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Product page: https://www.tone2.com/icarus.html

Free demoversion download: https://www.tone2.com/download.html

New features: https://www.tone2.com/icarus-update.html

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Summary:

Icarus is an epic synthesizer and a must-have for producers and sound designers. This award-winning workstation is one of the most versatile and powerful synthesizers ever created. Icarus offers a huge sonic range and is capable of producing all the classic synthesizer sounds as well as a wide range of fresh sounds not possible with other products. The audio engine offers many exciting features like 54 (!) different synthesis methods, a drum sequencer, a vocoder, 67 (!) filter types, a glitch sequencer, a wavetable editor, an extremely powerful oscillator section, MSEGs, ...
A reliable re-synthesis can recreate any sound with a single mouse click!
Yet the synth remains very easy to use. A comfortable interface gives you instant visual feedback, immediate acoustic results and context-sensitive help.
The synthesizer delivers true high-end sound quality with low CPU usage.
It ships with over thousand inspiring, production-ready sounds from professional designers.

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Sounds

Icarus ships with a huge and inspiring collection of 1761 (!) hand-picked sounds. The production-ready patches were created by professional designers. Each sound has been meticulously crafted with love and attention to detail. The patches are easy to mix because they're already EQed and pre-mastered. They run in perfect sync with the tempo of your DAW. All the sounds are properly programmed - they are not sampled. This gives you the full dynamic range, much more musical expression and the highest possible sound quality. It also saves disk space.
The patch browser gives you instant access to a large and inspiring library. The patches are organized into categories to help you find the right sound quickly and easily. You can tag your favorites with a ranking system. An on-screen keyboard lets you audition the sounds.
Get inspired by the huge number of fresh, original sounds and create tracks with unique and individual characteristics!

https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... parkle.mp3 Cinematic DnB Trap
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... pheric.mp3 Atmospheric Cinematic
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... Hiphop.mp3 Dubstep Trap Hiphop
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... _Chops.mp3 Vocals Chops Vocoder
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... n_Atmo.mp3 Atmo
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... tronic.mp3 Electronic
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... Hiphop.mp3 Downtempo Hiphop Soundtrack
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... p_Trap.mp3 Complextro Dubstep DnB Trap
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... _House.mp3 EDM Trance House Pop Dance
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... Future.mp3 Future Kawaii EDM
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... ceTrip.mp3 Electronic Ambient Hiphop
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... ce_EDM.mp3 Trance EDM House Dub
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... finity.mp3 Ambient Space Psybient
https://www.tone2.com/mp3download/Tone2 ... pNBass.mp3 Trap Bass DnB

User-friendly interface

Icarus offers a huge sonic range, is extremely versatile, yet remains easy to use. Animated displays give you visual feedback. You can instantly see and hear the results of your actions.
Context-sensitive tooltips explain the function of the control you're tweaking. The user-friendly and accessible interface makes tweaking easy for anyone, regardless of skill level or experience.
The GUI can be displayed in 16 different sizes and five scales. It's also possible to hide parts of the interface, such as the keyboard, when you don't need them. Icarus offers native support for WQHD, 4K, 5K and 8K UHD displays. The GUI comes with HiDpi and native Retina Display support for ultra-sharp graphics.
The customizable interface lets you choose your favorite color from 26 schemes.

Arpeggiator

The included arpeggiator instantly creates inspiring and beautiful melodies. Working with the powerful arpeggiator is easy: Just type the notes you want into the Note Sequencer. The Arpeggiator supports many advanced features such as Glides, Swing & Shuffle, Split, Smart Note Sorting, Matrix Integration, and gives you precise control over play direction and velocity. Comfortable playing aids, such as Auto Chord, speed up the production process and are there to help you whenever you need them. You don't want to program your own patterns? Just load one of the many ready-made pattern templates.

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Drums

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. A large collection of 100 drum patterns created by professional designers is included.
The drum sequencer supports many advanced features like swing, shuffle, loop length, effect send, key split, roll, stereo samples, looped samples and looped waveforms. You can also import your own samples and save your own templates. WAV files containing drum loops can be stretched to automatically match the BPM-rate of your DAW. Add punch to your tracks with the help of ultra-fast envelopes. With Icarus you can create impressive 'gated drums' easily.
The Drum Sequencer is not just limited to playing drum sounds. It is also a small multi-timbral synthesizer that can play looped samples or waveforms with or without pitch tracking. It comes with an intelligent auto accompaniment that automatically resolves the chord you are playing and plays a bass line that 'fits'.

Synthesis: Exceptionally powerful audio-engine

Icarus is the most powerful synthesizer on the market. The award-winning audio engine offers a huge sonic range, true high-end sound quality, and the ability to create sounds that are impossible with other synths. The exceptionally versatile audio engine is capable of creating all important synthesizer sounds in high-end quality. Icarus is capable of 54 (!) different synthesis methods, which can be combined:
  • 3D wavetables & classic wavetables (known from the Waldorf Microwave)
  • Analog & subtractive synthesis
  • FM with up to 6 operators
  • Hypersaw / Supersaw (known from the Access Virus and JP8000)
  • Classic sample playback
  • Additive synthesis (known from the Kawai K1)
  • Phase-Distortion (known from the Casio CZ)
  • Formant-Synthesis (known from the Yamaha FS1R)
  • PWM (unlike conventional synths Icarus can do PWM with any Waveform, not just Squarewaves)
  • Resynthesis of samples and waveforms
  • Vocoder
  • Waveshaping (known from the Korg 01/W)
  • Ring-Modulation & Amplitude-Modulation
  • Oscillator sync
  • Resonance (exclusive to Tone2 synths)
  • Noise & Lofi
  • Physical-modeling
  • Many other innovative synthesis-modes, exclusive to Icarus
True high-end sound quality with low CPU usage

The sound quality of the Icarus easily surpasses that of conventional synthesizers. However, no high-end computer is required to operate it. The algorithms of this synthesizer were developed and optimized by an experienced DSP expert. As a result, Icarus offers the best possible sound quality with a low CPU load.

