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Markus Krause

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Electra3 released
« on: February 09, 2023, 11:46:07 AM »
New! Electra 3.0

Product page:

https://www.tone2.com/electra.html

The update to v3.0 is a giant update that is downward-compatible with all previous versions. All your existing songs and patches can be loaded without any further steps necessary and will benefit from the enhanced sound-quality.

What's new in Electra3?
https://www.tone2.com/electra-update.html

Video - new features:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCJHxwB6NZU
 
Video - new sounds:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM87JX6Zh0k


Click here for a large view of the new interface: https://www.tone2.com/mypic/Tone2_Electra_3_screenshot_4K.jpg


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.
-    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.