Tone2 Audio Icarus 3D Wavetable Synthesizer Update 1.1

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The wonderful Icarus 3D Wavetable Synthesizer got today a great update with some very interesting feature like Drag&Drop support. I produced during the beta a demonstration of the included vocoder. 

Available here: Icarus 1.1

Icarus is a powerful, new synthesizer with ‘3D wavetable synthesis’. It offers a fresh sound, which quickly catches the audiences’ attention. The innovative resynthesis can rebuild nearly any sound with a mouse-click. The easy to use interface and a massive amount of inspiring factory sounds allow a rapid creation of professional tracks.

New features in Icarus 1.1 
  • Drag&Drop support: Drag LFO/ENV 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 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 modulation source.
  • The buttons of OSCs, Filters, LFOs, ENVs, which are inactive are grayed out.
  • Responsive GUI with tooltips.
  • New waveform display mode ‘Hypersaw’, which shows the detuning of the oscillators.
  • Help->Show version info.
  • Mouse cursor changes on editing halftones in arp.
  • Right click on a knob->reset initializes to the default value.
  • Visual feedback if a button in the wavetable editor is pressed.
  • TRIG button for the LFO section.
  • New sync mode for LFOs ‘Arp/LFO soft trig’ which retriggers monophonic LFOs after 1 second of silence.
  • New sync mode for LFOs ‘Arp/LFO classic trig’, which allows to set free mode for every LFO individually.
  • SEMI knob for the OSC section.
  • New matrix target ‘Filter Balance’. It’s useful to control the relationship of the filter volumes when two filters are routed in parallel.


  • Drawing custom shapes with the STEP LFO is more comfortable.
  • Better work-flow.
  • Enhanced performance of the knobs.
  • Parameters are more easy to adjust.
  • Patch rankings are only stored when the user clicks on the stars.
  • Display mode is now ‘smart’ and tries to auto-detect the right one.
  • Polished some graphics.
  • Reduced RAM requirement. More instances can be loaded in 32-bit.
  • Many other small enhancements for the user interface.
  • Quick save is more smart.
  • Category is rotating for a more comfortable patch browsing.
  • Workaround for buggy hosts which submit duplicate noteOn commands. The Arp does not longer produce hanging note.
  • Legato is more easy to setup.
  • Drag&Drop of a wav sample to the OSC display can now create a new resynthesized patch.
  • LFOs are more smart.
  • Mousewheel on Arp notes now selects octaves.


  • MONO in the LFO section has been replaced with TRIG.
  • Enhanced automation parameter naming
  • On initializing a new patch the default mode is set to ‘Arp/LFO soft trig’.
  • OSC Punch and OSC Keyfollow button have been moved to SETUP.


  • Matrix source ‘Filter Env’ sometimes didn’t work.
  • Removed a glitch from ‘Alien Spaceship Mac.fxp’
  • The browser of the Mac 64 bit version sometimes did display the stars of the first patch incorrectly
  • Clicking below Vocoder in the wavetable editor did open an abandoned menu.

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