Polaris ,


Early Digital Echo / Reverb with Shimmer. VST, VST3, AU and AAX.

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Polaris is an echo/reverb plugin inspired by early hardware digital reverbs of the late 1970s (like the Ursa Major SST-282) and able to provide echo, ambience and reverb out of a single multitap delay line.

Current version: v1.7.2 (April 2020)

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.

From v1.1 we introduced new features like Shimmer, internal Sample Rate reduction (useful to get a vintage digital sound) and Stereo Width (Ping Pong delay).

From v1.3 we introduced a Swell feature that will smooth the transients of the incoming signal, with its attack time automatically matching the delay time. This new feature works great for ambient guitars, intense endless pads and much more.

From v1.5 we introduced Pre-Delay, Modulation Boost and a 3 Band Feedback Equalizer on the new Echo editor page.

Polaris Specifications

  • Single Multitap Delay Line
  • Pre-Delay
  • Early Reflections (8 Programmable Taps)
  • Diffusion (16 Programmable Modulated Taps)
  • Echo (Ms, Sync, Tuned, Long)
  • Echo Modulation
  • Modulation Boost
  • 3 Band Feedback Equalizer
  • LFO (Sin/Tri/Rnd – Hz, Sync)
  • Shimmer
  • Sample Rate Reduction
  • Stereo Width
  • Swell

System Requirements


  • Windows 7 64bit or later
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AAX 64-bit host


  • OSX 10.8 or later
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU, AAX 64-bit host


In demo mode the plug-in will output silence for 3 seconds every minute.

Polaris v1.7.2 – Demo PC
Polaris v1.7.2 – Demo OSX
Polaris User Manual download

v1.7.2 (April 2020)
– FIX: ProTools sessions using older (lower than 1.7) versions not loading the plugin
– FIX: Legacy Parameters option to fix older versions automations incorrectly indexed

v1.7.1 (March 2020)
– FIX: Wrong VST3 category
– FIX: HQ button state not stored in session data
– FIX: HQ resetting parameters to default value
– FIX: Modulation causing noise in delay line
– FIX: Silence triggered randomly in some configurations
– FIX: Newsfeed can now be disabled in Settings menu

v1.7 (February 2020)
– NEW: HQ Mode
– NEW: Newsfeed
– NEW: VST3 plugin format
– FIX: Mac OSX Catalina support
– BREAKING CHANGE: Dropped 32bit support

v1.6.1 (September 2018)
– FIX: Init preset not correctly recalled while in Demo mode

v1.6 (September 2018)
– FIX: Noise when bypassed in some DAWs
– FIX: Menus getting keyboard focus
– FIX: Scrambled preset names on High Sierra
– FIX: Installer issues on High Sierra
– IMP: Reduced file size
– IMP: Framework update

v1.5 (February 2017)
– FIX: Unexpected signal when any delay time is set to 0
– FIX: Rare noise burst
– FIX: Noisy ER and Diffusion tap knobs
– NEW: Performance boost
– NEW: Pre-Delay
– NEW: Echo Edit section
– NEW: 3 Band Feedback Equalizer
– NEW: Modulation Booster (x10 button)
– NEW: New presets menu
– NEW: More presets
– NEW: Global Random
– NEW: Global Reset
– NEW: All knobs can be locked

v1.4.1 (October 2016)
– FIX: Noisy Smooth knob
– FIX: LFO performance and stability
– FIX: Improved parameters recall on sample rate change
– WIN: Integrated XP compatibility

v1.4 (May 2016)
– NEW: Redefined GUI
– NEW: Performance improvements

v1.3.1 (May 2016)
– FIX: Serious bug causing buffer underrun

v1.3 (May 2016)
– NEW: Swell parameter
– NEW: Few more presets
– FIX: Refactored smoother
– FIX: Diffusion LFOs causing sporadic random pops

v1.2.1 (May 2016)
– FIX: Minor bugs and performance improvements

v1.2 (April 2016)
– 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

v1.1.1 (April 2016)
– 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

v1.1 (April 2016)
– NEW: Shimmer
– NEW: Sample Rate reduction
– NEW: Width (Ping Pong Delay style)
– NEW: More presets
– FIX: Echo Tune Mode won’t go back to ms
– FIX: Improved knobs resolution

v1.0.2 (April 2016)
– NEW: Windows XP SP3 support
– FIX: preset recall on init
– FIX: Echo Time Mode recalled incorrectly causing unwanted spikes
– FIX: Tempo sync issues

v1.0.1 (April 2016)
– 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

v1.0 (April 2016)
– Original release

4 reviews for Polaris

  1. Franklin Vanderhyde Music For Film And Media

    As a composer for film and media I am always looking for a unique sound for a certain mood. Polaris has become my go to source for inspiration.
    I just insert it into a simple piano or acoustic guitar channel and choose a preset and I am on my way. The compositions practically write themselves.
    I also use as a backdrop for my compositions quite a bit. I am usually a tweaker but find the presets are great.. The new update adds a lot in the way of presets and new ways to sculpt sound. I have began to use it on the master buss recently to create a different vibe..The long decay on some of the presets is amazing. I have used with cello and violin tracks with breathtaking results! I have added it to all my templates. I strongly suggest you download the demo and hear for yourself.

  2. John Wheeler

    John Wheeler (verified owner)

    I’ve been looking at how to create the guitar sound on Tycho’s Awake album, and I’ve tried a bunch of plugins from different vendors. This is the one I’ve been looking for. Just get it. You won’t regret it. So many creative things you can do with this.

  3. SLiC

    Nice retro sounding verb, sounds great after VST’s like Legend. Highly reccomended

  4. Neil McCall

    Neil McCall

    Really good! It not something I use on everything, but its really awesome for making ambient washes, i don’t know what other VST does this but can take any signal and make it sound like a tonal pad on the wet.

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