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release date: 30.07.2014

Electra2

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Electra2 - the only synth you need to create a hit!

Many people say that Electra2 is the most powerful synthesizer on the market. This is a bold claim, but why is it true? Electra2 breathes new life into the term "synthesizer workstation". With its powerful and sonically versatile approach to audio production, it provides you with truly outstanding new sounds.

The instrument is equipped with a high-end quality sound engine with multi-layer support and a wide range of music production features. It's friendly, easy to use interface allows first-timers to easily create sounds and enables experts to delve into sound-design as deeply as they want to. With Tone2's high-end technology at its core, you're not only working with the best sound quality possible, but also a lower CPU usage and larger palette for creating original sounds than with any other type of workstation.

Electra2 comes with an astounding collection of over 1300 production-ready sounds by professional sound designers. A smart patch browser gives you an instant overview of all the available categories and sounds. Just pick the sound you want - it's that easy.

Update: For registered users of ElectraX an update to Electra2 is available on the manufacturers website.

Including an exclusive sample/wavetable pack produced by Best Service.

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Multi-layer = power4

Playing with Electra2 is a lot of fun because the multi-layer architecture allows you to create impressive tracks just by pressing a single key. "Multi-layer architecture" means that you have access to four synthesizers at the same time and all within one interface.

Each of the four layers is as an independent, full-featured multitimbral synthesizer consisting of up to 54 oscillators, dual multi-mode filters, a flexible modulation system, an effects section and its own arpeggiator. Together with this and the 14 different types of synthesis available, it's guaranteed that your sound design possibilities are virtually endless.

You can edit your sounds layer-by-layer, or edit multiple layers simultaneously. Separate synthesizer layers can be saved and loaded, allowing you to simply grab a layer you like from a patch and load it into another patch.

You can combine different layers, mix different types of synthesis, use keyboard splits and use different play modes like Poly, Mono, Legato or Glide per synth layer. Most of the patches that come with Electra2 already use multiple layers so mixing and merging your favorite patches into a new multi-layer sound is extremely simple.

Samples have never been so easy to use

Electra2's sample capabilities go far beyond normal playback. Load and manipulate your samples in ways that are impossible with other synths or samplers. Samples can be automatically tuned when loaded. Electra2 makes sure that your samples always play back at the highest quality possible. Play back samples in single or loop mode. Use the loop markers to set your own loop points. An easy to use auto-loop function allows click-free loops with no hassle.

The sample engine offers an edit menu with a wide selection of sample edit options, as well as no less than 12 effects to further process your samples. Special Quick-import-sample- and Quick-vocoder menu options are provided to guide you through setting up a sample or vocoder patch. Just follow the on-screen directions and Electra2 will do all the work for you. Your custom sample content is stored automatically with your songs or as a compact and compatible fxp file. You won't need to deal with broken songs, missing files or managing huge archives as in conventional samplers. With a higher sound quality than competing products, using samples together with synthesis has never been this easy: import your own samples, edit & process them where needed, and play.

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Oscillators and Synthesis

With an incredible selection of 15 different types of synthesis, Electra2 truly is the “Swiss Army Knife of synthesis methods” (Beat Magazine). Its versatile synthesis engine can easily replace a studio filled with hardware.

The synthesis types range from traditional ones such as the classic Virtual Analog, Wavetable, Subtractive, Phase Distortion and FM synthesis, up to Physical Modeling, Ultra-saw, Vocoder, Sync, Ringmod, PWM, Noise, Wave-shaping and Tone2's exclusive Fractal synthesis.
Each synthesis type was designed with the utmost attention to sound quality, musical potential and low CPU usage. They offer enormous scope for sound-creation, being limited only by your own imagination. Let your creativity run wild! You can mix different types of synthesis within single or multiple layers, import samples, re-synthesize a waveform or use a vocoder on one of the layers. You can literally build any sound imaginable and open up whole new worlds of sonic capabilities in innovative and inspiring ways.

Synth mode

Filters

Electra2 contains two multi-mode filters with 41 unique filter types, and includes three tone controls, as well as multi-mode distortions. The filter types range from traditional analog filters like Moog Low-pass, High-pass and Band-pass and digital ones like Vocal, Phaser, Aliaser and Fractal. Many of these filter types are exclusive to Tone2 and are not available in any other product. The filters are able to self-oscillate producing a wide range of timbres for further sculpting your sound to perfection. Most of the filter types use a special Analog control, which allows you to vary the amount of analog behavior applied by the filter. The filter section comes with two displays, which show the frequency response of the filter in real-time. This makes it easy to understand, how the filter affects the audio signal.

A dual distortion unit completes this section with six different modes, ranging from classic tube pre-amp distortions, to fuzz-box type distortion, and including wave shaping.

