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iZotope Iris 2 Spectral Synthesizer Plugin

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Please try the demo before buying. We've heard that Iris 2 can be quite resource intensive even on a modern MacBook Pro. Please consider using Iris 1 if this ends up being the case for you.

Iris 2

The World is Your Instrument

Create and discover musical sounds that have never been heard before. An inspiring sample-based synthesizer, Iris 2 is immediately playable—combining the power of a sampler, the flexibility of a modular synth, and the fun of spectral filtering.

Get started fast by selecting from hundreds of expertly crafted Bass, Keys, Leads, Pads, and Rhythmic patches. Then customize or build your own patches with an 11 GB factory library of intriguing audio samples, a modern modulation system, classic filters, evocative effects, and more. Explore a new world of musical possibilities with Iris 2.

 

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Key Features

Explore a world of sound: Load one of hundreds of fresh and inspiring patches, and easily experiment with the most relevant parameters via Macro controls.

Build your own synth: Invent sounds that are completely your own by layering up to four different samples from a built-in collection of analog oscillator waveforms, an 11 GB sample library, or your own personal audio files.

Design your own filters: Get the best-sounding and most unique filters by drawing, selecting, and isolating sonic components from each sample layer using iZotope's award-winning spectral filtering technology.

Shape your own sound: Develop expressive, dynamic, and evolving musical sounds with the powerful and flexible new modulation system. Access every control from one window, or reveal only what you need with a dynamic new user interface.

 

An Epic Library of Patches and Sounds

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Expand your sound palette with hundreds of exclusive musical patches from world-class sound designers and 11 GB of audio samples. Get inspired by the sounds, then explore new sonic territory. It’s easy to create or discover something totally new, just by tweaking a few controls.

Iris 2’s deep collection of patches will inspire you to create never-before-heard compositions and intricate, evolving soundscapes. Patch categories include Bass, Keys, Leads, Pads, and Rhythmic. Audio sample categories include Abstract, Environments, Instruments, Objects, Synthesizers, Toys, and Voice.

 

Iris 2 Features

What is Iris 2?

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Iris is an innovative, sample-based synthesizer that empowers you to create musical sounds like never before. Start by layering up to four distinctive audio samples, then use the spectrogram display and selection tools to spotlight the most interesting spectral characteristics.

Still hungry for more? Add attitude, dimension, and depth to your creation by applying iZotopeʼs world-class effects: chorus, reverb, delay, distortions, filters, and more. Or modulate more than one hundred parameters through a simple, single-click-and-drop assignment system.

 

Sounds

Produce exciting tracks instantly with an epic library of new patches and audio samples—all included with your purchase of Iris 2.

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Inspiring new patches: Get started quickly with hundreds of compelling new patches by world-class sound designers, in categories like Leads, Keys, Bass, Rhythmic, and more.

11 GB sample library: Explore 11 GB of audio samples, all provided as 24-bit .WAV files for use in any sampler.

OSC WAVs: Generate sounds from dozens of classic analog oscillator samples or oscillator waveforms (OSC WAVs), now available in all four sample pools.

Your own sound library: Import your own audio files to craft truly one-of-a-kind sounds.

 

Unique Spectral Filtering Tools

Tweak your sounds deeply with Iris 2ʼs diverse and intuitive spectral selection tools. Iris 2 makes it fun to experiment and manipulate your selections even further, with additional controls for zooming, inverting, and more.

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Spectrogram display: Visualize the frequency content of your audio and discover sonic details a traditional waveform doesn’t show you.

Spectral Filter: Draw your own unique filter shapes and isolate specific frequencies to discover new sonic possibilities in your sample library.

Selection tools: Use a lasso for free-hand drawing of any size or shape, an adjustable brush for more fluid selections, and a magic wand for intelligent selection of harmonic regions.

 

Flexible, New Modulation System

Bring movement and expression to your sound with dynamic tremolo effects, expressive vibratos, and radical filter sweeps, all easily synced to your host tempo. Apply up to five adjustable-curve ADSR envelopes as well as five LFOs with dozens of morphing wavetable options.

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Over 100 modulatable parameters: Sculpt your signature sound using up to five LFOs, five Envelopes, MIDI Expression Controllers, and Macro Controls.

