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Phenix 1.1

Emulation of the Synton Fenix

(10 Votes)
1.1 (Updated 1 year ago)
January 06, 2020
Reaktor 6


1.1 Update: Added mono retrigger functionality from Triple Split by Mark Smart. Niklas, please let me know in the comments if this works for you, thanks.

Phenix is an emulation of the Synton Fenix. It is basically a 3 oscillator, 3 filter, 3 envelope, 3 LFO synth but with lots of additional stuff for connectivity and other utilities. I know it looks a bit complex but you can just dive into the snapshots and start playing. Wireless patching is done with sends and receives. With so may receives, sends and knobs, the patchspace is cosmically large. Do not underestimate the power of randomising the snapshots, that can get you to places you would never get to otherwise. Save the .ins and/or .ens often to avoid losing progress when random patching. Phenix will happily chew on outside signals whether that be external audio, modulation from another Reaktor instrument etc.

Bank 1 has patches from and a few more
Bank 2 is just some snaps I saved while working on the Phenix and are not great to be honest
Bank 3 is made of randomized snaps and most are pretty wild, seriously be careful of your ears and speakers. Seriously.

I'm particularly happy with the GUI background image, the red LED style knob value display, the noise section(VLF) and the ensemble as a whole. I am not super happy with the snapshots but bank 3 does show how crazy Phenix can get.

I spent some time modifying the excellent sequencer Spiral to have enough channels to populate all of the "Front to back (FTB)" inputs as well as sending the usual wireless Notepitch and Gates. Everything is triggered from the notes on the main circular display. The three sets of gates all have individual velocities and durations, everything else holds its value until the next note trigger.

Phenix is intended to be a primarily monophonic instrument but polyphony basically works (the FTB inputs need to be mono currently).

A MinUI edition is included in the download, this has only two scopes, it looks cleaner and saves a lot of cpu but obviously less info is displayed. This edition is much more suited to polyphonic use. Snapshots should be fully exchangeable between the two editions and maybe the full UI edition could be considered the patch development one and the MinUI edition the "Playing" instrument.

A few impulse responses are also included for use in the convolution/"Special" module (the button near the main output level).

View A uses less CPU than View B, the Special feature is very CPU heavy.

I have added some modulation inputs where I felt they were needed and did not cost too much CPU, if any; the LFO PWM and Slew UP/DWN inputs for example.

Just go for it and experiment and have fun, the worst that can happen is that Reaktor crashes so hard you have to reboot.

I use Reaktor standalone so this has never been tested in any DAW. Let me know if you find any errors. I have had an absolute blast building this and hope you enjoy playing with Phenix :)

Knobs: Efflam Le Bivic

Synton: Marc Paping, Bert Vermeulen and Felix Visser

Convolution: Laurent Sevestre (unsure, sorry)

Further credits in the instrument properties.


Michael Morris
1 year ago
So went to try this ensemble and as soon as I load it in Live 10 it registers 40% CPU hit just standing still.
Niklas Silen
1 year ago
Bug? I can't get envelopes to retrigger properly. The synth seems to be in perpetual mono/legato mode. Any quick way to get every midi gate to always retrigger envelopes even if I have other keys held? So basically note gate trigger priority on both low and high keys.
1 year ago
good work!!!:)
1 year ago
good work!!!:)