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Tone2 Audio updates Icarus to v1.1

Tone2 Audio has updated their 3D Wavetable synthesizer Icarus to v1.1. The large update includes a reworked user interface, lots of new features and many enhancements.

New features:

  • Drag&Drop support: Drag LFO/ENV and drop it to a knob to create a matrix entry for modulation.
  • Right-click on a knob opens a menu where you can assign modulation sources.
  • Modulation depth control on top left of a knob if a source is assigned.
  • Sectors on knobs show the modulation amount. Clipping is shown in red.
  • Hovering the mouse over a knob shows the current parameter value and modulation source.
  • The buttons of OSCs, Filters, LFOs, ENVs, which are inactive are greyed out.
  • Responsive GUI with Tooltips.
  • New waveform display mode 'Hypersaw', which shows the detuning of the oscillators.
  • Help->Show version info.
  • Mouse cursor changes on editing halftones in arp.
  • Right click on a knob->reset initializes to the default value.
  • Visual feedback if a button in the wavetable editor is pressed.
  • TRIG button for the LFO section.
  • New sync mode for LFOs 'Arp/LFO soft trig' which retriggers monophonic LFOs after 1 second of silence.
  • New sync mode for LFOs 'Arp/LFO classic trig', which allows to set free mode for every LFO individually.
  • SEMI knob for the OSC section.
  • New matrix target 'Filter Balance'. It's useful to control the relationship of the filter volumes when two filters are routed in parallel.

Enhancements:

  • Drawing custom shapes with the STEP LFO is more comfortable.
  • Better workflow.
  • Enhanced performance of the knobs.
  • Parameters are more easy to adjust.
  • Patch rankings are only stored when the user clicks on the stars.
  • Display mode is now 'smart' and tries to auto-detect the right one.
  • Polished some graphics.
  • Reduced RAM requirement. More instances can be loaded in 32-bit.
  • Many other small enhancements for the user interface.
  • Quick save is more smart.
  • Category is rotating for a more comfortable patch browsing.
  • Workaround for buggy hosts which submit duplicate noteOn commands. The Arp does not longer produce hanging note.
  • Legato is more easy to setup.
  • Drag&Drop of a WAV sample to the OSC display can now create a new resynthesized patch.
  • LFOs are more smart.

Changes:

  • MONO in the LFO section has been replaced with TRIG.
  • On initializing a new patch the default mode is set to 'Arp/LFO soft trig'.
  • OSC Punch and OSC Keyfollow button have been moved to SETUP.

Fixes:

  • Matrix source 'Filter Env' sometimes didn't work.
  • Removed a glitch from 'Alien Spaceship Mac.fxp'.

Icarus v1.1 offers adding mod sources in two new ways:

1) Drag&drop:

  • Select one of the 4 envelopes or LFOs.
  • Click and hold on ENV or LFO.
  • A line appears that while still holding the mouse button could be dragged to the knob you like.
  • A green line means that using that ENV or LFO is OK for that parameter you currently hover. A red line mean it is not usable there.
  • Release the mouse button and the ENV or LFO will be assigned to that knob (or release over an empty part of the GUI to abort).
  • The new modulation is added to the mod matrix and you could adjust the mod amount there.
  • The mod amount/range is also displayed within the knobs, in a lighter color than the knob.
  • Right-click on a knob and click on "remove modulation" to remove it.

2) Right-click menu:

  • Right-click on a knob to choose a mod source from the drop-down menus.
  • The new modulation is added to the mod matrix and you could adjust the mod amount there.
  • The mod amount/range is also displayed within the knobs, in a lighter color than the knob.
  • Right-click on a knob and click on "remove modulation" to remove it.
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