Filters

Icarus comes with the most powerful filter section on the market. Our flagship synthesizer offers 67 fascinating filter types. It's a best-of selection of over 300 filter algorithms developed by Dipl. Inf. Univ. M. Krause during the last 15 years. Many filter types are exclusive and not available from other companies, resulting in a wide range of unique sounds that cannot be produced by other synthesizers. All filters are musically useful and have very different sonic characteristics.
Two modular filter blocks are available. Each features true stereo architecture, flexible routing, and multi-mode filters. Two stereo distortion sections, each with 14 different modes, allow you to further shape the sound.
An animated display shows the frequency response and gives you instant visual feedback. This makes it very easy to tweak sounds.

Oscillators

The oscillators have many different operating modes:

Classic wavetables, sample playback, FM, additive, PWM with any waveform, hypersaw, looped waveforms, phase distortion, formant, waveshaping, ring modulation, amplitude modulation, oscillator sync, resonance, noise, lofi, 3D Wavetables, and many other modes exclusive to Icarus. All synthesis modes can be combined.

True stereo architecture

Icarus features three blocks of oscillators in true stereo architecture. This is one of the secrets why Icarus sounds wider and fatter than competing synthesizers.

Import custom samples, waveforms or wavetables

You can import and export your own samples, waveforms and wavetables with ease. The custom content is automatically embedded into your songs and patches. You will no longer have to deal with songs or patches that are broken because a file is missing from your hard drive.

Hypersaws

Each oscillator block can contain up to 10 detuned oscillators. We've taken the popular Hypersaw concept and added stereo processing, precise phase control and the ability to make individual oscillators play chords. 37 different modes are available which can be combined with any type of synthesis method.

3D Wavetables

The award-winning 3D Wavetable Synthesis creates sounds that are impossible with other synthesizers and opens up a new level of dynamic expression. Classic wavetable synthesis only allows you to cross-fade waveforms. We have extended it with an extra 'morph dimension'. You can use 54 morph modes to further shape and modulate the sound. The morph modes are not limited to traditional waveshaping methods. We have also included a wide range of innovative and exclusive synthesis methods that are not available from other companies. This results in a wide range of unique sounds that cannot be produced by other synthesizers. Take your musical dynamics and expressiveness to the next level with the power of 3D wavetable synthesis!

Wavetable editor

Icarus is equipped with the most powerful wavetable editor available on the market. It includes over 100 professional tools for creating and tweaking wavetables or waveforms. You get basic functions such as cutting, mixing, and filtering, as well as advanced tools such as noise reduction, enhancement, re-synthesis, vocoder, spectral modification, and phase manipulation. A random generator allows you to create new and musically useful wavetables with a single mouse click. The spectrum editor turns Icarus into an additive synthesizer. You can also draw your own waveforms with the mouse. The open WAV file format makes it easy for sound designers to create their own soundsets, waveforms and wavetables. It is even possible to import and export wavetables or waveforms from and to other synthesizers. In Icarus, all wavetables are automatically saved within your patches and songs, so you don't have to worry about managing additional files on your hard drive.

Resynthesis

Icarus comes with the most powerful and advanced re-synthesis engine on the market. Unlike competing products, it always delivers good results. With Icarus, anyone can create amazing sounds quickly and easily. Traditional resynthesis methods require in-depth knowledge of sample editing to achieve good results. It requires time-consuming pre-processing with a sample editor and precisely tuned samples. We have eliminated all of these hassles and developed completely new algorithms. Icarus' innovative wavetable resynthesis can rebuild sounds with a single mouse click! It works with almost any type of audio material and produces high-quality results. Just click the 'Re-synthesize' button, select a wav file, and Icarus will automatically create a patch that sounds like the original. Optionally, you can further shape your sound with morphing, BPM synchronization, time-stretching, filters, effects, or any other module. Traditional sample import, auto-tuning, beat-slicing, pitch-shifting, noise reduction and granular playback is also supported. All waveforms, wavetables and samples are automatically saved within your patches or songs. So you don't have to worry about missing files on your hard drive or broken song projects.


Vocoder


Icarus comes with the most powerful and advanced re-synthesis engine on the market. Unlike competing products, it always delivers good results. With Icarus, anyone can create amazing sounds quickly and easily. Traditional resynthesis methods require in-depth knowledge of sample editing to achieve good results. It requires time-consuming pre-processing with a sample editor and precisely tuned samples. We have eliminated all of these hassles and developed completely new algorithms. Icarus' innovative wavetable resynthesis can rebuild sounds with a single mouse click! It works with almost any type of audio material and produces high-quality results. Just click the 'Re-synthesize' button, select a wav file, and Icarus will automatically create a patch that sounds like the original. Optionally, you can further shape your sound with morphing, BPM synchronization, time-stretching, filters, effects, or any other module. Traditional sample import, auto-tuning, beat-slicing, pitch-shifting, noise reduction and granular playback is also supported. All waveforms, wavetables and samples are automatically saved within your patches or songs. So you don't have to worry about missing files on your hard drive or broken song projects.

