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iZotope Neutron
  

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The Modern Way to Mix

From the makers of popular audio plug-ins like RX and Ozone, Neutron 3 is designed to bring your mix workflows into the 21st century. Bend and shape your audio to any instrument profile with the brand new Sculptor, create custom presets through machine learning with Track Assistant, communicate across plug-ins in your session with the smartest EQs on the planet, and automatically find and fix masking issues with the most intelligent Masking Meter for mix that sounds better than ever, faster than ever.

With 8 modular mixing tools in one mothership plug-in, it’s the easiest, most intelligent way to bring unrivaled quality and speed to your mix.

Neutron 3 packages the latest advances in audio and passes them on to you—so you can focus on your craft.

Highlights

Sculpt your sound, fix your mix

Sculptor is the be-all end-all of audio goodness. For sweetening, fixing, and even creative applications, it’s like having a per-band army of compressors and EQs working tirelessly to shape your track. Sculptor talks with Track Assistant to understand the instrument you’re working with and gives real-time feedback to help shape your track. Sculptor can also work with any chosen instrument profile, letting you experiment with new sounds and make something entirely your own.

Improved Masking Meter

The Masking Meter Neutron is famous for, all grown up. With a convenient one-window display, smoother metering with more obvious actions like inverse link, Masking Meter is now even better at helping you find and fix competing elements of your mix to create space for any instrument, vocal, loop, and more. And now with even better connection to other inter-plugin communication enabled plug-ins, you can fix your mix fast.

Overhauled performance

Work much faster with performance gains to keep you focus on what’s important, without the annoyance of system slowdowns or standstills. Insert more instances of Neutron in your session, open sessions faster, forget about messing with settings and bouncing, and experience some seriously velvety visualizations. Not only is Neutron faster at processing your audio, but your sessions with multiple Neutrons will open faster, and refresh rates for visualizations have doubled.

Touch your audio

Resizeable, beautiful, and significantly faster. Dive into analysis tools that enhance your mixing experience and get results with plug-in controls made for humans, not machines. Work directly with what you see and translate what you hear with easy-to-use controls nested in smooth, understandable metering. Remove the barriers between sound and visuals for a downright enjoyable mixing experience.

Features

  • Enhance your audio with the new Sculptor module. Use iZotope spectral shaping to make your instrument tracks sound more like themselves…or something else entirely.
  • Improved Masking Meter to help your tracks from stepping on each other and muddying your mix.
  • Work faster with huge performance gains to help you focus on your craft, with system slowdowns and standstills a thing of the past.
  • Beautiful, smooth visualizations and a resizable interface that invite you to step in and take control.
  • Track Assistant listens to your audio and creates a custom preset for you based on what it hears.
  • 8 plug-ins in one convenient mothership. Build your signal chain directly within one highly connected, intelligent interface with: Sculptor, EQ now with Soft Saturation mode, Transient Shaper, 2 Compressors, Gate, Exciter, and Limiter.
  • Visual Mixer & iZotope Relay: Move your tracks in a virtual space, tapping into iZotope-enabled inter-plugin communication. It’s the easiest way to visualize your entire mix, the way you hear it in your head.

Neutron vs. Neutron Advanced

Neutron comes in two different flavors with Neutron Advanced offering all the modules as individual plug-ins and surround support for professional post production needs.

Neutron – Perfect for all musicians and mix engineers

+ Neutron plug-in with with 5 built-in mix modules and a limiter
+ Neutrino spectral shaping technology
+ Track Assistant
+ Masking Meter
+ 250+ professionally designed presets

Neutron Advanced – Perfect for all professional music and audio post production engineers

+ Everything in Neutron, plus…
+ Individual plug-ins for:
+ EQ
+ Compressor
+ Transient Shaper
+ Exciter
+ Surround support up to 7.1

 

Neutron Feature Comparison

Whether you’re just starting to dive into mixing or you’re a music production or audio post professional, there’s a version of Neutron for everyone. Use the chart below to compare each version of Neutron: Neutron Elements, Neutron, and Neutron Advanced.

Neutron Elements Neutron Standard Neutron Advanced
Channel strip-like workflow
Individual component plug-ins
Professionally-designed presets 200+ Presets 500+ Presets 500+ Presets
Intelligent DSP
Track Assistant
Instrument Detection for Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocalls/Dialogue
Neutrino Mode: Spectral Shaping technology
EQ Node “Smart Learn”
Masking Meter
Equalization
Equalizer
Static EQ Mode
Dynamic EQ Mode
Individual EQ plug-in
Compression
Compressor 1 ✓*
Compressor 2
Clean modern or colorful vintage modes
Sidechain functionality for Dynamic nodes
Individual Compressor plug-in
Excitation
Exciter ✓*
4 blendable saturation types: Tube, Warm, Tape, and Retro
3 global modules to fine-tune saturation color: Full, Defined, and Clear
Individual Exciter plug-in
Transient Shaping
Transient Shaper ✓*
3 contour shapes: Sharp, Medium, and Smooth
3 global modes: Precise, Balanced, Loose
Individual Transient Shaper plug-in
Audio Post Workflow
BS. 1770-4 True Peak Limiter
3 Limiting Algorithms: IRC II (Transparency), IRC LL (Low Latency), and Hard
Surround support up to 7.1

*Feature is single-band only.

Operating Systems:

Mac: OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan) – macOS 10.14.4 (Mojave)
Windows: Windows 7 (64-bit) (Latest Service Packs) – Windows 10 (64-bit)

Supported plug-in hosts

Pro Tools 10-12, 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
  • VST 2
  • VST 3
  • AudioUnit

All formats are 64-bit only.

What’s new in version 2.01?

New Features/Enhancements

  • Added Japanese translations to the Neutron 2 help documentation.
  • Added Japanese translations to the Tonal Balance Control help documentation. | Advanced Only
  • Added support for Nuendo 8 & Reason 10.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed slow session loading when opening sessions that contained several instances of Neutron 2.
  • Fixed persistent tooltip box that would appear in some host applications.
  • Fixed Search function in the help documentation.
  • Fixed latency compensation issue in Tonal Balance Control. | Advanced only
  • Fixed installer and help documentation path issues.

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