Effects

A great deal of time, effort and skill was spent to ensure that Electra2 featured a suite of high-end quality FXs that perfectly sync to your track's BPM. No less than 57 different effect processors are available, ranging from reverb, delay, multi-tap delay, smart-unison, trancegate, chorus, flanger and phaser, as well as vocoder, tremolo, vibrato, surround encode, rotary, EQ, distortion, amp simulation and compressor. A unique 'Reverb Infinity' effect is also included, which allows you to have an endless reverb signal. Both a master effect and four insert effects are provided to offer a wide variety of choices.

Electra2 also offers smart micro tuning, which makes chords sound more fat and more transparent at the same time. Optional punch and psycho-acoustic features are also included to add a little kick to your sound.

Modulation

Electra2 features an extensive modulation section for each of its layers. By using drag & drop or the matrix, Electra2 allows you to modulate almost any parameter with audio-rate speed. Modulation is done using fast and punchy-sounding envelopes, high quality LFOs which can be synchronized to your track's BPM, as well as a step LFO which can be used to create rhythmic sequences or custom wave-shapes. LFOs and envelopes each use a real-time display to make it easy to see your changes and get an instant overview of which settings are used. Using the modulation matrix you can further enhance your sound. Modulation can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Electra2's modulation system can provide any modulation routing you need to create the perfect sound.

Arpeggiator

The arpeggiator section offers an extended, yet hands-on way to both create and play arpeggios. Smart algorithms create melodies that are more musically useful than those offered by conventional arpeggiators. Best of all, by using Electra2's multi-layers you can even have four arpeggiators at the same time. Together with a host of editing features this allows you to create sequences as simple or as complex as you want. The arpeggiator also supports advanced features such as auto-chords, pitch-slides, legato, swing-shuffle and matrix integration. Working with the arpeggiator is simple, just select your notes as you normally would and set the play direction.

Electra 2.7 Features Overview

Features

  • Four synthesizers in one interface
  • High-end sound quality
  • Huge sonic range
  • High flexibility
  • 15 different, combinable synthesis methods
  • Free support and updates
  • Psychoacoustic processing
  • Low CPU load, multi-core processor support
  • Easy to use
  • 4x multitimbral, 4x stereo unison
  • Over 3000 sounds in 1369 presets by professional sound designers
  • 41 exclusive filter types
  • 53 oscillator types
  • 57 effect types; Master effect section with Equalizer
  • More than 1000 waveforms
  • 64x4 voices
  • Midi learn
  • Realtime displays
  • Drag & drop modulation
  • Expandability
  • Can import samples in wav format
  • Standalone version for PC
  • Flexible preset management
  • Context sensitive help

Summary of Features per Synthesizer Layer (x4)

  • Several playmodes: Monophonic, legato, polyphonic, glide
  • 3 multi-synthesis oscillators
  • Dual multi-mode filters
  • Dual multi-mode distortion/waveshaper
  • 3 LFOs (global or per voice) and a Step LFO, BPM syncable
  • Four Envelope generators
  • Arpeggiator
  • Insert effect, BPM syncable
  • Flexible modulation
  • Key splitting

57 studio quality effects:

  • Reverbs: Hall, Cathedral, Room, Infinity, Reverb Big, Glass, Band, Real, Hall old, Cathedral old, Gated, Reverse, ...
  • Delays: Delay, Delay band, Ping Pong, Multitap, ...
  • Smart Unison, Phaser FB, Phaser Stereo, Vibrato, Vibrato Stereo, Tremelo, Tremelo Stereo, Chorus, Ensemble, Phaser, Flanger, Rotary, Trancegate, Compressor, Ampsim, Equalizer, Punch, Surround Encode, ...
  • Vocoder

Summary of Synthesis methods & OSC features

  • Substractive
  • FM
  • Sample playback and import of own samples with loop support
  • Wavetables
  • Resynthesis function and the ability to load own waveforms
  • Ultrasaw (up to 18 detuned oscillators per voice)
  • Fractal (a completely new synthesis method)
  • Physical modeling
  • Phase distortion
  • Waveshaping
  • Exclusive oscillator types
  • PWM
  • Soft sync, hard sync
  • Noise
  • Ringmod
  • Vocoder
  • Analog oscillator modeling
  • Fat tuning

41 exclusive filter types

  • 13 analog modeled filters with self oscillation: Low-pass/High-pass/Band-pass 12dB/18dB/24dB, Moog, Butter, Filter-FM
  • High precision digital filters: Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass, Notch
  • Equalizers: LowShelf, HighShelf, Peak, Wide
  • Special types: Phaser, Comb+, Comb-, Vocals, Vocals2, Vocal AM, LP Shaped, LP AM, LP Elliptic, BP Boobs, M-Shape, Aliaser, Ringmod
  • Exclusive fractal filters
  • Physcial-modeling String, Physical-modeling Flute

Digital Notes Sehr Gut sm
DigitalNotes.de, sehr gut

Amazona sehr gut
Amazona.de, sehr gut

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Flag DEspacereleasetime.de 05/2015


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Electra2 erweist sich als enorm felxibles Klanglabor, das quer über alle Genres hinweg eingestzt werden kann

Electra2 Test bei relasetime,de


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Amazona Sehr Gut

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Tone2 macht mit seinem Software-Synthesizer Electra2 alles richtig und setzt mit Version 2 noch einmal einiges mit drauf. Man bekommt ein erfrischend intuitives und perfekt durchdachtes Plug-in, das irgendwie in allen Punkten alles richtig macht.

