Tone2 Updates Electra 3 Synthesizer With ‘A Massive Number Of New Features’

Tone2 Audiosoftware has released Electra 3.0, “a giant update with a massive number of new features and sounds.”

Electra 3.0 features a scalable interface, with support for displays up to 8K; a deeper synth engine with new oscillator types, modulation types and more; improved effects; more efficient CPU usage; and more.

Here’s what’s new:

New features – interface:

  • GUI with 16 different sizes (with and without editor / effects).
  • Native support for WQHD, 4K, 5K and 8K UHD displays.
  • GUI can be scaled from 50% up to 300% by clicking in the lower right corner.
  • Smoother animations and more responisve controls.
  • Support for hardware-acceleration.
  • Ultrasharp graphics with enhanced HiDpi and Retina Display support.
  • The SYNTH button flashes when a layer plays a note.This makes it easier to work with several arpeggiators.
  • Automatic detection of the ideal GUI size.
  • A check-mark shows the last loaded custom-waveform.
  • Online help with tutorial videos.

New features – synthesis:

  • 118 additional patches that make use of the new features. The synth ships with 1439 patches now.
  • The 8Bit noise oscillator can create lo-fi fx sounds from the past.The sound can be changed with PW and the key.
  • Major and minor chords are available as additional key modes for the arpeggiator.
  • The new ‘Transient shaper’ adds punch and presence to the sounds. It can be accessed in the ‘sound mode’ selector.
  • The new ‘Transient + Bass’ mode adds presence and dynamic bass pressure to the sounds.It can be accessed in the ‘sound mode’ selector.
  • New analog pulse oscillator types : Pulse 1/2, Pulse 2/5, Pulse 1/3, Pulse 1/4, Pulse 1/5, Pulse 1/6, Pulse 1/8.
  • New analog oscillator types with inverted phase : Saw invert, Pulse invert.
  • New analog oscillator types : Impulse, Sine Flip, Comb 2, Comb 3.
  • New reverb-types : Cold, Theater and Hangar.
  • 40 new waveforms for the custom-wave/wavetable oscillators.
  • New bipolar modulation source : “Step LFO/Envelope +-“.
  • Monophonic LFOs that re-trigger only with the first pressed key (set the LFO mode to ‘Mono’).
  • Monophonic STEP LFOs (set the trigger mode to ‘Mono loop’).

Enhancements – synthesis:

  • The audio-engine now uses 64-bit precision instead of 32-bit, which results in a higher sound-quality.
  • CPU useage has been lowered.
  • Maximum Delay-time has been extended.
  • Enhanced sound of the automatic micro-tuning : A wide range of chords are detected.
  • Replaced ‘Reverb Hall’ with a better sounding algorithm.
  • Slightly enhanced sound of the Reverb types ‘Cathedral’, ‘Room’, ‘Infinity’, ‘Big’, ‘Glass’, ‘Plate’.
  • The arpeggiator’s Stack-mode has been enhanced and can handle polyphonic input and duplicate notes.
  • Enhanced sound of Unison.
  • Unused matrix slots are cleaned-up automatically after saving patches.

New Multistep-Envelope / LFO (available for each one of the 4 synth-layers):

  • The STEP LFO has been completely rewritten.
  • It can be used as a Multistep Envelope by changing trigger-mode to Envelope.
  • The modulation capabilities of the synth have been extended drastically.
  • Editing and sound-design is more intuitive.
  • A realtime-display visualizes the current shape.
  • The current play-position is shown.
  • Unused parts of the LFO are faded-out.
  • The STEP LFO shape and values are not longer only updated after NoteOn.
  • It offers higher precision timing.
  • It is able to interpolate and sounds a lot smoother.

New Multistep-Envelope / LFO waveforms:

