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Tone2 updates free FireBird synth to v2.1

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Tone2 has announced a public beta of version 2.1 of FireBird, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Tone2 Firebird 2

Previously a $79 product Firebird now continues as freeware, so please feel free to share Firebird 2 with all your friends!
We hope you’ll enjoy working with it.

Changes in FireBird v2.1

  • Contains 70 additional sounds by Xenos. To load them click on ‘setup’ and load the factory bank ‘condemned’.
  • Contains a fix for the iLok/Pace driver which could crash the plugin.
  • Updated installer.
  • Several minor enhancements.

FireBird 2 for Windows (VST) is available to download as freeware.

More information: Tone2 / FireBird


Tone2 launches Saurus Big Bundle

Tone2 Audiosoftware has introduced the Saurus Big Bundle, comprising the Saurus virtual instrument plug-in, an Arpeggiator expansion, and 6 soundsets at a discounted price.

Tone2 Saurus Big Bundle

Saurus Bundle features

  • Saurus – True analog sound with state of art functionality!
  • Arpeggiator Expansion – Expand your sonic arsenal with this extensive collection of arpeggios, grooves and rhythmic soundscapes.
  • Synth Legends – Exploring Saurus’ True Analog capabilities the Synth Legends soundset takes you into the depths of aged circuitry, modular setups and authentic analog, delivering 200 classic synth patches.
  • Analog – A collection of 214 classic synth sounds including emulations of the Moog, Oberheim, Jupiter, Arp Solina and many others that suit almost every style of Electronic music.
  • Fuzion – Refresh your Saurus with a sonic blend of vintage analog and modern club sounds.
  • Top of the Clubs – Bringing you the best in massive sounds, huge leads, spaced out arps and immense bass lines, the Top of the Clubs soundset covers all the bases for creating modern music.
  • Pop & Electro – The Pop & Electro soundset will supply you with 150 modern, up-to-date sounds, perfect for commercial productions.
  • Dark Toxic – Using Saurus’ powerful oscillators, squelchy filters and a wealth of modulation options, our sound designers set out to create the dirtiest of the dirty.

The Saurus Big Bundle is available for purchase for 199 EUR / $249 USD (41% off regular of 332 EUR / $422 USD).

More information: Tone2 / Saurus


Tone2 releases Synth Legends for Saurus

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Tone2 Synth Legends

Tone2 has announced the release of Synth Legends, a new soundset for the Saurus virtual analog synthesizer.

Exploring Saurus’ True Analog capabilities the Synth Legends soundset takes you into the depths of aged circuitry, modular setups and authentic analog, delivering 200 classic synth patches.

An inspiring collection of vintage instruments, Synth Legends perfectly mirrors the unique character of analog hardware, replacing popular analog synths like the Moog, Oberheim, Prophet, Juno, Korg MS20, Jupiter, Andromeda and the Arp Odyssey.

Gritty basses, weaving arpeggios, expressive pads, screaming synths, dirty leads and vibrant brass, providing you with all the sonic flavors of the analog era.

The soundset is available for purchase for 39 EUR incl. VAT.

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Perimeter Sound releases Wireless 2 for Firebird+

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Perimeter Sound Wireless 2

Perimeter Sound has announced the release of Wireless 2, a soundset featuring 100 sounds for the free Firebird+ synthesizer by Tone2.

Picking up where ‘Wireless’ left off, and taking things up a notch. Wireless 2 is good for use in the following genres – Industrial, Glitch, Dubstep, Metal, Trap, Complextro and any other genres that call for sometimes heavy and often times distorted and energetic or memorable sounds.

Wireless 2 is a new collection of 100 Tone 2 Firebird+ synth patches : they were made while I was working on 2 soon to be released new loop sample collection series. You can check those out soon from Zero G. Meanwhile, please give a listen to the brand new demo track for the set : made by Irion Da Ronin. Please note that the demo mp3 contains beat loops found in the Perimeter Sound Bio-Mechanic Beats II loop sample set.

Grab the freebee pack and check out 12 patches totally free, no strings attached, no *demo* rules, just a gift to try-before-you-buy.

The full set comes in a single .fxb file, so you can just load it up and have all the patches ready to go, as well as seperate .fxp files in case you prefer working with sounds that way.

The soundset is available for $9.95 USD.

More information: Perimeter Sound


Tone2 releases Rompler soundset for ElectraX

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Tone2 Audiosoftware has announced the release of Rompler, a new soundset for the ElectraX synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Tone2 ElectraX
Tone2′s ElectraX synthesizer instrument offers unlimited possibilities.

The Rompler soundset utilizes ElectraX’ powerful multi-layer capabilities with a rich blend of sampling and synthesis. This creative sound library features a selection of 200 breathtaking presets, new inspirational sounds that cover a wide spectrum of music styles and built to provide a wealth of inspiration.

The perfect companion when writing your new track, Rompler has it all! from evolving atmospheres, evocative pads, expressive pianos and jazzy organs, up to complex arpeggios, pumping beats and raw basses. All sounds are carefully tweaked for maximum inspiration, usability and ready to be used in your productions.

