Tone2 Icarus 2 wavetable Synthesizer is a massive further development with a lot of new features (drum sequencer…) that make it a workstation
Maybe not the wavetable synth with the biggest hype around but probably one of the most versatile. Now it is getting bigger and more complex. Tone2 Icarus 2 will continue to be a wavetable synthesizer plugin but it will take the next step towards a workstation Synthesizer.
It will get a new interface with more controls visible, an even more powerful sound engine and a massive amount of new features. Among other things, the new sound engine will offer two new versatile sequencers, one for drums and for glitch effects, multi-stage envelopes, new LFOs & MPE support.
With the new sequencer, you can compose almost complete songs in Icarus 2. But this is just a fraction of the new features that the new version will have on board.
- Icarus2 has been extended with a Drum-sequencer. It is an easy-to-use, but powerful X0X-style sequencer-module.
- It comes with a wide variety of drum-sounds, noises, and waveforms. You can also import your own samples in WAV-format and save your own templates.
- A large collection of drum patterns created by professional designers is included.
- It supports swing, shuffle, loop-length, effect send, key-split, roll, mono samples, stereo samples, looped samples and looped waveforms.
- Your sounds can be passed through punchy, BPM-synced envelopes, which allow you to create impressive gated-drum-sounds easily.
- The Drum-sequencer is able to stretch drum-loops that have been recorded in WAV-format so that they automatically sync to BPM.
- Furthermore, drum-sequencer is not only limited to playing drum sounds. It is able to play looped mono and stereo-samples or waveforms with or without pitch-tracking.
- It does also come with a smart auto-accompaniment which automatically resolves the chord that you are currently playing and plays a bassline that ‘fits’.
- Icarus2 had been extended with a grid-based Glitch-sequencer. You can chop your sounds to get modern glitchy, stuttering effects.
- The ‘Glitch’ works similar to a multi-effect sequencer. The incoming audio is passed through 10 effects. Each effect is controlled by up to 16 segments to adjust the parameter of the effect.
- Furthermore, it is possible to adjust the speed, routing, mix, smoothness and loop-length.
- Random-buttons allow you to create new sounds quickly. It is also possible to load and save your own templates.
- Two MSEGs are available as additional modulation-sources. The MSEGs can be operated as LFO or envelope and allow you to create literally any shape you can imagine.
- The MSEGs offer highest precision, support frequencies up into the audio-range and have been designed with the aspect of musical usefulness.
- The MSEGs can be synced to BPM, sync with the arpeggiator or run freely. Triads or dotted rhythms are also supported.
- You can define loop-points and start points. Furthermore you can delay or fade the MSEGs.
- You can move, add or delete points with your mouse. You can bend lines upwards or downwards to change their shape or even create precise rectangular curves.
- The MSEGs can be edited completely freely or you can snap points to a grid of a selectable size. It is also possible to draw triangles, bars or ramps.
New Features Of Tone2 Icarus 2
- The interface has been re-designed completely. It is now more intuitive and efficient to use.
- Icarus2 does come with over 1500 patches created by professionals.
- A massive number of additional wavetables, waveforms and samples.
- The GUI can be displayed with 12 different sizes.
- You can select from 3 different scales for the interface: Small, normal or huge.
- Added a random-button that generates new patches.
- MPE-support (MIDI Polyphonic Expression).
- Many additional realtime-animations for the interface.
- Arrows indicate modulation-sources which support drag-and-drop.
- Additional knobs for filter-panning.
- Hi-DPI support for sharper text, graphs and knob-handles.
- Added an optional keyboard which allows playing sounds without MIDI-input.
- The current value of the LFO and Step-LFO is displayed with a small circle.
- A classic wavetable-view has been added, which can be shown by clicking on the display.
- A vertical line visualizes the current phase of the LFOs.
- The effect-section has been reworked and is more easy-to-use.
- Included a new LFO-type called ‘White Noise’ that outputs real random values.
- Included a new LFO-type called ‘Band-limited Noise’ that outputs tuned noise.
- Included a new LFO-type called ‘S&H Noise’ that outputs BPM-synced noise.
- Included a new LFO-type called ‘S&H Noise Ramped’ that outputs BPM-synced ramps.
- Included a new LFO-type called ‘S&H Noise Digital’ that outputs BPM-synced digital-noise.
- Added a new patch-browser.
- Support for ‘polyphonic key pressure / aftertouch’.
- Additional buttons to bypass FX1, FX2, FX3 and the feedback.
- Additional knobs for filter-volume 1 and 2.
- ‘FX3 Duck’ changes the dry/wet mix of effect3 dynamically, resulting in a more transparent mix.
- Small triangles indicate hypersaw-spread and the stereo-spread in the osc-section.
- A triangle indicates the wavetable-index in the oscillator-section.
- A triangle indicates the morph-value in the oscillator-section.
- An additional dry-wet knob allows to change the effect-mix in the main interface.
- You can draw shapes by clicking with the right mouse-button onto the step-LFO display.
- A MIDI-diode indicates incoming signals.
- Added a realtime-display for the frequency-response of the equalizer.
- Many menus have been extended with check-marks, which show the last selected item.
- Additional on/off buttons for bypassing single effects.
- Midi-out support for the keyboard and the arpeggiator.
- Additional button to reset the patch-settings.
- Global mode for the LFOs when the arpeggiator is used.
- Pitch-wheel and mod-wheel are displayed on the lower left and can be used as drag&drop modulation-source.
- Note number and velocity can now also be also assigned with drag&drop.
- Additional ‘Tools-menu’ for the arpeggiator.
- Matrix send values are shown when the mouse is mover over a slider.
- It is now possible to bypass oscillators from the filter section in parallel mode.
- The names of the sound-designers are displayed in the patch-browser.
- The GUI can be resized but does not use OpenGL, which results in sharper graphics. OpenGL is deprecated and will be not longer be supported by Apple.
Plus many enhancements on the features, interface, and sound. Detailed info in the Tone2 forum.
Tone2 Icarus 2 is available now for a price of 149€/$179 USD. Upgrades from Icarus (v1) cost 79€/$89. The upgrade is free for everyone who purchased the product after April 2019.
More information here: Tone2 Audio Software
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