Tone2 Icarus: Is This Now the Most Powerful Wavetable Synthesizer?

This summer, any composers who are out looking for new tools to expand their catalog of music composition should consider Tone2’s Icarus, a recently released plugin wavetable synthesizer.

For those who do not know wavetable synthesis is one of, if not THE oldest techniques to create different sounds with a computer. According to McGill University’s music department, “It involves the storage of a single period of a periodic waveform in a circular buffer. By varying the ‘speed’ with which a read pointer is advanced through the buffer, one can achieve output waveforms of different frequencies.”

What makes the Icarus more interesting is the claim that it allows for “3D” wavetable synthesis: it allows for cross-blending of waveforms, significantly increasing the possibilities for unique, signature sounds.

Icarus offers the power of hardware and the flexibility of software. It offers a huge sonic range and is extremely versatile, but still remains very easy to use. The exceptionally powerful audio engine is able to reproduce all important synthesizer sounds. As a result you can replace a very expensive collection of hard- and software with a single synthesizer. Furthermore you do not longer have to deal with a large number of different and complicated user interfaces.
This synthesizer can do: All classic synthesis methods, 3D wavetables, morphing, resynthesis of samples and speech, vocoder …  It has: 53 effects, 3×10 stereo oscillators with hypersaw, dual stereo filters with 62 filter types, a powerful wavetable editor…

The number of features are dizzying, so for those that are interested, be sure to check out Tone2’s website.

The Icarus plugin is available for purchase at $199.


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