From Jim Johnson
Sent Wed, Feb 25th 1998, 00:23
Thanks for resending - I accidentally deleted the first. I have a Fenix on order and am dying to get my hands on it - you certainly made me even more antsy! But... >There are several other modules I haven't mentioned such as the CV Mixers >which can act like octave dividers and/or CV attenuators. How can a CV mixer do octave division? Are you referring to the octave (1 volt) offsets that can be added in one of the mixers? Jim Johnson Metaphoric Software ------------------- Makers of Techno Toys Software for Electronic Music http://www.technotoys.com firstname.lastname@example.org *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 2/24/98, at 5:49 PM, Chris Whitten wrote: >Here as requested is a mini review of the Fenix Modular Synth. >Firstly I'd like to pay respect to other people who have posted reviews on >AH, I never realised how difficult it would be until now. >So you know how to judge my comments, I have only been into modular >synthesis for about 2 years starting with a Roland 100M cabinet and soon >after adding a Doepfer A100 system. I do have hands on experience with >Moog, Polyfusion, Serge, Digisound, Roland and Doepfer systems, some of >which I currently own. >I wont bother to detail the specifications of the Fenix as this and much >more is available at their website: http://www.cameo.nl/Fenix/ > >My top two criteria on evaluating a synth are it's sound and features. On >both these counts the Fenix scores highly. >Contained within the Fenix there are many modules most of which differ from >each other in some way. For example, there are three VCO's. VCO 1 is >different to VCO's 2 and 3 in that it has a Sine waveform output, Sync >(variable from soft to hard) and two sub outputs. >The Sync on this synth is very rich sounding. The effect is to add more and >more harmonics to the timbre rather than the classic nasal/hard sound you >often get with oscillator sync. >There are three filters all sounding rich and characterful. VCF's 1 and 2 >are 2 pole state variable. There doesn't seem to be any compromise in the >sound however. They both sound as good to my ears as VCF3 which is a 12db >and 24db (5 pole) ladder type filter. The resonance is very radical on all >3 filters and can be set very high indeed before it self oscillates. >Despite this I've found that I still get off on the filters with the >resonance wound right down, this is a first for me. I've also processed >drumloops through the filters (via each of the 2 audio inputs) and found a >lot of scope for drastic sound deconstruction. >They say that filters can make or break a synth and all 3 on the Fenix are >as good or better than anything I've heard. Tight, ballsy, rich, zingy and >crystal clear. There does not seem to be any voltage control of the >resonance however which is a shame. >As I said, one of the strenghts of the Fenix is it's comprehensive and >diverse array of modules. There are 3 LFO's, each with different features, >two of them being voltage controllable. Likewise all three of the envelopes >offer differing approaches, two of the three being VC Envelopes. I found >that this concept led me to approach patches in a more sophisticated way. >Although it is very quick and easy to set up a basic patch I found that I >couldn't resist plugging something into the extra VC inputs and very >quickly I was into some radical sounding synthesis which would have been a >lot more effort on the Doepfer or would have needed some very clear >thinking through on the Serge. >There are three VC Mixers, two Portamentos and two Ring Mods (with >additional vc inputs). Apart from the sound being so good, the sheer amount >of features on the Fenix makes my 12U of Doepfer redundant. >One last module which is really great is the Analogue Noise, Digital Noise >and VLF. I haven't figured out what to do with the VLF (very low frequency >noise) yet but the digital and analogue noise timbres are sweepeable by >voltage control which sounds fab, isn't like filtering and is something I >haven't seen before. >There are several other modules I haven't mentioned such as the CV Mixers >which can act like octave dividers and/or CV attenuators. >I've been championing the Doepfer for a while on AH but I reckon at $1,500 >the Fenix has blown away all my other modular kit except for my 2600 (great >audio input and all time classic synth) and Serge panel. Interfacing the >Fenix, taking advantage of all it's VC capabilities, with my Serge panel >(including Wave Multipliers) I have already in a few hours created sounds >beyond what I thought possible on what is basically a monophonic analog >synth. >To sum up, it would be unfair to compare the Fenix to a Moog modular but if >anyone is thinking about a Doepfer, a vintage modular system or for that >matter any mono synth under $2,000 it would be worth finding out more about >the Fenix. If they are really only going to make 25 it could turn out to be >an instant classic. >CW >p.s. Sorry about the gushing, no money has changed hands!. I have had a >second opinion from a more experienced synthesist who agrees that it is an >excellent sounding, very well appointed synth. Lot's of bang for your buck!