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    Introduction

    Marcus introduces the series & the track that will be used for the course. He also explains his basic setup in his DAW of choice, and talks about how he has set the mix up, to facilitate a quick mix and easy organization & navigation.

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    Neutron 2 Gate Overview

    Marcus demonstrates the newly added Gate in Neutron 2, and explains ways to use it and scenarios when it might be useful.

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    Tonal Balance Control Overview

    Learn all about the powerful Tonal Balance Control Plug-in included with Neutron 2 & Ozone 8, and how it can be used as a visual aid/reference when working in a different mix/mastering environment.

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    The Mix Tap Plug-In

    Marcus demonstrates the simple but incredibly useful Mixtap plug-in that's included in Neutron 2, along with a couple of tips on how to create instant stereo width on mono source tracks.

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    The Visual Mixer

    Learn how the Visual Mixer can be used to A/B different versions of your mix without destructively changing automation and levels in your DAW.

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    Setting Up the Static Mix

    Follow Marcus as he goes through the tracks and tweaks the static mix so that its sitting at a solid starting point before the mix takes place.

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    The Game Plan

    Marcus talks about his game-plan / approach to take for mixing the track, including some insights on how to set up Sub Groups and VCA Channels to streamline the whole mixing process.

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    Track Assistant Improvements

    Learn all about the new & improved track assistant and how it can be utilized to auto-detect a good starting point for mixing your tracks.

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    Mixing the Drums

    Marcus now mixes the drums using a Preset from Neutron 2, then tweaks it to better suit the track.

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    Mixing the Bass

    Learn how to use the Masking Meter to reference potential frequency collisions, and fix them by using a side-chain in Neutron 2 in order to create a dynamic EQ node that ducks under the Kick Drum, to help it cut through the mix.

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    Mixing the Male Vocals

    In this detailed video, Marcus demonstrates how to use the Track Assistant to come up with a solid starting point for the male lead vocals. In addition, he also turns to some presets, and uses some tricks to add stereo width to the mono lead vocal.

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    Mixing the Guitars

    Marcus now gently shapes and contours the Guitar Buss to better sit in the mix, by applying some EQ, and Filters, as well as an exciter to give them a bit more bite.

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    Mix Check Using Tonal Balance Control

    Moving on Marcus pulls up the Tonal Balance control to monitor the overall balance of the mix as it starts to come to life. He makes some tweaks where needed, and gets ready to bring in the female vocals.

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    Mixing the Female Vocals

    In this video, Marcus begins to shape the female vocals by giving specific treatment to the lead vocals as well as some shared processing to the female background vocal elements.

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    Mix Buss Processing & Loudness Level Check

    Marcus demonstrates how to uses Neutron 2 to add some Mix Buss Compression, EQ, Excitement, and Saturation to the mix. In addition he also checks the loudness levels to ensure that they?re in line with his intended delivery spec.

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    Final Mix Check & Tweaks Using the Visual Mixer

    In this last video, Marcus makes some final tweaks on the mix, and uses the Visual Mixer to test out some potential alternate mixes without affecting the overall balance of his mix.

Product Overview


Studio guru Marcus Huyskens pulls back the curtain and shows you what using iZotope’s Neutron 2 mixing tool is all about. See this amazing mixing assistant in action, in a real-world mix session. You’ll then be able to tackle your own mix sessions with success!

Marcus begins by welcoming you and plays the track that will be used in the series. He then covers basic setup and the approach you’ll use together to mix the track at hand. You’ll also get in-depth overviews of the Neutron 2 Gate, Tonal Balance Control, Mixtap Plug-In, and the Visual Mixer.

Moving on, Marcus now shows you how to set up the static mix, gives a deeper explanation of the game plan / approach to mixing the track, and reveals the new & improved track assistant and how it can be utilized to auto-detect a good starting point for mixing your tracks.

Now it’s time to mix, and Marcus gives you individual videos on using Neutron 2 to mix the Drums, Bass, Male Vocals, Guitars, Female Vocals, Bus Processing and more. Wrapping it up, Marcus makes the final tweaks and demonstrates how to check your final mix using the Visual Mixer.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re ready to learn more about Neutron 2 and how to mix with it, pull up a chair and check out “iZotope Neutron 2 in Action” today!


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Bmwpgh
Submitted 2 months ago

Great job reducing the learning curve for me with Neutron 2!

Had never even looked at the MixTap or Visual Mixer before. Awesome! The only way that this could help more of us 'home' studio people is if your initial recordings/tracks/sounds were not as good. So many times the track was so good you really didn't do much to it. Doesn't seem to happen as often to me in the real world.