Envelopes: Advanced ADSR envelopes let you creatively experiment with your amplitude through adjustable curves, draggable nodes, invert mode, and modulation of all four parameters.

LFO: Morph and visualize shape changes with real-time animation. Our LFOs contain 20 different wavetable types, each with multiple shapes and a modulatable control to move between them.

MIDI controllers and Macro controls: Attach MIDI expression controls like key tracking, velocity, aftertouch, and the mod wheel, and save assignments with your patches.

Create Macro controls to control multiple parameters with a single knob in perfect proportions.

 

Enhanced Effects and Filters

Iris 2 features some of the best of iZotope’s award-winning signal processing technology, available in Send or Master signal chains that save with every patch.

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Distortion: Add grit and saturation to your sound with six distortion filters like Tube, Clipping, and Aliasing, taken straight from iZotope’s award-winning Trash 2.
 
Chorus: Supply a subtle widening or radical flanging with a spacious chorus effect, inspired by a classic ’80s synth chorus with modern flexibility and controls.
 
Stereo Delay: Enjoy lush, crystal-clean decays with a tempo-syncable stereo delay. A bonus analog-modeled overdrive algorithm crunches and darkens your delayed signal like a classic tape echo or bucket-brigade pedal.
 
Reverb: Expand your sense of space with a meticulously modeled Plate Reverb tailored specifically for synths, great for everything from subtle ambience to cavernous pads.
 
Filters: Add a smooth, sweeping sound with 17 different filter flavors, including classic analog Low-Pass and High-Pass filters as well as exotic Vocal Formant, Band Pass, and Peak filters from Trash 2.

 

Intuitive Workflow

We’ve optimized Iris 2 to be an instrument that helps inspire creativity and introduce new possibilities into your musical process. Each knob, button, panel, feature, and workflow has been reviewed with input from dozens of artists and users.

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Redesigned interface: Find the right tool at the right time with a completely redesigned interface. Choose from a comprehensive all-in-one view, or hide/undock modules for a more streamlined view.

Macro Controls: Quickly access and assign macro controls for easy customization of your sound. You can control them via the Patch Browser as well as an undockable window that can always be open.

Visualizations: See the effects of modulation and filters in real time for every modulated parameter. Visualize your spectral content with a spectrum analyzer from our award-winning Insight metering suite, included right in the master section.
 
Intelligent Zero Crossing: Loop sample selections seamlessly using our new Intelligent Zero Crossing technology.

 

Iris Sounds

Expand your sound palette with hundreds of exclusive musical patches from world-class sound designers and 11 GB of audio samples. Get inspired by the sounds, then explore new sonic territory. It’s easy to create or discover something totally new, just by tweaking a few controls.

A broad variety of soundscapes, pads, synth, bass, and lead patches can be creatively altered for adventurous sonic exploration—from soaring leads, ethereal choirs, and percussive effects to pulsing tones, lush chords, and ominous growls.

After you've installed and authorized Iris 2, you can access this epic library of sound by logging into your iZotope account and downloading the installer(s).

 

