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Izotope BreakTweaker Glitch Drum Machine Plugin

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Make beats you've never heard before. Built on a futuristic MicroEdit Engine, BreakTweaker turns everything you know about rhythm on its head...

BreakTweaker: Future Beat Machine 

Make beats you've never heard before. Built on a futuristic MicroEdit Engine, BreakTweaker turns everything you know about rhythm on its head.

Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker is not just a drum machine: it's a drum sculpting and beat sequencing environment that blurs the line between rhythm and melody. Give your beats an ever-evolving depth that gets better the longer they play. Use rhythmic slicing to drive everything from pitched melodic lines to sweeping rhythmic overtures. Top it all off with the best drum sample library in existence, curated by BT, iZotope, and top producers today. Explore a new era of rhythmic possibilities with this forward-thinking and forward-sounding instrument.

 

iZotope BreakTweaker Beat Making Software: Sequencer

 

Features

Manipulate audio at a molecular level: Reinvent any beat by controlling pitch, rhythm, and texture at the finest resolution on the market.
Free yourself from traditional drum grids: Create complex polyrhythmic beats with unique isorhythm and playback speed settings.
Experiment with stunning content: Explore presets, drum samples, and wavetables designed by today's top musicians and DJs, including BT.
Craft the perfect drum sound: Blend drum samples with robust synthesis features to generate compelling hybrid sounds.
Take control of your beats: Easily trigger and sequence complex patterns and samples using any MIDI controller.

 

Who is it for?

BreakTweaker is for anyone looking to create truly original and dynamic beats, both drum-driven and melodic. It's a new platform that inspires different people in different ways, and there's nothing quite like it out there.

 

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EDM Producers

Get "that" drum sound. As a producer, you know the sonic signature of your music is an integral part of what makes it go off in the club. BreakTweaker offers you powerful building blocks for building thrilling beats, like kick and snare hits that have been carefully layered, tuned and synthesized by EDM pros from the Electronica, House, Trance and Dubstep worlds.

 

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Beat Aficionados

Give your beats new, fresh perspective. Whether you want to add BreakTweaker's striking content library to your collection of drum and percussion samples, or find new ways to manipulate and reimagine your existing content, BreakTweaker is for you.

 

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Composers

Create epic percussive rhythms. Combine the isorhythmic Sequencer, MicroEdit glitching, cinematic sample content, and MIDI triggering to create the intense musical effects that underpin many successful film and video game scores and trailers. BreakTweaker is a new breed of rhythmic compositional tool.

 

BreakTweaker Features

MicroEdit Anything

Traditional sequencing is so 1984. With BreakTweaker, you can slice and manipulate audio at a resolution that would blow MIDI’s mind (and your DAW’s). Thanks to the MicroEdit Engine within BreakTweaker, each step can be repeated or chopped at an infinitesimally small rate, allowing you to create buzzing musical harmony, texturize a step with extra rhythms, or even use rhythm as a synthesis tool, locking drum hits to individual pitches. Even the most ordinary of drum hits can be transformed into a thing of the future.

Glitch and revolutionize any drum sample or rhythm with hi-res pitch, arp, and texture control—all the way down to a micro-slice level.


Take a wild ride through the audio space/time continuum by dividing a single sequenced event into up to thousands of unique slices that pulse with sonic movement, as defined by Division, Pitch, Time or Speed.

Create the most unique drum sound you’ve ever heard: add tension, slopes and curves to shape the contour and rotation of the slices, then apply additional FX.

Quickly change the entire sound of a beat with the Randomize feature, which automatically MicroEdits the selected step in your Sequencer pattern.
 

Create Evolving Sequences

Whether you’re working with drums, bass, or abstract noises, BreakTweaker is driven by the patterns you define in the Sequencer. Freed from the constraints of a pre-defined time signature, BreakTweaker’s Sequencer can program anything from basic patterns to unique tracks of patterns with individual lengths and speeds.

Build exciting beats with the 32-step Sequencer, with up to 24 patterns synced to your DAW. Launch, trigger, latch, and switch your way to full-fledged drum sample and synth productions.


Evolve and transform your patterns by giving each Sequencer track a unique tempo and step length, allowing the entire beat pattern to develop into new musical ideas over time.

Create entire productions, then route the individual Sequencer tracks to separate outputs for optimum mixing with BreakTweaker’s Multi-Out mode.
 

