In an ever expanding world of music software and plugins, it can be increasingly difficult to know what you really ‘need’ to take your music to that next level. We don’t all have the same size piggy bank as many professional music producers, and as a result, the price of a product can often become of more importance rather than how much it will actually benefit your production. The thought of a bundle that puts together everything you need in one place, at an affordable price, must seem just as likely as pigs flying.
Well, the music production software gurus at iZotope have attempted to save the day with their second Music Production Bundle, combining 7 of some of their most popular tools (worth over £1,500) at a jaw dropping price (£549, or £389 if you buy before the end of August). Plus if you already own an iZotope plug-in, you could be eligible to take advantage of our August crossgrade deals and get the bundle for as little as £155. It’s designed to provide the everyday ‘bedroom’ producer with an armoury of software capable of giving them everything they need to make, mix, and master their audio.
Without further ado, let’s introduce you to this ‘dream team’ of software and see if it has everything you need to become the producer you want to be, rather than the producer you can afford to be…
The multi-award winning undisputed leader in mastering software. Ozone provides you with all the essential mastering and mixing tools you’ll need in post production. It’s comprehensive bank of presets allows you to quickly achieve authentic sounds for any genre and style. You also have the option to master within your audio editing software with Ozone as a plug-in, or in its own environment with the standalone options.On top of this, you can build a high-tech new mastering chain when you mix-and-match components, going from fully modern to fully vintage to anywhere in between.
Whatever your style, Ozone has you covered. Is it any wonder then that Ozone 7 is the winner of a MusicTech Gold Award, and the software of choice for some of the worlds biggest artists including the likes of Skrillex, Noisia, and Danny Byrd? In fact according to multi grammy award winner Skrillex “Everybody uses it” in the electronic music scene, and I don’t think it takes much imagination to see why.
Neutron combines five great sounding new processors with the latest in metering and analysis. And when I say the latest, I mean THE latest. Like having your own virtual assistant, Neutron can listen to your audio, identify instruments, and offer tailored starting points for creating powerful mixes with focus and clarity while leaving all the creative control to you. Essentially your very own KITT helping you to achieve unprecedented focus and clarity in your mixes. And to top it all off you don’t have to worry about CPU usage, as Neutron’s 5 essential mixing processors are integrated into one CPU-efficient channel strip.
Future Music magazine even deemed it worthy of their ‘Platinum Award’ stating; “Neutron is an excellent mixing tool. Far from being digital snake oil or a crime against musicianship, it feels like a genuine step forward in plug-in technology, and one which we should whole-heartedly embrace.”
VocalSynth is a creative multi-effects plug-in that enables you to shape and manipulate your voice to create electronic vocal textures, robot sounds, computerized harmonies, vocoder and talkbox effects, and thick octaves or doubles. Complex, interesting and unique vocal effects have driven hit songs, and launched careers. With VocalSynth the sounds you’ve heard in some of the biggest hits over the last couple of years, and your own head, are finally within reach.
With its four resynthesis engines – Vocoder, Talkbox, Polyvox, and Compuvox – along with expressive vocal effects and simple, high impact controls, an expansive array of vocal potential awaits. Danny Byrd is one big fan of VocalSynth, recently stating; “This is the ultimate vocal processor for anything robotic vocal related!”
The Nectar 2 production suite takes flawless vocal production to the next level, whether you need to make quick corrections, or you’re looking for unlimited creative solutions. This gives you 11 powerful tools in one integrated plug-in: Harmony, Plate Reverb, FX, Pitch, Delay, DeEsser, Saturation, Compressors, Gate, EQ, and Limiter. You now can get smooth, pitch perfect takes quickly with dedicated Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins. The advanced controls allow you to finesse your sound with surgical detail, and improve vocal production at all stages, from tracking through mixing.
Sound on Sound magazine particularly valued its ease of use, calling it “a well thought out set of vocal processing tools, presented in a format that should suit both experienced users in a hurry and those new to mixing.”
It’s been over a decade since iZotope Trash first arrived as the ultimate distortion toolbox. As the years have passed, it’s remained a cult favourite amongst artists such as Skrillex, Noisia, Nine Inch Nails, Garbage, and KoЯn. For anyone looking to add dirt, grime, and character to their tracks, Trash was the go to plug-in. Then, nearly ten years later, Trash was back.
Completely rewritten from the ground up, Trash 2 took the best of Trash and made it even better. With an entirely new sonic architecture, brand new features, optimized performance, better sound quality, and support for modern hosts and formats, Trash 2 is primed for a powerful new era of audio mangling, distortion, and experimentation. A whole new world of sonic mayhem is at your finger tips.
In a recent interview, when asked ‘if he was allowed one plug-in which would it be’, Skrillex replied with ‘Trash 2″. Future Music also rates it highly, describing it as “A plug-in deserving unequivocal recommendation to anyone making computer music of any kind.”
RX is the industry standard audio repair tool that’s been used on countless albums, movies, and TV shows to restore damaged, noisy audio to pristine condition. iZotope RX Elements is a budget-friendly version of RX designed for small home studios that need the basics. It includes the standalone audio editor and spectral editing so you can visualise your audio and make edits with precision and accuracy.
In addition, Elements includes four essential, real-time noise reduction plug-ins that can also be used inside your favourite DAW, including the critically acclaimed De-noise technology. Future Music magazine gave it a 9.5/10 saying “For the price, Elements will not disappoint and there are upgrade options should you want more.”
Insight provides a full suite of audio analysis and metering tools, perfect for visualising changes made during mixing and mastering and troubleshooting problematic mixes. It’s also fully customisable and scalable, which allows you to visually monitor all relevant information from your stereo or surround mix in a convenient floating window. With level meters, loudness meters, a spectrogram, spectrum analyser, vectorscope, surround scope, and a loudness history graph, Insight allows you to keep an eye as well as an ear on your mix at all times. Sound on Sound called it “a very comprehensive metering suite that really does cover all the bases.”
In conclusion the ‘iZotope Music Production Bundle 2’ is a great all-round solution for ‘bedroom producers’ as well as audio engineers who mix and master and are looking to get a great sound in the box. Whatever your style, and budget, this bundle is for you.