The soundset is available for purchase for 39 EUR incl. VAT.

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Review: Tone2 Nemesis – NeoFM synthesizer plugin

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Tone2′s latest synthesizer instrument Nemesis aims to take FM synthesis to the next level with NeoFM, which offers a “genuine FM synthesis” approach.

From the manual:

Most conventional FM synths such as the DX7, use phase modulation (PM) instead of genuine FM synthesis, yet such synths are branded as FM synthesizers for marketing reasons. However, the traditional PM approach is limited to using dark sounding waveforms like sinoids or triangles, which results in a dull or bell-like sound. Classic waveforms like a sawtooth do not work well with it because they result in an unpleasant, sharp and excessively metallic sound.

‘Real analog FM’ suffers from drift and lacks precision, resulting in a disharmonic sound, which is musically not very useful. The innovative neoFM approach, exclusive to Nemesis, combines only the advantages of both types of synthesis without suffering from any of the weaknesses associated with PM or ‘Real analog FM’ synthesis.

Tone2 Nemesis
The Nemesis interface, similar in style to the RayBlaster, Saurus & ElectraX synths.

Nemesis features 22 synthesis types that can be combined in 2 oscillators to expand traditional FM synthesis with other methods like additive, wavetables, phase distortion, formant, waveshaping, sync and reso synthesis, and more. You can use your own samples as waveforms as well, and editing of waveforms is easy with the additive spectral editor.

The oscillator section has a carrier and modulator oscillator, with tune, envelope, filter, and mix controls for each. The filters are a bit different in that they are very steep (90dB slope) 0-phase filters which operate directly on the waveform. This means that as you turn down the filter it filters out the partials.

The oscillators also have drift/detune, phase (start phase of waveform), feedback, and an FM keyfollower for the Neo FM knob, which controls the amount of FM applied to the oscillator.

Tone2 Nemesis synthesis modes

From the oscillator display you can select one of the 22 synthesis modes, the active one being shown on the right side of the screen. Both carrier and modulator oscillator waveforms are dynamically updated so any chance will be reflected in this screen.

A large selection of waveforms is available, and you can also load your own samples and resynthesize waveforms.

Want more control? The additive spectral editor lets you manipulate the partials and phase of waveforms.

The additive editor of Nemesis can handle the first 32767 partials of any waveform and you have detailed control over the phase of the waveform. This can make a significant difference in the sound, especially when the oscillator is played at a low frequency.

The first 16 partials can be modified directly from the oscillator display with sliders, the higher partials and phase are changed with modifiers, which are destructive. However, you can export your waveforms so if you’re working on variations you might want to keep make sure to export often.

Tone2 Nemesis additive spectral editor

A few dozens of spectral modifier presets are available for modifying the whole waveform with spectrum, phase, volume, damp, cut, mod, and noisegate processes.

As it befits Tone2, they have also included a well featured arpeggiator, a flexible dedicated gate, 2 FX slots with 33 effects, and a bunch of voice and audio settings, including various modes for play, glide, re-triggering, boost, micro-tuning, clip, punch, and eq.

A 12-slot modulation matrix lets you easily set up sources and destinations from drop-down menus, including the 2 LFOs (bpm syncable) and 2 envelopes available in Nemesis.

Nemesis comes with well over 1,000 patches, including arps, bass, leads, pads, keys, synth, fx, and many more. Check out Tone2′s demo below to get a taste of what this synthesizer sounds like.

So what do I think?

Product: Nemesis by Tone2 Audiosoftware
Format: VST/AU
Price: 149 EUR / $199 USD
Like: Crisp sounds, large factory bank, easy to use
Don’t like: Bit pricey
Verdict: 9/10

I have to commend Tone2 on once again doing something new. You would think FM synthesis has already been well covered with the synthesizers from the 80′s and Native Instruments FM8 software instrument.

Still, Nemesis manages to take a fresh approach, delivering a feature set that allows you to get the sounds that made 80′s pop music, as well as the sounds of current EDM genres like dubstep or trap music.

The synthesizer is easy to use, and sounds great. I would tag it “digital” and “crisp”, though you can also get some really smooth analog type sounds from it. It is quite a bit more versatile than I had expected.

More information: Tone2 / Nemesis


Trance Techno Soundbanks intros Nemesis Techno Soundbank

Nemesis Techno Soundbank

Trance Techno Soundbanks has announced the release of Nemesis Techno Soundbank, a soundset for the Nemesis synthesizer instrument from Tone2 Audiosoftware.

Its featuring 66 Nemesis presets + 10 FLP Files + 10 MIDI construction kits for Techno styles, like Deep, Glitchy, Minimal, Full On, Gritt Breaks, Detroit, 8-Bit, Swedish, German, and Kraftwerk-sounding.

Soundbank has 10 demos Kits (MIDI files for every synth) and an FL Studio file for every Demo FLP file. Each Demo folder also contains an Automations JPG, showing how automation of all presets works and how every Demo was done. This soundbank is highly professional. Inside the pack there is also a “How to use.txt” file showing you how to work with this soundbank in every DAW.

The soundset is available to download for 12 EUR.

More information: Trance Techno Soundbanks