music production

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 

Slate Digital announce new products at AES Los Angeles Conference by House of Noise

The annual AES conference has become the place for all the big music production companies to showcase and announce their latest products. Taking place in LA this year from Sep 29th - Oct 2nd at the Los Angeles Convention center. on show they have; "Tools of the trade, breaking research, theory and application, historical perspective, student competitions and career development ­– presented by the best minds in audio"

Slate Digital make 4 new AES gear announcements

Slate & D16 Repeater Plugin

Not technically a new announcement but we get more details than previously released on Steven slate's impressive looking delay plugin the D16 Repeater. Aimed to recreate 23 classic delay units (think space echo etc) this release is in combination with D16 who also make some impressive plugins. Here's a little video from Stephen explaining the vibe of the unit: 

Next up Slate has announced a Distressor style plugin (think of the classic empirical labs model you see in every studio ever) 

Slate FG-Stress Plugin


An official recreation of the Empirical Labs Distressor, it's currently in the last stage of production and on it's way to everything bundle users very soon. The Distressor is one of the most sort after plugins as the hardware unit can be quite pricey. Check out the video explaining more here: 

The last announcement we have is the first reverb plugin from Slate Digital (other than the Relab 480 they give away with the everything bundle)

Slate & Liquidsonics Verbsuite Reverb Plugin

Another collaboration this time with Liquidsonics we have Verbsuite; 8 classic digital reverb plugins all in one plugin. VerbSuite Classics captures the actual tone and modulation characteristics of a reverb using LiquidSonics' proprietary Fusion-IR processing technology. Unlike static impulse responses found in a typical convolution reverb, Fusion-IRs are able to reproduce the evolving character of modulated digital reverbs which makes it possible to create the lively and convincing acoustic spaces. Check out more here:

Slate are slowly trying to close the gap on providing every possible plugin you could need for music production/mixing. With one more announcement set for the AES conference, Steven and his team definitely has everybody's attention!

Soundtoys release new EQ plugin - Sie-Q by House of Noise

It's been a while since Soundtoys have announced a new plugin, and taking exception from their past releases they've gone ahead and made an EQ plugin! It's free for a limited time only. 

It's a 60's style EQ that is free until October 13, but if you already a proud owner of a V5 bundle it's free forever. Their servers went a bit mad as you'd expect on release, but you can now download from: www.soundtoys.com

It's modelled on the classic German Siemens W295b eq, here's a picture in case you're wondering how close the recreation is. It's known for having a fat, well rounded sound:

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If you're a V5 bundle owner expect some more upgrades included in the bundle on download:

  • New Gear Stream notifier
  • Integrated bypass button
  • Integrated help menus
  • New Effect Rack presets that use Sie-Q
  • Bug fixes and improvements

Expect the usual great quality from the Soundtoys gang, the annual AES conference is happening right now so expect some big plugin announcements over the next few days! http://www.aes.org/

Apogee announce Element Series by House of Noise

Apogee have been making audio products for approaching 30 years, and recently have been known for the high-class preamps and AD & DA conversion found in their interfaces. The duet is one of the sleekest looking interfaces around but suffers from the problems of having breakout cables for all their connections which can be pretty annoying and fiddly. 

Apogee Element Series Specifications

The Element range are all thunderbolt interfaces with the same excellent standards of pre-amps and digital conversion, with a typically stripped back design, let's take a look at each product in the range:

Apogee Element 24

The entry in the series has 2 mic/line/instrument inputs with selectable phantom power, 2 XLR outs, 1 headphone out, 8 ADAT in/outs, word clock connections, runs on external power and of course, connects via thunderbolt. It's currently priced on the Apogee site at $595. 

Apogee Element 46

The next up in the Element series doubles the inputs to 4 preamps, however keeps the rest of the specs the same: 2 XLR outputs, 8 ADAT inputs and outputs, word clock. This interface is currently priced at $895.

Apogee Element 88

The top of the series the Element 88 has, yeah you guessed it, 8 inputs. The first four are combi channels also suitable for lines/instruments, whereas the last 4 are solely for use with XLR. You get 2 more outputs on the back with the addition of 1/4" outputs, and also the ADAT in/outs doubles up to 16. This interface will retail at $1495.

Apogee also state that it's possible to make the interfaces work together if you want to expand your set up in the future. 

Apogee Element Controller

Perhaps the most exciting part of this new launch is the USB hardware controller remote that will work beautifully with all the interfaces in the series. You get 8 buttons and a control knob which will perfectly sync with Logic, as well as the ability to apply your own shortcut configurations via the app. This looks set to be released in November and priced at $195! Nifty!