Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

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OneRoomStudios
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25 posts since 13 Jan, 2006

Post Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:52 am

I know this probably sounds like hyperbole, but I'm serious - I've never heard a plugin instrument sound this good. I generally buy very few soft synths because I don't like how they sound -I prefer to create sounds myself using hardware (right now I'm sitting between three tape machines, four analog synths, and a giant pile of analog effects pedals). I heard a demo track of Phonec 2 by chance and was instantly curious. I downloaded the demo and was blown away. I think it took all of 10 mins with the demo before I bought the full version. This thing sounds amazing. I've spent days tracking my Rhodes through old analog delays to tape then loading the tape on another machine with a loose pinch roller just to get the kind of sounds that I can pull up in a preset in Phonec 2! It's changed my workflow and inspired new creativity, which is amazing.

Anyway. I don't think I've ever felt this way about a soft synth before. Thanks for making an awesome tool. :tu: :clap:

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jack [psychicmodulation]
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1416 posts since 24 Apr, 2002 from New Orleans, LA

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:30 am

OneRoomStudios wrote:I know this probably sounds like hyperbole, but I'm serious - I've never heard a plugin instrument sound this good. I generally buy very few soft synths because I don't like how they sound -I prefer to create sounds myself using hardware (right now I'm sitting between three tape machines, four analog synths, and a giant pile of analog effects pedals). I heard a demo track of Phonec 2 by chance and was instantly curious. I downloaded the demo and was blown away. I think it took all of 10 mins with the demo before I bought the full version. This thing sounds amazing. I've spent days tracking my Rhodes through old analog delays to tape then loading the tape on another machine with a loose pinch roller just to get the kind of sounds that I can pull up in a preset in Phonec 2! It's changed my workflow and inspired new creativity, which is amazing.

Anyway. I don't think I've ever felt this way about a soft synth before. Thanks for making an awesome tool. :tu: :clap:
So glad you're enjoying it :)
And I'm happy it's made your workflow less tedious. I know the feeling :wink:

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zerocrossing
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9313 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:42 am

I've never even heard of it.
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kallemio
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1 posts since 7 Feb, 2015

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Sun May 29, 2016 9:09 am

I couldn't agree more.

It first got my attention when it was announced on kickstarter a while back.
Now when i checked back and downloaded the demo, it took me less than 2min before I made the purchase.

Never have a soft synth immediately just felt and sounded so right. Amazing!

If the rest of the product line is anything close to this, please consider making mac versions for them as well!
jack [psychicmodulation] wrote:
OneRoomStudios wrote:I know this probably sounds like hyperbole, but I'm serious - I've never heard a plugin instrument sound this good. I generally buy very few soft synths because I don't like how they sound -I prefer to create sounds myself using hardware (right now I'm sitting between three tape machines, four analog synths, and a giant pile of analog effects pedals). I heard a demo track of Phonec 2 by chance and was instantly curious. I downloaded the demo and was blown away. I think it took all of 10 mins with the demo before I bought the full version. This thing sounds amazing. I've spent days tracking my Rhodes through old analog delays to tape then loading the tape on another machine with a loose pinch roller just to get the kind of sounds that I can pull up in a preset in Phonec 2! It's changed my workflow and inspired new creativity, which is amazing.

Anyway. I don't think I've ever felt this way about a soft synth before. Thanks for making an awesome tool. :tu: :clap:
So glad you're enjoying it :)
And I'm happy it's made your workflow less tedious. I know the feeling :wink:

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aMUSEd
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30004 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Sun May 29, 2016 9:13 am

Why is it so great, I got the impression it was just some sort of lofi chiptune type synth?

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ariston
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3386 posts since 28 Jun, 2009 from Wherever I lay my hat

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Sun May 29, 2016 9:16 am

It's great because it gets you that instant warbly, warm, feel-good, out-of-tune-but-in-a-good-way sound. Nothing chiptune about it, by the way.

It's also a lot more versatile than it looks. Great fan here, as well.

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fluffy_little_something
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12672 posts since 5 Jun, 2012 from Portugal

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:10 am

ariston wrote:It's great because it gets you that instant warbly, warm, feel-good, out-of-tune-but-in-a-good-way sound. Nothing chiptune about it, by the way.

It's also a lot more versatile than it looks. Great fan here, as well.
Yes, it can make sounds that immediately take you back in time :)
My only gripe is that they didn't overhaul the GUI while they were at it :P
A Phonec OSC would be cool, but the demo version doesn't allow for that I suppose...

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el-bo (formerly ebow)
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10771 posts since 24 May, 2009 from A galaxy, far far away

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:02 pm

fluffy_little_something wrote:but the demo version doesn't allow for that I suppose...
Kinda finding the demo unnecessarily frustrating :shrug:

Is there a manual?

mholloway
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993 posts since 11 Jan, 2009 from Portland, OR, USA

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:18 pm

I love Phonec 2, great synth that scratches a very particular kind of itch :P

I wish the factory library of patches was even bigger, but I suppose that just gives greater impetus to focus on rollin' my own -- it's just that they're really great!

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ere2learn
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1558 posts since 3 May, 2014

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:38 pm

el-bo (formerly ebow) wrote: Is there a manual?
Here is the manual

https://app.box.com/v/Phonec2Manual

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KVRAF
2609 posts since 30 Aug, 2001 from where dinosaurs are still alive

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:47 pm

Enjoying Torley's tracks and always expecting good things from Psymod, it's growing on me. Might want one real soon.

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el-bo (formerly ebow)
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10771 posts since 24 May, 2009 from A galaxy, far far away

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:48 pm

ere2learn wrote:
el-bo (formerly ebow) wrote: Is there a manual?
Here is the manual

https://app.box.com/v/Phonec2Manual
Many thanks! :tu:

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Hemmick Reef
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1390 posts since 10 Jan, 2005 from UK

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:03 am

Just tested this and it really has a vibe and atmosphere that would suite early Tangerine Dream type music or anything looking for something 'organic sounding'. I'm always looking for character in sounds and this is one of the best synths I've come across for doing it.

crystalmsc
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435 posts since 19 Aug, 2012

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:06 pm

This is the vibe city, along with EchoMelt. Which instantly adds character to a normal sounding track. I even like the echo without the melt function, it's one of my go to right now, a great addition to Echoboy and Dub Machines. I've been trying to simulate both using a combination of the RC-20 with Outer Space but it's not the real thing. Those are great processors that I love, but both Phonec and Echomelt have a sound of their own which is not overlap for my use. Can't wait for Phonec V2.3.
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awol9000
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553 posts since 3 Sep, 2009 from Vancouver

Re: Phonec 2 is the best soft synth I've ever used.

Post Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:43 pm

I have to say I also absolutely love Phonec 2 and EchoMelt. The GUI's are perfect. I will be buying both on payday as well as The Unfinished's sound sets for Phonec.

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