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Alloy 2 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

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    Introduction

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

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    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.

Chapter 2 : Settings

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    General Settings

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mouse & Keyboard Shortcuts

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

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    Using History Memory Points

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

Chapter 3 : The Modules In-Depth

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

Chapter 4 : Hands On Techniques

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mixing a Song with Alloy 2 Pt. 2

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

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    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.

Product Overview


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.


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Hammy
Submitted 1 year ago

Very very helpful

I have used Alloy2 for about a year but didn’t really know what I was tweaking I used many presets Now I’m getting an under the hood idea of what is going on and it’s presented logically and simply thanks


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jlscott
Submitted 2 years ago

Great explanation

Russ is always great at explaining audio technology and I find him a pleasure to listen to.

I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools


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MrMixer
Submitted 2 years ago

Great tutorial!

As usual, Russ does an excellent job explaining iZotope's Alloy2, and uses his depth of experience to give some great application examples and useful mixing tips in the process!

I am a: Professional, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools


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faraz
Submitted 3 years ago

Alloy2

Extremely well tutorials, very pleased will purchase more in future. Thanks!

I am a: Musician, Student


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Stallingsound
Submitted 3 years ago

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 !!

I am a: Hobbyist


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Vance
Submitted 3 years ago

Really useful tutorial :-)

Every second of this was helpful. Going to study this again for sure!

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV


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jueri
Submitted 3 years ago

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

I am a: Hobbyist


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thetonybliss
Submitted 3 years ago

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!


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Hammy
Submitted 1 year ago

Very very helpful

I have used Alloy2 for about a year but didn’t really know what I was tweaking I used many presets Now I’m getting an under the hood idea of what is going on and it’s presented logically and simply thanks

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jlscott
Submitted 2 years ago

Great explanation

Russ is always great at explaining audio technology and I find him a pleasure to listen to.

I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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MrMixer
Submitted 2 years ago

Great tutorial!

As usual, Russ does an excellent job explaining iZotope's Alloy2, and uses his depth of experience to give some great application examples and useful mixing tips in the process!

I am a: Professional, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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faraz
Submitted 3 years ago

Alloy2

Extremely well tutorials, very pleased will purchase more in future. Thanks!

I am a: Musician, Student

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Stallingsound
Submitted 3 years ago

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 !!

I am a: Hobbyist

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Vance
Submitted 3 years ago

Really useful tutorial :-)

Every second of this was helpful. Going to study this again for sure!

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV

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jueri
Submitted 3 years ago

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

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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thetonybliss
Submitted 3 years ago

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!

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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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.

Products by Russ

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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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    BFD Eco Jump Start

    Learn how to use BFD ECO fast! In this no-nonsense series by DAW master Russ Hughes, you'll learn all the important basics and not so basic features and functions of the incredibly powerful BFD ECO virtual drum instrument by fxpansion.

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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

    A new Synth is born! Russ Hughes takes you deep inside the revolutionary iZotope Iris virtual synth plug-in. Unlike other synthesis types, iZotope has created something very special and this series will teach you the ins and outs of the unbelievable new technology.

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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 4.9 out of 5 by 8 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very very helpful I have used Alloy2 for about a year but didn’t really know what I was tweaking I used many presets Now I’m getting an under the hood idea of what is going on and it’s presented logically and simply thanks
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great explanation Russ is always great at explaining audio technology and I find him a pleasure to listen to.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! As usual, Russ does an excellent job explaining iZotope's Alloy2, and uses his depth of experience to give some great application examples and useful mixing tips in the process!
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Alloy2 Extremely well tutorials, very pleased will purchase more in future. Thanks!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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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