Effects

Icarus comes with a sophisticated and flexible effects section. 56 different effects, feedback and a limiter can be combined in multiple modular slots. This allows you to create new and exciting results, which can also be saved and loaded separately.
The innovative Ducking module can make the mix sound more transparent and lush. It dynamically adjusts the volume of the effect mix and prevents delays from clashing with the original signal.
An equalizer with a dynamic bass control and psychoacoustic processing gives your mix an extra boost. A real-time frequency response display makes it easy to tweak the EQ.

Modulation

Add exciting movement to your tracks! Want to use the LFO to wobble your sound? Just drag-and-drop it onto a knob. That's it! It is possible to modulate almost any parameter at audio speed. Via the matrix, different modulation sources can be precisely linked to any sound parameter: LFOs, multistage envelopes, punchy envelopes, step sequencers, MIDI signals, ...

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Multistage-envelope-generators

Two MSEGs are available as additional modulation-sources. The MSEGs can be operated as LFO or envelope and allow you to create 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. Literally anything is possible: 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. 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 select-able size. It is also possible to draw triangles, bars or ramps.


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This is a temporary list of what will be new in Icarus3. Everything in the list below already has been implemented. This list is not final and still will change till release.
The sound of Icarus3 is now absolutely AWESOME as all emements not greatly blend together and the weak points have been fixed. We are conviced that it will be the new reference for synthesizers.

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The update to v3.0 is a major update. It is downward-compatible with all previous versions. All existing song projects and patches can be loaded without any further steps necessary.

New synthesis features - mixed stuff:
  • New analog-modeled lowpass-filter with self-oscillation: LP Ladder 24dB.
  • New analog-modeled lowpass-filter with screaming self-oscillation: LP MS-20 12dB.
  • The random button creates more impressive patches. It now also randomizes the LFOs, the Arp and effects.
  • Added a "Transient-shaper" to SETUP. It dynamically boosts high frequency transients to add punch and clarity
  • The arpeggiator is now able to play two-tones. To access them click on '+' and pick one of these chords: m2, M2, m3, M3, P4, d5, P5, m6, M6, m7, M7, P8
  • The arpeggiator is now able to play triads. To access them click on '+' and pick one of these chords: C, Cm, su2, su4, C5, C5x
  • A new autochord mode as been added to the arpeggiator: C7 Tetrad.
  • New modulation source: Random+- is a bipolar random sample&hold value that re-triggers on noteOn.
  • New modulation source: FlipFlop+ is an unipolar value that alternates with every keypress.
  • New modulation source: White Noise+- is a modulator with biploar white noise.
  • New modulation targets: Mseg1 Speed and Mseg2 Speed can now be modulated by any source.
  • The VST3 and AudioUnit version now also support MPE. If you want to use MPE make sure that your DAW proerly transmits on all midi channels. Some older DAWs do support MPE only with VST2.
  • It is now possible to combine monophonic oscillators with a polyphonic patch. If 'Monophonic->Root Note' the currently played chord is analyzed and the oscillator plays with the root note. This mode is usesfull for creating glitter in pads or for auto-accompaniment with a bass sound.
  • The wavetable editor has a new sweep mode "Warmth" which can softly fade the current waveform to a sine wave.
  • There are now 3 different modes available which define the treatment of identical notes that are re-triggered in SETUP:
  • Soft kill old voice: If a note that is still in release is played again, the old one will be faded-out quickly. This reduces CPU and results in a clear mix.
  • Overlap voices: This is the behaviour that is common in other synths. It can result in a phasing sound.
  • Soft-retrigger old voice: The old voice continues playing. This mode is useful for pads and analog sounds.
  • Hard kill old voice: If a note that is still in release is played again, the old one will be killed at once. This reduces CPU but can also cause clicks.
  • Clicky kill old voice: The new voice will start with a punchy sound.
  • Overlap and sync phases: This mode was used in Icarus1 and 1 as a default. It forces all oscillator to be in phase with the old voice. It can cause a swelling sound.
New synthesis features - Hypersaws and Supersaws:

Icarus3 has been extended with many new Hypersaw modes. Unlike competing synthesizers ours do not occasionally sound ugly. We developed smart algorithms that carefully tweak the phase allignment to prevent occasional 'phasing' and huge volume peaks.
We are convinced, that Icarus3 has the best sounding "hypersaws" and "supersaws" available on the market. The following new modes are available in the list-selector above the DETUNE knob:
  • "MegaSaw 6" plays 6 detuned oscillators with a special, very pleasant phase allignment. It is useful for lush pads.
  • "MegaStereo 6" plays 6 detuned oscillators with stereo spread. It is useful for lush pads.
  • "MegaStereo 12" plays 12 detuned oscillators with stereo spread.
  • "SuperSaw 5" plays 5 detuned oscillators. It is inspired by the JP8000.
  • "SuperStereo 10" plays 10 oscillators with stereo spread. It has a silky signature.
  • "SuperStereo 14" plays 14 oscillators. It is useful for lush pads and very fat sounds.
  • "Drift 1x" emulates the oscillator detuning of analog synthesizers.
  • "Drift 2x" sounds like an analog synthesizer playing with 2x unison.
  • "Drift 4x" sounds like an analog synthesizer playing with 4x unison.
  • "Drift 8x" sounds like an analog synthesizer playing with 8x unison.
  • "Drift Stereo 2x" sounds like an analog synthesizer playing with 2x unison and stereo spread.
  • "Drift Stereo 4x" sounds like an analog synthesizer playing with 4x unison and stereo spread.
  • "Drift Stereo 8x" sounds like an analog synthesizer playing with 8x unison and stereo spread.
New synthesis features - Granular:

