Polaris

Polaris is a mesmerising aural innovation pairing the worlds of synthesis and orchestra, an encyclopaedia of inspiring sounds with endless possibilities.

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  • Orchestras recreating classic synths

    A modern string orchestra imitating classic synth sounds, from the mind of Grammy-nominated composer, electronic music pioneer & technologist Brian Transeau, AKA BT, Polaris is a mesmerising aural innovation which tastefully pairs the worlds of synthesis and orchestra, an encyclopaedia of new and inspiring sounds with almost endless possibilities, perfect for taking your scores into 2022 and beyond.

    Massive multi-layers of complex yet accessible organic string orchestral recordings, resampled using an array of classic and rare synthesisers (Fairlight, EMU E-II and more), a cosmic collection of new string techniques has been specifically orchestrated to emulate electronic music production techniques. This sophisticated and eclectic sound library, performed by London's top tier contemporary players at renowned AIR Lyndhurst Hall, captures the future of blockbuster scoring.

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    Our dedicated plugin

    Strings imitating synths

    421 presets

    eDNA synth engine

    Dedicated plugin

    Listen to Polaris

    This is a really mind-blowing instrument.

    Richard Devine

    Electronic Music Producer, Sound Designer & Composer (Google, Jaguar, Microsoft, Nike)

    Polaris GUI

    Transformed & synthesised beyond belief

    Whether you are a tweakhead or time-conscious composer preferring presets, Polaris has what you need - Made up of three parts; the organic Strings Orchestra, Classic synths and Vintage Resampling including manipulated sounds via tape, VHS and more, there are endless possibilities for experimentation and customisation inside the eDNA engine as well as the new granular machine. The eDNA interface allows you to play and pair 2 sound sources from the incredible 129 articulations available. Manipulate, layer and blend sounds with FX, gates and much more to create a whole new personalised sound to fit your music.

    Features

    • A modern string orchestra imitating classic synth sounds
    • A massive multi-layering of complex synth sounds made accessible
    • Endless customisation sounds using eDNA engine
    • All-new Granular Engine for further sonic discovery

    129 articulations, including

    • 94 articulations including the original string performances
    • 35 layered 'Synergy' patches for use in the eDNA engine
    • 421 presets created by BT himself and the Spitfire Team
    • 54 noise sources recorded by BTT
    BT Portrait

    It’s not often that a double-disc, two-hour album holds your attention consistently. But post-techno wizard BT's lush, electro-organic soundscapes are so textured, nuanced, and melodically inviting that even techno-phobes will be seduced by his forward-thinking musicality.

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    What's included

    Articulations

    Strings - Long

    • Long Granular
    • Long Harmonic Clouds
    • Long Convergent Drops
    • Long LPF
    • Long Filter Envelope Bass Line
    • Long Uprising
    • Long Running The Blades
    • Long Arrival
    • Long Bass Halo
    • Long Octaves

    Strings - Short

    • Short Electroplucks Pizz
    • Short Electroplucks Spicc

    Synths - Hardware

    • CS-80
    • DS-8
    • H3000
    • JX-8P
    • Matrix-12
    • Wavestation
    • SX-210
    • T8
    • TOA
    • Jupiter 8
    • Prophet 5

    Synths - Granular

    • Harmonic Bitrate
    • Falling Shepard Tone
    • Sub Tone
    • Stalactites
    • Plusgood
    • Plusbad
    • Equal
    • Sound Warp
    • Hour Glass

    Vintage - Tape

    • Piano 4ths
    • Piano 5ths
    • Piano Grains
    • Tape Distortion
    • Harmonic Piano
    • Bass Distorted Grains
    • Bass Piano Tape
    • Tape Synth
    • Hollow Melotron
    • Dark Octaves
    • Blades Arp Pad
    • Electro Shorts

    Vintage - Samplers

    • E-II Arrival
    • E-II Harmonic Clouds
    • E-II Running the Blades
    • Illusion Pizz
    • Illusion Spicc
    • Illusion LPF
    • Metis HPF
    • Metis LPF
    • Metis LPF 2k
    • Metis LPF 200Hz
    • E-II Pizz
    • E-II Uprising
    • Long Erinome Moonlight
    • Long Moonlight Strings 1
    • Long Moonlight Strings 2
    • Long Moonlight Strings 3

    Vintage - FX 1

    • Lex Granular
    • Lex Flange Verb
    • Lex Noise
    • VCA Arrival
    • Noise Feedback Granular
    • Ensemble Fat
    • Ensemble Smooth
    • Flanger Stack
    • S612 Arrival
    • Lex JP
    • Autonoe
    • Io
    • Orthosie

    Vintage - FX 2

    • Noise Feedback
    • Noise Treated
    • Harmonic Mass Distortion
    • Harmonic Fuzz
    • Harmonic Broken Pedal
    • Harmonic Circuit Bent
    • Harmonic Lofi
    • Harmonic Reactor
    • Harmonic Undertone

    Vintage - VHS

    • VHS Double SpeedVHS Half Speed
    • VHS Mild
    • VHS More
    • VHS Quad Speed
    • VHS Quarter Speed
    • VHS Straight
    • VHS Wild
    • VHS Straight
    • VHS Granular Quarter Speed
    • VHS Granular Warble
    • VHS Arrival


    Synergy Patches - eDNA Only

    • Carpenter
    • Midnight Drone
    • Running The Choir
    • Way of the Samurai
    • Chronologique
    • Lingering Pines
    • Meggatron Strings
    • Emulation to Pizz
    • Eupheme Stack
    • North Shore
    • South Shore
    • Augmented Longing
    • The Alpha Project
    • Swarm of Hornets
    • Barren Hollows
    • Unknown Sands
    • Betamax Forest
    • Quietude
    • Lanterns
    • Lingering
    • Altered State
    • Channel Islands
    • Perfect Spaces
    • Night Sweat
    • Grey Opening
    • Blessed Be
    • Mirrorize
    • Fractured
    • The Darkness
    • Leviathan
    • Lost Tapes
    • Planet of Silence
    • The Ancient Ways
    • Monochrome Strings 1982
    • End Times


    Mics & Mixes

    Mics

    • Super Close (KM84 / MKH40 - All desks summed)
    • Close (All desks summed)
    • Room (All desks summed)
    • Far (Amb + Gallery summed)
    • Stereo Pair (Rode stereo pair)
    • Boundary (Schoeps PZM)
    • Encode (Dolby A encode / Dolby SR decode)
    • Tape (2 Track run hot)

    Mixes

    • Tight Mix
    • Hall Mix

    FAQs

    How does your dedicated plugin work?

    Our dedicated plugin libraries work as standalone instruments in your DAW, meaning that no serial number is provided and the authorisation process happens during your download. We provide an AU, VST2, VST3 and an AAX, so as long as your chosen DAW supports one of those plugin formats, you’re good to go.


    Is this product available with an educational discount?

    Yes, this library will be available with an educational discount. Request your educational discount here. The Educational Discount will apply to the full RRP of the library, not the introductory offer, so any codes received during the promotional period will only “top up” the discount to 30%.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.10 to OS X 10.15

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

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

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install


    PC system requirements

    Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 (dual core), 8GB RAM, 35GB free HD space

    Recommended: 2.5GHz i7 (quad-core), 16GB RAM

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install


    File size

    44.7 GB download size

    44.70 GB disk space required during install

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