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Saurus 3 by Tone2 Audiosoftware is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Standalone Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and a Standalone Application.
Product
Version
3.1
System Requirements
Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 / 11 / Vista

PC formats: 64-bit VSTi, 64-bit standalone
Product
Version
3.2
System Requirements
OS X 10.7 or higher

Mac formats: 64-bit VSTi, 64-bit Audio Unit
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Saurus 3.0 (free update)

The update to v3.0 is a major update, that is available for free for all Saurus users. It includes a big GUI, a massive number of new sounds, new features, higher sound-quality, better performance and many enhancements.

Saurus3 is downward-compatible with all previous versions. All existing song-projects and patches can be loaded without any further steps necessary.

New features:

  • A big interface is available beside of the normal scale now.
  • Added 192 new sounds from a professional designer. The total number of included sounds has increased to 1022.
  • It is possible to select from 4 GUI sizes in 'Config'.
  • The synth can create an unlimited number of new sounds with FILE->'Create random patch'.
  • 'Soft clip' is available in the 'Config' section.
  • A scrollbar is visible in the patch-browser if many soundsets are installed.
  • Added detailed tooltips that are shown when the mouse if hovered over a button or list-selector.
  • The texts shown in the patch-browser on Mac support hi-dpi drawing.
  • The plugin detects the best GUI-size automatically.
  • Patch-selector shows a checkmark for the current patch and category.
  • Added Digital-Signatures for the installers on PC.
  • Added Notarisation for the installers on Mac.
  • The texts shown in the patch-browser on Mac support hi-dpi drawing.
  • A double-klick on a knob resets it to the default-value.
  • New microtuning algorithm that is more subtle and can enhance also complex chords.

Enhancements:

  • The synth has more 'bottom' and sounds warmer.
  • Enhanced sound of Reverb.
  • Replaced Chorus with a better one.
  • Reworked all factory patches.
  • More precise timing.
  • More smooth sound of noise.
  • Higher sound-quality in 44 kHz, 48 kHz and 88 kHz sample-rate.
  • Reworked many graphics.
  • Many small enhancements.
  • Fonts are easier to read.
  • Fine-tuned GUI layout.
  • Enhanced mouse-focus and mouse-wheel support on PC.
  • OSCs in free-mode have a more punchy sound.
  • Midi-learn syncs better when multiple instances are used.
  • A warning is shown when Midi-configuration can't be stored because of write-protected files.
  • More accurate modeling of the tuning in mono-modes.

Changes:

  • Updated some links.
  • 32-bit on PC is not longer supported. If you still use a 32-bit host, install Saurus 2.6 instead.
  • 'Gate' has been rename to 'Step'.
  • Renamed 'Tutorial' patch-category to 'Templates'.
  • Demo-version contains now all sounds.

Fixes:

  • Workaround for the badly designed architecture of FL Studio. It is not longer necessary to enable 'Use fixed size buffers' to avoid crackles.
  • Workaround for a bug in Apple's AU-validation in Big Sur and Catalina. It is not longer necessary to reboot the Mac to detect the AudioUnit.
  • Fix for Apple's recently altered 'Dark Mode' in Big Sur. It displayed unreadable tooltips with white text on yellow background.
  • Workaround for a bug of Big Sur. The diodes were not updated when a selector-button was pressed.
  • Fixed a crash that could happen if filter-type is automated.

Installation note on the Mac if you upgrade from a previous version:

The directory of some patches has changed since they have been re-categorized and enhanced. To avoid duplicates it is recommended delete 'Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Saurus_sounds' before you install Saurus3.

Finally, true analog sound does no longer require compromises! Saurus is an extremely authentic emulation of analog synthesizers. It covers all aspects of the most famous and expensive synths, but without disadvantages:

  • Authentic emulation of analog synths: True-Analog-Modeling-Technology.
  • Covers all aspects of analog synths, but without the disadvantages.
  • Can replace a large number of very expensive analog synthesizers.
  • Low CPU & true high-end sound quality.
  • Great value for money.
  • Free personal support and updates.
  • Comfortable and easy-to-use interface.
  • Larger sonic range than competing analog emulations.
  • Flexibility, expandability.
  • Ships with 1022 presets from professional sound-designers.
  • Analog filter with self-oscillation, FM and feedback.
  • Powerful arpeggiator.
  • Many different play modes: Mono, legato, glide, poly, stack, auto-chord.
  • 4x stereo unison.