Icarus3 has been extended with Granular synthesis. With this mode you can time-stretch or pitch-shift a sample in high quality and very few artefacts.
The WAVE knobs controls the sample position. You can modulate it with any modulation source. This allows rhythmic textures.
The following new synthesis modes are available in the list-selector above the MORPH knob:
  • "Granular classic" works well for pitch-shifting or time-streching. The MORPH knob controls the window size.
  • "Granular BPM" syncs to BPM and creates rhythmic textures. The MORPH knob controls the speed.
  • "Granular variable" allows a very tight timing with very small window sizes. The MORPH knob controls the window size.
  • "Granular freaky" shifts the frequencies in weird ways. It is useful for creating freaky voices or disharmonic textures. The MORPH knob controls the frequency.
New synthesis features - FM:

We extended the FM capabilities of Icarus3. Unlike our competitor's products the FM synthesis of Icarus does not suffer from any significant aliasing.
  • Added 2 new FM synthesis modes with integer ratios: "FM Sine 4/1","FM Sine 5/1".
  • Added 2 new FM synthesis modes with subharmonic ratios:"FM Sine 1/2", "FM Sine 1/4".
  • Added 4 new FM synthesis modes with fractional ratios for bell-style sounds: "FM Sine 3/2","FM Sine 5/2","FM Sine 3/4","FM Sine 5/4".
New synthesis features - Additive:

