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Tone2 announces Icarus3

Tone2 Audiosoftware

Tone2 Audio has announced that Icarus3 will be released in April 2024. The feature set of Icarus has been extended dramatically. Read the full list of changes here.

The upgrade is free for anyone who bought Icarus2 directly from tone2.com after November 2023. All others will be able to upgrade with a substantial discount. A stable beta version for Mac is already available.


  • Icarus 3 is a synthesizer-workstation.
  • The audio-engine can do 62 different synthesis modes and is able to produce all important synthesizer sounds.
  • The 3D-wavetable-synthesis allows a new dimension of dynamic expression.
  • True high-end sound-quality with low CPU-requirement.
  • Easy-to-use interface with animated displays and context-sensitive help.
  • Very large sonic range.
  • Over 1850 presets by professional designers.
  • GUI with 26 sizes and 37 different skins.
  • Drag & drop modulation.
  • Drum-sequencer with 100 drum-patterns.
  • Powerful arpeggiator with autochord-support, shuffle and swing.
  • 3 x 53 effects, vocoder.
  • Glitch-sequencer.
  • Hypersaw, Supersaw, unison, stacks, chords.
  • Polyphonic, monophonic, several legato modes.
  • The most advanced filter-section available on the market: Dual multi-mode filters with 62 filter-types and 15 distortion-types.
  • Customizable user-interface.
  • Expandability, modular.


  • Sound engine with true stereo-architecture, stereo oscillators and filters.
  • 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-button 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 15 distortion types.
  • 3 x 57 effects, vocoder, trancegate.
  • 10x Hypersaw, 12x Megasaw, 14x Supersaw, 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 simultaneously):

  • 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.
  • Hypersaw / stereo Hypersaw / Supersaw / stereo Supersaw / Megasaw / stereo Megasaw / unison.
  • Additive synthesis.
  • Subtractive / analog.
  • FM with up to 6 operators.
  • Granular synthesis.
  • Speech-synthesis.
  • Formant-synthesis.
  • Resynthesis of samples.
  • Vocoder.
  • Wave-shaping.
  • PWM.
  • Sync.
  • Ringmod, AM.
  • Noise.
  • Physical-modeling.
  • Phase-distortion.
  • Time-stretching.
  • Pitch-shifting.
  • Samples.
  • Harmonic-morphing.
  • FFT-filtering.
  • Lofi.
  • Import of waveforms and wavetables.
  • Stacks / chords / autochord.
  • 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, White Chorus, Unison, Ensemble.
  • 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, Digital XOR, Digital AND, Digital OR.
  • 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, Transient shaper.

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 12dB.
  • 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 / Linux with WINE.
    • Plugin formats: 64-bit VSTi, VST3, Standalone.
  • Mac:
    • macOS 10.12 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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