Everything You Need to Know About Neutron 2

Everything You Need to Know About Neutron 2




by Daniel Strongin           11 April 18





Genre aside, the final mix dictates the success of any song, melodic recording, or arrangement.

With so many tools and plugins available today, choosing the right mixing or audio processing tool for the job can seem like a minefield. But of all of the recent innovations that have hit the market, iZotope's Neutron 2 is perhaps the most noteworthy.


What Is the Neutron 2 Plugin?

An award-winning mixing and analysis plugin, Neutron 2 offers a multidimensional sound-crafting experience with intuitive, intelligent features that far surpass many other EQ, compressor, exciter, or audio processor plugins available today.

Here's iZotope's synopsis of Neutron 2, according to its website:

"Achieve a clear, well-balanced mix with Neutron’s innovative new mixing and analysis tools. Control every aspect of your music, from the visual soundstage of your tracks to the tonal balance of your mix—all with iZotope’s award-winning digital signal processing."

Neutron 2: Key features

To give you a better understanding of what the Neutron 2 can do, here is a rundown of the plugin’s key features and functionality.


Improved Track Assistant

Taking its original incarnation to a new level, Neutron 2's improved Track Assistant gives you the power to create a customized starting point for your mix, based on intelligent machine learning-based audio analysis. By doing so, you will be able to start your mix swiftly, focusing on the creative elements of your track as opposed to spending unnecessary time tweaking a preset. In addition to this, the latest installment of Track Assistant also allows you to set processing elements such as attack, release, and compression automatically while you’re in the mix.

Visual Mixer

The plugin's Visual Mixer provides a complete panorama of the whole soundstage, offering a means of physically viewing the panning, volume control, and stereo-width of each track without navigating away from the window, resulting in a more productive, more effective mixing experience. The Visual Mixer's striking interface makes it far easier to delve into the overall feel of an arrangement, leading to a dynamic, well-balanced end result.

Enhanced Signal Processing

Building on the success of Ozone 8, Neutron 2's audio signal processing capabilities are second to none.

With six world-class zero-latency mixing processors, as well as a new Gate with hysteresis, a multiband exciter ultra-low-latency True Peak Limiter, every mixing need is covered. With a dynamic combination of processors driven by intuitive machine learning technology, Neutron 2’s signal processing capabilities are superior to many other all-in-one mixing tools of its kind. Additionally, the plugin provides intelligent analysis tailored to the track or individual.

Tonal Balance

The Neutron 2's Tonal Balance control plugin offers the ability to make overall tonal adjustments to a track based on factory templates or user-created templates from previous mixes. By doing so, you will be able to make tweaks to your mix that are in line with particular industry standards or more thematic mixes like an album – the perfect function for balance and consistency.

Tips and Tricks

With a tool as powerful as the Neutron 2, the possibilities are seemingly endless. But to help you get the most from the plugin, here are some tips and tricks you might find useful.

Equalizing

The Neutron 2's dynamic EQ processor is incredibly precise; it's also very flexible, offering the ability to automate the boosting or reduction of frequencies over eight different bands.

To help enhance the automation process and let the Neutron 2 position the EQ bands based on areas of the mix that need the most attention through smart analysis, enable the Learn mode. This will pinpoint any issues you might have missed and save valuable time in the process.


Transient Shaping

For making the percussive elements of your song or arrangement more punchy or dynamic, Neuton 2’s transient shaping tool proves most useful, allowing you to manipulate the attack and sustain parameters in each frequency band.

To give yourself a clearer overview of the percussive parts of your mix, you should move between the global transient shaping modes at the top of the window – Precise, Balanced, and Loose – and listen to what’s best for the sound or direction of your work.

Exciting

If you’re looking to add or drive additional harmonics to your arrangement, the Neutron 2's exciter is what you need. With four preset modes including Tube, Warm, Tape, and Retro that are possible to tweak and blend, you can add a real edge to your audio with ease.

For the best results, use the tool’s X/Y pad to seamlessly utilize features from different harmonic modes, crafting unique algorithms for signal processing.

For a comprehensive Neutron 2 mixing and mastering rundown, check out this video:

Conclusion

As a sequel to the original Neutron and somewhat of a compatible sister tool to the Ozone 8, the Neutron 2 has delivered on its mission to improve its original incarnation.

It's smart, it's intuitive, and it harnesses new AI and machine learning technologies to tailor its long list of capabilities to the individual user.

Not only is the Neutron 2 a powerful creative mixing tool for music industry professionals and adept amateurs alike, but its new features and functionality also make this innovation a brilliant pre-mastering and mixing tool.



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Daniel is a caffeine dependent, entrepreneur, music producer, sound design junkie, and world traveler crazy about teaching modern electronic music production through his site SoundShock.

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