iZotope Alloy (No Longer Available)
Software Mixing Suite with EQ and Dynamics Processing - Mac/PC
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Cost-effective tools for mixing on a computer!iZotope's Alloy is a completely configurable and self-contained software suite that contains six essential sound-shaping effects. Used on individual tracks or on buses, these sextuplets inject your audio with a distinct character, bridging the gap between analog tone and digital convenience. Included are a wide array of MacroPresets, which give you great jumping-off points to get you started on any audio task. Alloy excels at both creative and corrective endeavors, and will find a home in any studio, pro or project. iZotope has another affordable winner on their hands with Alloy!
iZotope Alloy Complete Mixing Effects Suite at a Glance:
Alloy's powerful 8-band EQ combines exceptional sonic quality with precise controls and a large spectrum overlay that gives you the best visual feedback of any EQ available. Enter EQ settings visually or with precise numerical values. You have the choice of Low Shelf, High Shelf, Peak, Lowpass, Sharp Lowpass, Highpass and Sharp Highpass modes for each band, and soft-saturation faithfully emulates analog EQs for a natural sound when pushed hard. For troubleshooting, Alt-click and use your mouse to solo and zero in on problem frequencies.
Alloy's Exciter features new Harmonic Scaling technology that lets you add gentle saturation to your tracks by emulating the sounds of tube pre-amps, tape, and other hardware devices in a unique new way. It's perfect for adding subtle character to everything from vocals to strings to drums. Blend between different Harmonic profiles including Tube, Tape, Transistor and more with an XY pad. Switch to Multiband mode to apply color to different frequency ranges independently. The unique spectrum meter shows you which frequencies are being affected by the Exciter, and the integrated stereo width control allows you to narrow or widen different frequency bands.
Shape percussive sounds and more with Alloy's Transient Shaper module. Add more "stick" to a snare, make a kick drum less boomy, or even apply Transient Shaper to hammered or plucked instruments to fine tune their attack character. Try Multiband mode for unmatched shaping of more complex material like drum loops and busses. Concise controls let you boost or cut the attack and sustain portions of transients with adjustable time values. Adjust sounds in different frequency ranges with powerful Multiband mode.
Smooth out vocals or slam your drum buss with a Dynamics module that combines the best characteristics of analog and digital compressors. While many "vintage emulated" dynamics plug-ins are useful on only some material, Alloy can switch between tasks with ease. And with advanced sidechaining and a multiband mode this is sure to become one of the most versatile mixing tools in your arsenal. Vintage mode combines a forgiving multi-stage release curve with program dependent characteristics; Digital mode provides clean, linear compression. The Gate/Expander provides gating and even upward compression effects, and sidechaining lets you trigger the Compressor or Gate from external sources — even to individual frequency bands in Multiband mode. Crosschaining lets you trigger dynamics processes on one band with audio from another, for completely new gating and ducking possibilities. Plus, there are two dynamics stages for parallel compression effects.
Tame vocal sibilance and harsh high frequencies in other instruments. Alloy's De-Esser lets you zero in on sibilant frequencies with a simple-to-use spectrum graph. It's perfect for transparently reigning in vocals, cymbals and other high frequency problem spots. The spectrum meter with solo control helps you set the De-Esser quickly and easily. Multiband mode affects just the sibilant frequencies, while Broadband mode affects the whole signal based on the sibilant band.
Alloy's Limiter module acts as a zero latency loudness maximizer for busses and tracks, automatically adding gain as you pull down the threshold. Or use it to keep a lid on your levels with a simple and efficient Brickwall limiter. Brickwall mode keeps peaks under zero at all times, or use Soft mode for more forgiving, smooth limiting. Phase Tools panel lets you optimize the symmetry of vocal and instrument waveforms to get more overall loudness, and zero-latency mode ensures your tracks and busses stay in sync, even in hosts without effective latency compensation.
Some plug-ins come with five or ten presets. Alloy comes with over 150 presets designed to give you the perfect starting point for a broad range of mixing tasks. MacroPresets customize Alloy's display to show you just the sliders and meters you need for the task at hand, giving you powerful preset signal chains with simple controls, making each preset feel like its own custom-tailored plug-in. MacroPresets combine the most useful parameters and meters for a preset into one useful view. Over 150 presets included covering individual instruments, ensembles, busses, utility tasks, broadcasting & podcasting, post production and more. Create or customize your own MacroPresets that show custom configurations of controls in Alloy's Macro screen.
iZotope Alloy Complete Mixing Effects Suite Features:
A full-featured mixing suite for any audio task with iZotope's Alloy!
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by Lasse from DenmarkAfter the purchase of Izotope Ozone I became an Izotope fan, and Alloy fullfilled my expectations. It is stable, the brilliant presets with one or two sliders makes it easy to get a good starting poin... read more [+]t to start with and then adjust the small details seperately. I've tried other channelstrips, but this one is definately my favourite. close [-]
May 1, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
Awesome set of plugins
by Pro4one from East CoastI have used IZO's products for some years now, and like them very much. For those of you on a tight budget and looking for great plugins to make your sound shine... This should be your first investmen... read more [+]t. You can tailor the sound you recorded, drop any of these plugins on a track; or master bus; and you're sure to sound better than before. The precision with which you can work! Wow! And in case you're a newbie; the presents are great starting points. Don't let the price tag fool you. You can spend plenty more to get great sound, so don't let this one go. close [-]
May 21, 2010
Music Background: Christian Music recording
A Mixing Workhorse
by PRBroste from Los Angeles, CAI use this plugin for almost everything, but especially drums. While there are definitely better-sounding alternatives for many of the individual processes (I prefer the sound of Massey "tape head" f... read more [+]or saturation and "the glue" or "smack" for compression), the ability to run many of the processes in multiband, combined with the simplicity of running everything from one interface and the great spectral metering make this a big go-to for me.
December 26, 2011
Music Background: Hobbyist Engineer, Film School Sound Designer, Gigging Musician
Need to add crack and punch to a snare? Eq can help, but try adding warm saturation and transient attack to the upper mids only and you'll begin to appreciate what this thing can really do.
The presets are educational, but now that I have a good feeling for the plugin I don't use 'em anymore. I would often break the macros when I did anyway.
Some things could be better. It is hard to adjust the signal mix the when using parallel compression. The saturation could crank harder. I'd like to be able to split processing for individual modules between mid and side, like can be done now in ozone. I would like more control over the compressor knee, with more visual feedback for this in the shape graph (more like the comp/limiter bundled with protools).
Overall, though, I wouldn't want to be without Alloy. It is up to almost any task, and it is a must for drums! close [-]
Powerful and Versatile
by Les from Nashville, TNExcellent sound, the presets are awesome, and it works well with a very wide variety of sounds/music. Don't be content with the presets though, spend some time with it and you'll find yourself able to... read more [+] dial in exactly the sound you want.
May 15, 2011
Music Background: Engineer, Pro live/session keyboards
One problem - it's a CPU hog on audio tracks (not so much with VI's). I'm running a late 2010 MB Pro with Core i7 proc, and my max track count with this thing (again, using audio, not VI's) is about 3. :( Too bad, because I'm finding myself wanting to use this on every track! close [-]
Cheryll, Lott, TX
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