Iris 1 and Iris 2 Compatibility

April 29, 2016

Iris 2 has been completely redesigned and contains numerous new features and improvements that were not available in Iris 1. For this reason, Iris 2 installs in its own separate location with a separate library of samples and patches.  

We want to make the experience of transitioning from Iris 1 to Iris 2 as seamless as possible. The Iris 2.01 update solves earlier patch translation issues, by providing a workflow to make your Iris 1 patches sound as close to the originals as possible when loaded into Iris 2.

Download the Iris 2.01 update here.

We recommend that you continue to keep Iris 1 on your system—in case you want to recall the exact sounds of your original Iris 1 sessions.  Both versions of Iris are unique instruments that have their own distinct sound and capabilities.


Iris 1 Samples & Libraries

For sample content that was not included with the Iris 2 content packs, Iris 2 will point to your Iris 1 library location, or you will be directed to a missing samples dialogue where you can relink your samples to the original .irss files. Please note that these will not be converted to WAV files in your new Iris 2 library.

We recommend you keep the library locations separate for Iris 1 and Iris 2, and instead copy any Iris 1 patches into your Iris 2 library so they cannot be overwritten accidentally.  There are built in protections to help prevent an accidental overwrite of an Iris 1 patch, but if you do point both Iris 1 and Iris 2 to the same library location, you should first backup your Iris 1 patches to an external location.


Preserving Iris 1 Patches

We strongly recommend that you re-save any Iris 1 patch as a new Iris 2 patch in the Iris 2 library instead of simply “updating” the patches in your Iris 1 library. This way, Iris 1 will always be able to find and open its original presets.


Opening Iris 1 Patches in Iris 2

When opening an Iris 1 patch in Iris 2, all modulation will be routed with ranges translated for sound quality, not simply one-to-one value transfers.  Because of changes to the filtering engine, signal routing and effects sections, you may still want to adjust settings further by ear. 

In Iris 1, Macro Controls and Mod Wheel spun the actual knob of each parameter they were assigned to.  In Iris 2, Macro Controls and Mod Wheel function just like modulators.  We have translated the assignments of these controllers and set their ranges to a default value, but a user will need to customize the range and direction of Macros and Mod Wheels to taste.

For more information and compatibility details, read this additional Knowledgebase article: Specifics on Patch Translation between Iris 1 and Iris 2

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