Tone2 Updates Electra3 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.

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.

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


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