The Coolest Soundscapes & Awe-Inspiring Sounds I’ve Ever Heard: BT Phobos from Spitfire Audio

Hey audio fam! I want to share one of my new favorite virtual instruments (I almost feel cheap and inadequate calling it just that, haha!) with you… BT Phobos from Spitfire Audio. This thing is absolutely mind-blowing. It’s so deep, complex, and intuitive that I don’t fully understand how to get it dialed… But you know what? I don’t even remotely care because the 1,000+ presets get me all hot and bothered and inspired to go MAKE MUSIC. Why? These soundscapes, noises, loops, pads, and multi-timbral engines are SO INSPIRING that they’re hard to ignore… I’ve been pulling up preset after preset and just tweaking to my hearts delight. I know you’re probably think “ok, Pete… I have 98 other synths in my virtual instrument folder so why do I need this and what’s so damn special about it?” The only way I could possibly answer that would be EVERYTHING. Only from the minds of Spitfire and legendary sound visionary BT could 2 groups bring you such a jaw dropping, inspiring toolkit to compose and create music with. Let’s check out the details…….

 

BT PHOBOS

POLYCONVOLUTION SYNTHESIZER

Phobos is a must-have synthesizer for composers writing epic, cinematic electronic and hybrid compositions. Conceived by renowned composer and electronic music pioneer BT (The Fast and The Furious, Monster, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), we’ve together developed a powerful new device to add a unique timbral expansion to your compositions by unlocking the liquid, morphing and transforming capabilities of convolution. With an asset base featuring over 20GB of unique hand built BT rhythms, pulses, textures and atmospheres, and a revolutionary polyconvolver engine, you can quickly and easily create molecular loops, patterns and textures to energise your music and hold your audience at the edge of their seats.

 

OVERVIEW

 

Together with Spitfire, BT has combined over 20GB of his own personal bespoke new libraries (following on from Breaks from the Nu Skool and Twisted Textures) into a convolution synthesis engine that allows you to sculpt, filter, rhythmically cut and pulse impulse responses that are tonal, melodic and harmonic. Most importantly you can play them polyphonically.

This synthesizer, sound engine and bespoke library package represents years of diligent searching for new awe-inspiring sounds and sound design techniques. If you, like BT, are looking for a new wave of inspiration for your compositions that are evocative, emotional, expressive and truly new, you owe it to yourself to check out Phobos. It is a well of endless inspiration.

One of the greatest solutions Phobos provides is for composers wanting to engage their audiences for extended sequences and cues without things sounding repetitive or ‘loopy’. Phobos allows for an all new real-time interface interaction that allows the user to evolve, warp and transform their molecular patterns according to nuanced changes within a scene.

 

BACKGROUND

What is Phobos?

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

  • 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.
  • IRs in Convolvers are polyphonic, track pitch played and render in realtime
  • Loops as sound source / or as IR track host tempo
  • MPE Compatible (for use with multidimensional controllers such as ROLI Rise or Roger Linn Linnstrument)
  • Dedicated Gate Stages and Filters on each sounds source / convolver unit
  • All controllers mappable to controller and / or multiple LFOs

With over 650 presets and over 2000 unique sounds, I seriously can’t recommend Phobos enough. now keep in mind im not even a synth guy… I only ever use synth presets and start tweaking settings to see if something inspires me. But thats just the thing… For me, in my opinion, this thing is an inspiration machine. Every single preset gets my mind turning and the creative juices going. BT Phobos from Spitfire makes me want to hit the studio and write. If you’re having a big of writers block and are feeling bereft of ideas, I can’t say enough good things about this amazing new instrument from the brilliant folks at Spitfire Audio.

– Pete