Tone2 Audio has announced the release of Gladiator3, an update to the synthesizer instrument that offers an exhaustive list of synthesis methods, including the Tone’s HCM-synthesis.

Version 3 features a larger and resizable GUI, a patch browser, enhanced sound quality, a bigger sonic range, a more user-friendly interface and many new features.

The award-winning HCM-synthesis is exclusive to Gladiator and not available from any other company. It is based on a wide range of interesting waveforms, wavetables, resynthesized samples, voices and natural sounds.

The harmonic structure can be modified with 10 modules and 132 different algorithms to alter the sound. A powerful randomize-function allows the creation of an unlimited number of musically useful sounds with a single mouse-click!

Gladiator supports up to 18 oscillators per voice with stacking, 4x stereo unison and crystal clear sound-quality.

Tone2 Gladiator3 screenshot

Changes in Gladiator 3

  • Created a new interface, which is nearly twice as large.
  • By clicking on ‘EDITOR SIZE’ you can select from four different interface sizes.
  • Added a comfortable, new patch browser.
  • New sound-quality mode ‘high-end’.
  • 18 additional unison modes with a diverse selection of chords.
  • Added context sensitive tooltips with detailed descriptions for all controls.
  • The patches can be ranked by clicking on the stars in the patch browser.
  • The patch rankings are stored within the file “Ranking.rnk”.
  • 6 additional lfo waveforms: “Stair 4 up”,”Stair 8 up”,”Stair 4 down”,”Stair 8 down”,”Stair 4 up/down”,”Stair 8 up/down”.
  • Added manuals in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian to the new help menu.
  • New loop mode “Noise”, which jumps to a random section .
  • New loop mode “\/50%”, which ping-pong-loops 50% of the spectrum.
  • New loop mode “\/25%”, which ping-pong-loops 25% of the spectrum.
  • 3 additional phase-modifiers “Zzzap”, which sound like a laser.
  • 3 additional phase-modifiers “Boing”, which sound like a reverse laser.
  • 2 additional phase-modifiers “Odd noise” and “Even noise”, which noisify the spectrum.
  • 2 additional phase-modifiers “Odd 90” and “Even 90”, which sound like a sub-oscillator.
  • Information tags about the patches are shown in the patch browser.
  • Extended halftone-range for the arpeggiator from -23 to +23.
  • Added cross-product-compatibility: Save->’Export…’ exports the sound of osc1 as an Icarus compatible wavetable in wav format.
  • Video tutorials can be shown from the help menu.
  • Updates and additional sounds can be accessed directly from the help menu.
  • 176 additional patches.
  • Various sound and interface enhancements, improvements and fixes.

Gladiator3 (VST/AU) is available for 149 EUR / $169 USD at the Tone2 store or from distributor PluginFox. The update is free to owners of Gladiator2.

More information: Tone2 Audio