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iZotope Release Neutron Mixing Plugin - Introducing Track Assistant by House of Noise

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iZotope's Neutron Mixing Plugin

The prospect of iZotope's new plugin is both scary and awesome at the same time. A plugin that promises to actively listen to a source, automatically mix it for you, and then mix all other sources in your track in relation to each other to create the finished article. Pretty crazy right? There's an argument to be had here about taking the art out of mixing and allowing music making to be completely automated... However, like most of iZotope's software it's aimed at taking the fuss and mystique out of music production for us mere mortals, in order to allow more time and effort to be spent on the music making process. Here's a video from iZotope explaining more:

What Features does iZotope's Neutron Mixing Plugin have?

Track Assistant

  • Automatically detects different instrument types like guitar, vocals, bass, and drums

  • Creates custom, optimal starting points based on your audio tracks

  • Offers three levels of power, from Subtle to Medium to Aggressive

  • Adds Neutrino’s Spectral Shaping sound for subtle focus and clarity

  • Intelligently places EQ nodes and creates an EQ curve

  • Sets optimal settings for signal flow, including single or multiband processing

  • Smartly places crossovers in multiband modes 

  • Selects Compressor style (Digital or Vintage) and automatically sets settings (Threshold, Attack, Release, and Ratio) 

  • Selects Exciter algorithm blend and dials in a custom amount tuned to the audio

Neutrino

  • Based on iZotope’s Spectral Shaping technology

  • Adds clarity and detail to your mix

  • Subtly enhances instrumental separation and focus

  • Four modes: Voice/Dialogue, Guitar/Instrument, Bass, and Drums/Percussive

  • Simple controls

  • CPU efficient 

Masking Meter

  • Visually identifies which frequencies are being perceptually masked by another track

  • Adjusts both the selected track and masking track’s EQ settings from within the same plug-in GUI 

  • Identify frequency masking trouble spots over time using the Histogram

Equalizer

  • Static or Dynamic functionality per node

  • Side-chain functionality for Dynamic nodes

  • Up to 12 EQ Bands 

  • Flat LP/HP, Resonant LP/HP, Analog lo/hi shelf, Baxandall bass/treble, Vintage lo/hi shelf, Prop Q, Band shelf

  • Multiple frequency scale types: Linear, Mel, Log, Extended Log, Flat Log

  • Adjust both the lead track and masking track’s EQ settings from within the same plug-in GUI

  • Piano roll overlay

  • Individual Equalizer plug-in

Compressor

  • Clean modern or colorful vintage compression modes

  • Single or multiband modes

  • Threshold and crossover frequency auto-learn

  • Peak, RMS, or transparent True Envelope detection

  • Program dependent auto-release

  • Internal or external side-chain per band

  • Analog (zero-latency) or Hybrid (transparent) crossovers 

  • Individual Compressor plug-in

Transient Shaper

  • 3 Global Modes: Precise, Balanced, Loose

  • 3 Contour Shapes: Sharp, Medium, and Smooth

  • Single or multiband

  • Crossover frequency auto-learn

  • Analog (zero-latency) or Hybrid (transparent) crossovers 

  • Individual Transient Shaper plug-in

Exciter 

  • 3 Global Modes to fine-tune saturation color: Full, Defined, Clean

  • 4 blendable saturation types: Tube, Warm, Tape, & Retro

  • Unique, easy to use blend interface

  • Single or multiband

  • Crossover frequency auto-learn

  • Analog (zero-latency) or Hybrid (transparent) crossovers 

  • Individual Exciter plug-in 

Surround

  • Up to 7.1 Surround Support

  • LFE Bypass toggle for each module and Limiter

If you like the sound of this, Neutron is currently on sale with introductory discounts of 20%, and if you previously own any other iZotope software you could be entitled to more discount. For more info check the product page here: iZotope Neutron 

IK Multimedia launch 'iLoud Micro Monitors' - ultra compact, highly portable, studio reference monitors by House of Noise

IK Multimedia have launched a lot of exciting new products recently, most of which are aimed at the 'musician on the go'. Those of us who want to be able to record, mix, and compose on the go, anytime, anywhere. 

Their new iLoud Micro Monitors are precisely in this realm; truly portable, compact studio reference monitors. They are the smallest active studio monitors available on the market at the moment, offering class D power amplifiers giving 50w RMS and pretty decent low-end response down to 55hz. Each monitor comes with a 3/4" silk dome tweeter and a 3" woofer.

What's the specification of the iLoud Micro Monitors?

Here's a list of all the specs you need to know if you're thinking about purchasing:

Professional reference-quality sound

  • Advanced digital control with 56-bit DSP, controlled diffraction / low resonance enclosure and time-aligned crossover, deliver superior audio with ultra-linear frequency response.
  • Powerful Class D bi-amplification system (50W RMS) provides plenty of headroom with lightning-fast transient response.
  • High-rigidity custom composite material woofer plus large flare bass reflex port produces “best in class” bass response down to 55Hz.
  • High-quality woofer and tweeter — like ones found in high-end systems — without the high-end price.

Ultra-compact

  • The smallest footprint of any reference quality studio monitor system.
  • Fits anywhere — provides high-definition monitoring in the tightest spaces.
  • Can be placed closer to you than other monitors reducing the effects of room reflections and standing waves.
  • The first monitor system you can easily carry with you anywhere you go.

Flexible placement and connections

  • Desktop or monitor stand placement with selectable EQ correction and adjustable integrated isolation base optimized for your setup.
  • Mounts on regular mic stands for free-field positioning with no need for additional accessories.
  • Wired connection with 1/8” stereo mini-jack and RCA inputs for recording, mixing and mastering.
  • Wireless Bluetooth connection for listening to your music anywhere

What connections does the iLoud Micro Monitor have?

As you can see from the above picture there's plenty of connection options on the iLoud's. Phono, TRS 1/8" stereo and Bluetooth meaning it's very flexible for all kinds of music making, with or without an interface. They only weigh 1.7kg, and will easily slide into a backpack with your interface and a pair of headphones for mixing on the go. 

You can order the speakers directly from IK multimedia now for €365.99 direct from IK multimedia.