Icarus synthesizer VST AU plugin - Technical details

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  • Icarus 3 is a powerful synthesizer-workstation
  • It is also the most advanced wavetable-synthesizer on the market, but not limited to wavetable-synthesis
  • The audio-engine can do 65 different synthesis modes and is able to produce all important synthesizer sounds
  • The 3D-wavetable-synthesis allows a new dimension of dynamic expression
  • True high-end sound-quality with low CPU-requirement
  • Easy-to-use interface with animated displays and context-sensitive help
  • Huge sonic range
  • Over 1891 presets with over 2000 sounds by professional designers
  • GUI with 26 sizes and 37 different skins
  • Drag & drop modulation
  • Drum-sequencer with 100 drum-patterns
  • Powerful arpeggiator with autochord-support, shuffle and swing
  • 3 x 57 effects, vocoder
  • Glitch-sequencer
  • Hypersaw, Supersaw, unison, stacks, chords
  • Polyphonic, monophonic, several legato modes
  • The most powerful filter-section available on the market: Dual multi-mode filters with 65 filter-types and 15 distortion-types
  • Customizable user-interface
  • Expandability, modular


  • Sound engine with true stereo-architecture, stereo oscillators and filters
  • 3D-wavetable-synthesis: Waves can be morphed in 3 dimensions
  • Multicore-processor support
  • MSEGs with BPM sync (multistage envelope generators)
  • Very flexible mod-matrix with precise modulation up to the audio-range
  • Efficient patch-browser
  • The most powerful wavetable-editor available on the market
  • Spectrum-editor for editing single harmonics
  • The re-synthesis allows you to rebuild any sound with a mouse-click
  • A random-buttom allows you to create new sounds with a mouse-click
  • Sample-import and automatic tuning
  • 65 different synthesis-modes that can be combined
  • Dual multi-mode filters with 2 x 62 filter types
  • 2 x 16 distortion types
  • 3 x 57 effects, vocoder, trancegate
  • 10x Hypersaw, 12x Megasaw, 14x Supersaw, unison, stacks
  • Polyphonic, monophonic, legato
  • Up to 256 waveforms per wavetable
  • Unlimited number of wavetables and waveforms
  • Random-generator for wavetables
  • Midi-learn
  • MPE-support (Midi polyphonic expression)
  • Context sensitive help
  • Drag & drop modulation
  • Punchy envelopes and very fast LFOs
  • Expandability
  • Customizable user interface
  • Can import and export samples, waveforms or wavetables in wav format
  • Standalone version for PC
  • Flexible preset-management
  • Microtuning for enhanced chords
  • Equalizer with dynamic bass-boost and psychoacoustic processing.
  • Free support and updates

Modulators (all can be used simunaniously)

  • 2 MSEGs (loop support, BPM-sync)
  • 4 AHDSR envelopes
  • 14 Decay envelopes
  • 2 Hold envelopes
  • 16 LFOs with sine waveform
  • 3 LFOs with 45 morphable waveforms and BPM-sync
  • Step-LFO / gate with custom-waveform
  • Arpeggiator
  • Various Midi CCs
  • 4 Noise sources
  • Key-split

Synthesis methods (can be combined)

  • 3D wavetables / classic wavetables
  • Hypersaw / stereo Hypersaw / Supersaw / stereo Supersaw / Megasaw / stereo Megasaw / unison
  • Additive synthesis
  • Subtractive / analog
  • FM with up to 6 operators
  • Granular synthesis
  • Speech-synthesis
  • Formant-synthesis
  • Resynthesis of samples
  • Vocoder
  • Wave-shaping
  • PWM
  • Sync
  • Ringmod, AM
  • Noise
  • Physical-modeling
  • Phase-distortion
  • Time-stretching
  • Pitch-shifting
  • Samples
  • Harmonic-morphing
  • FFT-filtering
  • Lofi
  • Import of waveforms and wavetables
  • Stacks / chords / autochord
  • Many other innovative modes, exclusive to Icarus

Effect types (can be combined for new effects)

  • Reverb Medium, Reverb Big, Reverb Plate, Reverb Glass, Reverb Dark, Reverb Infinite, Reverb Feedback, Reverb Spring, Reverb Trance, Reverb Cheap, Reflections
  • Delay, Pingpong, Multitap, Delay Fat, Delay Dual, Delay Diffuse, Delay Band, Tape Delay, Echo
  • Chorus, White Chorus, Unison, Ensemble
  • Phaser, Phaser Stereo, Krautrock Phaser, Krautrock Stereo
  • Flanger, Flanger Stereo
  • Vibrato, Vibrato stereo
  • Autopan, Surround Pan, Rotary, Tremolo
  • EQ High Cut, EQ Low Cut, EQ Param
  • Saturate, Soft Clip, Hard Clip, Rectify, Bitcrush, Warp, Waveshape, Amp Sim, Multiband Distortion, Degrader, Multiband Degrader, Noise, Digital XOR, Digital AND, Digital OR
  • Compressor, Limiter
  • Surround Encode, Haas Effect
  • Trancegate
  • Glitch-sequencer with Repeat, Gate, Pan, Tremolo, Lowpass, Highpass, Bitcrush, Degrade, Detune, Pitchslide
  • Feedback
  • Microtuning
  • Psychoacoustic processing
  • Bass-boost, Transient shaper

Filter types (can be combined)

  • Low-pass: Digital 12dB, Digital 24dB, Butter 24dB, Curtis 12dB, Curtis Analog, Tone2 24dB, Tone2 Analog, Tone2 Scream, 303 18dB, 303 Analog, Chain 6-48dB, Elliptic, Octave, Shaped, AM, HighQ, Ladder 24dB, MS20 12dB
  • High-pass: Digital 12dB, Analog 12dB, Analog 24dB, Chain 6-48dB
  • Band-pass: Digital 12dB, Digital 24dB, Analog 12dB, Analog 24dB, Boobs
  • Equalizer: Notch, Peak Tight, Peak Medium, Peak Wide, Shelf Tight, Shelf Wide, Bandlimit
  • Vocalic: A, U, I, IEA, AOU, IYU, IEAOU
  • Comb-filters: Phaser 2x, Phaser 2x FB, Phaser 3x, Phaser 3x FB, Comb+, Comb-
  • Fractal-filters: LP 1, LP 2, LP 3, LP 4, FO 1, FO 2
  • Ring-modulation: Ringmod, LP, LP2, FM Lowpass, AM
  • Pysical-modeling resonators: Guitar, Flute, Odd, Even
  • LoFi: Resampling, Sample & Hold

System requirements

PC: Windows 11 / Windows 10 / Windows 8 /  Windows 7 / Linux with WINE
Plugin formats: 64-bit VSTi, VST3, Standalone

Mac: macOS 10.12 and later including macOS Sonoma
Intel CPU or M2 or M1 (native support for enhanced performace)
Plugin formats: VSTi, Audio Unit (AUi), VST3, Standalone, Universal Binary

User-friendly copy-protection: No dongle, no cloud, no data-collection, no need to be online, does not install an additional 'license-manager' or driver
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