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AudioPeck
Submitted 3 months ago

Very Helpful

Great for getting to know Neutron 2


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Jerry Craft
Submitted 4 months ago

Made My Purchase Awesome!

So great to learn the various parameters of Neutron 2 by watching them open and work in real time on a mix. Like learning most new plugins, trial and error are the best ways. Thank you Markus for a killer tutorial!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Logic Pro


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TK
Submitted 7 months ago

Very Helpful!

Thanks Marcus! Studio One tutorials from Marcus also great!:)

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One


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Wes Morgen
Submitted 10 months ago

Great course.

This helped me understand not only how Neutron 2 works but how to apply it.

I am a: Hobbyist


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rpmusic1
Submitted 1 year ago

Very insightful!

It's great because he not only explains the modules but, also demonstrates how he uses them.


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David70srock
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Help!

Marcus does a fabulous job of explaining his moves in Neutron 2 on a full mix from scratch. It would have been good to have him bounce mix and play on his familiar monitors to see how mix translated using Total Balance Control and headphones to check accuracy...

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro


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Joe Vendors
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent hands-on coverage of Neutron 2

First rate coverage of Neutron 2 by Marcus Huyskens. If he is covering a topic in the future then I am watching it! The lessons are lean and always on point.

I am a: Hobbyist


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Eone
Submitted 1 year ago

Helpfull

Very good tutorial, helps to better understand what Neutron 2 does and opened up new possibilities that I hadn't thought of before

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Reason


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walterw
Submitted 1 year ago

Absolutely informative and professional made and really going into depth

As each and every video made by Marcus this is another must for people like me, who are interested in th real depth of working tools. Very well declared and easy to understand - big hands on Marcus!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Reason, Studio One


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Bmwpgh
Submitted 2 months ago

Great job reducing the learning curve for me with Neutron 2!

Had never even looked at the MixTap or Visual Mixer before. Awesome! The only way that this could help more of us 'home' studio people is if your initial recordings/tracks/sounds were not as good. So many times the track was so good you really didn't do much to it. Doesn't seem to happen as often to me in the real world.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

AudioPeck
Submitted 3 months ago

Very Helpful

Great for getting to know Neutron 2

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Jerry Craft
Submitted 4 months ago

Made My Purchase Awesome!

So great to learn the various parameters of Neutron 2 by watching them open and work in real time on a mix. Like learning most new plugins, trial and error are the best ways. Thank you Markus for a killer tutorial!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

TK
Submitted 7 months ago

Very Helpful!

Thanks Marcus! Studio One tutorials from Marcus also great!:)

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Wes Morgen
Submitted 10 months ago

Great course.

This helped me understand not only how Neutron 2 works but how to apply it.

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

rpmusic1
Submitted 1 year ago

Very insightful!

It's great because he not only explains the modules but, also demonstrates how he uses them.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

David70srock
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Help!

Marcus does a fabulous job of explaining his moves in Neutron 2 on a full mix from scratch. It would have been good to have him bounce mix and play on his familiar monitors to see how mix translated using Total Balance Control and headphones to check accuracy...

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Joe Vendors
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent hands-on coverage of Neutron 2

First rate coverage of Neutron 2 by Marcus Huyskens. If he is covering a topic in the future then I am watching it! The lessons are lean and always on point.

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Eone
Submitted 1 year ago

Helpfull

Very good tutorial, helps to better understand what Neutron 2 does and opened up new possibilities that I hadn't thought of before

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

walterw
Submitted 1 year ago

Absolutely informative and professional made and really going into depth

As each and every video made by Marcus this is another must for people like me, who are interested in th real depth of working tools. Very well declared and easy to understand - big hands on Marcus!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Reason, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing piano at around 5 years old, after which point I switched to the Guitar at around age 10. I was pretty lucky, as my parents had quite a nice selection of records, spanning across multiple genres, that I could listen too. I would sit by the record player with headphones on, and close my eyes, and imagine myself playing along with them. I listened to much "older" music than the current music my age group was listening to. I continued to play the guitar and by 16, had developed some pretty decent chops, and was playing lots of local jazz clubs & restaurants with a couple friends. However after the birth of my first son, I took a break from gigging, and made the transition to the other side of the glass. However, I still rely on, and draw upon my abilities as a musician all the time, as I feel that an engineer, producer, or mixer, with a decent understanding of music, tempo, groove, theory, and genres, is a step ahead of the game.

