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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.

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Spitfire BT Phobos synthesizer

...proper preset manager. The sounds are great! but are not properly leveled, really uneven levels. The GUI is too small. My feelings with BT Phobos is i wish i hadn't bought it, it feels unfinished and more like an unstable beta. I've learnt a big lesson here because i bought it on Spitfire Audio's reputation because there is...

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Spitfire Audio releases BT PHOBOS - Polyconvolution Synthesizer

FP83l8U3i9s Purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of BT PHOBOS — conceived in close collaboration with notable namesake American composer (The Fast And The Furious, Monster, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and electronica pioneer BT (Brian Transeau) as a must-have Polyconvolution Synthesizer for...

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It's Official: "I'm Over Analog"

...new in the field, fresh eye so to say, but what one may need in hardware equivalent to emulate BT Phobos, 5 of Roland RD-2000, or Yamaha PSR-S970. Well, I can run 20 instances BT Phobos simultaneously in real time on my MacBook Pro with i7 and 16GB RAM.

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