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Analog Flux Synthesizer Plugin by Psychic Modulation

Phonec has an average user rating of 4.00 from 2 reviews

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Reviewed By SampleScience [all]
September 28th, 2012
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

I bought Phonec because I like the vintage sound of old electronics that is used in the music of Boards of Canada. There is many patches that comes with the synth that are spot on that kind of washed out, detuned "VHS" lofi sound that I love so much! It's also quite easy to come up with your own patches, there is a lot under the hood but it's easy to use because everything is logically laidout and you understand the signal flow right away. The special features are the melt and drift parameters that emulate the sound of VHS. The emulation is as close as you'd expect from a software, and it's quite fun to load a patche and play with the melt function hearing how it morph the sound into a more organic tone.

There is a lot of filters available and the routing options are simple but efficient. I'm not a synthesizer expert when it comes to programming patches, but with Phonec I feel I could make some worthwhile preset banks without it taking too much time. Some of the tones can be hear piercing, so it's important to put a limiter to prevent hear damage as with all instruments). The way the synth is programmed, you really feel that it's open to experimentations, as the parameters covers a wide range of tones.

Even if the price is a bit high for what it is, I feel that it's a must for anyone seeking that particular vintage tone. In a effect chain with tape delays and stereo flangers it sounds terrific!!!

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25 September 2012 at 12:33pm

A very nice sounding synth. While I can probably make something like this in one of the synths I have already, this one comes straight out of the box with that Boards of Canada nostalgic sound stamped all over it. As a speciality synth it wins hands down.

26 September 2012 at 7:33am

That's how I feel. This could certainly be replicated in a synth like zebra, with some added effects, but for me, phonec is much more inspiring, seeing as it leads you in that direction from the start.

29 September 2012 at 10:25am

Other notable aspects of Phonec: the gain control adds thick, punchy distortion that complements the synth's character well. There's an HFO that can add (envelope-modded) FM to the sound, which really multiplies the sonic possibilities. The delay has detune and a buffer effect tacked on - warbly, untamed soundscapes galore!

The more I use Phonec, the more I love it. It's the biggest surprise of 2012, and my personal highlight.

17 October 2012 at 5:39pm

"It's the biggest surprise of 2012, and my personal highlight."

+ 1000 this synth is dope, instantly felt in love with it...Easy to tweak and to gather some ethearal and spacy sounds...Definitely for Boards of Canada lovers !

16 August 2017 at 6:18pm

I made some presets for Phonec2 and if anyone is interested they are here at this link --> https://gum.co/phonec2boards

19 November 2017 at 6:39pm

Do you know if it was made with Synthedit ?

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