Tone2 releases UltraSpace ambience modeling plugin

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Tone2 Audiosoftware has released UltraSpace, an ambience-modeling effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Tone2 UltraSpace

It is designed to simulate nearly any kind of room, echo or acoustic environment with high sound quality. UltraSpace is more than a reverb – it is a compilation of different effect units covering all important aspects of space simulation. By combining these units, completely new and unique effects can be created.

Tone2 has tried to unify the advantages of many popular hardware devices in one plugin. Because of its modular design and its flexibility, UltraSpace covers a large sonic range.

UltraSpace features

  • One compact plugin as an all-in-one solution for everything related to ambient simulation.
  • Replacement for a large number of very expensive hardware units.
  • Modules can be combined to create new and unique effects, not possible with competing products. Make your tracks stand out in the crowd!
  • Huge sonic range, and usable for a large number of applications.
  • Higher sound quality than competing products. Effect algorithms designed by DSP experts with 20 years of programming experience.
  • Excellent value for money.
  • 150 inspiring patches created by professionals give you instant access to the right sound to quickly enhance your mixes.
  • Visual real-time displays and tooltips make it very easy to use.
  • Low CPU demand and multicore CPU support.

The plug-in is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) priced at 59 EUR / $79 USD.

More information: Tone2 / UltraSpace

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Tone2 introduces UltraSpace ambience-modeling effect plugin

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Tone2 Audiosoftware has announced the upcoming release of UltraSpace, an ambience-modeling effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

Tone2 UltraSpace

It can simulate nearly any kind of room, echo or acoustic environment with high sound quality. UltraSpace is more than a reverb – it is a compilation of different effect units covering all important aspects of space simulation. By combining these units, completely new and unique effects can be created. The algorithms of the most popular and expensive hardware units have been analyzed. Tone2 tries to unify the advantages of these legendary devices in one plugin. Because of its modular design and its flexibility, UltraSpace covers a large sonic range.

Our DSP experts have analyzed the esoteric algorithms of the most popular and expensive hardware units. With many sophisticated experiments, we were able to design an effect suite that unifies the advantages of these legendary devices. Because of its modular design and its flexibility, it covers a huge sonic range. UltraSpace offers a harmonic, crystal-clear, and lush sound which always sits well in the mix.

The plug-in will be available in December 2014, priced at 59 EUR/$79 USD.

More information: Tone2 / UltraSpace

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Perimeter Sound releases Bio-Mechanic Beats Triple Bundle

Perimeter Sound Bio-Mechanic Beats Triple Bundle

Perimeter Sound has announced the Bio-Mechanic Beats Triple Bundle, a collection of 3 sample packs.

The Bio-Mechanic Beats Bundle includes all 3 volumes of this well known series. All total that’s over a gig and a half of beats, basses and percussion loops tempo and key tagged (where applicable) all ready to throw into your latest production, or to get you started on a new track.

The Bio-Mechanic Beats collections include a huge variety of acoustic drum kit and hand percussion loops, as well as drum machine and synthetic electric beats – and lots of unique combinations of in between, Bio-Mechanic Beats are one of a kind.

Freebee packs are available to try-before-you-buy from all 3 sets.

The bundle is available for purchase for $39.95 USD. A free copy of Wireless for Tone2 Firebird+ is included with a purchase. Wireless 2 is free with purchase of the Kunundrum triple bundle loop sample set.

More information: Perimeter Sound

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Tone2 releases FutureWorld soundset for Gladiator 2

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Tone2 Gladiator 2

Tone2 Audiosoftware has launched FutureWorld, a new soundset for the Gladiator 2 synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Create the sound of the future now! The FutureWorld soundset consists of 150 innovative sounds that takes full advantage of Gladiator’s powerful HCM synthesis.

Inside you will find everything needed to spice up your tracks: The set covers everything from evolving pads, expressive keys, inspiring arpeggiators, crisp organic basses, deep atmos, unique leads, rhythmic grooves to humanoid vocoder sounds.

Load this unique arsenal of futuristic sounds, and let your creativity run wild as it seamlessly fits into your mix.

