Tone2 Gladiator 4.0

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Tone2 Audio has updated their harmonic-content-morphing synthesizer Gladiator to v4.0, which is fully downward-compatible with all previous versions. All existing songs and patches can be loaded without any further steps necessary and will benefit from the enhanced sound-quality.

New features:

  • GUI with 14 different sizes (with and without parameter-editor).
  • Native support for WQHD, 4K, 5K and 8K UHD displays.
  • Support for hardware-acceleration.
  • Now all parameters can be automated in all DAWs.
  • The current HCM morph-position is shown with a vertical line.
  • The mousewheel can be used to quick-select patches.
  • It is now possible to export waveforms or wavetables on PC and Mac as a .wav file.
  • Arpeggiator-position is shown in the GUI.
  • Ultrasharp graphics with enhanced HiDpi and Retina Display support.
  • GUI can be scaled from 66% up to 200% by clicking in the lower right corner.
  • Automatic detection of the ideal GUI size.
  • Lots of other small stuff.

Higher sound-quality:

  • More transparent and clear over-all sound.
  • The synth 'sits better in the mix', especially when it is combined with other instruments.
  • The audio-engine now uses 64-bit precision instead of 32-bit, which results in a higher sound-quality.
  • The timing-resolution of the modulation is now twice as precise.
  • Enhanced sound of the automatic micro-tuning. Chords can not longer get too much out-of-tune.
  • More precise pitch-calculation.
  • All sounds with the quality setting "very high" have a more precise and fast modulation.
  • More linear frequency-response for certain configurations.
  • Enhanced sound of Reverb large. It has a more transparent tail.
  • Enhanced sound of Reverb small. It has a more transparent tail.
  • Enhanced sound of Reverb predelay. It has a more transparent tail.
  • Enhanced sound of Reverb predelay. It has a more transparent tail.
  • Enhanced sound of Reverb trance. It has a more transparent tail.
  • Enhanced sound of Reverb old. It has a more transparent tail.
  • Enhanced sound of Super Strings. It has a higher precision rendering.
  • Enhanced sound of formant-scaling.
  • Higher resolution mixing.
  • Sounds with quality setting "very high" have more accurate envelopes.
  • Lots of other subtle enhancements.


  • Higher performance.
  • Completely rewritten GUI code.
  • Reworked big parts of the audio-code.
  • Reworked and enhanced graphics.
  • Several small enhancements for the patch-selector and patch-browser.Smoother animations and more responsive controls.
  • The spectrum-displays show more details.
  • The skin has some color-bleeding around the displays.
  • More contrast for the spectrum-display and the filter-frequency-response.
  • More contrast for the LCD displays.
  • Several small enhancements for the VST3 and AU version.
  • Fine-tuned some coordinates in the interface.
  • The LFO waveforms are drawn with a continuous line.
  • The automatic screen-size detection is smarter.
  • Smarter installer.
  • Reworked tool-tips.
  • Re-sizing the VST3, Standalone and Audio Unit works more reliable in various DAWs.
  • More beautiful font for the patch-browser for certain configurations.
  • Fine-tuned some colors.
  • The animations are faster and smoother.
  • Enhanced stability.
  • A warning message is shown when the installation is damaged.
  • A warning is shown when the user accidentality selects a GUI-size that is too large for the screen.
  • The installers come with a Microsoft/Apple approved certificate.
  • Lots of other small improvements.


  • Removed the demo-version timeout and added a voice-over.


  • Some DAWs could show the VST3 version on PC with an incorrect size when Windows scaling was used.

Price: €149 / $ 169.

Free upgrade: The upgrade is free for anyone who bought Gladiator directly from after April 2023. Upgrade with discount: Gladiator 1 and 2 and 3 owners are able to upgrade with a big discount (€39 or $39).