iZotope Releases Iris Visual Instrument
iZotope has released iZotope Iris, a new concept in sound design and sample manipulation in the form of a “visual instrument.” (Not exactly new kids… —Ed.)
Powered by iZotope’s visual feedback technology, Iris lets you unearth a world of sounds you’ve never heard before. Delve into Iris’s spectrogram to extract, layer, manipulate, and discover new sounds from within any audio file. With extended synthesis features, hundreds of presets, and 4 GB of source material, Iris is an impressive tool for sound design, musical inspiration, and sonic experimentation.
» Extract Hidden Data: Load audio into Iris and explore spectral details that a regular waveform locks away. Then, play your completely custom sound instantly from any MIDI controller.
» Highlight what intrigues you: Isolate sonic components with a full suite of visual selection tools.
» Create new textures and dramatic soundscapes by layering multiple sounds from similar or completely diverse audio sources.
» Stay musical: Rely on intelligent root note detection to help shape musical material from noise, ambient textures, soundscapes
» Sonic Enhancement: Apply iZotope reverbs, distortions and delays, then take advantage of extended synth features like amp envelopes and LFOs.
» Over 500 patches by quality sound designers, or design your own with Iris’s 4 GB library of diverse sound samples.
» Even More Sounds: In addition, iZotope has released two complementary sound libraries designed exclusively for use with Iris: Glass and Wood. A bundled version of Iris, Glass and Wood, Iris+2, is also available at a special price.
Glass is a shimmering collection of glass ambiences, reimagined via Iris’s spectral selection capabilities. A lyrical study in lush chords, shining leads, and soothing basses, Glass transforms sonic experiments into accessible musical inspiration. Within the 100 patches of Glass, you’ll hear exploits with bottles, mirrors, marbles, glasses, shards, and even glassblowing torches. The resulting sounds are inviting, uplifting, and unusual. This library is for players exploring original sound design in a musical and meaningful context.
Wood is an adventurous assortment of creatively-recorded samples, all produced from our friends, the trees. Made entirely of unusual wooden encounters, Wood fully embodies the creative potential of Iris’s visual selections. From basket smashing to door slamming, from drumming on guitars to grandma’s creaky deckchair, Wood pushes musical boundaries as each texture evolves. Blending dense and earthy tones into complex layers, Wood’s 100 patches sound like an avant-garde composition right out of the box.
Iris is available now for a special introductory price of $149 through April 30, 2012, a $100 savings off the regular price of $249. Iris+2 (including Glass and Wood Sound Libraries) is available now for $199, a $100 savings. Glass ($49) and Wood ($29) are also now available for individual purchase, and compatible exclusively with Iris.