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Tone2 announces Icarus2

Tone2 Audiosoftware

Tone2 Audio has announced that Icarus2 will be released in early December 2019.

The feature-set of Icarus has been extended drastically. Icarus is now no longer just an advanced wavetable-synthesizer, but also a synthesizer-workstation.

The update to v2.0 is 100% downward compatible with all previous versions. All existing song projects and patches can be loaded without any further steps necessary.



  • 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.


  • 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, the 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.

New features:

  • 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.


  • All oscs, filters, the volume-envelope and the step-LFO are displayed on the main interface and accessible without switching through tabs.
  • Icarus_effects, Icarus_arps, Icarus_mseg, IcarColor.cfg, IcarMidi.cfg and the manuals are now stored in Icarus_data.
  • The color schemes can be changed without restarting the plug-in.
  • The arpeggiator is much larger and more intuitive to use.
  • Many additional tooltips which explain features.
  • Reduced latency.
  • Key-follow for the oscs can be toggled without entering the setup-menu.
  • All matrix parameters are accessible within a single tab.
  • All effects, the feedback, the ducking and the limiter are accessible within a single tab.
  • Unused effect-parameters are hidden automatically.
  • The cutoff-knob is located left from the reso-knob.
  • Polyphonic, legato, mono and glide-mode can be selected from the main screen.
  • After loading a new patch the synth automatically shows the most relevant tab-section.
  • The patch-browser shows more detailed info about the patches.
  • The patch-browser displays the names of the sound-designers in the lower right section.
  • The number of semitones are shown within the arpeggiator.
  • The arpeggiator-presets-menu is now more structured.
  • The installer's automatic detection of the vstplugins directory has been enhanced.
  • The 'Low-CPU morph-mode' does now always play on the entire keyboard-range.
  • Enhanced performance for drag&drop.
  • Higher precision limiter displays.
  • Many small enhancements for the interface.
  • Many small performance-optimisations.
  • Better description of many features and more detailed tooltips.
  • Much higher accuracy for MIDI-pitchbend messages (if the hardware supports it).


  • Enhanced sound and more linear frequency-response for 'Delay Dual'.
  • The default-parameters for many effects have been fine-tuned for a better sound.
  • The sound of many reverb-types has been enhanced and offers a more linear frequency-response.
  • Higher precision rendering.
  • More accurate timing for the shuffle.


  • Price: €149 / $179.
  • Upgrade Price: €79 / $89.

The upgrade is free for everyone who purchased the product after April 2019.



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