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Introducing Polaris - Early Digital Echo / Reverb - VST/AU/AAX
Old 1st April 2016
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Software Introducing Polaris - Early Digital Echo / Reverb - VST/AU/AAX - v1.1 now with Shimme

We are happy to introduce to you our newest effect plugin: Polaris



Polaris is an echo/reverb plugin inspired by early hardware digital reverbs of the late 1970s and able to provide echo, ambience and reverb out of a single multitap delay line.

When hardware digital reverbs came out to the market they were really expensive.
Most manufacturers were already exploiting chains of comb and allpass filters (smoother reverbs, but expensive in both resources and chips), there were other techniques involving the use of a single multitap delay line to create a reasonable reverb while keeping the cost affordable.

That idea is so simple yet powerful: you mix a bunch of unmodulated taps (Early Reflections) with the remaining modulated taps (Diffusion) to create a cheap but convincing reverb.

We extended this technique by making the Echo tap recirculating with the Diffusion section, allowing longer reverb tails. Furthermore you can easily edit all taps to create your own room responses, resonant combs, Karplus-like tuned delay lines, Chorus, Flanging, Vibrato and much more.

Specifications
  • Single Multitap Delay Line
  • Early Reflections (8 Programmable Taps)
  • Diffusion (16 Programmable Modulated Taps)
  • Echo (Ms, Sync, Tuned, Long)
  • Echo Modulation
  • LFO (Sin/Tri/Rnd - Hz, Sync)
  • Shimmer (NEW v1.1)
  • Sample Rate reduction (NEW v1.1)
  • Stereo Width (NEW v1.1 - Ping Pong)
  • Swell (NEW v1.3)
  • VST, AU and AAX (32/64bit)
  • OSX and Windows
Price: $45/€45
Read more: Polaris Echo / Reverb | Audiority - Sound Library



Last edited by Audiority; 29th May 2016 at 10:27 PM..
Old 2nd April 2016
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This is nice.

It would be better if it had a lock on the wet control
Old 2nd April 2016
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Thanks! Yes, this would be an good feature to add in the next updates.

Cheers,
Luca
Old 2nd April 2016
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Originally Posted by Progsounds View Post
Thanks! Yes, this would be an good feature to add in the next updates.

Cheers,
Luca
Is there a VST-demo to try out?
Old 2nd April 2016
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Sure. In the product page there's a Demo tab where you can download either Windows or OSX demo version of the plugin.

Cheers,
Luca
Old 2nd April 2016
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Hi Luca,

i couldn't find out if one may install the product on his laptop and studio computer.
Is it allowed to do so if i buy 1 license?

thank you.
Old 2nd April 2016
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Hi Dizmo,
yes, you are allowed to install the product on more computers.

Cheers,
Luca
Old 2nd April 2016
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Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by Progsounds View Post
Hi Dizmo,
yes, you are allowed to install the product on more computers.

Cheers,
Luca
brilliant! thanks a lot
Old 4th April 2016
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Polaris has been updated to v1.0.1

Changelog
– NEW: Click to see current parameter value
– NEW: Parameter tooltip on mouse wheel
– NEW: Dry/Wet lock (via right click menu)
– FIX: Unexpected silence when instantiated
– FIX: Bypass resets settings (VST only)
– FIX: Sporadic crash on startup
– FIX: Typo in Windows installer

To update just download the demo from the product page.
Introductory pricing has been extended until the end of April.
Old 4th April 2016
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Progsounds View Post
Polaris has been updated to v1.0.1

Changelog
– NEW: Click to see current parameter value
– NEW: Parameter tooltip on mouse wheel
– NEW: Dry/Wet lock (via right click menu)
– FIX: Unexpected silence when instantiated
– FIX: Bypass resets settings (VST only)
– FIX: Sporadic crash on startup
– FIX: Typo in Windows installer

To update just download the demo from the product page.
Introductory pricing has been extended until the end of April.
Great news, all handy new features and good fixes.
Thanks very much for the quick response.
Old 7th April 2016
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Thanks Beatworld! Here it comes a new update

Polaris has been updated to v1.0.2

Changelog
- NEW: Windows XP SP3 support
- FIX: preset recall on init
- FIX: Echo Time Mode recalled incorrectly causing unwanted spikes
- FIX: Tempo sync issues

To update just download the demo from the product page.
Old 7th April 2016
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Very nice sounding demo video.
Old 13th April 2016
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Who is that singer in the video? Any place to hear and or purchase that song and other music? She has a lovely voice and style. The song sounds Doo-Wop inspired in a very good way. Like it!
Old 13th April 2016
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Quote:
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Who is that singer in the video? Any place to hear and or purchase that song and other music? She has a lovely voice and style. The song sounds Doo-Wop inspired in a very good way. Like it!
She's a ccMixter singer. You can see her nickname in the credits at the beginning of the video, under "Vocals".

