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Alloy 2 Explained

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1



    Russ introduces the fantastic new Alloy 2 and explains the thinking behind what iZotope considers the 'Essential mixing tools'.

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    Tutorial 2

    Getting Around the Interface


    Take a tour of the interface and get used to where to find the tools you need, when you need them.


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    Tutorial 3

    General Settings


    Find out how to manage the performance of Alloy 2 with graphics, host and license management options.

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    Tutorial 4

    Spectrum Options


    Make sure you have Alloy 2 giving you the visual feedback you need by getting the spectrum options set up correctly.

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    Tutorial 5

    I/O Options


    Getting your metering right is essential to ensure good gain into each unit and preventing clipping - in this video see how to set the meters for the way you work.

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    Tutorial 6

    EQ Options


    In this video Russ shows how to make sure the EQ setting are just right and also a cool feature for helping you tune into exactly the right frequency when making adjustments.

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    Tutorial 7

    Other Options


    Unlock the multi-band potential of the transient, exciter and dynamics and then see how you can adjust the metering on the De-Esser and Limiter modules to suit your needs.

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    Tutorial 8

    Preset Management


    Find, save and organize your presets so you have them in hand just when you need them, both for the entire channels strip and each module.

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    Tutorial 9

    Mouse & Keyboard Shortcuts


    Discover how to speed around the interface with keyboard shortcuts to enhance your workflow.

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    Tutorial 10

    Using History Memory Points


    See how to use history memory points as a quick way to A/B or even C & D your settings.

The Modules In-Depth

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    Tutorial 11

    EQ Module


    Explore how to tune the sound just the way you like, with an amazing array of up to 8 bands of EQ. Create everything from rumbling bass to soaring sweet highs and everything in between.

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    Tutorial 12

    Transient Module


    In this video Russ shows how to create some audio magic with drums and loops using the multi-band transient shaper.

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    Tutorial 13

    Exciter Module


    Watch how to use the Exciter in both single and multi-band mode to give acoustic guitars some space and air.

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    Tutorial 14

    Dynamics Module


    See a full overview of the dynamics module with both single and multi-band compressor/limiter and noise gates.

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    Tutorial 15

    De-Esser Module


    Find out how to unlock the power of this versatile De-Esser, normally used for vocals, but as Russ shows, able to handle far more.

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    Tutorial 16

    Limiter Module


    If you're looking for banging dance mixes or more subtle control of the mix, then Russ gives you an overview of the tool to do it - the limiter module.

Hands On Techniques

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    Tutorial 17

    Sidechain & Multi-band Uses


    Discover the power of sidechain and multi-band compressor techniques. Russ takes a basic synth part and brings it to life with just one dynamics module.

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    Tutorial 18

    The Detection Filter


    The detection filter can be a powerful ally when you need to focus your dynamics in with pinpoint accuracy - find out how.

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    Tutorial 19

    Using Dynamics on Drums


    Instead of reaching for the EQ, Russ shows how creative use of dynamics can get you a great studio drum sound.

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    Tutorial 20

    Killer Guitars


    Russ uses some of the cool modules in Alloy 2 to give energy and life to both rhythm and lead guitars.

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    Tutorial 21

    Multi-band Compression on Mixes


    Find out how powerful mulit-band compression can be used to bring mixes to a new level.

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    Tutorial 22

    Getting Great Voiceovers


    Podcasters and Broadcasters alike will find the vocal techniques shown in this tutorial indispensable. Get that great radio voice and see how to automate the process of riding the vocal and music.

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    Tutorial 23

    Clean up Live Drums


    You'll be amazed at seeing how Russ removes the reverb from a live stereo drum part; even more amazing he then treats the kick, snare and overheads of a stereo loop independently!

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    Tutorial 24

    Mixing a Song with Alloy 2 Pt. 1


    An entire song mixed with just Alloy 2; vocals, piano guitars, bass, drums, loops, percussion and hammond organ and then one across the mix buss for good measure. In this extended video Russ shows how fast you can mix an entire song with Alloy 2.

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    Tutorial 25

    Mixing a Song with Alloy 2 Pt. 2


    Russ continues where we left off mixing the song with Alloy 2.

