Phoenix II is an update of Crane Song's suite of TDM plug-ins designed to emulate the unique properties of a magnetic tape machine. Phoenix II runs both NATIVE and DSP on Avid's PT 10 AAX format. Phoenix II uses 32 bit floating point math and has a lower noise floor than the original release.
Designer Dave Hill has crafted this software with the same attention to detail he used to create the electronics for ATR Service's much heralded "Aria" discrete tape recorders. His intimate knowledge of analog electronics, as well as decades of experience as a recording engineer has spawned a very useful, musical suite of plug-ins. The Phoenix II process not only incorporates the nonlinear saturation characteristics created by magnetic tape itself, but also includes the interrelation of an analog tape recorder's record/reproduce electronics and equalization curves. Phoenix II is a ground-up application derived from HEDD technology, and specifically engineered and optimized for Avid's PT 10 architecture.
Phoenix II has five different tape-analog characteristics, The type is selected with a switch for easy comparison between the types, and the brightness is also selected with a switch. Gold is the position where the color is approximately flat in frequency response, with Sapphire being a brighter, and Opal being a warmer tonality. A level control determines the amount of the Phoenix II process integrated into the audio signal, and an input trim determines "how hard you hit the tape." Because the DSP process is level dependent, the input level trim control has been improved and an output trim control has been added.
The input trim can also be used to prevent clipping in the rare cases where clipping may be a problem and bringing up the level of a track for an increased amount of color. This can be useful on material that is hitting close to or at digital zero and on material that has a low recorded level. When the input trim and output trim controls are at 0dB, (no change in gain) and no tape process is being added to the sound, the plug-in is bit accurate, meaning the output exactly matches the input.
The Phoenix II contains five separate flavors:
- Luminescent is the most neutral sounding process of the five.
- Iridescent has a similar magnetic character, but with a fatter bottom and midrange (This plug-in is the most similar to the tape knob on HEDD-192)
- Radiant is characterized by a more aggressive compression curve Dark Essence is even more aggressive. (The effect is a color with a wider frequency range-when used on a vocal
- Dark Essence can reduce sibilance problems by increasing the apparent loudness of the rest of the signal)
- Luster starts more gently than the other four processes, but becomes as aggressive as Dark Essence when the process is at full scale.
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Crane Song Phoenix II Software Upgrade:
If you have Phoenix TDM licence we are offering an upgrade to Phoenix II to the original owner.This upgrade costs EUR 71,40 including 19% german VAT. If it is not the original owner one must buy a full license.
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I also love his Phoenix plug-in and find it indispensable for adding warmth to ITB vocals and instruments that could benefit from more warmth and size, the Phoenix plug is fantastic... Mike Shipley R.I.P. | Engineer/ Producer & Mixer von: Shania Twain, Aerosmith, The Corrs, The Black Crowes, Green Day, Sophie B. Hawkins, Faith Hill, Lisa Loeb, Joni Mitchell, Def Leppard... auf www.gearslutz.com
Phoenix is amazing and has been a huge part of every mix I've done for years. When I heard about the new HDX cards the first question I asked was whether Phoenix was making the move, and with the new AAX version it has! Andrew Scheps
Cranesong Phoneix is a must for any work I do. Whether it's adding life to a digital piano, or bringing out the vocal in an IEM mix, Cranesong always delivers. I never gig without it.Cranesong Phoneix is a must for any work I do. Whether it's adding life to a digital piano, or bringing out the vocal in an IEM mix, Cranesong always delivers. I never gig without it. Steve McCale
With the Phoenix Plug in and it's assignable parameters, it is reminiscent of having your tape machines aligned the way you want it to sound, but now we can add these to individual inputs, from using "Dark Essence" on a kick drum or snare to Luminescent on your vocals and Guitars or stereo buss. I just recently put it across all my strings with the Sydney Symphony, it was killer. I've always had my multitrack aligned at 30ips, non dolby at +6. With Phoenix I can make it sound anyway I want, on any input or output and bring the entire mix to a new level of listening.
IT ROCKS the HOUSE,,
I'm a believer... Howard "Howie" Lindeman FOH Engineer