Unmasking tracks, adding Trash distortion and matching a track’s sound with that of an instrument? iZotope Neutron 4 makes it easy

Neutron 4’s new features all build on the machine learning algorithms that are now at the core of all iZotope products I have reviewed. Neutron is a mixing plug-in and its AI-powered Mix Assistant no longer asks questions before it starts analysing your track. It comes with a new Assistant View that is much better than the previous version’s. The Assistant starts listening as soon as you play audio. It produces a reference starting point, like the old one. The resemblance ends there, though. Once you have your starting point, which in my tests was faster than with the old version, you’ll be taken to a control center where you can perfect your sound or associate it with an instrument from a list of presets or one that you sampled.… Read More Unmasking tracks, adding Trash distortion and matching a track’s sound with that of an instrument? iZotope Neutron 4 makes it easy

IK Multimedia’s new iRig Pro Quattro I/O takes four to tango

IK Multimedia has started selling its basic iRig Pro Quattro I/O audio interface. The Deluxe version that comes with an XY microphone, a power supply and an accessory bag, will be shipping by the end of June. The iRig Pro Quattro I/O is a 4-in/2-out portable audio and MIDI interface aimed at field recordists, content creators, live streamers, podcasters and performers. IK Multimedia claims it is a professional-grade device. I put it to the test to find out.… Read More IK Multimedia’s new iRig Pro Quattro I/O takes four to tango

SINE Player Time Macro and Micro bundle sounds review

The SINE Player sound system based on actual recordings in the famous Teldex Studios in Berlin, Germany, is constantly growing with new collections. The latest one is called TIME Macro and TIME Micro. Both collections are associated with “chronographic” or “chronometric” scenes. The Macro set uses a symphonic orchestra setup, while the Micro set uses a chamber orchestra. Orchestral Tools calls them “structures” and while that is a close description of these collections it might make people think they’re not suitable for music not related to scenic events like in a documentary or a movie. That would be a mistake.… Read More SINE Player Time Macro and Micro bundle sounds review

TextSoap 9.1 manipulates text, runs native on M1

TextSoap started out as a text “cleaning” app many, many moons ago. The tings you can do with it are still called “cleaning”, but perhaps we should really call this app a text manipulation app. Calling version 9.x a text cleaner is like calling iZotope’s RX9 Advanced an audio repair utility. Both have gone way beyond the functionality of their initial release.… Read More TextSoap 9.1 manipulates text, runs native on M1

IK Multimedia releases an iRig Pro Quattro I/O

Yesterday, I received an email message from IK Multimedia’s PR, announcing the company has released a new iRig audio interface. More specifically, IK Multimedia has released a 4-in / 2-out field recording audio and MIDI interface. My first reaction was: if this is only half as good as Sound Devices’s MixPre 6 I reviewed a few years back, then it will be a boon for anyone who wanted to buy a MixPre but lacked the budget or simply thought it’s too expensive for what you can do with it. Turns out the specs are, I estimate, three quarters of what a MixPre offers, for a price of just shy of half that of the least expensive MixPre device.… Read More IK Multimedia releases an iRig Pro Quattro I/O

Russia’s “special military operation” is a massacre and a criminal act against humanity. Buying Ukrainian software at the very least softens the economic blow to the country

The Russian war against Ukraine has led to the death of thousands of civilians and destroyed people’s homes and lives along with a massive amount of infrastructure. Since the start of the war, millions of people have fled Ukraine, mostly to neighbouring European countries. And of course, the Ukrainian economy is suffering too as a lot of businesses have been unable to keep working. … Read More Russia’s “special military operation” is a massacre and a criminal act against humanity. Buying Ukrainian software at the very least softens the economic blow to the country