Sonic LAB: BT Phobos - Polyconvolution Synth

From Spitfire Audio      09/01/18

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BT has a long history of pioneering music tech, from his early micro editing techniques and the stutter edit - indeed with iZotope he created the Stutter Edit plug-in. He was also instrumental (pun intended) in pioneering the combination of orchestral and electronica elements in filmscore work. Though him sharing the name with the UK telecoms company makes SEO a nightmare.

With Phobos, BT and Spitfire introduce the concept of Polyconvolution - passing a sample (only the included library) through the impulse response of another - with up to four sample sources into three convolution engines. All of which can be pitch tracked.

Add a bunch of synthesis parameters and modulation options and you have Phobos.

The results are very definitely(mostly) dark, foreboding, complex and moody - and quite brilliant.

Its a chunky plug-in, requiring plenty of CPU resources to run, but the results are pretty unique. As Ben Crosland says, it is the sound of movie soundtracks, pretty much out of the box, and when you start to roll your own, there are endless possibilities.

BT Phobos - available now priced at £249/$299

  • 2381 SAMPLES
  • 22.9 GB UNCOMPRESSED .WAV
  • 22.9 GB DISK SPACE REQUIRED
  • 45.8 GB DISK SPACE REQUIRED DURING INSTALL

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 
Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13 (latest update) Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 (dual core), 8GB RAM, 35GB free HD space. Recommended: 2.5GHz i7 (quad-core), 16GB RAM, 35GB free HD space.

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, 35GB free HD space

 

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