Altair 4
by HG Fortune
4.0 / 5     (14 votes)
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Altair 4 - The SciFi Sounds Lab is best suited for creating soundtracks for movies or games in the genres of SciFi, Suspense, Horror, Fantasy and similar, that need special, spacey, wobbly FX sounds.

It can do more than these, e.g. bell-like stuff, and it even fits well in fairly conventional songs. Altair 4 is also an homage to the movie 'Forbidden Planet' from 1956, it being the first movie with a complete electronic soundtrack using sounds that could have been done with this plug-in.
  • 2 oscillators with two sound-sources with one (B) driving the other (A) to resonate.
  • Each oscillator with three mod inputs and extensive control options.
  • 3 LFO: L1 (7 waves) with key restart on first key pressed, L2 (8 waves) and phase modulation.
  • L3 (7 waves) with optional modulation by sub LFO.
  • 2 hidden LFO: L12 = mix of L1 and L2, L13 = mix of L1 and L3.
  • 1 Sample & Hold (6 modes).
  • 1 VCA with AR EG (with pan for un-delayed sound at Rev section).
  • 1 Main Volume with level control: fixed, Velocity, and even Aftertouch, or Wheel.
  • 1 Delay (BPM-synced) and dedicated pan.
  • 1 Bass Boost.
  • 1 Reverb with predelay.
  • 1 Hold button to hold last played key.
  • 1 Joypad with 3 balls to control 6 destinations.
  • 8 Voices.
  • 256 Patches (2 Banks).
Mr F Rat Jan 11 2016
(5 / 5)
Jan 11 2016
I've used this synth very happily on Windows but I've started working on a 64 bit Mac and would be really grateful if it were available for Apple. Would definitely consider buying the Pro version.
pauleamca Jan 16 2016
Jan 16 2016
Mr F Rat, the shop is closed after HG Fotune died in 2014. Have a look in internet on mac sites. There is a tip you can install a system to run PC vsti & fx.
EpicKWJ Oct 17 2015
(1 / 5)
Oct 17 2015
As much as I loved the sounds it wasn't stable enough to use.
TigeroftheNight May 02 2020
May 02 2020
I've been using this synth for many years and have never had any problems with it.
Anonymous May 29 2015
(5 / 5)
May 29 2015
soulflusher May 05 2015
(5 / 5)
May 05 2015
Simple, limited, but perfect at what it claims to do.
bc Sept 08 2013
(3 / 5)
Sept 08 2013
Never found any use for this soft synth in my own productions, but don't get me wrong. I can sit for hours just tweaking this VST. It's a great bit of fun.
Anonymous Mar 23 2012
(5 / 5)
Mar 23 2012
Once again NICE noise...
Ezra Fike Feb 06 2012
Feb 06 2012
This is the best ambient sci-fi vst I have ever seen! The sounds are great, and I love the great analog warmth. I plan on using it in some songs I am going to create.
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