At Superbooth 19, This Is Not Rocket Science (TINRS) presented Fenix IV, a new hybrid modular Synthesizer. Fenix IV is visually not a modular Synthesizer but technically though, though, as there are tons of inputs and outputs for each area. Also, it doesn’t have a pre-patch internally so it has to be wired by the user.
Fenix IV combines analog and digital sections that give you a lot of sound possibilities. In addition to well-known “modules” from TINRS (wobbler…), there are also many new to discover.
The feature list is HUGE:
- Oscillators: Fenix OSC, Digital OSC, Chord OSC
- Envelopes: 2x ADSR, 1x ADHSRD
- Modulation: noise & probabilistic, wobbler, triple LFO, regular LFO, slew limiter
- Filters: ladder filter, multi-band filter, SVF filter, lowpass gate
- Effects: phaser, wave-multiplier, waveshaper, dual delay, ring modulator, VCA1-5
- Mixer: mixer 1-3, CV mixer 1-4
- Utilities: switch, rectifier, gate mix, offsets & comparator
- Master output
- Screen with a scope, USB interface, time source, tuner, and settings.
Color Coding System
All the modules have the same direction for inputs and outputs: roughly left to right and top to bottom. This is the same in educational diagrams that talk about synthesizer structure. We managed to consistently apply this giant swipe from up left to down right across our Fenix too.
You can distinguish types of signals on a Fenix by the color coding – we’ve taken this helpful visual aid and extended it to giving the modules a colored grouping that corresponds between the knobs and the jacks. Another feature of the Fenix family is the waterline that divides the knobs from the jacks. Keeping the knobs up top means your patching never gets in the way of your twiddling. This division also helps to maintain a sense of overview with lots of cables patched in.
First Look & Interview With Stijn
After Superbooth we will first develop and tweak our Fenix further and produce five systems with our beta-testers. We estimate this to take about three months. When we are happy with our beta’s we will start producing 25 Fenix IV systems at a time. Our first batch of 25 is likely to be done before the end of 2019 and we intend to produce 100 Fenixes in total. Please note that this is timeline is an indication – reality might be faster or slower. We will keep you updated throughout development on our website and social media.
When your number is up we will send you an e-mail that your Fenix IV system is ready for shipping, along with your invoice. We estimate the cost of your Fenix IV system will be €5.000,00 (including Dutch taxes, excluding shipping). You have two weeks to respond and make a payment, otherwise, we will move you to the back of the reservation list.
More information here: This Is Not Rocket Science (TINRS)