In advance of the NAMM Tec Awards Izotope has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Technical Achievement for SIGNAL PROCESSING SOFTWARE (DYNAMICS/EQ/UTILITIES) at the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellent & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards). The awards ceremony will be held Saturday, January 27, 2017 in Anaheim, CA during The NAMM Show, and tickets can be purchased site or in advance here.

As Answered by iZotope.

What is the primary goal of iZotope Neutron?

iZotope introduced a new mixing paradigm with Neutron by providing music producers and audio post professionals a smarter way to mix. The technology within the software is intelligent, but you’re still in charge for instance Track Assistant analyzes your audio to create a custom starting point based on a user’s audio and uses machine learning to detect the instrument. The Masking Meter also introduced intelligent visual analysis tools to allow you to see where any two tracks compete with one another on the frequency spectrum, allowing to easily go ahead and fix these issues in one view. This is the philosophy that led us to create Tonal Balance Control in Neutron 2.

Talk to us about what Tonal Balance Control is?

Many users struggle with getting their music to sound good across multiple listening formats, getting their low end to sit right, or getting their high end to have a smooth, professional sound without sounding too harsh. These problems are symptoms of poor tonal balance, and are hard to overcome in the listening environments, such as home studios, that most music professionals are working in today. Tonal Balance Control allows users to visualize the tonal balance of their music and view areas on the frequency spectrum of potential conflict. Through a process called inter-plugin communication, users can address those problems by accessing the EQs in both Neutron 2 and Ozone 8 (available separately) within one window. While this plug-in wasn’t around for Neutron 1, it is a welcome addition to Neutron 2 Advanced.

What does Masking Meter do?

Masking Meter is a feature within the Neutron EQ that can be used to visually identify and fix perceptual frequency collisions between instruments, which can result in guitars masking lead vocals, bass covering up drums, and other issues that can cause a “muddy” or overly crowded mix. Masking Meter then enables users to toggle seamlessly between any two tracks and use Neutron’s EQ to carve out sonic spaces. Like Tonal Balance Control, Masking Meter relies on inter-plugin communication to facilitate these processes.

Who would you say is the targeted user of iZotope Neutron?

Neutron is built for the individual who mixes their own work or a client’s work. It’s built for users mixing in home studios or professional facilities. Most importantly, it is built for users that want to bring a higher level of fidelity to their music while learning about the craft of audio production.

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