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Plugin Research and Development at iZotope: An Interview with Matthew Hines

Matthew Hines is an audio technologist specializing in post production and audio mastering by day, and a keyboardist by night. Hailing from England, where he cut his teeth editing MIDEM award-winning classical recordings, dialogue and audio restoration for Nimbus Records, he’s called USA home for the last eight years. Freelancing as a sound designer and dialogue editor for independent film soon led him to a role as Audio/Multi­media Producer and Product Manager with iZotope, working with a dedicated team over the last five years to deliver key innovations such the RX Post Production Suite and most recently, VocalSynth, which released today.

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Designing Sound: iZotope excels at creating both creative and utilitarian plugins. How does the makeup of the company influence the kinds of products you develop and how do you ensure consistency?

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 | 0 comments

News: SoundToys “Give a Little, Get a Little”

Want to score some excellent plugins from perennial favorite manufacturer SoundToys? Want to give to a worthy charity during the holiday season? Well, good news: you can do both, thanks to a great initiative SoundToys has recently started, called “Give a Little, Get a Little.”

The idea is, SoundToys will be offering one of their “Little” plugins as a pay-what-you-can purchase every week, and 100% of your purchase price goes towards Migrant Offshore Aid Station. The current plugin is Little MicroShift, but act quickly if you want to get it– there’ll be a new plugin available starting tomorrow. Head here to read up on the Give a Little, Get a Little campaign, as well as Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s mission.

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 | 0 comments

News: The Soundkeeper – Top 5 Sound Design Plugins

Recently, game audio industry vet Jeremy Rogers launched a new SFX library store & blog at www.thesoundkeeper.com. While the blog is still new, he’s already putting out some interesting articles, including his most recent “The Top 5 Must-Have Plugins for Sound Designers“. Check it out for Jeremy’s plugin recommendations, as well as some brief descriptions on how he uses them in his own work!

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 | 4 comments

Just Listen

Louder!Back around the time I was first starting out, I remember opening up a demo of Cubase VST (on my trusty PowerMac 6400) and taking a look through the various menus. Everything seemed pretty standard, but something in particular caught my eye, a menu item labeled “Ears Only”. Curious, I clicked on it, only to have my monitor go completely blank. After a few seconds of panic thinking I had broken everything, I realized that Steinberg had programmed a mode that completely disabled the monitor and forced you to just listen. At first, this option seemed like a strange addition. Why, when I’m creating sound, would I not be listening to what I’m doing? Listening while working with audio seemed like a no-brainer. However, after gaining a little more experience, this “just listen” mode began to make a lot more sense.

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 | 1 comment

Review: Twisted Tools METAMORPH

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METAMORPH is the latest sample library from Twisted Tools, makers of the designed sample libraries as well as some fun and unique Reaktor ensembles. With sounds designed by BJM Mario Bajardi and Komplex (Iter-Research), METAMORPH “takes heavily processed violins, pianos and acoustic instruments and morphs them into impacts, sci-fi atmospheres, user interface elements and beyond.”

METAMORPH comes as stereo 24-bit, 96kHz BWAV files with full SoundMiner metadata for easy searching. It includes sampler kits for Ableton Live 9’s Sampler and Simpler, Logic 9’s EXS24, and Native Instruments’ Kontakt, Battery, and Maschine; Also induced is the MP16d, Twisted Tools’ sample player. METAMORPH contains just over 2 GB of samples broken down into 10 categories: Drums, Imaging Elements, Micro, Noises, Pass By, Sci-Fi Atmos, SFX, Textures, Tonal, and Composite. The “Micro” category includes User Interface and “Microbot” elements. There’s a good selection of sounds to be had, and the added metadata makes finding things fairly easy.

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