iZotope Iris 2 Sampling Re-synthesizer

Virtual Synthesizer Plug-in with Sample-based Synthesis, Spectral Filtering, Sample Layering, Auto Root-note Detection, and 11GB Sound Library - Mac/PC AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and RTAS
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Synthesize Unique Sounds

With an amazing updated modulation system and an outstanding library of patches and sample sounds, the iZotope Iris 2 spectral synthesizer plug-in offers incredible sound design and synthesis potential. You can now modulate over 100 parameters for complex, animated sounds. Just like the original Iris, you can load your own sampled sounds and dissect them to create your own unique tones and sonic textures. And with its redesigned interface, extensive visual feedback, and stellar filters and effects, there's a world of creativity waiting in the iZotope Iris 2 synth plug-in.

iZotope Iris 2 Virtual Synthesizer Plug-in at a Glance:
  • A unique approach to sound design and synthesis
  • iZotope's acclaimed processing
  • Vast sound library, with support for your own samples
A unique approach to sound design and synthesis

With iZotope's Iris 2, you can create synthesized sounds never before possible. Iris uses iZotope's acclaimed spectral processing (introduced in iZotope's RX audio restoration software), to allow you to isolate specific elements of a sound sample. The sound quality goes far beyond what you would get from using a bandpass filter to isolate frequency bands. You can, for example, take a sample of a piano, isolate just the overtones and harmonics, and layer that on top of the fundamental notes of a guitar, to create a unique hybrid instrument. And no matter what type of sound you create, you can add a sub-oscillator waveform to the sound to add extra impact and musicality.

iZotope's acclaimed processing

iZotope has built a firm reputation for creating world-class audio processing technology, and Iris leverages many features found in other iZotope products. The spectral processing found in Iris 2 was first used in iZotope's award-winning RX audio restoration software. Iris 1 also uses Radius RT for real-time pitch shifting, to preserve your sample's timing while transparently adjusting pitch. You even get a selection of iZotope's fantastic effects, including distortions, delays, filters, reverbs, and more. There are other sample-based synthesizers out there, but none of them give you the extraordinary sound-shaping possibilities that Iris offers.

Vast sound library, with support for your own samples

Iris comes with an 11GB library of samples, covering everything from animals and nature sounds to vocal sounds and power tools. There are a slew of instrument samples ready to play too, and Iris comes with hundreds of preset sounds created by top sound designers. But with the incredible sound-shaping power that Iris 2 provides, you'll love being able to import your own samples to create with. And thanks to the familiar synthesis controls featured in Iris 2, it's easy to take any sound sample and create something musical - that's never been heard before.

iZotope Iris 2 Virtual Synthesizer Plug-in Features:
  • Sample-based virtual synthesizer plug-in
  • Spectral processing lets you isolate specific components of a sound for further processing
  • Powerful modulation capabilities, with over 100 tweakable parameters
  • LFOs feature 20 different wavetable types for incredible animation potential
  • Six distinct distortion filters from iZotope's Trash 2
  • Radius RT real-time pitch shifting sounds incredibly transparent, allowing extreme changes in pitch without affecting the timing of your original sample
  • Add a sub-oscillator to your creations for deeper, richer sounds
  • Layer up to four samples or oscillators to create unique sounds
  • 11GB sample library included
  • Hundreds of presets created by renowned sound designers
Create new sounds and instruments, with the iZotope Iris 2 virtual synthesizer instrument!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Synth
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit/64-bit
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Processor, 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Multicore Processor, 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7-10.11
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number 10-IRIS2

Customer Reviews

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Simply awesome...

This is a beast of a synth, amazing library sounds and infinite possibilities to twist, tweak and mangle your own samples!
Music background: piabist, guitarist, composer, producer

Eyes and Prisms and What is going on with my ears?

I haven't even begun to dig under the hood of this plugin, but already know what it is capable of. I have experimented with a few things, and i'm probably using about 20% of this plugin's potential. If you are looking into something that can take your sound design to the next level, this plugin in itself is pretty straight forward yet can push more than you'd expect from some tweaking. I anticipate this being a core instrument on many recordings where it would be best suited.
Music background: Multi-Instrumentalist


I have yet to purchase an iZotope product i regret and iris 2 continues that trend. Some really great sounds in the initial presets, but the real fun comes from bringing in your own sounds and experimenting. I've made some interesting and useful pads from all kinds of sources. Definitely worth the money.


After I installed Iris2 on my computer and pulled it into Ableton Live, I was very impressed with the plugin. I especially like the fact that Iris allows the user to select a portion of the sample to use. But there are a lot of other tools in which to change the sound as well. Several months ago I had wanted to purchase Iris+7 but wasn't able because of other expenses. I am now glad that I waited. This is a great tool for composers.
Music background: Grad student, composer of non-EDM

Iris 2 is awesome!

Got it for $ during sale. Worth the regular price too. Great sounds and flexibility. I haven't used a iZotope product that I wasn't impressed with. Highly Recommended.
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