Icarus3 bas been extended with additive synthesis. These modes drastically extend the sonic range, especially with disharmonic and unusual sounds.
Unlike competing synthesizers our additive synthesis is not limited to sine-waves. It can handle any waveform or synthesis mode. We developed smart algorithms that carefully tweak the phase allignment to prevent the occasional volume peaks that competing synthesizers suffer from.
The DETUNE knob controls the spectral spread of the partials. The following new modes are available in the list-selector above the DETUNE knob:
  • "Add Bell 4" stacks 4 oscillators. It can morph between a bell and an organ sound.
  • "Add Bell 8" stacks 8 oscillators. It can morph between a bell and an organ sound.
  • "Add Bell 16" stacks 16 oscillators. It can morph between a bell and an organ sound.
  • "Add Stereo Bell 4" stacks 4 stereo oscillators. The second pair is up to 2 octaves higher.
  • "Add Stereo Bell 8" stacks 8 stereo oscillators. It can morph between a bell and an organ sound.
  • "Add Stereo Bell 16" stacks 8 stereo oscillators. It can morph between a bell and an organ sound.
  • "Add Stretch 5" symetrically spreads 5 oscillators in the spectrum.
  • "Add Stretch 9" symetrically spreads 9 oscillators in the spectrum.
  • "Add Stretch 17" symetrically spreads 17 oscillators in the spectrum.
  • "Add Random ? 4" plays 4 oscillators with random pitch.
  • "Add Random ? 8" plays 8 oscillators with random pitch.
  • "Add Random ? 16" plays 16 oscillators with random pitch.
  • "Add Stereo ? 4" plays 4 stereo oscillators with random pitch.
  • "Add Stereo ? 8" plays 8 stereo oscillators with random pitch.
  • "Add Stereo ? 16" plays 16 stereo oscillators with random pitch.
  • "Add Partials 2" plays 2 partials with a spread of up to 4 octaves. Use the mousewheel with the DETUNE knob to lock it to integer ratios.
  • "Add Partials 4" plays 4 organ-style partials. Use the mousewheel with the DETUNE knob to lock it to integer ratios.
  • "Add Partials 8" plays 8 sawtooth or square partials. Use the mousewheel with the DETUNE knob to lock it to integer ratios.
  • "Add Partials 16" plays 8 bright peek or hollow partials. Use the mousewheel with the DETUNE knob to lock it to integer ratios.
  • "Add Stereo Par 4" plays 2 stereo partials with a spread of up to 4 octaves.
  • "Add Stereo Par 8" plays 4 stereo partials with an organ-style.
  • "Add Stereo Par 16" plays 8 stereo partials with a bright sound.
New synthesis features - effects:
  • New effect-type 'Unison' which stacks 3,5,7 or 9 virtual voices. You can control the detuning and the stereo-spread.
  • New effect type: Krautrock Phaser. A phaser inspired by the circuits of the "Schulte Compact Phasing A" devices.
  • New effect type: Krautrock Stereo. A stereo version of the Krautrock Phaser.
  • New effect-type 'Haas Effect' which creates the impression of positioning a sound source.
  • New distortion-type for the filter section: Digital XOR. The 'drive' knob controls the bitwise scrambling.
  • New distortion-type for the filter section: Digital OR. The 'drive' knob controls the bitwise scrambling.
  • New distortion-type for the filter section: Digital AND. The 'drive' knob controls the bitwise scrambling.
  • New distortion-type for the filter section: Noise Mix White. The 'drive' knob controls the noise mix level.
  • New distortion-type for the filter section: Noise Mix Pink. The 'drive' knob controls the noise mix level.
  • New distortion-type for the filter section: Noise RingMod. The 'drive' knob controls the balance.
  • New distortion-type for the filter section: Noise AM. The 'drive' knob controls the balance.
  • New reverb-type "Sitar Resonace" that sounds like the sympathethic resonance of sitar strings.
  • New distortion-type for the FX section: Digital XOR. The 'value' slider controls the bitwise scrambling.
  • New distortion-type for the FX section: Digital OR. The 'value' slider controls the bitwise scrambling.
  • New distortion-type for the FX section: Digital AND. The 'value' slider controls the bitwise scrambling.
New features - interface:
  • GUI with 26 different sizes (with and without keyboard and parameter-editor).
  • Native support for WQHD, 4K, 5K and 8K UHD displays.
  • We complete reworked the look of the interface.
  • Skinable user interface: We created 30 new skins which can selected in SETUP. The look of the previous version is still available as "Icarus2 classic" skin.
  • The GUI can be scaled from 50% up to 200% by clicking in the lower right corner.
  • Ultrasharp graphics with enhanced HiDpi and Retina Display support.
  • The modualtion matrix is now animated and shows the current modulation value. This makes it a lot more easy to understand how patches work.
  • The oscillator display shows infos with details about the current synthesis mode and the relevant parameters.
  • You can now right-click and hold down keys on the keyboard.
  • It is more easy to understand how patches were programmed as the most relevant tab window is shown automatically.
  • The patch browser shows tips how the sounds are intended to be played.
  • Installed soundsets are more easy to spot. They have yellow color in the patch browser.
  • Duplicate and deprecated categories from previous installations have red color in the patch browser.
  • Templates and soundset-demos are greyed-out in the patch browser.
  • Custom patch categories created by the user (technically a new subdirectoy within \Icarus_sounds) have yellow color in the patch browser.
  • Automatic detection of the ideal GUI size.
  • The mousewheel can be used to quick-select patches.
  • New knobs with a larger mouse area, sectors to indicate the value and bigger, dynamic text.
  • Entry of menus with sub-menus can be quick-selected with the mousewheel in linear order.
  • The total number of waveforms and the number of the current waveform is shown on the top-right of the osc display.
  • The wavetable-editor supports HiDpi and has a crisp image.
  • The wavetable-editor wastes less screen-space and can be twice as large.
  • The wavetable-editor automatically selects a good size.
  • The wavtable editor always shows the number of the currently selected waveform.
  • The classic orthogonal wavetable view now animates the current waveform with the morph and the phase.
  • The 3d wavetable view now animates the current waveform with the morph and the phase.
  • It is now possible to drag&drop wavetables to the oscillators. The synth automatically detects if the wav file is a sample, waveform or a wavetable.
  • A template-dialog is shown when the user enables the drums within a patch that comes with no drums sounds.
  • A template-dialog is shown when the user enables the glitch-sequencer within a patch that comes with no pattern.
  • The location where the patches are stored can be shown with FILE->Show patch directory.
  • The location where the drums are stored can be shown with <Preset>->Show drums directory.
  • The location where the arpeggiator presets are stored can be shown with <Preset>->Show presets directory.
  • The location where the glitch-sequencer presets are stored can be shown with <Preset>->Show presets directory.
  • The location where the effect templates are stored can be shown with <Preset>->Show FX templates directory.
  • The location where the mseg waveforms are stored can be shown with <Preset>->Show presets directory.
  • You can show the location of the wavetables on the harddisc in the oscillator section with TOOLS->Show wavetables directory.
  • You can show the location of the wavetables on the harddisc within the wavetable-editor with FILE->Show wavetables directory.
  • You can show the location of the waveforms on the harddisc within the wavetable-editor with FILE->Show waveforms directory.
  • Parameter values are now always shown when the knob value is changed with the mousewheel.
  • The mouse cursor changes back to an arrow after leaving the modulation-depth area of a knob.
  • An up-down arrow is sent when the users clicks on the arpeggiator's note grid.
  • Mousewheel support for up-down controls.
  • The credits can be viewed by clicking on the Tone2 logo.
  • Mousewheel support for the VST3 and AudionUnit version in all DAWs.
Enhancements - sound quality:
  • The audio-engine now uses 64-bit precision instead of 32-bit, which results in a higher sound-quality and a more transparent mix.
  • Reworked big parts of the audio-code.
  • The microtuning-range is now limited and can not longer run 'out-of-tune'.
  • The synth 'sits better in the mix', especially when it is combined with other instruments.
  • The synth sounds better with patches that use long release times. Unlike conventional synths Icarus does not longer suffer from 'phasing' when a note which is in release is re-triggered.
  • The mix is more transparent and the amplitude does not longer get out of control when many notes are played quickly.
  • The hypersaws do not longer suffer from an occasional 'phasing' sound.
  • More precise pitch calculation.
  • More precise filter-cutoff calculation.
  • More precise phase calculation.
  • Enhanced sound of sample playback.
  • Enhanced sound of the drum sequencer by improving the spline interpolation.
  • Enhanced sound of the formant synthesis.
  • Enhanced parameter-smoothing.
  • Enhanced the sound of many chords with the microtuning modes 'Dynamic Silky' and 'Dynamic Valotti'.
  • The microtuning-range is now limited and the synth can not longer run 'slightly-out-of-tune' under very special condidions.
  • The synth 'sits better in the mix' with other instruments.
  • Enhanced sound of the limiter. It has a more precise calculation now.
  • The 'Hard Clip' distortion in the FX section sounds better and has less aliasing.
  • The 'Rectify' distortion in the FX section has been extended with a DC offset remover and has less aliasing.
  • The 'Bitcrush' distortion in the FX section has been extended with a DC offset remover.
  • The 'Hard Clip' insert effect in the filter section sounds better and has less aliasing.
  • The 'Rectify' insert effect in the filter section sounds better and has less aliasing.
  • The 'Bitcrush' distortion in the filter section has been enhanced.
  • Reworked the "Physical modeling Guitar" filtertype. It has a more precise calculation. An additional highpass removes low frequency rumble.
  • Reworked the "Physical modeling Flute" filtertype. It has a more precise calculation. An additional highpass removes low frequency rumble.
  • More precise EQ calculation.
  • Enhanced the sound of the White Noise in the lo-fi effect 'Noise'.
  • Enhanced the sound of the Noise in the 'Tape Delay'.
  • Enhanced the sound of the oscillator type 'Noise White'.
  • Enhanced sound of 'One shot' sample playback by improving the spline interpolation.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Vibrato' and 'Stereo Vibrato' by improving the spline interpolation.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Flanger' and 'Stereo Flanger' by improving the spline interpolation.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Smart unison' by improving the spline interpolation.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Chorus' by improving the spline interpolation.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Feedback' by improving the spline interpolation.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Reverb Big'. It has more depth, a more transparent tail and better performance.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Reverb Infinite'. It has a more transparent tail, more depth and better performance.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Reverb Glass'. It has a more transparent tail, more depth and better performance.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Reverb Plate'. It has a more transparent tail, more depth and better performance.
  • Enhanced sound of 'Reverb Medium'. It has more depth, better interpolation and has less 'phasing' when stereo oscillators are used.
  • Phsycal modeling filters are in-tune if you init a new patch.
  • Better default settings for several delay types. They sound less detuned.
  • Waveforms now smoothly interpolate when a new patch is initialised.
  • Better default values for many effects.
  • Several small enhancements for the resynthesis.
  • Switching the filtertype while playing a sound does not longer result in an occasional plop-sound.
  • Fine-tweaked the default values for the Init-patch.
  • A huge number of further small enhancements.
New factory content:
  • 150 new patches that make use of the new features have been added. They were carefully crafted by professional sound-designers. You can recognize them as they got an 'I3' or 'i3' (Icarus3) in the name.
  • The complete factory content has been reworked.
  • All sounds are now properly sorted into the right categories.
  • Several new categories have been added.
  • Lots of sounds were enhanced and fine-tuned.
  • A few mediocre sounds have been kicked to provide only top-quality content. You can download them optionally from the website.
  • Additional Arpeggiator and Glitch-sequencer presets have been added.
Enhancements - interface:
  • Reworked and enhanced graphics.
  • Completely rewritten GUI code.
  • The animations are faster and smoother.
  • More precise modulation matrix with new sliders.
  • Fine-tuned some coordinates in the interface.
  • Re-sizing the VST3, Standalone and Audiounit works more reliable.
  • Fine-tuned some colors.
  • The automatic screen-size detection is smarter.
  • Drums tab is shown automatically when drums are switched to ON.
  • Glitch tab is shown automatically when glitch-sequencer is switched to ON.
  • Enhanced the init patch default settings.
  • The 3D wavetable view shows more details.
  • Glitch tab is shown automatically when the glitch sequencer is switched to ON.
  • The matrix slider values can be set in 5% steps with the mousewheel.
  • A tweak of the detune knob smartly switches between mono and stereo.
  • Editing the Oscillators is smoother. More responsive visual feedback is given.
  • Editing the LFO is smoother. More responsive visual feedback is given.
  • Editing the Envelopes is smoother. More responsive visual feedback is given.
  • Editing the Filter is smoother. More responsive visual feedback is given.
  • Editing the EQ is smoother. More responsive visual feedback is given.
  • The time display of the envelopes has a little more contrast.
  • Enhanced visual quality of the wavetable display.
  • Replaced the VU with a more beautiful one.
  • Enhanced look of the vector-knob texts.
  • Enhanced look of the diodes.
  • TOOLS->'Synthesize a random wavetable' requires less clicks as it is not longer hidden behind a sub-menu.
  • The mousewheel snaps on knobs with precise 5 percent steps.
  • The filter previous- and next arrows are able to handle unsorted lists.
  • The lines in the displays are more thick whena large size is selected.
  • Slightly larger texts for the mouse-over texts of knobs in certain resolutions.
  • The oscillator detuning can be set more precisely.
  • Drag and drop is disabled when the patch browser is open.
  • The color of the wavetable editor does not longer change with the skin settings.
  • The coordiantes of the drag&drop line are now more precise.
  • Fine-tuned the visualisation of the LFO shapes.
  • New demo splash screen.
  • Updates can be now be downloaded from the help-menu.
  • A huge number of further small enhancements.
Enhancements - performance:
  • Support for hardware-acceleration.
  • Drastically faster animations and more responisve controls.
  • Reduced the GPU load when the patch browser is open.
  • Reduced the CPU load when patches with long release times are played quickly.
  • Reduced CPU load on extremely fast graphic cards by limiting the framerate.
  • Many small performance-optimizations.
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FAQ:

