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Phoenix is a powerful tool for creating sustains with movement and character. The samples are from synthetic and granulised sources, yet they are rich and organic sounding. The presets vary from realistic strings and choirs to sci-fi beeps and pads. This versatility is due to some unique scripting, such as the LFO engine; which lets you draw your own waveforms and actually see the modulation happen on the controls. Also included is a complete effects page, with phaser, chorus, convolution reverb and more. Making new sounds is easy with the randomise button, it's designed to make musical outcomes.
Phoenix is a Kontakt library designed to be tool for making rich pads using strings and choirs. There are 6 oscillators which can be mixed, tuned and panned. Each of these layers are great sounding by themselves, but when layered properly can create delicious tones. On this first page are also 2 ADSR envelopes, for the volume, and low pass filter.
Movement is key when making sustained instruments, and this is where Phoenix excels. The unique LFO engine allows easy modulation of virtually any parameter. The shape of this oscillation can be drawn by you and the results are actually shown on the control that you have chosen (such as cutoff frequency or layer 3 volume). Up to 4 parameters can be modulated at once.The second page contains 6 effects; these can be used to further alter the sound.
Though powerful, Phoenix can be light on your CPU and RAM. For example, the each effect will be bypassed when not in use. You have the ability to purge unused samples from RAM by clicking on the lights above each layer. The UI for Phoenix is very simple and to get you started are 17 presets.
Phoenix uses an innovative LFO engine that allows easy modulation of various parameters. There are 6 waveforms that you can load to and save, but you can also draw your own shapes – as shown left.
See exactly how the LFO is modulating the controls (left). You can even assign both LFOs to modulate the same parameter to create a new shape (as the slider on the far left is).
Phoenix features a randomise button, it's great fun to play with and is perfect for discovering new sounds.
1 of the 6 effects that comes with Phoenix is the reverb unit. This has 25 custom made impulses that can mainly be used for interesting sound design. There is also a stretch control to change the length of the impulse.
Because this product is not for Kontakt Player, it cannot be added with the ‘add library’ function, you must instead load the .nki files through the file browser, or by dragging and dropping.