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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 


  • 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