Patch Categories

Bass: Explore Bass patches containing Thick Subs, Crunchy Grit, Vintage, or Modern Bass sounds—and whatever else in between.
Keys: The Keys category gives you plucky tones and sweeping timbres, providing expressive jumping-off points for your track.
Leads: Lead patches range from clean and bell-like to destructed mayhem, analog delayed, and gliding spectral colors.
Pads: Iris’s spectral selections and layering provide pads ranging from somber underscores to full and intricate melodic construction.
Rhythmic: The Rhythmic patches make use of Iris’s extensive new modulation system to amazing effect: pulsing beats and detailed modulation at times dirty and clean, spacious and close.
Abstract: Add an element of intrigue to your project with the Abstract sound library. Sample categories range from Pulses, Rhythmic, and Sweeps to FX and Production Elements. Add a “Haunting Drone” or “Granular Torching” to your track and transport your listeners to a brave new world of truly unexplored terrain.
Environments: From bustling casinos to sci-fi soundscapes, Environments provides a diverse collection of ambiences ready for musical adventures. Load one of the samples and start tweaking instantly, transforming the familiar to the unique and the mundane to the mysterious. Environments is ideal for finding inspiration for your next track or production product.
Instruments: Standard musical instruments are not always what they seem. Rediscover new beauty and intrigue within familiar sound sources through the Instruments library. Instruments takes what you know and makes it fresh again by uncovering unconventional timbres and tones—bringing something special to the run-of-the-mill piano, guitar, and bass sounds you’re used to.
Objects: Explore the inherent sonic possibilities of objects—some everyday, and some not-so-everyday—in a musical and meaningful context. The resulting sounds are inviting, uplifting, and unusual. Objects is an eclectic collection of ambiences; the library includes exploits with bottles, mirrors, marbles, glasses, shards, and more.
Synthesizers: The Synthesizers collection is designed to harness the varied sonic palettes and possibilities of classic synths. From the vintage modulars to modern masters, the Synthesizers library spans a wide range of both musical and chaotic sources. Try creating monster stacks from an ARP 2600, a Moog Modular, an Oberheim Eight-Voice and an EDP Wasp. Start experimenting and you’ll find everything from traditional oscillators to lush effects; glitchy rhythmic syncopations to fat bass sounds.
Toys: Childhood sounds can be full of hope and sunshine—or they can be the eerie stuff of horror-filled nightmares. The Toys library embraces both perceptions, resulting in a playful collection of child-like sentiments that can sometimes leave you screaming in the dark. Featuring a broad variety from children’s instruments to a circuit bent Speak & Spell, the Toys sound library possesses many possibilities for both soundtracks and sound design.
Voice: The Voice library melds the world of incredible spectral manipulation with the most powerful instrument there is—the human voice. From simple solo voices and choirs, to beatboxing, hooks, and vocoded rises, Voice is dark, ominous, cheery, and wonderfully musical all at the same time. Breathe a human—or animal—element into your synthetic stylings with Voice.

 

 

Iris 2 Testimonials

Arca

Arca  

Electronic Producer and Mixing Engineer / Collaborator with Kanye West and Björk

"Iris 2 is a new and improved version of one of the virtual instruments closest to my heart; it is at once a robust sampler and a clean, malleable synth. I've never used any soft synth that so delicately balanced the impossible: by design the prominent spectral filter naturally lures one toward engineering unique and textured sounds, all the while feeling familiar and intuitive. Harnessing Iris's musicality is like learning a language you didn't know you already speak."

 

grimes

Grimes

Producer, artist, musician, singer-songwriter

"I really enjoy Iris for weirder and more unique sounds. I often layer it over more traditional patches to make things more interesting. It's incredibly versatile, I've used it in pop songs and atonal noise pieces."

 

Alessandro Cortini

Alessandro Cortini

Keyboardist, Multi-instrumentalist / Nine Inch Nails, Ladytron

"One of the most interesting and creative ways to play and modify samples and recordings. It turns everything into an instrument."

 

Ian Hultquist

Ian Hultquist

Film Composer / Formerly of Passion Pit

"At first glance you may think Iris is just another sampler, but instead it has proven to be an entirely new instrument that stands on its own. It has completely opened up the sonic spectrum allowing for amazing tones & treats hiding in everyday audio to be heard. Iris has provided a constant source of inspiration for me, and I couldn't imagine making music without it."

 

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A Library of Inspiration

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Iris 2 Technical Specs

Iris 2 runs as a plug-in or as a standalone application.

Operating system requirements:

Windows: 7, 8, 10
Mac: OS X 10.7–10.11 (Intel only)

Plug-in formats:

32/64 bit Audio Units, VST, VST3, AAX, and RTAS

Plug-in host compatibility:

Ableton Live 8 and 9, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, Bitwig, and many more.

 

Installing the full Iris 2 Sound Library:

The Trial version includes only 45 patches and a small sampling of the epic library of great-sounding content. The remaining patches and 11 GB of samples are available to you after you purchase Iris 2. To access the full Iris 2 Sound Library after purchase:

First, use your unique serial number to authorize your installation of Iris 2.
Then log in to your iZotope account, where you'll now have access to the Iris 2 Sound Library downloads.
Download the installers from your account and install them on your computer.

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