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BBO: Solaris - FX Woodwinds

Quick Overview

BBO: Solaris offers a collection of woodwind tones and phrases offers two main categories: Low Winds and High Winds.


BBO: Solaris

FX Woodwinds

  • Ensemble of low woodwinds (8 musicians)
  • Ensemble of high woodwinds (10 musicians)
  • Unison and octave notes with a wide variety of articulations
  • Clusters, runs, arpeggios
  • Change tempo using the time-stretch feature or sync to host
  • Recorded with multiple microphones at Synchron Stage Vienna

This all-new collection of woodwind tones and phrases offers two main categories: Low Winds and High Winds.

The Low Winds section consists of an ensemble of three contrabassoons, two bassoons, one contrabass clarinet and two bass clarinets. Together, they perform the fundamental lows, with articulations such as short notes (both bold and agile), long notes, espressivo, short and long swells, sforzatos, sforzatissimos, and flutter tongues. All of these playing techniques are available as notes playing in unison and octaves, as well as in clusters. A crossfade patch allows you to blend seamlessly from unison to clusters and back.

The High Winds section consists of one piccolo, three flutes, two oboes and four clarinets. Apart from long notes in unison and octaves, these top musicians from the Synchron Stage Orchestra, who have developed into a cohesive ensemble over the years, show off their synergistic virtuosity by performing runs and arpeggios in a wide variety of scales and chords. Runs are available in major and minor keys, as well as in diatonic modes, chromatic and whole tone scales. As a variant, the "Perform Octave" patch lets you play a starting note of any length and trigger the run as soon as you press the target note an octave above or below.

Arpeggios are performed in various chords, including major, minor, sevenths, diminished and augmented. You can choose to start the loops on the highest or the lowest notes, and you can define the exit notes as note cut off, highest, or lowest. In addition, instead of choosing to start upwards or downwards, you can create beautiful woodwind textures by letting the ensemble play upwards and downwards simultaneously. Never before was it so simple to have an entire woodwind section play vivid and shimmering, rhythmically perfect arpeggios, just by holding a single key. Played in 16th triplets, they are available in three tempos — 80, 100 and 120 bpm — and you can easily sync them to your host tempo using the Synchron Player's time stretching feature, or even change the tempos in real-time using a controller.

Minimum System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.


  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • Mac OS X 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • 16 GB RAM
  • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

15.8 hard drive space required

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FX-Woodwinds High
  • Sustains
  • Octave runs, C to B major, plain and perform octave
  • Octave runs, plain and perform octave, Ionian (major), Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian (minor), Locrian, chromatic, and whole tone
  • Arpeggios up, down, and cross at 80/100/120 BPM, major, minor, dominant 7, major and minor 7, minor with major 7, diminished, and augmented
FX-Woodwinds Low
  • All articulations regular and cluster
  • Short notes, bold and agile
  • Long notes, regular, espressivo, soft swell
  • Dynamics, sforzato, sforzatissimo, short and long swell
  • Flutter tonguing
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