Is the upgrade free?
The update to v3.0 is a major update. The upgrade is free for anyone who bought Icarus2 directly from tone2.com after November 2023. All others can upgrade with a big discount.

Do I need to upgrade?
No. We do not use a subscription system. Your current version will continue to work without any limitation.
The upgrade is fully optional. Noone is forced to do it. If you don't like it - simply don't buy it.

Will there be Icarus4:
No. v3.x is the final version.

Will there be other Tone2 synths in the future?
No. We will not longer develop new products. Instead, we will focus our resources enhancing the existing products.
Icarus3.0 is the last major update that we will release. After this there will only free updates for the existing products like v3.1 etc as well soundsets.

Why do you not longer develop new products?
viewtopic.php?t=601129

Will you go out of business?
No. But we already got many products that we must maintain. This keeps us busy enough. We want to focus our resources on improving the existing products.

When will Icarus3 be available?
It will be available in early 2024.
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This is a temporary list of features. The synth is still under development and this listing is still incomplete and will still change.

Icarus - technical data

Summary
  • Icarus3 is a powerful synthesizer-workstation
  • Icarus3 is also the most advanced wavetable-synthesizer on the market, but not limited to wavetable-synthesis
  • The audio-engine can do 54 different synthesis modes and is able to produce all important synthesizer sounds
  • The 3D-wavetable-synthesis allows a new dimension of dynamic expression
  • High-end sound-quality with low CPU-requirement
  • Easy-to-use interface with animated displays and context-sensitive help
  • Huge sonic range
  • Over thousand presets by professional designers
  • GUI with 26 sizes 26 color-schemes
  • Drag & drop modulation
  • Drum-sequencer with 100 drum-patterns
  • Powerful arpeggiator with autochord-support, shuffle and swing
  • 3 x 57 effects, vocoder
  • Glitch-sequencer
  • 10x stereo hypersaw, unison, stacks, chords
  • Polyphonic, monophonic, several legato modes
  • The most powerful filter-section available on the market: Dual multi-mode filters with 64 filter-types and 14 distortion-types
  • Customizable user-interface
  • Expandability, modular
Features
  • Sound engine with true stereo-architecture
  • 3D-wavetable-synthesis: Waves can be morphed in 3 dimensions
  • Multicore-processor support
  • MSEGs with BPM sync (multistage envelope generators)
  • Very flexible mod-matrix with precise modulation up to the audio-range
  • Efficient patch-browser
  • The most powerful wavetable-editor available on the market
  • Spectrum-editor for editing single harmonics
  • The re-synthesis allows you to rebuild any sound with a mouse-click
  • A random-buttom allows you to create new sounds with a mouse-click
  • Sample-import and automatic tuning
  • 54 different synthesis-modes that can be combined
  • Dual multi-mode filters with 2 x 62 filter types
  • 2 x 8 distortion types
  • 3 x 53 effects, vocoder, trancegate
  • 10x stereo Hypersaw, unison, stacks
  • Polyphonic, monophonic, legato
  • Up to 256 waveforms per wavetable
  • Unlimited number of wavetables and waveforms
  • Random-generator for wavetables
  • Midi-learn
  • MPE-support (Midi polyphonic expression)
  • Context sensitive help
  • Drag & drop modulation
  • Punchy envelopes and very fast LFOs
  • Expandability
  • Customizable user interface
  • Can import and export samples, waveforms or wavetables in wav format
  • Standalone version for PC
  • Flexible preset-management
  • Microtuning for enhanced chords
  • Equalizer with dynamic bass-boost and psychoacoustic processing.
  • Free support and updates
Modulators (all can be used simunaniously)
  • 2 MSEGs (loop support, BPM-sync)
  • 4 AHDSR envelopes
  • 14 Decay envelopes
  • 2 Hold envelopes
  • 16 LFOs with sine waveform
  • 3 LFOs with 45 morphable waveforms and BPM-sync
  • Step-LFO / gate with custom-waveform
  • Arpeggiator
  • Various Midi CCs
  • 4 Noise sources
  • Key-split
Synthesis methods (can be combined)
  • 3D wavetables / classic wavetables
  • Resynthesis of samples
  • Vocoder
  • Hypersaw / stereo hypersaw / supersaw / unison
  • Stacks / chords / autochord
  • Additive
  • Subtractive / analog
  • FM with up to 6 operators
  • Speech-synthesis
  • Formant-synthesis
  • Wave-shaping
  • PWM
  • Sync
  • Ringmod, AM
  • Noise
  • Physical-modeling
  • Phase-distortion
  • Granular
  • Time-stretching
  • Pitch-shifting
  • Samples
  • Harmonic-morphing
  • FFT-filtering
  • Lofi
  • Import of waveforms and wavetables
  • Many other innovative modes, exclusive to Icarus

