Tone2 Gladiator 3
The original Gladiator came out fighting back in 2008, with its novel HCM synthesis leading to a 9/10 review score on these pages; our reviewer called it a “seriously fine-sounding instrument”.
Then, what do you know, Version 2 knocked us out all over again the year after that. Now, over a decade since its debut, Tone2 unleash Gladiator 3. Headlining the gargantuan feature list is a whole new interface with four sizes, and a “comfortable” new patch browser with preset ranking.
Sonically, there’s a new “high-end” quality mode, 18 extra unison modes “with a diverse selection of chords”, six more LFO shapes, new loop modes, more phase modifiers, and loads more. It should be out by November, priced $169.
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