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

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

Orchestral Tools SINE Player is even more powerful than I thought

As you may have discovered already I have been reviewing some of Orchestral Tools’s music sound collections and so far I’ve been impressed, but I just minutes ago stumbled into a video that made me realise I’m not even scratching the surface yet. Shame on me, as I did read the user guide, but what the guy in this video is talking about never made it to a useful level of consciousness, apparently. By the way, Orchestral Tools has a bunch of videos they made themselves. In one of them, their founder Hendrik Schwarzer guides you through the plug-in and points out that you can download some free collections as well — all recorded in those same famous Teldex studios!… Read More Orchestral Tools SINE Player is even more powerful than I thought

Review of Orchestral Tools’s Andea collection

Orchestral Tools recently released Andea, a huge collection of instruments played by people of the Andes and the rest of South-America. This type of music is a genre that appeals to many composers, be it for film, TV, music or other. It’s a collection based on Richard Harvey’s unique collection of Andean music instruments. Mr. Harvey is a BAFTA Award-winning English musician and composer. Many of us will know his music from the days of The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King and many others.… Read More Review of Orchestral Tools’s Andea collection

Orchestral Tools Miroire film music plug-in review

Recorded on the Teldex Scoring Stage, Orchestral Tools’s collections of sampled instruments and orchestras are unparalleled for two reasons: the instruments are recorded with multiple microphones that you can select in the plug-in and the people playing the music scores are a selection of musicians from the Berlin Philharmonics, Radio Symphony Orchestra or DSO for your production. The company’s sample collections have been used in movies, TV series and even games (e.g. “It Takes Two”). I was given the opportunity to review one of their latest collections, Miroire, which is a collection of baroque instrumental and choir sounds.… Read More Orchestral Tools Miroire film music plug-in review