Sonic Charge  µTonic 3 (MicroTonic 3)
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Sonic Charge µTonic 3 (MicroTonic 3)

µTonic 3 (MicroTonic 3), Virtual Percussion Synth from Sonic Charge.

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Sonic Charge µTonic Version 3.0

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This upgrade to the drum machine sports 20 new features and a new look.

Already own µTonic? The upgrade is free for all registered customers. What you need to do is download MicroTonic 3.0 and then go to this page and check out your new registration key. µTonic 3.0 is said to be 100% backwards compatible with µTonic 2.0 and when you load your old projects, it will sound virtually identical, according to the company.

 

Major New Features

  • A morph slider allows you to interpolate all eight drum patches simultaneously between two end-points. You can edit the drum patches with the morph slider at any position and it will adjust the interpolation end-points accordingly. Morph is an automatable and MIDI controllable parameter, so it can be used both as a performance parameter as well as an editing feature.
  • Matrix editor window for viewing and editing the pattern steps of all eight drum channels simultaneously. (Bonus feature: you can drag channel labels to reorder the drum channels of the preset.)
  • MIDI Program Change message support for switching between up to 16 different presets (loaded into memory). (It is also possible to switch programs with MIDI notes.)
  • Drag and drop patterns as MIDI files into your sequencer (supported by all major hosts).
  • “Edit All Channels” button enables adjusting parameters for all drum channels simultaneously. E.g. turn up the distortion on all channels. µTonic will write parameter automation for all affected channels, so the effect can be automated.
  • A new “choke group” feature lets you assign two or more channels that should play mutually exclusively and cut each other off. Useful for closed and open hi-hats for example.
  • A preset name display sits in the top of the window, with previous and next preset buttons and a popup list when you click the display.
  • Support for MIDI Pitch Wheel for real-time pitch transposition with a range of up to 2 octaves.
  • A new “Stop Voices with MIDI Note Off” option makes it possible to sustain the sound while you hold down MIDI keys (if you use µTonic as a synth). It is also useful for changing the length of drum sounds with note lengths in your sequencer.
  • Alternative “pattern launch modes”: “Switch Next” (the behavior in earlier versions of µTonic), “Switch Directly”, “Retrigger” and “Retrigger Gated”.
  • Undo / redo.
  • Shift-click menu buttons to quickly repeat last selected menu item.
  • New 3D-rendered skin. 32-bit graphics. (Yes, µTonic version 2.0 was using 20th century 16-bit RGB graphics still).

 

For the full rundown of what's new, please check this page.

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