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iZotope Iris 2 Release

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

If you’ve ever used any iZotope stuff you know it’s incredible.  Here is a release from them for their new sample based synth called Iris 2.  Surely to be killer!!

iZotope Releases Iris 2
New sample-based synthesizer includes
11 GB of versatile patches and samples

Cambridge, MA (November 20, 2014) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has just released the newest version of their sample­-based synthesizer, Iris. Iris 2 is a visual instrument that combines the power of a sampler with the flexibility of a modular synth.

New features include a robust modulation system, sample pools that can load both samples and classic oscillator waveforms, a completely redesigned interface with extensive visualizations and metering, enhanced effects and filters, and fresh patches to inspire creativity.

Iris 2 is built so that new sounds can be discovered right out of the box, including soaring leads, growling basses, classic synths, and percussive effects. More than 350 patches with intuitive controls are included, so that users can easily produce and perform music that they have tweaked and customized.

“After listening carefully to feedback from hundreds of musicians, producers, and sound designers, it became clear that Iris is a one-­of­-a-kind tool in their craft,” says iZotope Product Manager Bradford Swanson. “We’ve designed Iris 2 to help inspire musicians with new possibilities and sounds that are easy to access and tweak, but still totally unique.”

The core of Iris 2’s creative engine is the ability to layer samples. Endless combinations can be made by mixing a built-­in collection of analog oscillator waveforms, an 11 GB sound library of samples, and users’ own audio files. Dynamic tremolo effects, expressive vibratos, and radical filter sweeps can be achieved through up to five adjustable ­curve ADSR envelopes, as well as five LFOs with dozens of morphing wavetable options. Iris 2 is rounded out with multiple effects, like eight distortions, a classic synth chorus, digital and analog delay options, and a warm plate reverb emulation.

iZotope’s award­-winning spectral filtering technology contributes to the Iris experience. Users can visualize and edit their sound with incredible precision by drawing, selecting, and isolating sonic components from each sample layer.

The world is your instrument.

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See Iris 2 in action:

Hear the sounds of Iris 2:

Learn more at: www.izotope.com/iris

Availability

Iris 2 is available now at www.izotope.com/iris and at select retailers.

Pricing

Iris 2 is on sale for $199 USD ($99 USD upgrade) through December 11, 2014. After that date, Iris 2 will be available at the regular price of $299 USD ($149 USD upgrade).

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Iris 2 pricing.

Compatibility

Iris 2 runs as a plug-­in or as a standalone application.

Operating system requirements:

Windows: 7, 8 Mac: OS X 10.7 or later (Intel only)

Plug­in formats:

32/64 bit Audio Units, VST, VST3, AAX, and RTAS

Plug­in host compatibility: Ableton Live 8 and 9, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, Bitwig, and many more.

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

Hal Leonard Publishes The Fender Archives

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

I got a cool email today from Hal Leonard about a new book they’re releasing titled The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information.  If you’re a fan of Fender products this looks like something that would be a great edition to your collection!!!

Hal Leonard Publishes The Fender Archives

A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information

Montclair, NJ (November 11, 2014) -Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information. Written by Tom Wheeler with foreword by legendary guitarist James Burton, The Fender Archives is part history, part archive, part scrapbook, and part treasure chest, telling the story of an American icon through it’s rich past.

 

In The Fender Archives, Wheeler takes

the reader on a research expedition, a sort of archeological dig through several sites: file folders in Fender’s offices; the family archives of Don Randall; author/curator Richard Smith’s collections; the photo galleries of John Peden and Fretted Americana; jammed metal cabinets in a sweltering warehouse near the Corona factory; and the home of the late Bob Perine in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, just blocks from the beach where he and Ned Jacoby took now-iconic photos of high school kids, surfboards, palm trees, and chrome-clad rocket-ship guitars in Shoreline Gold and Daphne Blue and Candy Apple Red.

 

“Tom has compiled a captivating collection of artifacts that is guaranteed to satisfy the most passionate Fender fanatic,” said Richard McDonald, executive vice president of the Fender brand.

 


The Fender Archives
looks at the company from the inside; handwritten letters, production totals, personal logbooks, in-house memos, Leo Fender’s drawing-board sketches, financial reports-such documents are freed here from long confinement in cardboard boxes and filing cabinets, dusted off, and promoted from background to spotlight.

 

The Fender Archives sheds new light on the inspirations for revolutionary instruments and amplifiers, their sometimes-difficult births and growing pains, the environment into which they were unleashed upon the world, and the motivations and personalities of key players. Featured are rare and previously unseen photographs and documents from Fender’s decades-long rich history as well as reproduced historical documents, posters, and other items housed in several folders bound within the book.

About the Author:
Tom Wheeler is a writer, educator, and musician. After freelancing for Rolling Stone, Wheeler held the post of editor in chief of Guitar Player Magazine and became the founding editorial director for Bass Player. He has authored several books, including The Guitar Book, American Guitars, The Stratocaster Chronicles, The Soul of Tone, and The Dream Factory. Wheeler currently serves as a professor at the University of Oregon’s School of journalism. He lives in Eugene, Oregon. 

The Fender Archives
$45.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00103138
ISBN: 9781476817477
Width: 12.0″
Length: 9.0″
96 pages

 

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard.