Tone2 Icarus v1.6.0
Icarus is an extremely powerful synthesizer-workstation. The award-winning audio-engine provides a gigantic sonic range, offers true high-end sound quality and creates a wide range of sounds impossible with other synths. Icarus ships with 1600 hand-picked patches created by professionals.
Professional testers from various audio-magazines are convinced that Icarus is an epic synthesizer and a must-have for producers.
This workstation is one of the most versatile and mighty synthesizers ever. Icarus offers 54 different synthesis methods and provides a gigantic sonic range. The audio engine is not only able to create all classic synthesizer sounds. It can produce a vast range of fresh sounds, which are impossible with other products. The innovative ‘3D wavetable synthesis’, which is exclusive to Icarus, creates a new dimension of sounds with dynamic expression and acoustic movement. Besides that many other unique synthesis-methods are available that can be combined freely.
Icarus comes with the largest collection of filters available within a synthesizer. The audio-engine offers many powerful features like a drum-sequencer, a built-in vocoder, re-synthesis, a glitch-sequencer, the most advanced wavetable-editor available, an extremely mighty oscillator section, MSEGs, …
However, the synth still remains very easy to use. A comfortable interface with drag & drop support gives you instant help, visual feedback and immediate acoustic results.
The award-winning audio engine offers high-end sound quality and extreme flexibility with low demands on your CPU.
Icarus ships with an inspiring collection of 1600 production-ready sounds created by professional designers. A smart patch browser allows you to find the right sound rapidly.
- Icarus is a powerful synthesizer-workstation
- Icarus is also the most advanced wavetable-synthesizer on the market, but not limited to wavetable-synthesis
- The audio-engine can do 54 different synthesis modes and is able to produce all important synthesizer sounds
- The 3D-wavetable-synthesis allows a new dimension of dynamic expression
- High-end sound-quality with low CPU-requirement
- Easy-to-use interface with animated displays and context-sensitive help
- Huge sonic range
- Over 1600 presets by professional designers
- GUI with 12 sizes, 3 zoom-levels and 26 color-schemes
- Drag & drop modulation
- Drum-sequencer with 100 drum-patterns
- Powerful arpeggiator with autochord-support, shuffle and swing
- 3 x 53 effects, vocoder
- 10x stereo hypersaw, unison, stacks, chords
- Polyphonic, monophonic, several legato modes
- The most powerful filter-section available on the market: Dual multi-mode filters with 62 filter-types and 8 distortion-types
- Customizable user-interface
- Expandability, modular
Icarus 1.6 is a major update, which is available for free. It includes new resynthesis modes, additional effects, a better user interface, enhanced sound and many new features. Icarus 1.6 is downward compatible with all previous versions. All existing song projects and patches can be loaded without any further steps necessary. They will benefit from the enhanced sound quality.
IMPORT SAMPLE->’Resynthesis smart pitch snap’ drastically enhances the sound quality of the resynthesis function. You can select a WAV file and it automatically creates a synthesizer patch which syncs to BPM.
IMPORT SAMPLE->’Resynthesis of melody’ is a new feature. It can import complete phrases or melodies in WAV format. It automatically programs a patch that sounds very similar to the original. It reprograms the melody in the arpeggiator. Furthermore, it creates a wavetable with the harmonic content of the patch. The patches can further be tweaked, time stretched or modified.
IMPORT SAMPLE->’Resynthesis with dynamic pitch’ can import a wave. It automatically creates a patch which sounds similar to the original one. This mode does analyze the pitch information of the patch and programs the STEP LFO with a pitch envelope.
IMPORT SAMPLE->’Beat slice drumloop’ cuts a sample into 16 or 32 waveforms and creates a patch with plays a BPM synced loop.
New effect: ‘Reverb Gated’ which syncs to the BPM rate. It works best for drum sounds or arpeggiators.
New effect: ‘Reverb Gated Echo’ is Gated Reverb with a delay which syncs to BPM.
New effect: ‘Reverb Reverse’ which syncs to the BPM rate.
New effect: ‘Reverb Decay’ which syncs to the BPM rate.
The patch browser shows a scrollbar if more than 26 categories exist.
‘Shift notes up’ shifts the notes in the arpeggiator one halftone up.
‘Shift notes down’ shifts the notes in the arpeggiator one halftone down.
‘Rotate 1 slot left’ rotates the notes in the arpeggiator.
‘Rotate 1 slot right’ rotates the notes in the arpeggiator.
The morph knob now shows the number of quantized steps.
The wavetable editor shows a large slider with a grid if modifiers with ‘value’ are edited.
Osc->Tool ‘Resynthesis smart snap’.
Wavetable editor->Spectrum->’Sort by brightness’ sorts waveforms by their harmonic content. It can be used to create wobbles.
Wavetable editor->Resynthesis->’Resynthesis smart snap’.
Wavetable editor->Mix->’Fade in’.
Wavetable editor->Mix->’Fade out’.
Wavetable editor->Phase->’Rotate’ shifts the phase of all selected waveforms.
Added some tooltips to the wavetable editor.
Create a random arpeggiator pattern with TOOL->’Init random octaves’.
Create a random arpeggiator pattern with fifths with TOOL->’Init random fifths’.
Create a random arpeggiator pattern with a random interval with TOOL->’Init random interval’.
52 additional patches.
Slightly enhanced sound quality of ‘Import Sample’->’Create patch: Resynthesis…’.
More smart path selection on PC for loading/saving.
Enhanced performance of some knobs, especially the LFO sends.
The knobs MORPH, FADE, WAVE, PHASE do not longer switch the LFO.
A hand symbol is shown for text-style parameters which can be altered with the mouse.
Enhanced sound of ‘Reverb Medium’, ‘Reverb Real’, ‘Reverb Trance’ especially for small sizes.
Enhanced sound of ‘Formant Cross’ morphmode.
Enhanced sound of ‘Vocoder’ morphmode.
Slightly enhanced sound of ‘Reverb Big’ and ‘Reverb Infinity’ with reduced low frequency rumble.
Wavetable editor is more easy and comfortable to use.
Undo function now also works with arpeggiator, fx tool, matrix tool, eq tool and filter tool menu.
Reduced a click when routing a saw LFO to WAVE.
Better default effect settings for Ensemble, Reverb Dark, Delay Fat, Delay Pingpong, Delay Diffuse, Delay Band.
‘Create random patch’ gives better results.
Modulation depth of knobs could have been incorrect if matrix target was switched.
Removed wrong up/down arrows in the STEP LFO.
Fixed a compatibility problem with recording automation in some hosts.