2. What training have you had?

Pretty much 23 years of locking myself in a chair, and working diligently on my craft. Over the years, Ive also had had the great pleasure of working with other fantastic engineers, being able to pick their brains, observe and sponge in all the information that they offered. I still maintain, that you can learn more from a couple weeks, or even a couple days working with a seasoned pro, then you can in a year or 2 of school. Although I was set on going to audio engineering for school, my parents insisted on me going to school for business marketing, which didn't really work out, as I spent most of my time cutting class and going to my older sisters media arts classes, offering up myself as an actor, or voice over actor, (whatever they needed) for all of their student productions, so that I could learn more about audio/video production. It wasn't quite an audio engineering per se, but it was a close second!

Although Ive never had any formal education, I can recall my early "lessons" from my father, of cutting tape, and working with analogue gear. Being given tasks, like recording music from a record to tape, then cutting the tape, to make edits. The process of gain staging, EQ, fader riding, compression, adding reverb, etc etc. Also most importantly, my lessons in understanding the psychology behind getting the best performance from your artist/talent, which I was able to comprehend, and which I still keep with me, and use to this day.

3. When did you get into recording?

By about 11 years old, after listening to countless records in awe, I became interested, (or maybe even obsessed) with the whole recording process. When I badgered my father enough, he eventually dusted off his old TEAC 3340 reel to reel, an old mixer, and a spring reverb for me, that had been meticulously stored and well taken care of. Needless to say, It was pretty much game over from that point on. I fell in love with the notion of being able to capture a moment in time, a performance of art, and preserving it. In the very beginning, I spent most of my time re-recording old records, and singing and playing over top while tracking them, playing around with different microphones, then began a crash course in the basics.

In a sense I was very fortunate, as in addition to being a producer/camera man, my father was a pretty savvy audio engineer, who used to record/mix the music for all his documentaries / productions he worked on back in the day. So, at a very young age, & before the times of the “Mbox" and portable interfaces, little did I know, that I was receiving some very thorough training that became the foundation of my craft. As i grew more comfortable with the gear, I started inviting other children over to my "studio" (parents living room-LoL) who were in bands, so that I could record them. My parents were pretty supportive, often allowing me to use this area, and make noise to do something I enjoyed.

Fast forward a couple years to high school, As my band was looking to get some gigs, I was able to record our own demo's to hand out to clients, and continued to work on my craft, eventually opening up my first studio in 2002. From there, everything else is pretty much history.

4. People you have worked with/for?

The majority of my work has been on the Indi scene music wise, working with local talent, and also internationally as a mixer for various clients in different genres. In 2010/2011 I shifted my efforts, and began working on ad spots, both writing, and recording/mixing with different composers, which eventually brought me down the path of actually developing my own set of sample libraries for composers to use in music production, and television/film/games. This has really opened up some doors for me and expanded my cliental into areas I would have never imagined. I continue to work with talented artists, and composers on various projects, in addition, I also do some voice over work for different audio brands.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Tough one to answer, but, i'd like to think that I teach people the way that I prefer to be taught. Which is building a foundation of knowledge, then adding to it in stages, with clear steps. I try to stay on point, and simplify a process down to its core level. I find that in general, there are a lot of tutorials that leave you scratching your head sometimes. I try to avoid that. Ive often had friends say to me, that I simplify things, so if thats the case, then I hope I can continue to do so.

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iZotope Neutron 2 in Action is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 12 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great job reducing the learning curve for me with Neutron 2! Had never even looked at the MixTap or Visual Mixer before. Awesome! The only way that this could help more of us 'home' studio people is if your initial recordings/tracks/sounds were not as good. So many times the track was so good you really didn't do much to it. Doesn't seem to happen as often to me in the real world.
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Great for getting to know Neutron 2
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Made My Purchase Awesome! So great to learn the various parameters of Neutron 2 by watching them open and work in real time on a mix. Like learning most new plugins, trial and error are the best ways. Thank you Markus for a killer tutorial!
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! Thanks Marcus! Studio One tutorials from Marcus also great!:)
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course. This helped me understand not only how Neutron 2 works but how to apply it.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very insightful! It's great because he not only explains the modules but, also demonstrates how he uses them.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Help! Marcus does a fabulous job of explaining his moves in Neutron 2 on a full mix from scratch. It would have been good to have him bounce mix and play on his familiar monitors to see how mix translated using Total Balance Control and headphones to check accuracy...
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent hands-on coverage of Neutron 2 First rate coverage of Neutron 2 by Marcus Huyskens. If he is covering a topic in the future then I am watching it! The lessons are lean and always on point.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpfull Very good tutorial, helps to better understand what Neutron 2 does and opened up new possibilities that I hadn't thought of before
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely informative and professional made and really going into depth As each and every video made by Marcus this is another must for people like me, who are interested in th real depth of working tools. Very well declared and easy to understand - big hands on Marcus!
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from XLNT As usual, Marcus is my hero...
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Hands-on Video Helpful Understanding each Section and their Functions...
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