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PHENOME VSTi | BEST FREE SF2 PLAYER | v1.70 released!

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4063 posts since 7 May, 2004, from behind his workbench

Postby sonicfire; Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:30 pm PHENOME VSTi | BEST FREE SF2 PLAYER | v1.70 released!

v1.70 released!! :party:

FREE Download:

I just fixed / updated version 1.70 of Phenome again.
I've added a little Setup button (to the right above the browser).

Currently you can choose (enter) your PhenomeData location in there. So that you don't have to fiddle with searching the config.txt file and stuff :)


So, if you've installed libraries to e.g. D:\Sounds\New\PhenomeData\
simply type in:

Code: Select all

And click the Disk Symbol to the right.
This change will then be stored permanently.

Also a Multi button has been added (for loading and saving Multisetups). (They're saved as standard FXP files).

Oh, and there's the new "performance mode".
Clicking there turns it on. With notes C to G (Note Numbers 24 to 32) you can "switch" between layers, or choose which layer to play via keyboard.
Great for live-performance, moving sounds and other crazy stuff!

(In the future there might come a Guitar-Simulation that features switches for legato,sustain,fretnoise and stuff like that :))

NOTE: Performance Mode-setting will only be save in Multisetups (FXP's).

"Factory B Library" has been released also!

Check out the amazing Audio Demo here:

List of included Presets:



Hi folks,

i want to thank everyone for their support!
...so this is my way to say Thank You!



What's this?

Phenome, a 8-part multitimbral Soundfont Player / ROMpler VSTi!
Windows XP/Vista/7 32-Bit. (Win XP Service Pack 2 required)

It's designed to focus on getting ideas done quickly.


Phenome features:

- 8 part/layer multitimbral
- selectable MIDI channels for each layer
- layering of soundfonts for multisetups
- supports standard patch/bank selection
- supports SF2's with velo/keyswitch and more than one layer.
- various interpolation methods
- highquality 8x oversampling
- volume/panning for each layer
- selectable keysplit for each layer
- fine- and semi-tuning
- built in phrase arpeggiator with step/gate mode
- built in multimode filter per layer
- built in unison/widener per layer
- built in pingpongdelay per layer
- flexible polyphonic note-stealing
- 8 stereo (16 mono) audio outputs!
- 256 voice polyphony (8x 32 voices)
- fully automatable
- quick soundfont loading
- MIDI learn for any knob/fader/dial
- total recall
- VST2.0 compliant
- low CPU usage / low RAM overhead
- and so much more ...

...everything for free ;-)


Please give it a testdrive and ask questions and
report any bugs you may encounter!

Fixes/Changes in v1.64:

    overworked installer.
    fixed a bug in the amp section.
    added float value readout for knobs.
    added velocity playback mode switch.
    added a config file.
    polished/overworked the GUI.
    fixed a bug in the automation.
    fixed a doubled parameter.
    browser now remembers last folder.
    unloading soundfonts implemented.
    fixed hanging disk icon.
    factory library can now be installed anywhere.
    improved amp and filter envelopes.
    integrated browser for soundfonts and presets.
    fastest soundfont-browsing on the planet!
    chorus/widener, bitcrusher, delay and vibrato per layer.
    overworked filter drive.
    added signal degrader.
    added fixed pitch option.
    added more modwheel options.
    added velocity split.
    added mono-gliding.
    overworked arpeggiator.
    overworked pitchbend options.
    added textfields for program/multi name and author.
    added patch/bank (FXP/FXB) buttons.
    changed buttons to popup menus.
    added filter drive/distort.
    added note-off trigger mode.
    added preset browser (*.phe).
    added lock layer feature.
    added various tooltips (hints)


v1.6 Release Notes:

MIDI Learn: If you experience wobbling or strange behaviour
with an automated control while playback, make sure your keyboard
doesn't send aftertouch while doing MIDI-learn!

With some soundfonts you won't hear nothing at all after loading them.
Make sure to select the right Instrument in the Patch/Instrument slot. Phenome assumes Soundfont Instruments to start at Bank / Patch "0" (Zero) !

