Spitfire Audio BT Phobos: A Polyconvolution Synthesizer Enters The Ring of Soft Synths

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A polyconvolution Synthesizer plugin enters the ring of soft synths this week. Yes, we talk here about the new Spitfire Audio BT Phobos Synthesizer which is developed in collaboration with Brian Transeau (BT) and no, it’s not something already available on the market. In this new product, Spitfire Audio and BT comes to the idea to think further how to design sounds and how they can design a instrument which sound different than all other virtual instruments. They come to the conclusion to develop a new technology which goes beyond classical reverb or amplifier distortion circuit convolution technologies. The result is a new method that enables to work with tonal components inside reverb impulse responses. 

Even if I’m always sceptic about product descriptions where companies promise a sound wonder with their new releases, Spitfire Phobos is a very interesting new approach how to create new deep atmospheric electronic music for soundtracks. What I have heard in the demo sounds already promising and I’m quite interested to check this out. I don’t test it yet but what I missing in this great plugin: the ability to load own samples and manipulate them with engine. This would make this plugin to the must have sound design tool but I can’t say at this moment how this limitation will influence the sound possibilities. I’m really interested to check out this new release from Spitfire Audio but I don’t know yet if I can review it or not. If yes, I will do it for sure. I’m always open for new innovative technologies in music.

Here are the informations from Spitfire Audio

One of Mars’ moons? A synthesizer? A tool for creating massive cinematic and electronic rhythms? An engine for endless spectral combinations of wide, lush pads and ambiences with propulsive rhythmic figures? Is it a sound library of bespoke percussion, beats, micro rhythms, field recordings, live acoustic and orchestral treatments, textures and a massive vintage synthesizer collection? That is just scratching the surface.

At its core, Phobos is a synthesizer based on the unexplored precept of polyconvolution as a synthesis engine. BT came up with this idea many years ago doing sound design. What does that mean exactly? Polyconvolution as a synthesizer? Well, it means instead of using convolution for reverb or modeling an amplifier’s distortion circuit, why not make a “reverb” impulse response tonal?

Combining something rhythmic with something tonal (as an impulse response) yielded some of the most modern, liquid and percolating ambiences and textures BT had ever heard. These are the kinds of sounds he has been searching for whilst scoring; those elusive sounds where the director asks for “movement and a feeling of drive, yet subtly”. That’s not to say that Phobos only excels at subtlety – it can sound massive, driving and aggressive, like an army of monsters in its scope and power.
Features of BT Phobos 
  • Revolutionary polyconvolution synthesizer, across 3 separate convolvers.
  • Contains more than 2000 unique sounds, created by BT, that can be used both as a source or as an impulse response.
  • Over 650 presets showcasing the possibilities of Phobos.
  • Plugin that loads directly into any DAW that supports VST / VST3 / AU / AAX.
BT Phobos is now available in a special introductory price offer of £209 GBP/$229 USD/ 239€ until April 27th, 2017 (regular £269 GBP/$299 USD/309 EUR). Prices inc. VAT.
Available here: BT-Phobos

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