H.G. Fortune has announced the
Altair 4, a virtual “SciFi
Sounds Lab” instrument plug-in for Windows.
As the subname of this plugin
synthesizer says this SciFi Sounds Lab will be of
best service for all doing soundtracks for movies or
games in the genres of SciFi, Suspense, Horror,
Fantasy and alike needing special, spacey, wobbly FX
sounds. Ok, it can do some more than these e.g. bell
like stuff and even it does fit amazingly well in
fairly conventional songs (see below).
This is also an hommage to the movie
‘Forbidden Planet’ from 1956 being the first movie
with a complete electronic soundtrack using sounds
that could have been done with this plugin. User
comments: “This instrument does do a lot of the
things the Barron’s did with their circuitry albeit
a lot easier. It makes sciFi sounds & noises and
everybody will reminiscent to a old soundlaboratory
of the 50/60ties”. Anyway Altair 4 puts it to a
modern level with some sophisticated controls.
The last public beta version is also
available at no cost. This is identical
to the Pro version with the exception of the GUI, it
has only 3 voices instead of 8, and the internal
patchbank is not filled up completely.