Effect types (can be combined for new effects)
  • Reverb Medium, Reverb Big, Reverb Plate, Reverb Glass, Reverb Dark, Reverb Infinite, Reverb Feedback, Reverb Spring, Reverb Trance, Reverb Cheap, Reflections
  • Delay, Pingpong, Multitap, Delay Fat, Delay Dual, Delay Diffuse, Delay Band, Tape Delay, Echo
  • Chorus, Smart Unison, Ensemble, Unison
  • Phaser, Phaser Stereo, Krautrock Phaser, Krautrock Stereo,
  • Flanger, Flanger Stereo
  • Vibrato, Vibrato stereo
  • Autopan, Surround Pan, Rotary, Tremolo
  • EQ High Cut, EQ Low Cut, EQ Param
  • Saturate, Soft Clip, Hard Clip, Rectify, Bitcrush, Warp, Waveshape, Amp Sim, Multiband Distortion, Degrader, Multiband Degrader, Noise
  • Compressor, Limiter
  • Surround Encode, Haas Effect
  • Trancegate
  • Glitch-sequencer with Repeat, Gate, Pan, Tremolo, Lowpass, Highpass, Bitcrush, Degrade, Detune, Pitchslide
  • Feedback
  • Microtuning
  • Psychoacoustic processing
  • Bass-boost
Filter types (can be combined)
  • Low-pass: Digital 12dB, Digital 24dB, Butter 24dB, Curtis 12dB, Curtis Analog, Tone2 24dB, Tone2 Analog, Tone2 Scream, 303 18dB, 303 Analog, Chain 6-48dB, Elliptic, Octave, Shaped, AM, HighQ, Ladder 24dB, MS20
  • High-pass: Digital 12dB, Analog 12dB, Analog 24dB, Chain 6-48dB
  • Band-pass: Digital 12dB, Digital 24dB, Analog 12dB, Analog 24dB, Boobs
  • Equalizer: Notch, Peak Tight, Peak Medium, Peak Wide, Shelf Tight, Shelf Wide, Bandlimit
  • Vocalic: A, U, I, IEA, AOU, IYU, IEAOU
  • Comb-filters: Phaser 2x, Phaser 2x FB, Phaser 3x, Phaser 3x FB, Comb+, Comb-
  • Fractal-filters: LP 1, LP 2, LP 3, LP 4, FO 1, FO 2
  • Ring-modulation: Ringmod, LP, LP2, FM Lowpass, AM
  • Pysical-modeling resonators: Guitar, Flute, Odd, Even
  • LoFi: Resampling, Sample & Hold
System requirements

PC: Windows 11 / Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Vista / XP / Linux with WINE
Plugin formats: 64-bit VSTi, VST3, Standalone

Mac: macOS 10.7 and later including macOS Sonoma
Intel CPU or M2 or M1 (native support for enhanced performace)
Plugin formats: VSTi, Audio Unit (AUi), VST3, Standalone, Universal Binary

User-friendly copy-protection: No dongle, no cloud, no data-collection, no need to be online, does not install an additional 'license-manager' or driver
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Please note that we do not have a support forum on kvr.
Please use our official support channels if you need something. These are:

Updates: https://www.tone2.com/download.html
Email: support[a t]tone2[do t]com
Website: https://www.tone2.com/faq.html
Forum: https://www.tone2.org/forum/
Video tutorials: https://www.tone2.com/video-tutorials.html
Manuals: https://www.tone2.com/manual.html
Installation: https://www.tone2.com/product-installation.html
Bug reporting: https://www.tone2.com/report-a-bug.html

Thank you for your understanding,
Markus
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It still breaks my heart that there won't be an Icarus4. I think that and Electra are your finest moments.
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One word awesome!!!!

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I'm glad they finally added spread control for some unison modes and an MS-20 filter! Interesting there is no MS-20 HPF. Really looking forward to getting it.

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All I want for Christmas is a random -/+ modulator.

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Vortifex wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 5:08 am All I want for Christmas is a random -/+ modulator.
True that there's no limits to randomness possible variations, and even methaphisical questions about [how random] random really is were made in other Icarus topics... anyhow those are burried under pages and pages of text.
Personally i like to "tweak" the randoms....

Back on topic, besides noises as Modulator, the random modulator on matrix, changing the phase of the STEP LFO between predetermined values with another source, there's also a S&H and kind of a S&G... in the LFO's .

**LFO -> random -> S&H noise digital and ramped** set speed and phase to taste..


A random +/- would be nice too, i'm not sure why it's only + but i'm nearly sure there's a reason for it that we're not aware of.

One possible tweak is this; sure.. it takes matrix slots but you can fine tune it to desire and choose the modulator; in this case: velocity [higher velocity produces higher positive random values]. Could be an MSEG, another random LFO or whatever else..:::

..adjust values to taste in the matrix..
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a variation to the same concept with slightly diferent results:
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Icarus needs 1 more feature. Genetic cross pollination of patches with morph amounts! PLZ add the feature, guys.

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I like the sound and GUI of Nemesis; but I wonder if it's capability is a subset of Icarus 3. Based on this thread, it appears Icarus3 can do everything! For someone who has both, would I be better off with Icarus3 than Nemesis3 ? (Assuming I can only afford one).

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That new UI is nice. Really like the more subtle fonts. Then fonts in v2 are a bit abrasive but the new look is classy.

I noticed mpe support is listed, does that mean it is implemented/fixed in the vst3? If so I'll upgrade for sure.

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pummel wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 6:08 am I like the sound and GUI of Nemesis; but I wonder if it's capability is a subset of Icarus 3. Based on this thread, it appears Icarus3 can do everything! For someone who has both, would I be better off with Icarus3 than Nemesis3 ? (Assuming I can only afford one).
I would get Icarus, but if you love FM and ringmod, you are better off with Nemesis, which has so many cool synth algorithms. You can't do all FM ratios within Icarus wavetables, but you can modulate the oscillators.

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I thought tone2's founder was unwell and had stopped so great to see he's better, and thanks for the free update! Im happy about the new unison feature, that would go well with a voice spread modulator.

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