Sonic LAB: iZotope IRIS Developer Presentation

GForce show us what the new Spectral synth can do      01/05/12

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You know, its not often we can be credited with any kind of influence over the direction cutting edge software instruments take, but in this case, the Sonic TALK podcast had a small part to play. In Sonic TALK  192 regular panelist Dave Spiers (GForce Software) suggested that iZotope RX2, the audio restoration tool suite, would make an awesome synth, to which the panel wholeheartedly agreed - and the idea was galvanised.

Dave then pitched the idea to the boffins at iZotope, who to their credit, agreed that it would indeed be an awesome instrument. From there, iZotope hired the GForce team to mentor the project and see it through to final release.

For those who don’t know what iZotope IRIS is, it’s Spectral Synthesis instrument, which gives you the real-time power of creating unique waves from spectral analysis tools found in their much admired RX2 restoration package. These waves are then playable with various looping features as sounds across a keyboard - kind of like a regular sampler, but so much more.

With up to four elements per sound - three sample waves and a sub - a preset synth waveform to give you a pitched element, it’s capable of some extremely different sounds.

It has been likened to the Photoshop of synthesis, because you can select and drag harmonic elements or selections of the spectrogram of a wave file (AIFF or WAV),  with tools like magic wand, brush and lasso to create extremely complex collections of frequencies within a given wave.
Bear in mind that you have up to three waves and a sub (preset standard oscillator wave). From there you have envelopes and LFOs, plus four effects. The result is then playable over a keyboard like a sampler - in real time.

As you can imagine, the possibilities are somewhat endless and a sound designers dream.

We had a visit from Dave Spiers who took us through some of the elements of IRIS to give us an overview of this unique new instrument.

IRIS is available now in:

Standalone, RTAS/Audiosuite, VST and AudioUnits formats

Priced at $149 ($249 after May 4th) and comes with a 4GB sound library with contributions from some of the most interesting names in synthesis.
There is also a +2 edition which comes with extra Glass and Wood libraries for $199 ($299 after My 4th).

A fully functional 10-day demo is available from their website.



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6 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Freud    Said...

Someone has a dry mouth - no need to be nervous, it was very well done

02-May-12 07:12 AM

The Guvnor    Said...

This is more of a time waster than FaceBook! Curse you, iZotope!!!

02-May-12 08:16 AM

Derek    Said...

It looks brilliant, even if was more of a SonicAd than a SonicLab. :-)

You can skip 3m00s through 13m00s if you might be insulted by Dave showing off this brilliant instrument with incredibly dull string sounds. :-( Dave and M-Tron are brilliant, but… 10 minutes of "ahhhh" really does sell this beauty short.

02-May-12 09:53 AM

Nick B    Said...

Derek, I thought the title would convey the content a little more clearly - but I have failed there it looks like!

I'm sure you are aright about there being so much more than tron samples, I guess it was inevitable there may be some, but I do think you have over stated that part of it.

Bottom line is that it is a pretty remarkable new instrument.

03-May-12 06:02 AM

Dave Spiers    Said...

@ Derek. Fair point about the tron ahh sound but having watched a few 'names' try and select areas of a spectrogram in which there was no real harmonic, or indeed audio content, my aim was to make it totally obvious as to what the user should look for and what the result of selecting specific harmonics can be.

To some, using strings or choirs are stating the obvious but, as I've seen first-hand, once the fundamental concepts are grasped, the imagination takes hold and the real experiments can begin.

That's when everything can become unique and for me, the limitless potential via a visual perspective is the glory of Iris.

@ Freud.....even after 20 years of doing this kinda thing, I'm still always slightly nervous ;-)

04-May-12 11:21 AM

Blake    Said...

Own it, Love it and it's slowly replacing Kontakt as my sampler app.

It just makes you want to resord stuff and see what you can do with it. You have to really sit down and experiment with it but it's time well spent. ;-)

26-Jun-12 05:59 AM

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