Introducing Visual Mixer The new Visual Mixer creates a picture of the entire soundstage, giving you control over individual tracks and enabling you to quickly and intuitively set the contour of your mix—all without leaving a single window. It also offers a new tool that could be applied later, proving to be a lifesaver for situations when there is an issue with some harsh peaks that can appear in certain frequency ranges. Neutron 2 brings some really nice new features, some inside the plug-in and others in the shape of additional plug-ins. This module is designed to sit at the very end of the processing chain. As we already mentioned, Neutron 2 also comes with Tonal Balance Control. Together they combine, much like Megazord, to create a formidable set of high end mixing and mastering tools. At the moment both products are discounted.
Once made, you can edit any settings to fine-tune your master. The interface is based around a frequency spectrum graph divided into section: Low, Low-Mid, High-Mid, and High. I can only speak for myself but, I mix fast with it and it feels way more intuitive to me. Tonal Balance Control can also compare your audio to a custom upload to inform how you shape its sonic profile and across listening environments. Ozone 8 Mastering is a dark art in its own right. In version 2, Advanced also comes with the Tonal Balance Control and Mix Tap plugins.
What that means is that you can see how the levels of four different frequency ranges in your track sit within a range defined by whichever preset you use or reference track s you load up. With Tonal Balance Control you can easily see if any part of the frequency spectrum is below the normal range, showing you if your song is too bass heavy, too aggressive on highs, or having too much or not enough mids. Balance in all things The Tonal Balance Control is an astounding piece of software, and its beauty is in its simplicity. At the top is the menu bar which hosts the Track Assistant, preset functions, help and settings. I struggle with mixing getting relative track volume levels correct and mastering the final 5% of polishing before a release. This gives endless versatility by using the low-end node as a trigger to compress the mid-range node in the same plugin window. With new machine learning algorithms Neutron 2 can for example detect a piano instrument.
These extras come in the form of standalone plugins that are capable of interlinking Neutron and Ozone instances on a track for faster workflows. Having selected a template, this new version of Track Assistant activates and intelligently modifies the required processing blocks within it. . I did have some complaints. Warm works like Tube but softens the response a little more.
Each processor handles audio in ways both desired and in ways beyond. With the release of and your mixes are about to get a lot better, a lot quicker. Control the volume and panning of every Neutron 2 track from a single plugin! This will compare audio across the frequency spectrum of both tracks and display areas of the spectrum where significant masking can occur. Nothing can ever replace the ears, heart and guts of an experienced engineer we must keep telling ourselves this! What are my other options? In the end, you are left with a custom signal chain, complete with tailored modules for your audio needs. Enter the featuring Neutron 2 Advanced and Ozone 8 Advanced. Now it is also a bit more simple to set style by choosing from Balanced, Warm and Upfront, also determining the intensity of processing by choosing between Low, Mid and High.
Just under the global controls is the Adjustment Trace which is a scrolling visual aid to display how the transient is being altered with changes to settings. Neutrons Track Assistant has also gotten an upgrade, and now recognizes more different instruments, lets you choose your desired style, and also the intensity you want for your mix. At the moment, Visual Mixer sets gain and pan positions for every track by using relative values as a starting point. And for tracks that may not have an instance of Neutron 2, another plug-in, the Mix Tap, lets them join the party. The harder you push this one, the more it will be apparent in the low end, which may be to your liking as a sonic effect. And we also still find Exciter and Limiter in here. Usefully, when a reference track is loaded, machine learning is employed to indicate the boundaries of similar-sounding sections, allowing those to be auditioned and individually looped if necessary.
The Tonal Balance Control plugin wants to sit at the end of the effects chain on your master buss, and analyses the audio coming in. Reach out to him here: cloudjumperaudio. It offers a nice set of tools for fine tuning just that frequency range by applying spectral reducing. I was positively surprised with the new Neutron 2, as they have added some really cool new features while tweaking all the things users complained about in the first one. A new best friend for every music producer — actually, for every musician.
On top of the three different types of limiters, Neutron offers three characteristic modes that can be applied to each algorithm. You could even load a whole album in if you want and it would analyze all tracks and then determine the Target you want. Upon clicking each module, the screen below will change to suit the controls of each type of processor. The exciter certainly adds that level of analogue warmth and vibe that really bring your instruments alive. Many companies have devoted countless resources into digitally replicating these characteristics and iZotope is no different.
Neutron 2 is complex, and this overview of the main aspects of its new features can only hint at its power. The window stays open separate from the interface and presets can be applied instantly by clicking. Those ears, hearts and guts are still very much required to create music that will bring pleasurable sensations to other ears, hearts and guts. The main advantage is having all instruments visually sorted inside one big window, dragging particular dots for appropriate tracks up and down for setting the gain relationships, and left or right for setting the pan position. The Visual Mixer and Tonal Balance Control are separate plug-ins that are inserted into the Stereo Master channel strip, and communicate with other instances of Neutron 2 and Ozone 8 to provide visual mixing and overall tonal display and adjustment capabilities. My personal feeling is that Neutron 2 does really hit the benchmark if it will be installed as the advanced version together with Ozone 8 Advanced. This will display a continuous section with more information.