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Orchestras recreating classic synths

A modern string orchestra imitating classic synth sounds, from the mind of Grammy-nominated composer, electronic music pioneer Brian Transeau, AKA BT. Polaris is a mesmerising aural innovation which tastefully pairs the worlds of synthesis and orchestra, an encyclopaedia of new and inspiring sounds with almost endless possibilities, perfect for taking your scores into 2022 and beyond.

Massive multi-layers of complex yet accessible string orchestral recordings – resampled using an array of classic and rare synthesisers (Fairlight, EMU E-II and more) – has been specifically orchestrated to emulate electronic music production techniques. This sophisticated and eclectic sound library, performed by London's top tier contemporary players at renowned AIR Lyndhurst Hall, captures the future of blockbuster scoring.

BT — The Wonder (0:00 / 4:31)

All Aboard The Mothership – Dan Keen (0:00 / 2:31)

Other Worlds – Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:48)

Trailer Music – Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:23)

Neon Lights — CAIROXVI (0:00 / 1:30)


Product Info

  • 44.7 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 44.70 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.13 to OS X 12 Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM. Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM. Intel and M1 Macs supported 64-bit DAW Required (32 bit DAWs not supported) Machine must be connected to the internet during install.
  • PC system requirements Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Windows 11 (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. Machine must be connected to the internet during install.
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  • User manual
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“This is a really mind-blowing instrument.”


(Electronic Music Producer, Sound Designer & Composer
– Google, Jaguar, Microsoft, Nike)



Polaris is perfect for creating the most modern and unique compositions possible, this sound library delivers an intricate layering of all-new extended string techniques imitating classic synths sounds, orchestrated by BT, brought together with synths and tape resampling to create dense and provoking new timbres, creating a widescreen cinematic sound world.

BT, Spitfire and an amazing group of sound artists including BlankFor.MS, Deft Audio, Garth & Aric, resampled the organic and synth samples through classic and rare samplers including the EMU E-II, Fairlight (known for the Terminator 2 OST) and Ensoniq Mirage, as well as various cassette and VHS tape machines. Harkening back to the golden age of granular synthesis and inspired by films such as Terminator 2, Arrival, Logan’s Run, Blade Runner, and Dr. Who, these interstellar sonics usher in an array of epic futuristic sounds with a firmly retro grounding.

The string techniques are available as organic techniques, the band (6,6,5,4,3) was arranged and recorded at AIR Studios Lyndhurst Hall, in a configuration complementary to synth sounds, with basses, celli and viola in the middle, spreading violins wide left and right, which achieves a unique tonality, delivering a string sound hard to come by in other high quality string libraries.

On top of all this there is a stunning array of classic synths, samplers, and reverbs at your fingertips - deep samples from classics such as the CS-80, Lexicon 224, Prophet T8, Oberheim OB-Xa, Matrix 12, Jupiter 8, and Prophet 5.



Whether you are a tweakhead or time-conscious composer preferring presets, Polaris has what you need - Made up of three parts; the organic Strings Orchestra, Classic synths and Vintage Resampling including manipulated sounds via tape, VHS and more, there are endless possibilities for experimentation and customisation inside the eDNA engine as well as the new granular machine.

The eDNA interface allows you to play and pair 2 sound sources from the incredible 129 articulations available. Manipulate, layer and blend sounds with FX, gates and much more to create a whole new personalised sound to fit your music.

Go further with the all new granular engine inside this library allows further customisation, take your sounds to bold new places - For more information about how this works Click Here.

Discover 421 expertly created presets crafted by BT himself and the Spitfire team, perfect to start your own creation or for music producers working on a deadline - there are a plethora of modern sounds to discover.


— A modern string orchestra imitating classic synth sounds
— A massive multi-layering of complex synth sounds made accessible
— Endless customisation sounds using eDNA engine
— All-new Granular Engine for further sonic discovery
— 129 articulations, including:
— 94 articulations including the original string performances
— 35 layered 'Synergy' patches for use in the eDNA engine
— 421 presets created by BT himself and the Spitfire Team
— 54 noise sources recorded by BT



“It’s not often that a double-disc, two-hour album holds your attention consistently. But post-techno wizard BT’s lush, electro-organic soundscapes are so textured, nuanced, and melodically inviting that even techno-phobes will be seduced by his forward-thinking musicality.”


Brian Transeau (BT) is a Grammy-nominated electronic music composer, software developer, DJ, and film composer; a hyper-focused, detail-obsessed INTJ; a husband, dad, and overachiever. Obsessed with learning, he believes in the beauty and value of change. BT is most comfortable when uncomfortable; growth, iteration and learning are fundamental tenets of his work.

