Crane Song Phoenix

TDM Magnetic Tape Machine Emulation Plug-In Bundle - Mac/PC
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Magnetic Saturation From Subtle To Extreme!

Phoenix is Crane Song's suite of TDM only plug-ins designed to emulate the unique properties of a magnetic tape machine. Designer Dave Hill brings his intimate knowledge of analog electronics, as well as decades of experience as a recording engineer, into crafting this unique, musical suite of plug-ins.

The Phoenix 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. The Phoenix suite is specifically engineered and optimized for Digidesign's TDM architecture.

Five different TDM plug-ins emulate different tape characteristics, each one incorporating a color change button allowing three choices to modify the process. The Gold button 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 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.
  • 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.

Running within Digidesign's TDM architecture, Phoenix is very DSP efficient. It will run approximately twenty instances of a plug-in on a single DSP chip (HD system at 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 analog. 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.

Requires an iLok.

Additional Media

Phoenix User Manual
A Pack Of Massiveness

Tech Specs

Software Type Tape Emulation
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format TDM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.2.4
OS Requirements - PC Windows XP/7
Manufacturer Part Number Phoenix

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Instant Analog Tone

Phoenix has a range of tone shaping analog emulator that warms up digital tones in my Avid SC48 digital console. I use it on all direct boxes, vocals, and the master channels. It's simple functionality makes it easy to quickly find settings that sound warm and rich.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer

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Kenny Bergle

Something about this plugin... It is subtle most of the time as it brings to the fore something special in the music. A must have for real mixer/mastering guys, imho. As high quality as Crane Song hardware too!
See also: Crane Song, Crane Song Plug-ins: Effects