iZotope Neutron 2 Mixing Software with Track Assistant (Crossgrade from any Standard/Advanced Product, Download)

iZotope Neutron 2 Mixing Software with Track Assistant (Crossgrade from any Standard/Advanced Product, Download)

iZotope Neutron 2 Mixing Software with Track Assistant (Crossgrade from any Standard/Advanced Product, Download)

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Product Highlights

  • Channel Strip for Mixing Audio & Post
  • Improved Track Assistant over Original
  • New Visual Meter
  • Identifies Frequency Masking Problems
  • Dynamic or Static EQ & Transient Shaping
  • Compressor, Exciter, & Limiter
  • Gate with Hysteresis, Attack & Release
  • Tools for Improving Separation & Clarity
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • Operates in VST, AU, RTAS & AAX Formats
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iZotope Neutron 2 Overview

  • 1Description

Available for download, iZotope Neutron 2 is a channel-strip plug-in designed for mixing music and audio-post production. Like its predecessor, Neutron 2 provides a compressor, equalizer, exciter, transient shaper, and a limiter, as well as the frequency-masking meter and the track-assistant feature. Many of these features have been improved upon, and several new elements have been introduced to make your mixing session a more intuitive and gratifying enterprise.

Take the new Visual Mixer, for instance. This separate module included with the plug-in gives you a visual picture of your mix; any element you process with Neutron 2 can be manipulated across this visual plane, which gives you a graphical indicator not unlike an XY matrix. Move a track from the left to the right, and you are essentially panning that track from the left to the right. Move the track up and down and dictate its overall level within the visual framework. Each element represented in this pictorial overlay is encapsulated in a sort of bubble; grab the handles of this bubble and pull it outwards or inwards to manipulate its overall stereo width. This tool is meant to benefit Neutron as an ecosystem, promoting integration between tracks boasting Neutron, and allowing you to position them without navigating through windows, fader banks, and other potential hindrances.

In addition to the UI improvements, which include a more intuitive layout—making features like the masking meter easier to use—Neutron 2 has also improved many of the machine-learning algorithms which made the original Neutron handy in the first place; the track assistant, for instance, now allows you to set ratios, thresholds, and time constants for the dynamic processes. The functionality of the exciter has been expanded as well. Now you can set the drive and blend of the harmonic distortion when it analyzes your track.

Track Assistant also gives you a range of potential options for its custom-created presets. When you first turn it on, a menu asks you what style options you'd like (balanced, warm, and upfront) as well as intensity choices (low, medium, and high). You can tell the algorithm what the instrument is or choose auto-detect. If you choose auto-detect, a new detection mode is implemented to identify the instrument (pianos, for example). Instrument and dialogue detection have also been improved. When Track Assistant is finished processing, it gives you the ability to accept or reject the custom-created channel setting.

Another new module is a multiband noise gate with hysteresis. It has musical controls for eliminating unwanted, extraneous signals in a natural manner. You’ll find a soft-saturation option attached to the equalizer, two different multiband compressors, the exciter and transient shaper, and a low-latency true-peak limiter.

Utility options abound that improve the work-flow. All multiband processors can be switched into single-band, and controls below the I/O section allow you to monitor in mono, flip the polarity to affect stereo panning, increase the width on both the left and right channels, and swap left/right channels as desired. Below the utility controls, you’ll find the Neutrino section, which helps you maintain the clarity, focus, and separation of individual tracks across your mix by means of three controls. This software is compatible with Windows and Mac platforms. It can operate in AAX, RTAS, VST 3, VST 3, and AU formats.

Note: This is a crossgrade available to owners of any Standard or Advanced iZotope product. Please note, this excludes DDLY, Mobius Filter, and any free product.

Key Features at a Glance

Improved Track Assistant
  • Automatically detects instrument types (guitar, vocals/dialogue, bass, drums, piano)
  • Creates custom starting points based on your specific audio tracks
  • Offers three styles of processing and levels of intensity
  • Adds Neutrino's Spectral Shaping to help maintain focus and clarity
  • Intelligently places EQ nodes and creates an EQ curve
  • Adjusts settings for signal flow, including single or multiband processing
  • Uses algorithms to intelligently place crossovers in multiband modes 
  • Automatic selection of compressor styles (digital or vintage) as well as setting assignments (threshold, attack, release, and ratio) 
  • Selects Exciter algorithm blend and dials in a custom amount as per the audio's needs
  • Sets threshold in Transient Shaper
  • Improved instrument/dialogue detection
Visual Mixer Plug-In
  • Control volume, pan, and stereo width
  • View sonic activity with node metering
  • Create snapshots of your mix
  • Automatic track labeling from your DAW (requires AAX, AU, or VST3 support)
  • Select, show, and hide tracks
Gate Module New to Neutron 2
  • Analog-style hysteresis
  • Three bands of gating
  • Hold function
  • Learn function
  • Multiband mode
Masking Meter
  • Visually identifies which frequencies are being perceptually masked by another track, helping you to make intelligent EQ decisions
  • Adjusts both the selected track and masking track’s EQ settings from within the same plug-in 
  • Identifies frequency-masking trouble spots over time using the histogram
  • Based on iZotope’s spectral shaping technology
  • Uses simplified controls to influence clarity and detail over elements of your mix
  • Intended to enhance, in a subtle manner, the separation and focus of individual instruments
  • CPU efficient 
  • Up to 12 EQ bands 
  • Static or Dynamic functionality per node
  • Analog-style soft-saturation mode (switchable)
  • Side-chain functionality for Dynamic nodes
  • Flat LP/HP, Resonant LP/HP, Analog lo/hi shelf, Baxandall bass/treble, Vintage lo/hi shelf, Prop Q, and 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
  • Piano-roll overlay
  • Modern or vintage compression modes (i.e., clean or colorful)
  • 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
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
  • 3 global modes to fine-tune saturation color (Full, Defined, Clean)
  • 4 saturation types (Tube, Warm, Tape, & Retro), blendable at will
  • Single or multiband
  • Crossover frequency auto-learn
  • Analog (zero-latency) or hybrid (transparent) crossovers 
Improved I/O Section
  • Input/output metering
  • Stereo width and panning controls
  • Sum-to-mono button
  • Swap channels button
  • Phase invert button
  • Delay offset
  • Intuitive limiter with three styles and ceiling control
Audio-Post Workflow Enhancements
  • True-peak limiter suitable for BS.1770-4 compliance
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iZotope Neutron 2 Specs

Supported Operating Systems OS X 10.8.5 to macOS 10.12.6
Windows 7 through 10
Supported Hosts Pro Tools 10 through 12, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, Cubase 9, FL Studio 12, REAPER 5, Reason 9.5, Bitwig Studio 2, Studio One 3, Nuendo 7, Sonar, Digital Performer
Supported Plug-In Formats AAX (64-bit Real-time and 64-bit AudioSuite), RTAS (32-bit Real-time), DPM (32-bit AudioSuite), VST 2, VST 3, AU

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