Tone2 Audiosoftware are proud to officially announce the release of Saurus Analog Synthesizer. Saurus takes the high regarded analog sound from the past into the unlimited digital realm, fusing them together with a user interface that invites to tweak and a multitude of unique sound sculpting tools exclusive to Saurus. All without placing heavy demands on your CPU or budget.
True analog sound with state of art functionality!
It has been the aim of developers the world over to bring the best “Virtual Analog” synths possible to re-create the sound of classic hardware.
However, unlike many competitors who sell ‘Virtual Analog Synthesizers’ which are at best mere approximations of what happens in the real world, Tone2 set out to create not just another synthesizer with character, but one that truly represents the sound of analog hardware. They carefully measured and modeled the circuits of many classic performance synthesizers, even including single capacitors and resistors to
provide an extremely accurate analog model, faithfully capturing the spirit and character of these old machines.
At the heart of Saurus are its high-end quality oscillators employing our True Analog Modeling Technology, which produces a warm characteristic sound reminiscent of the hardware units from the past. Unlike their hardware counterparts these oscillators offer much more then just simple sound generation. Pulse Width Modulation which can be applied to all wave types opens up an incredible sonic range when used to modulate from one wave shape to another.
Together with Oscillator Sync, Oscillator Drift and AM & FM noise modulation an even broader range of sounds can be dialed-in, be it from using drift to introduce minor circuit instabilities, to complete analog chaos with the sync and noise modulation features. Taking things even further, Saurus offers a selection of both standard as well as a large number of wave types from exotic synths to choose from, no more being limited to just 3 basic waveforms!
No analog sound would be complete without an excellent filter capable of sounding both lush when needed or screaming when over driven. Analog-esque filters are far from perfect, suffering from distortion, noise, phase shift and self-oscillation, but it is exactly these imperfections that gives them more character than their sterile sounding digital counterparts. Which is why Saurus comes with a filter section modeled after a variety of analog filters, with precisely modeled non-linearity and self-oscillation to make them sound every bit as characterful as its core sound. To top it all off the filter section also includes FilterFM, Filter Feedback and an analog modeled Distortion for that little extra grit.
Modulation & Effects
The modulation system is based around punchy envelopes, LFOs that can run at audio-rate and an extremely flexible modulation matrix.
It features several exclusive new ways to take the sound sculpting even further. Our unique modulation value modifiers for example can be used to filter or shape envelope and LFO waveforms. While the Voiceout source allows you to use the audio output of a voice to modulate any matrix destination like cutoff or unison spread to create chaos.
With these modulation options an almost infinite number of sound shaping possibilities are now within your reach. To compliment its sound Saurus also features various essential effects such as chorus, delay, reverb, tube amp and psychoacoustic processing, again of extremely high quality.
Arpeggiator & Gate
Saurus’ arpeggiator is one of kind when it comes to features. A lot of thought went into creating an arpeggiator that doesn’t just offer the basic note step functionality but takes the concept even further by adding features like custom patterns, chords, double, triple note, swing and per step velocity. This ensures your arpeggio sequence can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be.
Extreme Power at Low Cost
You may need to pay a lot to get true analog quality sound, opt to use hardware with its many disadvantages or need an extremely powerful processor to cope with the demands of software. Once again, enter Saurus: Finally true analog sound does not longer require expensive hardware, very few synthesizers that have analog themes can claim they have such little demand let alone broad sound, letting Saurus stand tall.
- True Analog Modeling Technology, covers all important aspects of traditional analog synths
- Low CPU and high reliability
- Low price
- Easy-to-use interface
- Mono, Legato & Polyphonic modes employing analog voice management
- Two Syncable Oscillators and two Sub Oscillators
- Includes not just standard waveforms but also a large number of exotic ones
- Pulse Width Modulation and Oscillator Sync applicable to every waveform
- Oscillator Drift, Phase and Noise Modulation controls
- Noise FM, AM and Ring Modulation for Oscillators
- Analog filter with self-oscillation, nonlinearity, 6 filter types, FM and feedback
- LFOs and modulation capable of running at audio-rate
- Powerful Arpeggiator with extensive configuration possibilities
- Flexible Modulation Matrix with new features, including a filter
- Programmable gate
- 4x Stereo Unison modes with spread and panning control
- Analog modeled Distortion and Tube amp
- Optional Psycho-Acoustic processing
- High-end quality Effects
- Ships with 563 outstanding presets from 21 top sound designers
Pricing & Availability
Saurus Analog Synthesizer is available now for €99 / $119 and ships in the following formats:
PC: VSTi 32 bit, VSTi 64 bit, Standalone 32 bit, Standalone 64 bit
Mac: VSTi 32 bit, VSTi 64 bit, AU 32 bit, AU 64 bit Universal Binary for 32 bit Intel, 64 bit Intel and Power PC
Additional information is available at www.tone2.com