Tone2 Gla­di­a­tor 3

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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.

URL tone2.com

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