Tone2 Audio releases Icarus 3D wavetable synthesizer


Tone2 Audio has announced the release of Icarus, a 3D wavetable synthesizer for Windows and Mac.

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Icarus is a powerful, new synthesizer with ‘3D wavetable synthesis’. It offers a fresh sound, which quickly catches the audiences’ attention. The innovative resynthesis can rebuild nearly any sound with a mouse-click. The easy to use interface and a massive amount of inspiring factory sounds allow a rapid creation of professional tracks.

What is 3D wavetable synthesis?

Icarus is a ‘3D wavetable synthesizer’, because the popular traditional wavetable synthesis, which is capable of cross-blending waveforms, has been extended with an additional dimension for morphing. Wavetables can be manipulated with 54 different morph modes in real-time. As a result Icarus can create sounds with lots of dynamic expression and movement. Many of these sounds can not be created by other synthesizers.

Icarus features

  • Audio engine: The audio engine offers a huge sonic range and is very versatile. It is able to reproduce all important synthesizer sounds. Additional to this it can create lots of exclusive sounds which are not possible with other synthesizers. It offers the highest possible sound quality with low CPU requirement. It can do: All classic synthesis methods, 3D wavetables, morphing, resynthesis, vocoder, 53 effects, 3×10 stereo oscillators, hypersaw, supersaw, unison, additive synthesis, dual stereo filters with 62 filter types…
  • Vocoder and speech synthesis: Icarus is able to ‘sing’. The included vocal patches are not just simple ‘vocal samples’ which are played back – it is real speech synthesis. As a result these vocal chants are never out-of-tune. They are correctly time-stretched for the ‘right groove’ and synchronize to the song’s BPM rate automatically. The built-in vocoder module allows the creation of custom phrases with a mouse-click.
  • Resynthesis: The innovative resynthesis function in Icarus allows it, to rebuild nearly any sound with a mouse-click. The new algorithm gives better results and is easier to use than traditional methods.
  • Interface: Many animated displays give visual feedback instantly and make tweaking accessible to anyone, regardless of the skill level. A customizable interface allows to pick the favorite colors. With several instances of Icarus loaded at the same time, it’s possible to show single instances with different color schemes. This helps to keep the orientation within complex projects with many tracks.
  • Wavetable editor: The wavetable editor includes a massive amount of advanced tools to tweak and create wavetables, like an additive spectrum editor or the possibility to paint waveforms with the mouse.
  • Effects: Icarus comes with a flexible, modular effects section. 53 different effects can be combined to build new and exciting effects. It’s possible to store the new creations to the harddisc or to import them.
  • Modulation: Icarus allows to connect dozens of modulation sources to all important sound parameters. Almost any parameter can be modulated well into audio-rate speed.

Icarus for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 149 EUR/ $199 USD.

More information: Tone2 Audio / Icarus

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David Purton
David Purton

No need to keep bringing this up in every Tone2 news post. It’s old info, by some cracker group no less. If you don’t like Tone2’s copy protection just move on, no need for a crusade. There’s are tons of happy users out there, who don’t experience any problems at all.

David Purton
David Purton
I think it’s nice for people to know what they are supporting. I didn’t voice any opinions in this post, just pointing out something for people to be aware of. The post I pointed to has varying opinions, and a fair argument for both sides of this discussion… The larger questions of what is ‘acceptable’ business practices are important, and I think should always be questioned… And I think that question is better BEFORE you have monetarily supported something. It’s not ‘problems’ I’m questioning, it’s Ethics. I thought this was an Audio Blog, fit for discussion, not just an advertising… Read more »

You’re linking to a post from 2008, where a cracking group talks about unethical practices…

I would like to see some proof that Tone2 is doing this exact thing today, with the release of Icarus. The plugin might “phone home”, but so does a lot of other software, including major DAW’s, plugins, operating systems, etc.

I hear your concern, but frankly it’s just getting old and annoying to hear the same thing every time Tone2 is mentioned somewhere.

David Purton
David Purton
I understand your feelings, but the discussion stiil resonates with me, and I don’t feel like this topic, in general, has been concluded… The fact that it is so prevalent in discussions when this developer is bought up is an afterthought for me, but the mention of this developer does align for a lot of people, with this subject… Hence why I put it out there. People like yourself and I who have been exposed to this topic since long ago, may grow weary the discussion, but there are people who have no knowledge of such things, and that is… Read more »