Oct 8

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I did not expect to hear about this yet, I am still getting to grips with Ozone 5 from Izotope.

Unfortunately there is an upgrade price. For the basic upgrade from any previous versions of Ozone to upgrage to Ozone 6 costs $99. Its hard to say at this stage what you are going to get for your $99. Izotope state this which does not tell you much:-

“Ozone 6, the latest version of iZotope’s complete mastering system, has a workflow centered around creativity: A redesigned, modern interface guides and inspires users of all experience levels at every step, so you can freely experiment with ease”.

I was more interested in this statement from them: “Reinvent timeless sounds by harnessing the sonic texture of classic analog gear, then tweak with the surgical precision of digital software. An intuitive display and robust visual feedback let you dial in your signature sound in just a few clicks”.

This is a “Coming Soon” clip to get you interested:-

Jan 25

iZotope & BT – BreakTweaker Beat Machine – Namm 2014

BreakTweaker is a software beat machine to use with your DAW and is powered by a Sequencer,a Generator and a MicroEdit Engine. Izotope have teamed up with BT again to bring you BT’s patented micro edit technology based on pioneering rhythmic sound design research. They say that the aim of this software is to get you to change the way you think about rhythm and you can split a sound up into potentially thousands of tiny slices and altering the way they are played back – how good is that? See for yourself on the Youtube clip above, about halfway through the clip you are going to go …….WOW!

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Jan 24

Best of Namm 2014

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The NAMM show is such a great event running from 23 January 2014 to 26 January 2014 in its usual location of Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, although I have seen there will also be a Namm show in Russia in September 2014.

Sometimes the companies build the hype to such an extent that you feel a little let down when you see the new products, but as you dig a little deeper, there is normally something for everyone. Whether it is precisely what you are after is another matter but you can easily get drawn in and dream of possibilities for you.

For me, I have my own selection of goodies from the show, so apart from the four that we have already looked at:- ROLAND FA-06 and FA-08 Synth Workstation, ROLAND RD-800 Stage Piano, ROLAND TM-2 Trigger Module and M-AUDIO Finger Trigger Pro, my favourites are:-

NORD AI
ARTURIA SPARK 2
IZOTOPE BREAKTWEAKER
ELEKTRON THE ANALOG RYTM
KORG TRITON TAKTIL
WAVES: ABBEY ROAD REEL ADT,
KORG GADGET SYNTH STUDIO FOR IPAD
KORG KEYTAR RK-100S

It looks like ROLAND VT-3 VOCAL TRANSFORMER and ROLAND ARIA will not be at NAMM 2014 and following Waldorf’s tease of possibly a new synth, nothing as materialised as yet.

I hope to look at the above in a little more detail, so stay tuned

Oct 17

You are probably like me and really want a magic fix for your vocal tracks. I have tried so many different products and I am about to try izotope Nectar Elements but looking at the You Tube clip above I am tempted to try out the new iZotope Nectar2 Vocal Production Suite to breathe some life into my vocal tracks. iZotope say this will treat my vocal to some sweet results, well that sounds about what I need.

So what do you get with New iZotope Nectar2?

With over 150 great presets, the Nectar 2 Production Suite includes the Nectar 2 plug-in with 11 powerful vocal modules which are Harmony, EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb, FX, Pitch, Delay, De-Esser, Saturation, Compressors, Gate, EQ and Limiter plus two additional plug-ins Breath Control and the Pitch Editor.

This is a very impressive package and I hope there will be some great upgrade packages to upgrade from Elements.

Oct 14

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Well I think this is worth a look. You can currently get 70% off of Izotope Nectar Elements Vocal Package.

If you need some help with your vocal sound this great little plug-in could be exactly what you are looking for. It has been designed for you to get some great results quickly. This is achieved by loading one of Nectar’s professional Style presets. They come in different genres like Rock, Pop, Folk, Soul, and Voice Over & Dialogue. If you want you can then customize your sound with its controls such as Presence, Drive, and Grit. You may also want to fix a few annoying problems like removing that horrible “Ess” sound.

Izotope have for a short time reduced their Izotope Nectar Elements Vocal Package by 70 %, this is because they are about to release version 2 of Nectar. Version 1 of Elements is such a great price at only £29.00 you need to rush out and get yours now – I have

Oct 14

iZotope have just proudly announced two groundbreaking new products available in November: Ozone 5, the biggest update ever to their critically-acclaimed software mastering suite, and Ozone 5 Advanced, a new enhanced version of Ozone specially tuned to the needs and requests of professional mixing and mastering engineers.

Ozone is a great product and I am really looking forward to finding out more and trying version 5. Izotope say that it provides  Pristine sound, it has enhanced visual feedback, optimized workflow all with an updated interface. Sounds great – and so it should. This is definately a product you should consider to improve your mix and master. If you can’t wait until November, you can catch a glipse of Ozone 5 Advanced at AES in New York on 21st October 2011.