Tone2 Electra Synthesizer V.2.5 Released – Drag & Drop Modulation, New Effects & More

Ton2 introduced today a major update for the Electra Synthesizer for PC and Mac. One of the biggest new features inside v.2.5. is support for Drag & Drop modulation that allows musicians now to drag an envelop or LFO and drop it to any knob to modulate it. It doesn’t offer new sound possibilities but is an excellent workflow improvement for this synth.

Also the new version includes several new high-quality effects like 8 delay effects and 10 additional distortion effects. Several of these effects like the Resonator Delay or the Waveshaper are quite impressive for creating new sounds. Beside this, the developer also fix several bugs and adds a big amount of improvements.

Electra 2 breathes new life into the term “synthesizer workstation”. With its powerful and sonically versatile approach to audio production, it provides you with truly outstanding new sounds.The instrument is equipped with a high-end quality sound engine with multilayer support and a wide range of music production features. Its friendly, easy to use interface allows first-timers to easily create sounds and enables experts to delve into sound design as deeply as they want to. With Tone2’s high quality sound technology at its core, you’re not only working with a larger palette for creating original sounds, but also the best sound quality possible and with a lower CPU usage than any other type of workstation.

Electra 2 comes with an astounding collection of over 1200 production-ready sounds by professional sound designers. A smart patch browser gives you an instant overview of all the available categories and sounds. Just pick the sound you want – it’s that easy.

 

New in Tone 2 Electra Synthesizer v.2.5.

New features 

  • Drag & Drop modulation: Drag an envelope or lfo and drop it to a knob to modulate it.
  • Right-click on a knob opens a menu where you can assign a massive amount of modulation sources.
  • 8 additional delay effects: Wide, Fat, Diffuse, Dual, Tape, Echo, Resonator, Reflections.
  • 10 additonal distortion effects: Saturate, Soft clip, Hard clip, Rectify, Bitcrush, Warp, Waveshape, Ripple, Amp Sim, Multiband.
  • Stereo sample support for FILE -> ‘Quick import sample’.
  • Support for 32 bit wav files.
  • Support for wav files created by LogicX.
  • Support for larger samples.
  • Every layer now can play stacked chords. Select ‘Stack’ in the arpeggiator and choose a chord.
  • Every layer now can solve chords , which is useful for subharmonics. Select ‘Chord root’ in the Arpeggiator.
  • New Midi learn algorithm: Right-click on a knob to assign a CC.
  • Hovering the mouse over a knob shows the current parameter value and the modulation source.
  • Modulation depth control on top left of a knob if a source is assigned .
  • Sectors on knobs show the modulation amount.
  • A red sector is shown when clipping of modulation occurs.
  • 7 new LFO shapes: ‘Square %’.
  • 6 new LFO shapes: ‘Stair’.
  • Tooltips are shown when the mouse is hovered over a control.
  • Undo/Redo function for sample editor.
  • New mod matrix targets “PitchOct”, which allow a seamless tuning of +-1 octave.
  • FILE -> ‘Quick save patch’ overwrites the current fxp file with new settings.
  • INIT -> ‘Clean matrix’ removes unused matrix slots.
  • COPY -> ‘Arpeggiator’ copies all arp parameters of the current layer.
  • COPY -> ‘Step LFO’ copies all Step LFO parameters of the current layer.
  • PASTE -> ‘Arpeggiator’ pastes the arp parameters to the current layer.
  • PASTE -> ‘Step LFO’ pastes the Step LFO parameters to the current layer.
  • HELP -> ‘Show version info’.
  • HELP -> ‘Download updates’.
  • More available halftones for the arpeggiator.
  • 49 new patches (NewSoundsV2.5)

Enhancements 

  • Drastically enhanced sound quality of frequencies over 10Khz.
  • More linear frequency response.
  • More punchy volume envelope.
  • Enhanced sound of most reverb types.
  • More inituitive parameter names for automation.
  • .rnk files are stored within ElectraX_sounds now.
  • patch rankings are written immideately on change.
  • Slightly enhanced sound quality for very large samples.
  • Enhanced sound of FM.
  • Enhanced sound of Sync.
  • Higher precision of high frequencies for Wavetable oscillator.
  • Higher precision of high frequencies for Custom Wave osciallator.
  • More linear frequency response for fractal oscillators.
  • Optimized performance and sound of hypersaw oscillators.
  • Enhanced sound of distortion.
  • Enhanced sound of the filters on high cutoff and resonance levels.
  • Enhanced sound of the effects.
  • No more missing frequencies above 13 kHz.
  • More smart algorithm for the microtuning.
  • Rearranged FILE menu.
  • More precise knobs.
  • Slightly less RAM required.
  • Enhanced some graphics.
  • More high-end frequencies for ‘dynamic loud’ mode .
  • More precise LFOs.
  • Enhanced sound of the Multitap delay by adding a low cut filter.
  • Enhanced sound of the PingPong delay by adding a low cut filter.
  • Activation dialog is now also available in German .
  • More intuitive handling of sample markers.
  • Various small enhancements.

Fixes 

  • Workaround for a bug in Orion, which caused a crash on scrolling through the automation parameters.
  • The volume of the first 1ms of a song render could have been to low .
  • Aliaser was detuned in 96kHz.
  • Midi learn did not work on layer 2-4.
  • Fixed a compatibility problem when knob circular mode was selected in some hosts.
  • Fixed a bug in loudness, which did not sound right.
  • Autotuning samples does not longer reset the halftone settings of the osc.
  • Matrix source ‘random’ did not work in mono modes.
  • Workaround for a rarely appearing deadlock in Reaper after closing and opening the GUI.
  • Fixed a possible buffer overflow in the vocoder module.
  • Changes (just cosmetical):
    • Renamed “Bass boost” mode to “Analog boost”.
    • Renamed “Reverb Band” to “Reverb Plate”.

Electra 2.5 is downward compatible with all previous versions. All existing song projects & patches can be loaded without any further steps necessary and they will benefit from the enhanced sound quality. This update is free of charge for existing users.

Tone 2 Electra 2.5 is now available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 149 EUR/$189 USD

More informations here: Tone 2 Electra 2.5 Synthesizer

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