iZotope Tutorial

Mixing Pop-Rock with iZotope Plug-Ins

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    Intro & Setting Up Tonal Balance Control

    In this video, Larry welcomes you and discusses the series and also introduces Tonal Balance Control.

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    Vocal Housekeeping

    Before starting the mix, Larry covers how to address some problems with the vocal, by removing bleed using Nectar 3's Gate module and also removing mouth clicks with RX7's Mouth De-Click.

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    Setting the Vision for the Mix

    Larry now shows how to use Neutron 2's Mixtap plug-in and the Visual Mixer to audition different visions for the stereo field of the mix.

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    Using Vocal Assistant

    In this video, learn how to use Vocal Assistant in Nectar 3 to analyze the lead vocal and create a suitable preset which is then tweaked. Afterwards, see how to use Vintage Tape and Vintage EQ to add a smooth high end.

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    The Vocal Harmony

    Now discover Nectar 3's Pitch Correction module and how to fix the pitch of our harmony and then use Vocal Assistant to fit the harmony into the mix.

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    Drums: EQ Pt. 1

    Learn how to use Neutron 2 to EQ your drum parts and bring them out of the mix, including how the Learn Mode is used to locate areas of interest in the frequency range.

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    Drums: EQ Pt. 2

    In this video, Larry picks up where he left of in the last video and continues working on EQing the drums.

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    Bass & Guitars

    Watch Larry start off by using the Learn Mode on Neutron 2's Transient Shaper on the snare to locate areas to work on. Next up Larry applies EQ to the bass part of the track using the Track Assistant mode of Neutron 2. Larry then looks for areas to cut and boost in order to fit the bass into the track effectively, including using the Neutron 2 Compressor to keep the bass in its place in the mix, allowing it to act as a foundation. You?ll also see Larry work on the various guitar parts using Neutron 2.

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    Piano, Organ & Percussion

    In this video, discover how to use Track Assistant in Neutron 2 to work on the piano and organ parts, and then try a Dynamic EQ on the tambourine part in the fix to tame some harshness.

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    Using Compression in Neutron 2 Pt. 1

    Larry now explains how to use compression to set the front back perspective of the mix. See how to use Detection Filters to allow the compressor to respond to the correct parts of the signal. You'll then see how to use different Bypass States for different settings, and use the Vintage Compressor of Ozone 8 to compress the bass, piano and organ.

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    Using Compression in Neutron 2 Pt. 2

    In this video, Larry picks up where he left off in the last video and continues his work using compression in Neutron 2.

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    Additive EQ

    In this video, Larry goes over the steps to use Additive EQ to pick and enhance different areas of sounds so they shine. For this task you'll use the Vintage EQ of Ozone 8 and also the soft saturation mode of Neutron 2. Lastly, Larry demonstrates how to use the Masking Meter to keep elements from stepping on each other, and mudding up the mix.

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    Harmonic Saturation

    Watch Larry now perform some housekeeping to organize the tracks, and then add Saturation to Busses to energize the mix and make it come alive. We also add EQ to our saturation to really focus it in. We also try different modes in Neutron 2's Exciter.

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    Mix Enhancements

    In this video, have some fun trying out some things with iZotope Suite like Side-Chaining the bass and kick, but only compressing the low frequencies of the bass part. Then experiment with the Vocal Unmask feature to bring the vocals out to the front of the mix. Lastly, Larry demonstrates how to use Neutron to bring a little more out of the different parts.

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    Bus Processing & Parallel Compression

    Larry now shows how to use Neutron 2's Compressor to add Parallel Compression to the parts, solidifying the mix. Bus Compression is then utilized to add a further layer of Compression to the mix, by applying Compression to grouped parts.

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    Mastering the Track Pt. 1

    In this video, Larry shows and explains how to use Tonal Balance from Ozone 8 to apply Master Bus Processing to make the track as balanced as possible. You'll do this using Ozone 8's Multi Band Compression, Harmonic Excitation and Parallel Compression. Larry then also demonstrates how to use Master Assistant to set some parameters for us while referencing the original artist?s version for comparison.

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    Mastering the Track Pt. 2

    In this final video, Larry continues working twoard a finished master, including adding some extra Stereo Width Processing to the track to slightly spread the frequencies above 10k.