Cheers,
Luca
Old 14th April 2016
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Polaris updated to v1.1 introducing some new features: Shimmer, Sample Rate reduction and Stereo Width (Ping Pong delay).

Changes
- NEW: Shimmer.
- NEW: Sample Rate reduction (with 4-point interpolation)
- NEW: Width (Ping Pong Delay style).
- NEW: More presets.
- FIX: Echo Tune Mode won't go back to ms.
- FIX: Improved knobs resolution.

As usual, you can update by downloading the latest demo installer from the product page.

Old 15th April 2016
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Progsounds View Post
She's a ccMixter singer. You can see her nickname in the credits at the beginning of the video, under "Vocals".

Cheers,
Luca
Got it, thanks! I was hoping she had a complete song for sale but seems only the short sample clip on the ccMixter website. Too bad!

Thanks again!
Old 15th April 2016
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Soo whats it modeling? Space station?
Old 15th April 2016
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Quote:
Originally Posted by d2 d3 e6 View Post
Soo whats it modeling? Space station?
not quite. The base technique is the same (single multi-tap delay line), but modeling would mean stick with almost the same limitations they had at their time. You can get the pretty much the same type of sounds you get with an SST-282 and much more.

Cheers,
Luca
Old 16th April 2016
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Polaris has been updated to v1.1.1
Updating is highly advised, in order to fix an overload when shimmer and feedback are too high.

Changelog
– NEW: Overture HALL preset
– FIX: Knobs displaying wrong amount of decimals
– FIX: Reduced Feedback amount on Shimmer Reverb preset
– FIX: Heavy distortion on high values of Shimmer and Feedback
– FIX: Minor bugs
Old 16th April 2016
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Good job on timely bug fixes.
Old 23rd April 2016
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Thank you Tui. We are working on a new version with some juicy new features :D
Old 23rd April 2016
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Progsounds View Post
not quite. The base technique is the same (single multi-tap delay line), but modeling would mean stick with almost the same limitations they had at their time. You can get the pretty much the same type of sounds you get with an SST-282 and much more.

Cheers,
Luca
Given the sounds you can get out of a space station are pretty much limitless, im impressed with this claim
Old 23rd April 2016
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well, the SST-282 is based on a single multi-tap delay line limited to 255ms in total length. Using a single delay was the best (and cheapest) way to compete with EMT and, then, Lexicon. On the SST-282, tap times are hardcoded (you can change them via the preset buttons you have on the front panel), while in Polaris you can change all of them allowing you to program your own ERs and diffusions. If I went for a strict emulation of the SST, then I couldn't have the possibility to add more features that exist in the current plugin, such as Echo Time modes, modulations, shimmer and so on. I don't want to give the impression I'm claiming my work is better than the SST. It's just different while the background concept is still the same.

Cheers,
Luca
Old 24th April 2016
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Quote:
Originally Posted by d2 d3 e6 View Post
the sounds you can get out of a space station are pretty much limitless
You seem to have quite a unique and interesting defintion of the term "limitless" (which conventionally means something along the lines of "without Limits"... )

Old 28th April 2016
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Polaris has been updated to v1.2

Changelog
– NEW: ‘Long’ Echo Time Mode. Delay time up to 2.5s
– FIX: High feedback causing Diffuser overload
– FIX: Default values for new 1.1 controls
– FIX: Delay time not updated when switching between Echo Time modes

You can update by downloading and installing the demo from the product page.
If you didn't get Polaris yet, hurry up! Intro price is ending very soon.

Also, check out this brilliant live performance by Davide Pepi on guitar and bass.

Old 10th May 2016
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Polaris has been updated to v1.2.1

Changelog

– FIX: Minor bugs and performance improvements

You can update by downloading and installing the demo from the product page.
Old 29th May 2016
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Polaris has been updated to v1.4, with a redefined interface and some general performance improvements.



You can update by downloading and installing the demo from the product page.

Cheers,
Luca
Old 1st June 2016
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We added an experimental XP compatible version, downloadable from the product page.
Old 15th August 2016
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Polaris got 9/10, plus Value and Performance Awards on Computer Music Magazine issue 234

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Polaris is an impressive plugin. We’d recommend it to anyone working in creative sound design.
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