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    Tutorial 26

    Using 2 Dynamics in Parallel


    Find out how to get the best of both worlds by using 2 dynamics processors in parallel. In this example, Russ gets a super smashed, yet dynamic drum sound.

iZotope just made the mixing world way better! DAW master Russ Hughes shows you all there is to know about iZotope's amazing new Alloy2 essential mixing tools.

Find out what everything does with a full show and tell of EQ, Transient, Dynamics, De-Esser, Exciter and Limiter modules. See some cool tricks that utilize Alloy 2 and cover everything from drums, loops, vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, podcast and broadcast voice. There's even a full length video showing you how Russ mixes a track using just Alloy 2.

If you're going to use one of the top DAW mixing tools, make sure you get the top training for it. Checkout "Alloy 2 Explained" today.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started young. My father was a Jazz piano player who would play Oscar Peterson on the piano, I would go in as a kid and sit and listen to him in wonder. When he left the room I would try and knock out tunes myself. When I was 15 I swapped my bike for a really bad electric guitar which I went home and plugged into my sister's hi-fi, she was not impressed. From there I started having bands in the garage and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. What training have you had?

As a musician, no formal training, I just picked things up by ear. Over the years I've been lucky to work and play with some of the best musicians around, that rubs off on you, playing with great people means you either get better or get a different job! As a trainer I've done a lot of public speaking, presentations and seminars to groups of anything from 10 to 3,000 people. Again, you either get good or get hungry.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was 17 I bought myself a Tascam 244 Portastudio, that was a 4 track cassette based recording system that cost around $1800! In those days that was a miracle being able to record and mix on separate tracks. Once I got that then I was hooked, in fact I forgotten the stuff I've bought over the years, I just look music and technology and so recording ticks both of my passion boxes!

4. People you have worked with/for?

It's a long list and to name drop would sound like throwing pans down a stone staircase. I've worked with and for, in a technical and programming capacity UB40, T-Pau, Elton John, The Beat, New Order, Jools Holland, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Japan to name some of those blasts from the past... I'm old!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I didn't know I was, perhaps it's the combination of my passion for the music and the gear coupled with a genuine desire to help people to use their gear without any barriers. I read the manual as a last resort (often because they are so badly written) so I guess that other's may feel the same, so I try to find a way of making things as simple as possible, I try not to pretend to be an expert, more a guy who's just figured it out. I also have a terrible sense of humour, which means when I train live there are a lot of laughs.

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    Alloy 2 Explained

    iZotope just made the mixing world way better! DAW master Russ Hughes shows you all there is to know about iZotope's amazing new Alloy2 essential mixing tools. Get ready to make your tracks and mixes sound even better.

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    Hybrid Explained

    Updated for version 2.0, Pro Tools Instrument legend Russ Hughes is back with this highly anticipated 'Explained' title. Russ takes you through the Hybrid power synth plug-in from start to finish, exploring every part of the synth and finishing off with some sound creation examples that will get your creative juices flowing.

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    Iris Explained

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    Loom Explained

    Untangle the creative possibilities of additive synthesis and produce something amazing with Loom. Synth master Russ Hughes takes you on a journey and helps unlock the synth secrets of this cool new take on additive synthesis. This series includes a full, in-depth explanation of all the features and some practical sessions on designing sounds from scratch.

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Alloy 2 Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alloy2 Extremely well tutorials, very pleased will purchase more in future. Thanks!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alloy2 I have a good working knowledge of Alloy2 but invested in the tutorials in order to take full advantage of Alloy2. Very clear totoruials that go as deep as you want to go. I now understand the how and why behind all of the multi band options I now own your Nectar2, Ozone and Alloy2 training; well done GROOVE3 !!
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really useful tutorial :-) Every second of this was helpful. Going to study this again for sure!
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learn to mix this is a very very fine tutorial. i have learned all features of alloy2 and the highlight is the complete song-mix
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just a great product tutorial !! Russ also gives some great tips and process on mixing for different instruments and the art of listening to create great pre - master mixes. The multiband lesson is golden. I feel more confident in Alloy 2 now. Thanks!
Date published: 2016-02-27
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