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The Phoenix Organ System Capabilities

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The Phoenix system capabilities are enormous - a single system will cater for up to six keyboards and pedals, 256 stops, 256 ranks and 256 pistons.  Whilst six departments may seem like a lot, it enables several "floating" departments to be handled conveniently.   Departments do not necessarily need key inputs. When the system is used in a cinema organ, this covers only three departments with double-touch.  Should you require something larger then two systems can operate together to offer the possibilities of having a huge instrument.

Please note that the Phoenix System can also support ranks of wind blown pipes enabling the system to be used in hybrid instruments.

The functionality and capabilities of the Phoenix System are set out in subsequent sections.

System capabilities for sound generation and stop control

Dept.

Ranks

Stops

Audio

Expr

Trem

Midi (Assignable Channel for each dept.)

Total

256

256

*64

   

In

Out 1

Out 2

Expr

Pedal

32

32

8

poss

 

recv

Pre

Post

   

Great

48

40

20

poss

yes

recv

Pre

Post

   

Swell

48

32

18

yes

yes

recv

Pre

Post

sent

recv

Choir

48

24

22

yes

yes

recv

Pre

Post

sent

recv

Solo

32

24

16

yes

yes

recv

Pre

Post

sent

recv

Fifth

32

20

16

no

 

recv

Pre

     

Sixth

16

14

8

no

 

recv

Pre

     

  Up to 16 mixture stops can be put anywhere, with up to 10 ranks in each stop, as long as the maximum departmental stops and ranks boundaries are not exceeded.

Ranks of pipes may be controlled by the system.  Contact Phoenix for details of the number of ranks that may be controlled and their interaction with the other system parameters.

*There is some duplication of audio channels, particularly where the Choir Solo Fifth and Sixth are concerned

Couplers

 

Sixth to

Fifth to

Solo to

Swell to

Choir to

Great to

Pedal to

to Sixth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to Fifth

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

to Solo

8

8

16 - 0 - 4

 

 

 

 

to Swell

8

8

16*- 8 - 4*

16 - 0 - 4

 

 

 

to Choir

8

8

16*- 8 - 4*

16 - 8 - 4

16 - 0 - 4

 

 

to Great

8

8

16*- 8 - 4*

16 - 8 - 4
Cantus Firmus

16 - 8 - 4

 

AutoBass

to Pedal

8

8

8 - 4

8 - 4

8 - 4

8

 

*These couplers are not available separately, but the Solo Oct & Sub always couple through.
If Sw or Ch Oct to Gt is present, then none of the Sw or Ch Oct or Sub couplers act through.

Pistons

On the Phoenix Organ the pistons operate the stops themselves so it is clear what stops are active (it is not a blind registration system).  There are two separate and autonomous parts sets of pistons.

Standard Pistons - these have 8 independent memory levels

16 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 1 (normally General)
16 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 2 (normally Pedal)
16 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 3 (normally Great)
16 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 4 (normally Swell)
16 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 5 (normally Choir)
16 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 6 (normally Solo)
16 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 7 (normally Fifth)
8 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 8 (normally Sixth)
8 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 9 (any set of stops e.g. doubles)
8 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 10 (any set of stops e.g. reeds)
8 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 11 (any set of stops e.g. mixtures)
8 Adjustable Pistons to operate on stops assigned to Group 12 (any set of stops e.g. tremulants)
8 Pistons specifically for the left-hand toe pistons which can be set to either Gen 1-8 or Swell 1-8
32 Reversible Pistons each of which can be programmed to reverse any stop on the organ

Stop Sequencer Controlled Pistons with 99 independent memory level

  • 16 Adjustable Pistons under Sequencer Control

  • 99 pages of sequencer memory

  • Up to 12 NEXT / FORWARD and 12 REVERSE / BACK standard pistons can be mapped to the sequencer

  • Each time the NEXT / FORWARD control is operated the organ is set to the registration associated with the next sequencer piston. The organ advances through the 16 sequencer pistons on the current sequencer memory page and then moves to the first sequencer piston on the next page. REVERSE / BACK steps back to the previous sequencer piston registration and moves back from the first sequencer piston to the last (sixteenth) sequencer piston setting on the previous memory page.

  • Sequencer ON / OFF and memory PAGE UP / DOWN controls with individual page locking.

  • When the sequencer is turned on the current sequencer memory page is activated:  the player then selects the sequencer piston number to activate within that page by pressing the appropriate sequencer piston.  Thereafter the player may use the NEXT /  FORWARD and REVERSE /  BACK and the sequencer pistons to select their registration.  The standard pistons (non-sequencer) continue to operate normally when the sequencer is turned on.

  • When the sequencer is turned off the  sequencer pistons operate as another set of general pistons, giving the flexibility of separate memory level control from the  departmental and general pistons.

Standard features

  • Select current piston memory level

  • Lock / unlock piston settings (current set or global lock)

  • Stop sequencer on /off

  • Crescendo pedal on/off

  • Set stops associated with each step (of the 20 steps) of the crescendo pedal

  • Up to 4 different specifications with different samples for each stop if you wish

  • Each specification can have either the Choir or Great as lowest keyboard for authentic French performance

  • 4 Temperaments: Equal, Vallotti, Silbermann and  Werckmeister 

  • Fine Tuning adjustment

  • Transposer

  • Overall volume control

  • Integrated control of Lexicon Reverberation unit  (via MIDI) direct from console.

  • Most of the above alterable parameters can be saved as defaults for next power-on

  • Discreet  integrated LCD display and associated controls to allows the player to view and adjust the above settings (Volume, Pitch, Transpose etc).

  • Programmable sound delays for each department to simulate some being further away than others - works in 8 feet steps from 0 - 100 feet for authentic acoustic rendition of antiphonal divisions.

  • Midi channel assigned to each keyboard is programmable

  • MIDI Out 1 for recording to sequencer uses pre-coupled data

  • MIDI Out 2 for connecting to sound module uses post-coupled data

  • Headphone output sockets

  • Serial voicing port

  • Expression pedals affect brightness as well as volume of sound, and both amounts are fully adjustable

  • Pedal boards use Hall semiconductor switches - no moving parts for ultimate reliability.

 
     
 

Phoenix Organs 2001-2005  Last updated 5 February 2005