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Tone2 Audiosoftware releases Rayblaster2 public beta


Tone2 Audiosoftware has launched a public beta of its upcoming RayBlaster2 synthesizer instrument.

Tone2 Rayblaster 2

RayBlaster unveils a completely new & unique dimension of sounds, exclusive to Rayblaster and not possible with other synthesizers. The revolutionary Impulse Modeling Synthesis is not just a marketing buzzword – but a radically new and different approach to synthetic sound generation.

RayBlaster2 is 100% downward compatible with all previous versions. All existing song projects and patches can be loaded without any further steps necessary. The upgrade is free for all customers, who purchased RayBlaster in 2016 or 2017.

Changes in Rayblaster2

  • New features:
    • Over 500 new patches, the total number of patches has increased to 1076.
    • Added a comfortable patch browser.
    • Drag&Drop support: Drag an evnelope or lfo and drop it to a knob to create a matrix entry for modulation.
    • Right-click on a knob opens a menu where you can assign a massive amount of modulation sources.
    • Modulation depth control on top left of a knob if a source is assigned.
    • Sectors on knobs show the modulation amount. Clipping is shown in red.
    • Hovering the mouse over a knob shows the current parameter value and the modulation source.
    • Added “Psychoacoustic+”, a new psychoacoustic mode with enhanced presence.
    • The patches can be ranked by clicking on the stars in the patch browser. The rankins are stored as .rnk files within RayBaster_sounds.
    • Information tags (like legato, unison, etc) for every patch are shown in ‘info’ tab of the patch browser.
    • File->’Quick save patch’ overwrites a patch with the new settings.
    • Additonal osc window functions ‘Triangle’,’Hard square’,’Harder square’, ‘Taper’, ‘Sine’, ‘Fish’, ‘Add square’, ‘Lips’.
    • Responsive and smart GUI with tooltips.
    • Parameters can be reset to the default value with right-click->reset.
    • Switching the effect type now selects good default paramter values.
    • Edit->’Clean matrix’ cleans up the mod matrix and resets unused slots.
    • Edit->’Reset midi learn’ removes all midi CC assignments.
    • Midi learn support: Right-click on a knob to assign a CC.
    • New effect ‘Reverb Ultra’. It uses the Tone2 UltraSpace algorithm. It is inspired by the Lexicon units.
    • New effect ‘Reverb Big’ which has a huge diffuse ambience.
    • New effect ‘Reverb Infinite’ which simulates an infinite large room. It is useful for ambient music.
    • New effect ‘Reverb Trance’ which has an detuned sound. It is usful for electronic music.
    • New effect ‘Reverb Band’ which has an bandlimited reverb tail. It gives a cleaner mix.
    • New effect ‘Reverb Glass’. It damps low frequencies and has a very bright sound.
    • New effect ‘Reverb Spring’ which sounds like a vintage reverb.
    • New effect ‘Reverb Feedb’ which has a ringing sound.
    • New effect ‘Delay Fat’ is a fat sounding delay.
    • New effect ‘Delay Diffuse’ is a delay with a silky and diffuse sound.
    • New effect ‘Delay Dual’ is a double delay with independend times for left and right.
    • New effect ‘Tape Delay’ whith the sound of an analog tape with detuned Wow.
    • New effect ‘Echo’ with fixed delay times in ms.
    • New effect ‘Resonator’ with a ringing, oil-tank like sound.
    • New effect ‘Reflections’ which results in many chaotic echoes.
    • New effect ‘Chorus 2’ is an industry standard chorus.
    • New effect ‘Hypersaw’ which sounds like many detuned oscillators.
    • New effect ‘Phaser Feedb’ is a phaser with feedback.
    • New effect ‘Phaser Stereo’ is a stereo phaser with feedback.
    • New effect ‘Flanger Feedb’ is a flanger with feedback.
    • New effect ‘Flanger Stereo’ is a stereo phaser with feedback.
    • New effect ‘Vibrato’.
    • New effect ‘Stereo vibrato’.
    • New effect ‘Tremolo’.
    • New effect ‘Autopan’ which pans the sound left and right.
    • 134 new impulse responses in wav format.
    • 32 bit wav file format support.
    • Support for exotic wav file headers (Logic X).
    • Edit->’Init gate: Ramp up / down / up & down / down & up / random’ initializes varius shapes for the step sequencer.
    • Edit->’Create random patch’.
    • Help->’Show version info’.
    • Help->’Download updates’.
    • Additional sound categories ‘Wobble’, ‘Pluck’, ‘Pad 2’ and ‘Sequence’.
  • Enhancements:
    • Better sound quality by adding a high-end resampling algorithm.
    • Extended sonic range with more ‘low-end’.
    • Completely reworked user interface.
    • More linear frequency response, especially for high frequencies.
    • Enhanced sound of the effects by adding oversampling.
    • Enhanced Init patch settings.
    • It’s much more easy to get good results when building own sounds.
    • File, Edit & Help menues now pop up from beneath.
    • Better compatibility with older hosts.
    • Support for exotic mouse drivers.
    • More soft parameter smoothing.
    • Better workflow.
    • Higher quality waveform playback.
    • New knobs with enhanced performance.
    • Parameters are more easy to adjust.
    • Slighly enhanced gui skin and colors.
    • Legato is more easy to setup.
    • Many other small enhancements for the user interface.
    • 2x and 4x stereo unison is more easy to setup.
    • Category is rotating for a more comfortable patch browsing.
    • More precise coordinates for the layout.
    • Enhanced sound of ‘Delay’ effect by adding spline interpolation.
    • Enhanced sound of ‘PingPong’ effect by adding spline interpolation.
    • Enhanced sound of ‘Multitap’ effect by adding a lowcut filter.
    • More smart mousewheel support.
    • More chaotic behavour of the random lfo types in free mode.
    • Enhanced performance.
    • Higher quality waveform resampling.
    • Extended range of synced LFO phase.
    • Enhanced sound of unison.
    • Clicking on ‘Next Bank’ now rotates to the first entry if the last one has been reached.
    • Updated and extended demo version.
    • Reworked many existing factory sounds.
    • Lower CPU on Mac.
    • More robustness and stability.
  • Changes:
    • Matrix source ‘Env1’ has been renamed to ‘Aux Env1’.
    • ‘Gate’ has been renamed to ‘Step’.
    • Moved some sounds to a different category.
    • ‘Off’ window function has been renamed to ‘Off/Square’.
  • Fixes:
    • Workaround for buggy hosts, which forget noteOff commands. The Arp does not longer produce a hanging note.

Rayblaster2 will be available in early March. The public beta is now available for download from the Tone2 forum.

More information: Tone2 Audiosoftware

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