True analog sound with state-of-the-art features!

Saurus can do an extremely authentic emulation of analog synthesizers. It covers all important aspects of the most famous and expensive analog synths, but without their disadvantages.
Saurus comes with a clear, easy to use interface. It offers a larger sonic range and a more flexible synthesis engine than conventional subtractive synths. Saurus offers quality high-end sound, but without placing heavy demands on your CPU or budget. At the heart of Saurus are it's top-notch oscillators employing our True Analog Modeling Technology, which produces a warm characteristic sound of the hardware units from the past. With PWM, Sync, AM & FM an extremely broad range of sounds can be dialed-in. Saurus offers a selection of both standard and exotic oscillator types from hard-to-get analog synths. Finally, true analog sound no longer requires any compromises.

Filters

True analog sound requires an excellent filter that's capable of sounding both lush or screaming when overdriven. However, analog filters are far from perfect. They suffer from distortion, noise, phase shift and self-oscillation. Exactly these imperfections add this magic character, which is missing in digital filters. That's why Saurus comes with a filter section which models the most famous analog filters. With precisely modeled non-linearity and self-oscillation they sound and behave exactly like the analog circuits. To top it all off the filter section also includes FM, feedback and an analog-modeled distortion for that little extra grit.

Arpeggiator & Gate

We created an arpeggiator that doesn't just offer the basic note step functionality. It takes the concept further by adding features such as custom patterns, chords, swing and per step velocity. Your arpeggio sequence can be as simple or complicated as you wish.

Modulation & Effects

By using drag & drop or the matrix, Saurus allows you to connect dozens of modulation sources to sound parameters. Modulate almost any parameter up into the audio-rate speed. We've also included midi-learn, so assigning CC's is as simple as a right-click.

To compliment its sound, Saurus features various classic effects such as 4x unison, chorus, delay, reverb and tube amp. All effects offer the highest quality possible.

Microtuning

Saurus3 offers 7 different microtuning-modes that can model analog oscillator-drift. Furthermore, the engine can slightly detune certain voices to make your chords sound fatter, harmonically rich and warm. Unlike with conventional synths, our innovative microtuning is not limited to the usage of a certain tonality. Saurus is able to analyze your melodies in real-time and enhances your chords automatically. It 'just works' - you do not need to take care of anything.

System requirements

PC: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 / 11 / Vista
PC formats: 64-bit VSTi, standalone.

Mac: MacOS 10.7 or higher / MacOS 11; Intel CPU or Apple M1
Mac formats: 64-bit VSTi, 64-bit Audio Unit (AU).

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.67 from 3 reviews

Saurus 3
Reviewed By esteve@corbera.cat
September 22nd, 2021

Great!!
It's a great synth. Of the best there is.
Easy to use and with many presets to get started.
I love the Tone2 synths.

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Saurus 3
Reviewed By lights
September 22nd, 2021

This is an absolutely fantastic synth with lots warmth and character.

The reason why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because version 3 doesn't introduce enough changes to warrant a major update. It feels more like V 2.7 rather than a full blown V3. There are many requests and suggestions from users on the Tone2 forum that have gone unaddressed in this update.

Still the synth sounds great, (just as the previous version did) and it's easy and fun to program too.

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Saurus 3
Reviewed By Lerian
May 26th, 2020

What an amazing synth! Just rediscovered it after not giving it much attention for a while and i must say it really impressed me with its truly analog sound. I used to go to diva for those flavors but now i found out that Saurus sounds even better. Its a shame that the interface looks a bit dull (as tone2 website) but the sound kicks a55. Actually i believe the reason it isnt a very popular synth is because of the interface being kind of weird in color/shadows and proportions. Actually all tone2 synths suffer from this, i hope they will get a more inspired designer soon because design affects perception and lots of people are influenced by that.

Sound - 10/10

Ease of use - 8/10 (the arp/matrix screen could have been bigger)

Interface - 6/10

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