  • Linear to left : Interpoles smoothly to the step located to the left.
  • Cubic to left : Interpolates with a cubic spline.
  • Analog slow : Analog envelope smoothing with low cutoff.
  • Analog medium : Analog envelope smoothing with medium cutoff.
  • Analog fast : Analog envelope smoothing with high cutoff.
  • Analog reverse : Inverted analog envelope.
  • Saw down : The step ramp downwards.
  • Saw up : The step ramps upwards.
  • Triangle : The step ramps upwards and downwards.
  • Triangle 25 % : Sloped triangle.
  • Triangle 75 % : Sloped triangle.
  • Pulse 0 % : The second part of the step is 0.
  • Pulse 50 % : The first part of the step is 0.
  • Decay 1 : Slow analog decay envelope.
  • Decay 2 : Fast analog decay envelope.
  • Attack 1 : Slow analog attack envelope.
  • Attack 2 : Fast analog attack envelope.
  • Sine / 2 : Sine with half frequency.
  • Cosine / 2 : Cosing with half frequency.
  • Sine + -: Bipolar sine.
  • FM Sine : The FM modulated sine is useful for wobbles.
  • FM Square : FM modulated square-wave.
  • FM Saw down : The FM modulated saw is useful for wobbles.
  • FM Saw up : The FM modulated saw is useful for wobbles.
  • Noise : A step with noise.
  • Diffusion : Noisy diffusion between steps

Enhancements – interface:

  • Completely rewritten GUI code.
  • More beautiful graphics for the LCD displays.
  • The animations of the filter, LFO, waveform and envelope-displays are drastically faster and smoother.
  • More contrast for the knob-handles.
  • Reworked many graphics.
  • LFO waveform display is bigger.
  • Keyboard in patch browser is hidden when editor or effects are hidden.
  • Fine-tuned many coordinates in the interface.
  • Fine-tuned some colors.
  • More immediate control of filter cutoff and parameters.
  • More tooltips with better descriptions.
  • Layers are initialized with a smoothed gate shape.
  • Patch browser can now also be opened by clicking on ‘BROWSER’ or the display on the upper left.
  • A finger is shown when hovering over ‘BROWSER’ to indicate that the control is click – able.
  • The interface gets a blue shading when drag & drop modulation is used.
  • When a patch uses the STEP Lfo it is show automatically after loading.
  • The user is warned if he / she selects a GUI size that is too large for the screen.

Enhancements – synthesis:

  • Enhanced sound quality.
  • More precise pitch calculation.
  • Higher precision timing of the LFOs.
  • Enhanced sound of white noise.
  • Enhanced sound of pink noise.
  • Analog oscillators are more in-tune and have more beautiful noise.
  • Step LFO shape and values are not longer updated only on NoteOn.
  • Step LFO is able to interpolate and sounds smoother.

Other enhancements:

  • Enhanced DAW compatibility and stability.
  • Performance optimizations.
  • Smarter detection of the installation path on PC to avoid duplicate installations.
  • All links are now https.
  • A huge number of small enhancements.

Pricing and Availability:

Electra 3.0 is available now, with an intro price of $169 USD.

5 thoughts on “Tone2 Updates Electra 3 Synthesizer With ‘A Massive Number Of New Features’

  1. If they would price their bundle like other companys for example NI or Arturia at 399€, I would buy it but 800€ no thanks… And NKS presets would also been great with this amount presets. Big Pass, my bank says thanks 😛

  2. Love all of Tone2 stuff. Electra is my favorite. Glad to see it updated. I’m still not seeing responses to threads I subscribe to, BTW. And I’m sure I clicked the notification box.

  3. Was skeptical. Tried the demo. After a few days of testing it, I bought it. Felt very quickly at home. One of the finest Virtual Analogues (VA) that I’ve come accross. Yes, it does much more, yet it feels at home in VA territory. Got curious about their other products.

    This company’s other synth, Icarus 2, is an incredibly flexible wavetable synth that can sound either heavenly or like the deepest pits of hell – depends on your mood; if you can think it, you can make it – and then improves on it. Has a patch random function that occasionaly throws outs REAL gems. The GUI has all parameters easily reachable, I thought it might be too cramped but works surprisingly well, everything can be modified with very few clicks. The Oscilators and its Mutators are a joy to use – and the filters are superb!

    Both synths have some type of perceptual dynamic microtuning algos that improve overall intonation (you notice it on chords). Still getting my head around that, but difference is clear when comparing to other VSTs. The one in Icaurus seems to be more sophisticated.

    I wish I had heard about these synths years ago, they seem to be quite underrepresented with synth enthusiasts.

    The not so great: default presets on both synths seem to be mostly geared towards EDM, so I did not find them useful at all for me (they have additional patches for sale, but I tend to do my own anyway and cannot justify spending more). As well, general FX slots are limited (2 in Electra and 3 in Icarus) and routing is a bit pants but I’ve got enough FX plugins to address this so this doesn’t bother me.

    All in all, these two are now my workhorses (aaaand I’m done buying stuff for the year). Whatever you expect of either, they will likely exceed it.

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