a full drop-down menu of per-voice parameters by clicking its title, while the T, D, and L amounts determine how much that macro controls the Transient, Drum, and Layer engines respectively, allowing for incredibly precise control across any voice’s plentiful parameters. A ring appears around the dial of a parameter assigned to a macro, with a dot in that ring showing the parameter’s true macro-compensated position.

Genetic Sequencing

Evolution can easily be programmed via MIDI in a host DAW, with Drum voices located from C1-B1, but its impressively implemented sequencer is certainly worth wrapping your head around. While whichever voice is currently selected can be sequenced in any view via the vintage sequencer buttons along the bottom of the interface, toggling Evolutions sequencer view via the top left button provides access to far more complex programming.

To make the sequencer even more powerful, clicking the dial symbol in the upper left opens the Parameter Lock sequencer, allowing for powerful per-voice step control of Pitch, Volume, Pan, sends, and whatever parameters have been assigned to a voice’s macro dials. Randomizing here and there, then expanding a Parameter Lock lane for fine-tune editing results in dynamic, intricate patterns difficult to imagine creating through any other means.

Drum-atic Evolution

If the drum library alone isn’t enough to sell you, Evolution’s unique layering of three engines per-voice, impressive effects, intuitive XY mixer, and macro controls should form a convincing combination for anyone seeking a forward-thinking software-based drum instrument.

Even those who might insist on programming via their DAW can still make use of the sequencer, thanks to Evolution’s convenient MIDI Export feature. Combine all this with a wealth of versatile presets and multiple tape-enhanced versions recorded through analog equipment, and everyone from bedroom producers to elite sound designers should find Wave Alchemy’s latest instrument a mighty tool for constructing the rhythms of the future.

Verdict

Incredible sound library with ultra flexible routing and effects along with a powerful sequencer make for a truly impressive NKS-ready instrument.

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Evolution

£149.95

Drum Tools 02

£49.95

Revolution

£149.95

Drum Machine Collection

£35.95

Chords & Stabs

£21.95