FutureWorld features

  • 150 superb presets created by professional designers.
  • Comfortable installation.
  • Seamless integration to the user interface.
  • All sounds are properly programmed – they are ‘not just samples’. This gives you the complete dynamic range, a lot more expression and the highest possible sound quality.
  • Focuses on unique features of Gladiator’s HCM synthesis.
  • Many patches can be ‘morphed’ with the modwheel.
  • Perfect for many genres, such as, Electronic, Complextro, Trance, IDM, Cinematic, Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Experimental, Progressive, Dance, Pop, Ambient, HipHop and a wide variety of other music genres.

The soundset is available for purchase for 29 EUR.

More information: Tone2 / FutureWorld

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Review: Tone2 Electra2 synthesizer plugin

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Being a fan of the original ElectraX synthesizer, I was really looking forward to see how Tone2 would push forward with the successor, Electra2.

The award winning Electra2 is not only one of the most powerful synthesizers ever – it’s the complete synthesis solution! Explore the vast musical universe of multi-synthesis oscillators, analog modeled filters, chaotic fractals, samples, psychoacoustic processing, flexible modulation and an immense sonic range.

Tone2 Electra2
Electra2’s GUI is reminiscent of ElectraX, but with a more subdued color scheme.

On the surface Electra2 looks pretty much the same as ElectraX, so if you are familiar with ElectraX you’ll find all panels are in the exact same place. In fact, Electra2 is downward compatible so it completely replaces the previous version.

The update includes a new patch browser and over 700 additional patches, 16 new effects, a sample editor, physical modeling synthesis, 5 new filter types, enhanced sound quality, improved user interface and many more improvements.

On the whole the interface is just a little more refined, with a subdued color scheme that to me is easier on the eyes. Subtle coloring is used to indicate which layer is active and you get interactive feedback of modulations. If you are new to this synth, I think you will find the layout to be quite straightforward and easy to program.

One of the main features of this instrument is its layers. With 4 individual multi-timbral synths and a wide range of synthesis modes, Electra2 is great for creating complex sounds. Tone2 has made some improvements like “Multilayer edit”, which allows you to make changes to all layers in one go, which will speed up sound design considerably.

With the addition of physical modeling synthesis, Electra2 now has no less than 14 different synthesis models, including wavetable, PD & FM, subtractive, virtual analog, ultrasaw, and more.

Electra2’s new sample editor features a bunch of tools to make working with samples easier, including autotune and auto loop. I found it a bit surprising to see that Electra2 still only supports mono .wav samples, with up to 10 seconds in length at 44kHz. Stereo samples will be summed to create a mono sample.

Each layer in Electra2 has up to 2 filters with a wide range of filter types and a drive parameter to add pre-filter harmonics to the audio. One insert effect can be assigned from a 30 types, including delay, reverb, chorus, compressor, etc. Furthermore, we have 3 LFO’s and a step LFO, a 10-slot modulation matrix, arpeggiator, 4 envelopes (amp, filter & two free), and a master FX slot.

Electra2’s versatility shows when browsing the astounding amount of factory presets — well over 1,200 in total.

Check the demo track below to hear some of the sounds of Electra2.

So what do I think?

Product: Electra2 by Tone2
Format: VST/AU
Price: $189 USD
Like: Ease of use, multi-layer, versatile
Don’t like: no support for stereo samples
Verdict: 9/10

This new version includes a good amount of new features and improvements. Some can really speed up your workflow, others are under the hood. For instance, Tone2 made an effort to improve its Psychoacoustic processing, resulting in a more transparent sound. I have to admit I haven’t done any extensive A/B testing but Electra2 sounds great to my ears (as does ElectraX). The CPU usage is also quite low, even when using multiple layers.

Electra2 remains a formidable, easy to use synthesizer for both the beginner and the advanced user. With its 4 layers and more than a dozen synthesis methods, this plug-in is a proper workhorse instrument that excels in versatility.

Tone2 is offering a free trial version of Electra2, so check it out and see how you like it.

More information: Tone2 / Electra2

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