Crane Song Phoenix II Plug-in Suite

Analog-style Tape-machine-emulation Plug-in for Avid Pro Tools (Version 10 and Later), with 5 Emulation Modes and 3 Brightness Settings - Mac/PC AAX Native DSP
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Stellar Tape Emulation for Pro Tools

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The Crane Song Phoenix II AAX plug-in brings Dave Hill's world-famous tape emulation to both DSP-accelerated and native Pro Tools systems. In Phoenix II, Dave Hill's decades of engineering and recording experience come together to give you an entire suite of super-realistic tape-emulation modes. You can quite easily use Phoenix II to enhance the sound of every track in every project you work on. If you want real tape sound and dynamics in your Pro Tools rig, then you need the Crane Song Phoenix II AAX plug-in.

Crane Song Phoenix II Tape-emulation Plug-in for Pro Tools at a Glance:
  • Five flavors of tape emulation loaded into one versatile plug-in
  • Level-dependent processing lets your hit this plug-in like real analog tape
  • Three levels of tape glow provide added coloration
Five flavors of tape emulation loaded into one versatile plug-in

Dave Hill's vast experience with top-quality tape machines led him to infuse Crane Song Phoenix II with five amazing tape emulation modes. If you're in the mood for a strictly neutral tape style compression, Luminescent mode is the perfect place to start. Iridescent mode fattens up the bottom end and midrange a bit, whereas Radient mode lays on more aggressive compression (both are great for drums). If you want to punch up vocals, then flip Phoenix II over to Dark Essence to get seriously aggressive compression with a wide frequency range. Last but not least is Phoenix II's Luster mode, which runs the gambit from mild to aggressive, depending on how hard you hit it.

Level-dependent processing lets your hit this plug-in like real analog tape

Speaking of level-dependent processing, the dynamic response of Phoenix II is one of the things that truly sets it apart from other tape-emulation plug-ins, many of which rely solely on odd-order harmonics to achieve their "tape sound." Crane Song actually gave Phoenix II both input and output trim controls, making it easier than ever to drive its tape saturation and get the coloration you want, without running the risk of clipping your tracks. If you came to Sweetwater looking to add an analog vibe to your productions, Phoenix II is it.

Three levels of tape glow provide added coloration

Real tape sound includes more than just the nonlinear compression of electromagnetic tape. In fact, there's a lot going on in a real tape machine's record/reproduce electronics and fixed equalization curves that form what we think of as "tape sound." That's why Crane Song included the frequency-enhancing character of real tape machines in Phoenix II's brightness controls. Gold mode represents the standard flat tape sound. You also get Phoenix II's Saphire mode for added brightness, whereas Opal mode brings out the warmth in your material.

Crane Song Phoenix II Tape-emulation Plug-in for Pro Tools Features:
  • A suite of realistic and flexible tape-emulation styles in a single AAX plug-in
  • Designed from the ground up to be compatible with both native Pro Tools systems and Pro Tools|HDX systems (requires Pro Tools 10 or later)
  • Tape-emulation modes based on decades of experience with analog electronic engineering
  • 5 x tape-emulation types let you select the right analog sound for your material
  • Luminescent mode provides you with neutral-sounding tape dynamics and minimal coloration
  • Iridescent mode includes neutral non-linear compression with fatter bottom and midrange
  • Radiant mode adds an aggressive compression curve that's great for adding punch to dynamics
  • Dark Essence mode combines across-the-board aggressive compression with coloration that affects a wide frequency range and is particularly flattering to vocals
  • Luster mode provides an extremely dynamic effect that responds aggressively at higher saturations
  • Brightness modes allow you to select between a neutral frequency response (Gold mode), a brighter frequency response (Saphire mode), and a warmer frequency response (Opal mode)
  • Frequency-dependent processing with independent input and output level controls let you apply heavy processing without clipping your tracks
For real tape warmth without the hassle of recording to tape, add Crane Song's Phoenix AAX plug-in to your Pro Tools rig!

Additional Media

Phoenix II User Manual

Tech Specs

Software Type Tape Machine Emulation
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format AAX Native, AAX DSP
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7/XP
Manufacturer Part Number Phoenix_II

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Amazing

This plugin has helped me finally achieve mixing radio-ready tracks. It finds its way onto EVERY Sum track, and then again on the stems & stereo buss. It adds that subtle something, and when built over several instances throughout the track, it is magical. Dave Hill really outdid himself on this Must-Have plugin for everybody that wants to put a real mix together. It is expensive. But.......I have never regretted spending the big bucks for this monster plug!
Music background: Songwriter / Producer
5/5

Phoenix II

I didn't buy Phoenix through Sweetwater but I just completed a very revealing test between the Slate VTM and Phoenix II. I have had the Phoenix for many years now. I did use it a lot but when the Slate came on the scene I went that way. As of today my mind and ears were opened up to the fact that after A/B'ing the 2 back and forth on a mix, I have to say that when close my eyes and listen, the Phoenix sounds like real tape to me. i started my recording career on a vintage Neve and a Studer 827. There's something magical about the recordings I & others did using that combo. Analog guys know what I'm talking about. The Phoenix is my renewed hero. It really is amazing -
Music background: All the above
4.5/5

Pheonix II really nice

I had used I before with all of each, it's nice to have just one plug in to do all the same function. But I wish I can use with other DAWs too, like Ableton Live.
Music background: Composer
4/5

Enhancement without Loss of Quality

There are tons (probably too many) tape emulation plugins out there, and I've used most of them. Many people are "wowed" by most tape emulation plugins immediately because when they insert it on their tracks it sounds bigger and fuller. However, 95% of tape emulation plugins actually just distort the signal slightly (reducing the quality of the audio) and then boost the signal by 0.5dB or so. The increased volume leads you to believe that it's better and fuller, but in reality the opposite has happened. The Crane Song Phoenix is NOT one of these plugins. After doing many blind tests, this plugin has proven to make almost any track sound better at equal - or even slightly less - amplitudes. After doing some analysis, it appears that this plugin actively reads the fundamental frequency of the signal and adds musical harmonics to it. This is a known effect of analog tape saturation, yet most "tape emulation" plugins just distort the signal (adding non-musical saturation, i.e., harmonics that aren't related the fundamental frequency). Because of this, I cannot give enough praise to this plugin. The effect is subtle, so I recommend adding it to each and every track in your sessions. This will give you the most accurate tape emulation, as the effect of the tape saturation really starts to work its magic when all of the tracks are summed together (obviously all those famous songs recorded on tape had many many tracks summed together). The only reason I'm giving this plugin a 4/5 instead of a 5/5 is because it is NOT REQUIRED to make great music! So many people get obsessed with the equipment and plugins, they forget that what really matters is the engineering technique and the musician. However, if you have the expendable cash, and you want a true tape emulation, this plugin is absolutely stellar for its purpose. I cannot recommend any other tape emulation plugin as high as this one (although respected people will rave about the Slate VTM, many tests have shown that it does in fact degrade the audio quality, as talked about above). In case you aren't familiar with Crane Song or the man behind it, David Hill, you should know that he's a true genius in audio technology. He single-handedly popularised the PWM compressor, and some piece of his equipment is in almost every high-end mixing or mastering studio.
Music background: Audio Engineer, Student of Electrical Sciences
See also: Crane Song, Crane Song Plug-ins: Bundles