iZotope is kicking summer off with a big release – Neutron 3, its third-generation pack of mixing tools. Continuing its exploration of machine learning’s potential to aid music making, the developer now introduces the brand new Mix Assistant.
This algorithm lends a critical ear to your overall mix and automatically balances the tracks to give you a starting point, keeping in focus the ones you choose. Good both for vocal and instrumental music, the feature is exclusive to Neutron 3 Advanced.
Another new addition is the Sculptor, whose machine learning-powered shtick is sweetening up your tracks with multi-band EQ and dynamics. While Sculptor is able to generate a custom preset for each track, it’s also equipped with 25 profiles that bring out the best of a particular instrument. The feature is accessible in Neutron 3 Standard & Advanced.
Comprising eight facilities in all – Sculptor, EQ, Transient Shaper, Gate, Exciter, Limiter and a pair of compressors – Neutron 3 receives a visual and performance overhaul as well. Notably, there is the new Visual Mixer plug-in which serves as a gain, pan and width control hub for all Neutron and Relay instances in your session. On the performance front, Neutron 3’s processors use half as much memory and only a third of CPU power, iZotope says. It’ll be interesting to hear reports from users to see if that’s also the case in real-world use.
Price and availability
Neutron 3 is available in 64-bit AAX, AU, VST2 and VST3 formats for Windows and Mac computers. As usual, the suite is being sold in three editions, priced as follows:
- Neutron Elements – USD 99 on sale / USD 129 regular
- Neutron 3 Standard – USD 199 on sale / USD 249 regular
- Neutron 3 Advanced – USD 299 on sale / USD 399 regular