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iZotope's Neutron analyses mix, suggests improvements

Track Assistant cleans up mix & highlights frequency collisions

iZotope’s new plug-in, Neutron, is designed to enhance your mixing process but what makes it unusual is that it achieves this by listening to your audio and suggested EQ curves, as well as allowing you to visually identify overlapping frequencies.

An industry first, Neutron’s Track Assistant is designed to save you time by listening to your audio and recommending custom starting points for your track. The analysis intelligence within Neutron allows Track Assistant to automatically detect instruments, recommend the placement of EQ nodes, and set optimal settings for other modules. You still maintain full control over all your mix decisions, but the idea is that Track Assistant gives you more time to focus on your creative take on the mix.

Another first is Neutron’s Masking Meter which allows you to visually identify and fix perceptual frequency collisions between instruments — guitars masking lead vocals, for example, or bass covering up drums — and other issues that can cause a ‘muddy’ or overly crowded mix. Neutron’s makers claim their technology lets you “easily tweak each track to carve away muddiness and reveal new sonic possibilities.”

Neutron can be used on every track, offering zero-latency, CPU-efficient performance. Other modules include static/dynamic EQ, two multiband compressors, a multiband transient shaper, a multiband exciter, and a true peak limiter.

Two versions are available: Neutron and Neutron Advanced. The Advanced version adds Surround Support for audio post professionals that need to enhance the audio for picture experience, as well as the option to run Neutron’s EQ, compressor, transient shaper and exciter modules as individual plug-ins.

Both versions will be available from October 5th and will be on sale until October 31st. At launch, Neutron will cost $199 USD (reg.$249)189 Euro (reg. 229 Euro) while Neutron Advanced will be available for $299 USD (reg. $349)270 Euro (reg. 325 Euro).

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