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Tone2 updates Gladiator to v3.5.4 - Big GUI, VST3 and more

Tone2 Audiosoftware

Tone2 Audio has updated their Harmonic-Content-Morphing synthesizer Gladiator to v3.5.4. The update is available for free for all Gladiator 2 and 3 users.
It includes a bigger GUI, many enhancements and native Apple M1 ARM support for Mac.

Download (free demo and update) from tone2.com

New features:

  • Added a large GUI that is suitable for WQHD or 4K screens.
  • You can select form 6 different sizes for the interfaces (small/ medium/ big, with/without editor).
  • Added a VST3 version for Mac (M1 native and Intel).
  • Added a standalone version for Mac (M1 native and Intel).
  • Completely new AudioUnit interface (M1 native and Intel).
  • VST version supports M1 native.
  • The patch browser is available in 3 different sizes.
  • The best size for the GUI is detected automatically.
  • The lists display checkmarks for the currently selected items.
  • Menu entries can be quickly selected with the mousewheel.
  • All parameters are available for the DAW's automation now.
  • HiDPI font support for the patch-browser.
  • Help->'Show version info' displays the mode in which the plugin is running (ARM/Intel).


  • The 3D effect of the GUI's knobs is more subtle.
  • Changing the GUI size can now be done with a more comfortable list selector.
  • The spectrum displays have more contrast.
  • Much faster loading times on M1 Macs.
  • The native M1 support results in 20% lower CPU use compared to Rosetta2 Mode.
  • More responsive GUI on M1 Macs.
  • Fine-tuned the coordinates of the knobs.
  • Many small enhancements.


  • Several small compatibility fixes for MacOS 11 and MacOS 12.
  • Workaround for Apple's unreliable AudioUnit validation. It is not longer necessary to reboot the Mac after an installation.
  • Workarounds for many DAWs which did not resize the VST3 plugin properly.
  • Automation in the VST3 version did not work with parameters that were located behind the 10th slot.
  • Workaround for a bug of Ableton and FL Studio which do not properly stick to the AudioUnit2 standard and did not display the AudioUnit.
  • Workaround for a bug of Ableton which did not configure the Automation parameters of the VST3 version properly.
  • Workaround for a bug of Reaper which did display automation parameters incorrectly.
  • Fixes an issue that did cause bad GUI performance after a while.
  • Fixed a possible crash.


  • AudioUnit and VSTi are now a Universal Binary for 64-bit Intel and M1.
  • Apple's development tools are unable to build 32-bit Intel binaries when you support M1. Sadly we had to drop support for it.
  • Apple's Notarisation and the M1 support requires a MacOS version higher or equal than 10.11. If you still use an older version you must stick with Gladiator 3.0.


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