New Preset loading/saving:

You can save phenome layer-presets everywhere on
your harddisc(s). The full path to used sf2 files is stored
within each preset. *.phe-presets are simple text-files so
you can edit them afterwards (e.g. changing a soundfont).

Oh, and avoid saving patches in the "phenome" vst folder itself!
From there my file-exists-routine won't work. Also to be fixed in next release.


[b]There's also a 410 MB factory library!
The Library comes with around 130 Phenome Presets and 101 Soundfonts!


Listen to some of the Factory Presets here:

Enjoy it!
(And if you really use/enjoy it consider a small donation!!)
Thank you! :D
Last edited by sonicfire on Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:36 am, edited 55 times in total.
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7883 posts since 2 Aug, 2005, from Guitar Land, USA

Postby RunBeerRun; Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:47 pm

Thanks man, dude like for sure!!

I'm downloading it, does it come with any samples?
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4063 posts since 7 May, 2004, from behind his workbench

Postby sonicfire; Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:54 pm

RunBeerRun wrote:Thanks man, dude like for sure!!

I'm downloading it, does it come with any samples?

EDIT: Yes! :)
Last edited by sonicfire on Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:12 am, edited 1 time in total.
Jonathan Shepherd
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Postby Jonathan Shepherd; Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:34 pm

You're too kind, will check out tonight!
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Postby Aloysius; Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:37 pm

Cheers . . . :)
If you lie down with fleas, you get up with dogs.
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4063 posts since 7 May, 2004, from behind his workbench

Postby sonicfire; Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:58 pm

Thanks let me know hot it performs (CPU-wise). Since i'm on an Athlon XP2400 temporarily at the moment, and there i get 20-30% CPU when playing 40-50 notes.
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Postby sorohanro; Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:14 pm

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Postby thecontrolcentre; Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:30 pm

Nice one Dennis ... I needed a soundfont player :)
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Postby VSTJuNkiE; Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:50 pm

Thank you, Sir!! :party:
where has all teh freeware gone ':-o'
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Postby sonicfire; Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:24 pm

Thanks, guys!

sorohanro wrote:Thanks for the freebie.
I hope you don't mind some publicity http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/freebies-samplers-and-sample-libraries/18932?page=5#297317

No, of course not! Thanks for this :)
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Postby marce; Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:09 pm

Hi. thanks!!

What kind of soundfont player is this? Is a basic one or it supports some some advanced things like layers, and disk streaming?
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Postby akademie; Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:31 pm

sorry but doesn't work here.

Reaper crashes on scanning the plugin and minihost doesn't load it neither. Both give following error message:

Executable 'c:\test\Reaper 3.68\reaper.exe' had thet following unrecoverable error:
Missing Ordinal c:\test\Reaper 3.68\Plugins\FX\VST\Phenome\Phenome.dll->KERNEL32.dll:1

It is on Win XP SP1 (32bit).
On Win XP SP2 (32bit) it loads OK.

Also, it's a shame it doesn't fulfil the announced "Total Recall" feature :( , because not only it does not save samples/banks within host project, but it even does not complain if you try to load project and SF2 banks are not available on their original locations (sadly, these are not known then to user then).

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Postby EvilDragon; Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:41 pm

Would be cool if it were 16-part (so you can load MIDI files in it), and if it had 16 stereo outputs (for detailed external effect processing per part). Also polyphony up to 128 per part. Possible to do in an update in due time?
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Postby Dj Troy; Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:50 pm

wow wow wow thank you man amazing!
*EDIT*its working perfect in cubase 5 and fl studio i have an i7 920 its useing between 4-5%of my cpu with one patch just thought i would let you no anyway nice job!
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Postby Francisco Cepero; Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:33 pm

sonicfire, you've been blessed with a great mind which could bring forth lots of interesting creations! Thank you very much for your freeware! In another world (or another epoch), you'd be a very successful businessman. ;)

I'd really like to buy Randomax from you, but Plugindex only offers PayPal as payment method, and I can't proceed in that matter. Just to let you know that I would like to support you financially somehow.

Thanks again!

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