Explore Stunning Content

BreakTweaker comes with an extensive Factory Library of samples to choose from for building your next custom kit. Get the latest in cutting-edge drum sound design, as well as an entire suite of carefully produced classic sounds that no self-respecting drum library could be without. Why spend hours building the basics from scratch when BreakTweaker already has it all?

Explore today's top sounds, designed by today’s top musicians and DJs, including BT—available royalty free for use in BreakTweaker or your sampler of choice.


Wield dubstep power with multi-layered kicks and snares for earth-shattering presence.

Elicit cinematic drama with Booms and Hits, Metals, Cymbals and Bells, as well as Vocal Breath one-shots.

Kickstart your next track with over 80 beat presets that showcase BreakTweaker’s power.
 

Sculpt Next-Gen Drum Sounds

The Generator is a powerful tool for drum synthesis. At its core are two Morphing Wavetable Oscillators—capable of reproducing anything from the simplest to the most complex sounds a synth can pump out. An entire library of custom waveforms by BT and other top producers gives you the building blocks you need to make compelling synthesized timbres.

Sculpt the next generation of drum sounds with unique-sounding wavetables, including BT's prized wavetables (never before available!).


Go far beyond traditional synth textures—choose from five wavetable synthesis modes: Single, Additive, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation (AM), or Frequency Modulation (FM).

Morph and modulate away with quadruple LFO and Envelope modulation routing, perfect for adjusting pitch, wavetables, amplitude and more.

Get a start on advanced drum design with inbuilt Generator presets that you can tweak and adjust to taste.
 

Add Movement

Make every step of your next track sound more exciting, more musical, and more dynamic. BreakTweaker’s custom-designed LFO and Envelope provide some of the most creative modulation you’ll find anywhere. Each modulation source can manipulate the settings of any Generator parameter, moving the parameter between a modulation range of two values.

 Modulate anything in the Generator window with one of four LFOs or Envelopes. Assign up to two Modulators per parameter to create new movement, add harmonics, and enhance your productions.

Create previously unheard textures with innovative wavetable LFO control, featuring LFO shapes that have never before been available for synthesis.
 

Get Effective

To dirty up, filter down, spread out, or otherwise mangle your sound, BreakTweaker’s Generators come fortified with an array of distortion effects, as well as vintage-modeled New York and Tokyo filters for shaping your sound.

Smooth samples and meld layers together with the custom-modeled, analog-style New York and Tokyo High Pass, Band Pass, and Low Pass filters.


Distort, mangle, and transform with dual-stage distortions inspired by the iZotope’s cult classic Trash 2, featuring algorithms such as Warm, Transistor, Hard, Digital, Raw, and Aliasing.

Enhance width, add stereo space and create lush drum hits with individual Chorus effects for every sequenced step via the MicroEdit Engine.
 

Discover the Perfect Sound

The Discover feature in BreakTweaker is a novel way to narrow down your search for just the right drum sound. Powered by iZotope's MediaMined™ technology, Discover will analyze and display similar-sounding samples when you’re browsing the Factory Library. No more scrolling endlessly through sample lists when your drum sound is close, but not perfect.

Easily search the vast Factory Library with an audio intelligence engine that will match complementary drum sounds: not based on meta-data, but on actual musical analysis.
 
Discover new sounds. Click “Discover” and you’ll instantly be shown intelligently-selected, similar-sounding drum hits from the BreakTweaker collection for quick auditioning.

 

Available BreakTweaker Expansions (not included)

Expand your sonic palette with BreakTweaker's add-on Expansion libraries, well-suited to a variety of production styles. Experience analog punch with Vintage Machines, rhythmic tension and release with Cinematic Textures, industry-defining percussion with Kicks & Snares by Beatport Sounds, and fresh beats with Modern Grooves by Black Octopus.

 

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BreakTweaker Expansion: Modern Grooves

Designed by boutique sample creator Black Octopus, Modern Grooves is a high-end collection of samples and presets for producers and songwriters of all types. Modern but retro, crisp yet slick, Modern Grooves serves up full-fledged starting points for jamming out new track ideas. Prefer to start from scratch? We have you covered there, too. With 300 new audio samples and 40 Generator presets, there’s plenty of rich material for customizing your own productions. Take a tour through Electro, Breaks, Deep House, House and more, then spice up any track that needs a lift. Get fresh beats for any genre with Modern Grooves.
 
