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PHOENIX is a TDM plug-in suite for Pro Tools HD that is designed to put analog color into the digital domain by increasing apparent loudness without increasing gain (e.g., by modeling analog tape compression). The result is that added realism that is missing in many modeled synths, EQs and digital samplers. The five different "flavors" of PHOENIX can result in a much more musical and satisfying sound.
Each one of the five different TDM plug-ins emulate different tape characteristics. Each one also incorporates a color change button allowing three choices to modify the process per plug-in. The Gold button is the position where the color is approximately flat in frequency response, with Sapphire being a bit brighter and Opal having a warmer tonality. A level control determines the amount of the PHOENIX process integrated into the audio signal, and an input trim determines "how hard you hit the tape." Because the DSP process is level dependent, reducing the input level will also cause a change in sound.
The input trim can also be used to prevent clipping in the rare cases where clipping may be a problem. This can be useful on material that is hitting close to or at digital zero. When the input trim is 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 suite contains five separate plug-ins:
* 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 thesignal.)
* Luster starts more gently than the other four processes, but becomes as aggressive
as Dark Essence when the process is at full scale.
Running within Avid's multi-shell architecture, PHOENIX is very DSP efficient. It will run approximately twenty instances of a plug-in on a single DSP chip (an HD system running at a 44.1 kHz sample rate).
PHOENIX's color is dependent on signal level, program material and sample rate. A higher sample rate results in smother sounds.
The PHOENIX plug-in suite provides a wide range of choices to make your digital world sound warmer, fatter, and more alive. The plug-ins can be somewhat subtle, but the cumulative affect when used on a number of tracks can bring back the warmth and richness which only analog recording has been able to provide.
Phoenix runs on all TDM Hardware: MIX, HD, Venue. PC, MAC and MAC PRO
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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