In his own words, “My greatest passion is inspiring people through evocative music that speaks directly to the human condition, and through new music technologies that encourage the creative spark”.

Collaborating with Spitfire Audio, BT has captured a sample of the orchestra that reflects the sounds composers have long reached for in use for media; successfully mixing organic strings and synth lines to create something otherworldly, something beyond the realm of our known universe.

Product Reviews

What's included


Strings - Long

  • Long Granular
  • Long Harmonic Clouds
  • Long Convergent Drops
  • Long LPF
  • Long Filter Envelope Bass Line
  • Long Uprising
  • Long Running The Blades
  • Long Arrival
  • Long Bass Halo
  • Long Octaves

Strings - Short

  • Short Electroplucks Pizz
  • Short Electroplucks Spicc

Synths - Samplers - Multi FX

  • CS-80
  • DS-8
  • H3000
  • JX-8P
  • Matrix-12
  • Wavestation
  • SX-210
  • T8
  • TOA
  • Jupiter 8
  • Prophet 5

Synths - Granular

  • Harmonic Bitrate
  • Falling Shepard Tone
  • Sub Tone
  • Stalactites
  • Plusgood
  • Plusbad
  • Equal
  • Sound Warp
  • Hour Glass

Vintage - Tape

  • Piano 4ths
  • Piano 5ths
  • Piano Grains
  • Tape Distortion
  • Harmonic Piano
  • Bass Distorted Grains
  • Bass Piano Tape
  • Tape Synth
  • Hollow Melotron
  • Dark Octaves
  • Blades Arp Pad
  • Electro Shorts

Vintage - Samplers

  • E-II Arrival
  • E-II Harmonic Clouds
  • E-II Running the Blades
  • Illusion Pizz
  • Illusion Spicc
  • Illusion LPF
  • Metis HPF
  • Metis LPF
  • Metis LPF 2k
  • Metis LPF 200Hz
  • E-II Pizz
  • E-II Uprising
  • Long Erinome Moonlight
  • Long Moonlight Strings 1
  • Long Moonlight Strings 2
  • Long Moonlight Strings 3

Vintage - FX 1

  • Lex Granular
  • Lex Flange Verb
  • Lex Noise
  • VCA Arrival
  • Noise Feedback Granular
  • Ensemble Fat
  • Ensemble Smooth
  • Flanger Stack
  • S612 Arrival
  • Lex JP
  • Autonoe
  • Io
  • Orthosie

Vintage - FX 2

  • Noise Feedback
  • Noise Treated
  • Harmonic Mass Distortion
  • Harmonic Fuzz
  • Harmonic Broken Pedal
  • Harmonic Circuit Bent
  • Harmonic Lofi
  • Harmonic Reactor
  • Harmonic Undertone

Vintage - VHS

  • VHS Double Speed
  • VHS Half Speed
  • VHS Mild
  • VHS More
  • VHS Quad Speed
  • VHS Quarter Speed
  • VHS Straight
  • VHS Wild
  • VHS Straight
  • VHS Granular Quarter Speed
  • VHS Granular Warble
  • VHS Arrival

Synergy Patches - eDNA only

The Synergy patches are exclusive to the eDNA engine, giant blends of up to 20 resampled instruments arranged into massive stacks of sound

  • Carpenter
  • Midnight Drone
  • Running The Choir
  • Way of the Samurai
  • Chronologique
  • Lingering Pines
  • Meggatron Strings
  • Emulation to Pizz
  • Eupheme Stack
  • North Shore
  • South Shore
  • Augmented Longing
  • The Alpha Project
  • Swarm of Hornets
  • Barren Hollows
  • Unknown Sands
  • Betamax Forest
  • Quietude
  • Lanterns
  • Lingering
  • Altered State
  • Channel Islands
  • Perfect Spaces
  • Night Sweat
  • Grey Opening
  • Blessed Be
  • Mirrorize
  • Fractured
  • The Darkness
  • Leviathan
  • Lost Tapes
  • Planet of Silence
  • The Ancient Ways
  • Monochrome Strings 1982
  • End Times

Mics & Mixes


  • Super Close (KM84 / MKH40 - All desks summed)
  • Close (All desks summed)
  • Room (All desks summed)
  • Far (Amb + Gallery summed)
  • Stereo Pair (Rode stereo pair)
  • Boundary (Schoeps PZM)
  • Encode (Dolby A encode / Dolby SR decode)
  • Tape (2 Track run hot)


  • Tight Mix
  • Hall Mix

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