 
iZotope BreakTweaker Beat Making Software: Expansion Vintage Machine

BreakTweaker Expansion: Vintage Machines

Browse through a treasure trove of heavy, dusty vintage beats and revisit hip hop, trap, upbeat techno, two step, dilla-style off-kilter beats and much more. With samples by world-renowned Goldbaby, Vintage Machines delivers an eclectic range of over 200 samples from the greatest drum machines out there, assembled into a unique collection of throwback fun. With 50 kits to choose from and 12 patterns each, you can mix and match your favorite lo-fi goodness and drop some vintage style into your track. Crunchy beats, head-bobbing sub and just a hint of old-school vibes take you back to the era of the greats.
 
 
iZotope BreakTweaker Beat Making Software: Expansion Kicks and Snares

BreakTweaker Expansion: Kicks & Snares by Beatport Sounds

If anyone knows what makes a track pulse, it’s Beatport, the world’s largest DJ and electronic music community. Exclusively created for iZotope’s BreakTweaker, this impressive-sounding drum sample collection from Beatport Sounds is perfectly suited for modern drum production. With solid kicks, snares, and a little percussion thrown in for good measure, Kicks & Snares will augment your already-stellar Factory Library with fresh flavors from the labs at Beatport. Simply load up the samples within BreakTweaker's Generator to start crafting your perfect kit.
 

iZotope BreakTweaker Beat Making Software: Expansion Cinematic

BreakTweaker Expansion: Cinematic Textures

The Cinematic Textures Expansion is a collection of rhythmic gestures ranging from esoteric patterns to dense pulses and beats. Designed to enhance film and television scores, and to intensify the texture of electronic and electro-acoustic music, this expansion is geared towards composers, producers and sound designers alike. With 71 presets and over 700 samples, Cinematic Textures was made with sonic exploration in mind. Delve into both percussive and tonal elements to inspire new ideas for your future musical works.

 

BreakTweaker Reviews

From AskAudio Magazine

"If iZotope wasn’t already there, they are now. They have become one of those companies that can make an announcement, and everyone will stop what they are doing to see what it is..Some serious thought went into [BreakTweaker]...I would highly recommend this for beginner, as well as veteran, producers."

—G.W. Childs IV

 

From Bass Musique

5/5 Rating

“Can’t really do much more than give this 5 stars. A truly awesome and original plug-in, the first of its kind that pushes the boundaries like nothing else I have seen.”

 

From Computer Music

9/10 Rating, Innovation, and Performance Awards

"It’s not everyday we’re presented with a genuinely paradigm-shifting new device in electronic music production.”

 

From DJ Tech Tools

“BreakTweaker comes with excellent audio content but what’s important is that you can also import your own WAV and AIFF files and put them through the MicroEdit grinder, as well as the well-rounded complement of synthesis tools.”

—Markkus Rovito

 

From Electronic Musician

“BreakTweaker can easily take its place beside Stutter Edit and Iris as another wildly successful entry into iZotope’s roster of creative instruments. Check out the 10-day demo and have someone slide your meals under the door”

—Marty Cutler

 

From Future Music

9/10 Average Rating, Platinum Award

“A great tool that makes programming and producing beats fun and delivers inspiring results.”

—Bruce Aisher

 

From Keyboard Magazine

“Unprecedented tools for integrating complex time-based micro-edits into electronic grooves and beats...with powerful sample-based and DSP synthesis engines.”

—John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl

 

From MusicTech Magazine

10/10, Excellence Award, Innovation Award

“A powerful and forward-thinking instrument that simplifies the process of making huge, cutting-edge beats that sound immense...Expect to hear it on some hit records very soon.”

—Hollin Jones

 

From Resident Advisor

4.5/5 Rating

“BreakTweaker is excellent...Whether you intend to use BreakTweaker as a pure drum machine, a hybrid plug-in for beats, bass and synth or a more complex sound generator for sample content, it has plenty to offer.”

—Jono Buchanan

 

From SonicScoop

“They absolutely nailed it! … [BT & iZotope] created an incredible musical tool that can be quick when you need it and deep when you’re ready to evolve your sound. ”

—Gabriel Lamorie

 

From Sound On Sound

“BreakTweaker effortlessly delivers freaky sample retriggering, gating, and polyrhythmic grooves that could energise even the most mundane tunes.”

—Paul Nagle

 

BreakTweaker System Requirements

Supported operating systems:

Windows: XP (32-bit Service Pack 3), 7, 8 
Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or later (Intel only)

Plug-in formats:

AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST and VST 3, Audio Unit

 

Host compatibility:

BreakTweaker works as a virtual instrument in popular hosts like Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, SONAR, ACID, Ableton Live, and many more.

Please note: The Discover feature requires an internet connection.

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