Getting Started with Neutron

Tips & Tutorials  |  October 4, 2016

iZotope’s revolutionary new mixing plug-in, Neutron, will help you to achieve higher levels of focus and clarity in your mixes. Watch the tutorial below or read on to learn more about Neutron’s five built-in mix modules and limiter, as well as an introduction to the new Track Assistant and Masking Meter features. 

Getting up and running with presets

Start with any of the presets by clicking on the preset manager at the top of Neutron’s interface. Track Assistant is another great way to set up your initial settings. It works by analyzing the program material, automatically detecting the instruments, and then giving you a highly customized starting point for each of the modules inside Neutron, including EQ node placement, compression thresholds, crossover frequencies, and more. Just like a preset, it can give you some basic settings to get started with while giving you the flexibility to make any changes.

Go deeper with Track Assistant here.

Neutron Mothership - EQ (Masking)

Using the Equalizer Module

Inside the Equalizer module, there is a high-pass filter, a low-shelf, eight fully parametric bands, a high-shelf, and a low-pass filter. All 12 of these EQ nodes can be set to static or dynamic mode. With dynamic mode, the EQ is applied only when the frequencies in that band cross the threshold level. This can be great for cutting problem areas or boosting pleasing characteristics only when you need them—while keeping the signal unprocessed at other times. To EQ between different sources, there is also the revolutionary new Masking Meter that can help you identify and solve frequency masking between sources.

Go deeper with Masking Meter here.

The dynamic EQ also works in sidechain mode, either keyed internally from another band of the EQ or externally from another track in the session. This can make for an extremely precise de-esser, and opens lots of creative possibilities for fixing frequency masking problems.

Using the Limiter

In addition to Neutron five main modules, you also get a limiter in the output section. Set the limiter’s ceiling and choose different limiting modes that will set how the limiter reacts to the program material. This comes from the same great limiting technology inside the maximizer of Ozone, so you get access to some great transparent limiting built right in.


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