Product Overview


In this Groove3 video tutorial series, studio pro Larry Holcombe shows you how to mix a Pop Rock track with iZotope plug-ins! See how to use an assortment of iZotope’s amazing plug-ins to bring a track to life, resulting in a professional radio-ready mix. You also get the stems used in the tutorial to follow along with and mix on your system.

Larry begins by welcoming you and then starts at the beginning, going over the steps to take to get Tonal Balance Control setup in your session, and then fixing any issues with individual tracks before you start mixing, plus figuring out your vision for the mix.

Then it’s off to the races, and Larry explores and explains using Vocal Assistant on the Vocals, Pitch Correction with Nectar, EQing and Transient Shaping with Neutron, utilizing Track Assistant on different parts, and using Neutron’s compressor Detection Filters to compress only the parts of the signal that need it, and much more.

Next, Larry goes over the steps to use Additive EQ to pick and enhance different areas of sounds and make them shine, including adding Saturation and an Exciter to Busses to energize the mix and make it come alive. Then it’s off to the land of squeeze, where you’ll see how to use Side-Chaining on the bass and kick, but only compress the low frequencies of the bass part, applying Bus Processing and Parallel Compression, and Mastering the track with Ozone’s Multi Band Compression, Harmonic Excitation and Parallel Compression.

Wrapping it up, you’ll learn how to use Master Assistant to set parameters while referencing the original artist’s version for comparison, and then add extra Stereo Width Processing to the track to slightly spread the frequencies above 10k, giving it that final polished sound.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to iZotope plug-ins or just want to see them used in-action to create a finished, professional sounding mix, Checkout “Mixing Pop-Rock with iZotope Plug-Ins” today!

Tutorial Song Credit: The Hawthorne Effect - Marry Him


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Mixing Pop-Rock with iZotope Plug-Ins is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Lots of information
Date published: 2020-12-12
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and interesting guide I really learned alot about Izotope workflow and got some great inspiration on how to use these plugins. One thing though that annoyed me to death and made me skip sections was the same section of music constantly repeating over and over. Would’ve been nice at least to change loop section or fast forward parts where Izotope assistant calculates etc. Other than that, great tutorial! :)
Date published: 2020-11-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Not only explains "Izotope plugins", but also a mixing fundamentals overview. Great overview of how to use izotope plugins like Ozone and Neutron in a mixing scenario and how they interact with each other using Tonal Balance Control and the masking features. All while also explaining a lot of mixing fundamentals and the thought process behind mixing decisions.
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very informative! Gives a good overview of how to use the iZotope plugins and how these communicate with each other to help with mixing a track. Taking off half a star since, as other reviews point out, the plugins used here are a bit dated at this point, so some newer functions aren't covered.
Date published: 2020-06-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial A bit dated since he works with older plugins, but nonetheless the techniques are great.
Date published: 2020-05-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from All the layers, sends, buses, compressors X 5! Video demonstrates how to use the Izotope Music Production Suite from beginning to end. Very good insight into how the plugins work! Additional explanation regarding why one type of effect, i.e. compressor, is selected from one tool as opposed to another, i.e. Nectar or Ozone or Neutron, would be helpful.
Date published: 2020-03-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing course A quite comprehensive intro to Neutron, Nectar and Ozone, and also to mixing and mastering itself.
Date published: 2020-02-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful, Great Course. Great example on how to use izotope plugins and general mixing workflow.
Date published: 2019-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Great breakdown of the individual steps highlighting workflow and tools in Isotope software
Date published: 2019-10-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good I am happy that I paid for it . Worth it
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Useful Overview! Great insights into using Izotope's tools in a workflow context, and tips on listening and sculpting stems with them. One thing: I don't understand why many tracks have duplicate instances of Neutron on them?
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastically useful overview of how all of these plugins slot together.
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Helpful or not, it nerves... I stopped watching after the 5th chapter. Looping only one bar for editing stuff makes sense. But listening to this 40times was killing me.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Flawless i'm not yet through the whole tutorial, but i can say, it's a flawless realtime operation, which is easy to follow and the results are obvious. one should know the basics of Izotope Suite 2 though, before watching. Very insightful!
Date published: 2019-01-12
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