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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 

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/

Output Sounds Release Substance Bass Engine by House of Noise

What is Output's 'Substance' all about?

Output, the guys behind the fantastic 'Exhale', 'Signal' & 'Movement' Kontakt instruments have released a new entirely Bass focused product cleverly called 'Substance'. It's deeply produced bass engine combining heavily processed electric and acoustic basses, live brass sections, huge polysynths and analog synths. They are focused on creating new instruments to push sound boundaries not recreating realistic emulations of pre-existing products. 

How do I install Output's Substance?

All of Output's instruments work with Kontakt's Free Player, you can download the version here by registering an account with Native Instruments. Here's the other info you need to make it work:

– SUBSTANCE runs in Kontakt or Free Kontakt player version 5.5.1 or higher

– Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11

– Windows 7 or higher

– At least 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended), and 10 GB of free drive space

– Access to a stable internet connection for digital delivery

What does Substance sound like?

Here's a little video made by Output to showcase some of Substance's bassy tones and features:

You can buy Substance for $238.80 which includes tax direct from output here. They offer bundles and discounts on multiple products if you're thinking about buying a few of their awesome virtual instruments.