Electra2 ist ein hybrider Synthesizer für Klangtüftler. Mit ihm sind sehr experimentelle Sounds möglich. Es ist eine Meisterleistung, so viele Möglichkeiten in einer überschaubaren Oberfläche zu vereinen. Denn die Oberfläche vermeidet es trotz aller Möglichkeiten, kompliziert zu sein. Es ist alles da, alles ist sofort sichtbar und wer doch mal Fragen hat, nutzt einfach die Hilfefunktion im Menü. Sounds sind schnell zusammengedreht. Electra2 ist so logisch, dass man sogar als Anfänger sofort durchsteigt. Sogar die Modulations-Matrix ist selbsterklärend.

Die Sounddesigner der Patches machen eine großartige Arbeit. Sie sollten in einigen Fällen nur auf die Effekte verzichten, damit man hören kann, dass die Sounds trocken immer noch sehr überzeugend klingen. Hall hat ja leider auch den Ruf, immer ein wenig zu kaschieren. Und das ist hier überhaupt nicht nötig.

Auch positiv überraschend war die Stabilität und die geringen Systemanforderungen. Die Software läuft auf einem 6 Jahre alten Macbook, das sich dabei nicht überfordert fühlt. Hinzu kommt der freundliche Support, den man auch über die Tone2 Facebook-Seite bekommt. Besonders reizvoll für mich ist, dass Tone2 generell auf die Lizenz-Key Schiene verzichtet und Electra2 somit einiges an Komfort gewinnt.

Plus

  • sehr einfache Bedienung
  • viele Syntheseformen und Sampling
  • ausgezeichneter Klang
  • gute Presets
  • kein Lizenz-Dongle

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Enfin :
En plus de sa propre bibliothèque de sons, Electra2 est équipé de nombreuses options de réglages  conviviaux au cas où vous souhaitiez modifier les sons ou créer vos propres sons. Avec à la base la qualité sonore de la technologie de Tone2, vous travaillez avec une plus grande palette pour créer des sons originaux que tout autre type de workstation ou de synthé ne saurait offrir. Avec sa grande bibliothèque sonore, une multitude d'options de génération sonore, la lecture de l'échantillon et une grande sélection d'effets de qualité studio, Electra2 est prêt pour n'importe quel type de musique.


 


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Der Electra2 Software Synth von Tone2 überzeugt in allen Belangen. Er hat das Zeug dazu, mein Lieblingsssynth zu werden. Von daher kann ich die Software nur empfehlen. Auch der Preis von 149,- Euro ist für diesen Monstersynth nicht zu hoch.

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Eindrucksvolle Presets mit hohem Nutzwert... absolut zeitgemäßes sounddesign... angenehmer Gesamtklang... überzeugende Qualität... umfangreiche Ausstattung... erfreulich resourcenschonend


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Beat 6 points

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“Ein von Access Virus, Waldorf Microwave und Roland TB-303 inspiriertes Plug-in lässt aufhorchen... Die eierlegende Wollmilchsau Electra ist an Vielseitigkeit kaum zu übertreffen... weich und analog... Es gibt kaum etwas, das Electra nicht kann...  Die Möglichkeiten sind schier grenzenlos, die Bedienung ist einfach und die CPU-Last äußerst moderat.”
Wertung: 6 von 6; Empfehlung der Redaktion
 


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“An essential purchase and fully deserving of being your one go-to synth... outstanding do-it-all synth... hugely versatile synth that can excel in any genre... hugely powerful, diverse synthesis... stunning presets... excellent filters... all Christmases have come at once”
Score: 9 from 10 possible points; Computer Music Award

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The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europe’s largest independent customer review company.

 
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

This is a great all around plugin with the presets and tagging to die for

03.10.2018
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

Wow, this is a killer synth. So much audio fidelity. I like it more than Dune and Sylenth. It's got an amazing array of wave forms to manipulate. Great presets with easy to use browser.

18.03.2017
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

I like the look and layout of E'2 The new and unique approach to synthesis is refreshing and provides awesome sound possibilities Love It

31.12.2016
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PC: Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 10 / Vista  (32 bit or 64 bit)
PC formats: 32-bit VSTi, 64-bit VSTi, standalone

Mac: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
Mac formats: 32-bit VSTi, 64-bit VSTi, 32-bit Audiounit, 64-bit Audiounit

 

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