In this two-part video review, Meena Shamaly takes a look at what developers Tone2 claim to be “the most powerful synthesizer on the market”, Electra2. They are aware of how bold the claim is, and go on to explain on their website:
“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. Electra2 is ready for any type of music you play!
The instrument is equipped with a high-end quality sound engine, multilayer support and a wide range of music production features, but it’s designed to put you in control. Its friendly hands-on interface allows first-timers to easily create sounds and experts to delve into sound design as deeply as they want to. And with Tone2‘s high quality sound technology at its core, you’re not only working with a greater palette for creating original sounds, but also the best sound quality possible, with a lower CPU usage than any other type of workstation or synthesizer.
Electra2 comes with an astounding sound collection of over 1200 production-ready sounds by professional sound designers. A comfortable patch browser is provided to give you an instant overview of all the available categories and sounds, together with an on-screen keyboard to audition them from within the patch browser. Picking the sound you want is as easy as it can be.”
Electra2 is an extensive instrument, and thus each part of the review clocks in at about an hour.
Electra2 is available for 189 USD from Tone2’s website: https://tone2.com/
In Part 1, Meena focuses on the features and architecture of the Electra2 synth, and how it fares in the creation of your own sounds:
Part 2 takes a look at some of the numerous presets designed for Electra2: