Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

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charmcitymusic
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3 posts since 7 Oct, 2019

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:27 am

What do you feel are Izotope's best mixing/mastering plugins? What do you use the most? I know Ozone, RX 7. Anything else you recommend paying attention to? Thanks.

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CrystalWizard
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881 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbit Sol III

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:41 am

I use Ozone for mastering, rx for restoration, an old copy of Alloy for mixing. I guess that would be Neuron these dayz. I also use Trash for fx.
They’ve been overtaken by bean counters but their software is quite good IMO.
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jochicago
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662 posts since 26 Feb, 2018

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:21 pm

I don't think the lineup has too many plugins to pick out bests for each category. It's:
Neutron - general channel strip
Nectar - channel strip for vocals
Ozone - channel strip for the master bus
RX - corrective treatments

Plus some misc plugins like Insights for metering, and some FX stuff (VocalSynth, Trash).

The channel strips have plenty of overlap. IMO the way to think about it is to make a choice if you want to be in the Izotope ecosystem. I.E. do you want to use Neutron as your go-to channel strip for mixing. Do you want to use assisted mixing. Do you want to use "magic box" tools like the Sculptor.

(Also, do you have the CPU for this stuff, it's pretty heavy. I don't think it's possible to mix an entire song using Neutron without rendering some tracks.)

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KVRAF
1878 posts since 2 Oct, 2004

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:52 pm

Iris is a great synth just not updated for a long time. Trash is a nice sounding distortion just a bit on the harsh digital side. RX is the crown jewel of their line up then followed next by Ozone.
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metaside
KVRist
121 posts since 11 Oct, 2012

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:13 pm

Nowadays the only iZo mixing software I still use regularly is RX and the transient shaper in Neutron. And StutterEdit, Breaktweaker and Iris are all great creative plugins I haven't found better alternatives for so far.
Btw, never sold all the other licenses for other products I still have, with new upgrades and crossgrades coming in every few weeks lol...

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Calenberger
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191 posts since 8 Sep, 2019

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:21 pm

I really like Exponential Audio Nimbus and R4.
Seem to become my go-to reverb plugins...
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vitocorleone123
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300 posts since 30 Jun, 2014 from Pacific NW

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:41 pm

Reverb 😃

Nimbus for “clean” to modestly lush reverb, R4 for modestly lush to more experimental.

Or the surround sound versions....


(I use either Nimbus or Relab Sonsig A instead of R4)

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mixtur.se
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137 posts since 24 Aug, 2017

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:28 pm

I don’t have anything that could replace rx7, it’s magical.

MogwaiBoy
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3116 posts since 26 Nov, 2015 from Way Downunder

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:33 pm

+1 RX, I need need need it.

I also heavily rely on the dynamic EQ in Neutron 2 (which I reach for over Pro-Q3 even).

Otherwise Trash is good fun but I've gone off Ozone as of late... rarely use it (Fabfilter has better comps and limiter).

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CrystalWizard
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881 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbit Sol III

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:04 pm

Just to clarify, Ozone and Alloy aren’y necessarily my first choices. Sometimes yes. Isis v.1 is fun. Rx is a tool i use all the time.
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metaside
KVRist
121 posts since 11 Oct, 2012

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:13 pm

MogwaiBoy wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:33 pm
dynamic EQ in Neutron 2 (which I reach for over Pro-Q3 even).
Why that if I may ask out of pure curiosity? Specifically for the dynamic aspects? I never looked back at iZo EQs after getting Pro-Q2...

simmo75
KVRAF
1554 posts since 25 Mar, 2016 from Seattle

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:23 pm

The Exponential Audio reverbs are truly excellent.

jochicago
KVRian
662 posts since 26 Feb, 2018

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:00 pm

metaside wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:13 pm
MogwaiBoy wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:33 pm
dynamic EQ in Neutron 2 (which I reach for over Pro-Q3 even).
Why that if I may ask out of pure curiosity? Specifically for the dynamic aspects? I never looked back at iZo EQs after getting Pro-Q2...
Also curious on this. One of the things that annoys me the most from Izotope strips is the dynamic eq. I don't get them. None of it makes nice clean sense, the threshold, the amount, the way you have to place it to make it work. When it kicks in and by how much. Personally I would describe it as the worst dynamic eq I have ever tried to use. So really curious how you use it because I feel I'm missing something.

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DJ Warmonger
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3274 posts since 7 Jun, 2012 from Warsaw

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:21 pm

Stutter Edit is the best in what it does, if you're into EDM stuff. It's just right and lets to dial great FX withing seconds.

I agree that Ozone, Neutron and Nectar overlap. Also, Trash does - same EQ and multiband compression.
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12305 posts since 7 Sep, 2008

Re: Best Plugins in Izotope Catalog

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:45 pm

I really don't understand the point of the question. Surely the tool (ie, reverb, stutter effect, etc.) is more important than listing stuff from a single brand.

Do you need noise reduction or compression? Or you're just interested in spending money?
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