by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 1, 2020
3 Tips for Fixing VoIP Audio in the Mix
VoIP—for years, the bane of engineers who work on podcasts and in broadcasting. Voice over Internet Protocol, or “VoIP” for short, is the mechanism that enables telephone and videophone communication over the internet.
Think of the way a Skype call sounds: that tinny, grating quality is the result of audio data transfer using this protocol—and it’s terrible. Dropouts, blasts of distortion, and a persistent, sibilant resonance are common maladies of audio transferred using VoIP.
Unfortunately, VoIP is more ubiquitous and essential now than ever before. With the growing prevalence and necessity of remote meetings and video calls, engineers are working with VoIP audio on an increasingly regular basis. With that in mind, here are three tips to help optimize your VoIP audio.
Choosing the Right EQ – Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor
Hang on, aren’t all digital EQs roughly the same?
Some people on the internet will tell you that. They’ll say, “for the most part, digital EQs sound and function the same way.”
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor February 23, 2021
Tres Amigos – Nectar, Neutron, and Ozone.
I never really appreciated the differences in the EQs available in the three tools.
Neutron and Ozone EQs are available as separate plugins. Nectar is only a “mothership” plugin – all of the tools are included in the interface.
Records of the Year: An Analysis of the 2021 GRAMMY® Nominees
The GRAMMY® awards are on March 14th, and there’s a lot to learn by analyzing some of the records that have been nominated. But where to start? There are so many questions surrounding music production, mixing, and mastering, especially now that streaming services have started to move towards loudness-normalized playback. How loud should I make my master? What tonal balance should I aim for? How high should I set my limiter ceiling? How dynamic should my record be?
iZotope posted a fine article examining the tonal contours of some of the 2021 GRAMMY® awards
Vocal Production Tips! A Mega List To Check Out | Production Expert
There are many significant junctures capable of enhancing or undermining the quality of a song’s vocals. In this article, iZotope Contributor Philip Nichols shares some common vocal production practices—some to use and some to avoid. Of course, it’s best to start at the source.
A great refresher when doing pre-production work. It really helps to know how you plan to make your recording the best it can be,
Exploring the Neoverb Advanced Panel
by Griffin Brown, iZotope Content Team October 14, 2020
But what if you’re a mild-to-severe control freak (like I am) when it comes to your audio? You might want to dive a bit deeper than the visible tools allow. Thankfully, Neoverb not only lets you do so, but even offers some reverb-warping options you won’t find in many other reverb plug-ins.
I find the screen captures from Insight showing how the sound changes with the reverb settings highly useful. I can hear the differences, but having a different perspective makes it sink in just a little better…
iZotope RX 8 Music Rebalance Now Supports ARA 2 In Logic Pro X | Logic Pro
Now within the Music Rebalance module, Audio Random Access 2, or ARA 2, allows Logic Pro X to exchange more data with iZotope RX 8 than standard formats. In this article, iZotope Contributor Nick Messitte explains how to use Music rebalance in iZotope RX 8 and how the new ARA 2 support in Logic Pro X works.
3 Tips to Learn Neoverb in 10 Minutes
Now, iZotope has taken Exponential Audio’s killer algorithmic reverbs and brought them into the music space with Neoverb, a reverberation plug-in as handy as it is smart, which makes use of the AI-powered tools iZotope is famous for.
Neoverb sports a lot of intelligent and helpful features that make it intuitive and easy to use. It also happens to sound pretty damn great. So, we thought a tutorial was in order: read on for three tips to get yourself up and running with Neoverb in under ten minutes.
Included in the Music Production Suite 4 bundle. Of course I upgraded…
6 Ways to Use Neutron 3 for Post Production
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor
By now, you’re probably familiar with the ways Neutron 3 can help you in your mixes. This article will demonstrate how Neutron is also a perfect companion during the post production process—mixing sound for film, television, and other viewable media. The tools in Neutron are often transparent in timbre, which is perfect for post production. Let’s dive right into it and show off six tips for using Neutron 3 for post production.
It’s not just for post-production anymore…de-reverb?
5 Ear Training Exercises to Listen Like a Mastering Engineer
by Ian Stewart, iZotope Contributor August 12, 2020
When you think of the most important tool in a mastering engineer’s arsenal, what comes to mind? An equalizer? A compressor? Top-notch conversion, monitoring, or room acoustics? These are all certainly very important, but without a great set of ears behind them, they’re virtually worthless.
But in truth, your ears are only really one part of the story. They turn sound vibrations in the air into neurological signals, but it’s your brain that does the real hearing. Luckily, our brains are great at learning and adapting, so here are five ear (and brain) training tips to help you listen like a mastering engineer.
How Inter-plugin Communication Shows up in Your Workflow
by Will Hunt, Product Marketing Manager January 16, 2020
We talk about Inter-plugin Communication in our products, but what does it actually mean? It is not one single feature, but a framework that lets iZotope plug-ins work as a team to help you accomplish common mix tasks that professional engineers tackle on the job every day. In this article, I’ll use the Tonal Balance Bundle to demonstrate ways iZotope plug-ins use this framework to streamline common mixing tasks.
Power to the People: Simple DIY Mastering with Ozone
by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor June 29, 2020
Today’s innovations in music technology have empowered everyday creators to explore more complex production techniques. One thing, however, has remained a seemingly intimidating task for many: mastering. To the non-mastering engineer, it’s a discipline still shrouded in mystery, with many “how-to” resources overwhelming the everyday reader with technical jargon and difficult-to-digest techniques. And within the fast-growing DIY community, there still lies the challenge of not having easy access to state-of-the-art listening environments or professional mastering studios.
How to Record Voice-Over Audio at Home | iZotope Home Studio Tips – YouTube
If you’re a content creator, post-production pro, or home studio warrior, recording quality voice-over from home is a challenge. Follow along as re-recording mixer and field recordist Alex Knickerbocker takes you through the process of recording quality VO from home.
Nectar 3 – It’s not just for vocals anymore 😉 Anything that you would treat “like a voice” can be quickly dialed-in.
Try it on a lead clarinet or saxophone…
6 Ways To Use Neutron 3 In Post Production Workflows | Production Expert
In this article, iZotope contributor Nick Messitte demonstrates how Neutron can be an excellent companion during the post-production process when mixing sound for film, television, and other viewable media. The tools in Neutron are designed so that they can be transparent in timbre, which is perfect for post-production. Let’s dive right into it and show off six tips for using Neutron 3 for post-production.
The first three caught my eye. Need to get this article open while doing my critical listens this week…
‘[3 Tips for Mastering Indie Rock](https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/3-tips-for-mastering-indie-rock.html)’
3 Tips for Mastering Indie Rock
by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor May 28, 2020
Rock music has stood the test of time, making it one of the most enduring genres of the modern era. With today’s production tools becoming more and more advanced—and more accessible to a wider audience—one particular rock subgenre is thriving more than ever. In this article, we’ll take a look at some tips and tools for mastering indie rock and nailing the indie rock aesthetic.
‘[Inside the Decibel and Why It Matters](https://www.izotope.com/en/learn/inside-the-decibel-and-why-it-matters.html)’
Inside the Decibel and Why It Matters
by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor May 26, 2020
So much of what we do is quantified in decibels—e.g. “Bring up that vocal a dB or so.” If we notch out a frequency, we talk about that cut in terms of decibels: a 2 dB cut at 650 Hz, for example.