Izotope's Iris enables you to delve into any sound's spectrogram and extract, layer, manipulate, and discover new sounds from within an audio file. With extended synth features, hundreds of presets, a... Read More
Izotope's Iris enables you to delve into any sound's spectrogram and extract, layer, manipulate, and discover new sounds from within an audio file. With extended synth features, hundreds of presets, and over 4GB of source material, Iris is a mighty tool for sound design, musical inspiration, and sonic experimentation.
You can drag any audio file into Iris and isolate the most interesting spectral portions with a comprehensive set of easy-to-use selection tools. Play your completely custom sound immediately from any MIDI controller. You can create new textures and dramatic soundscapes by layering multiple sounds from similar or completely disparate audio sources. Load up your wildest imaginations across four Pools--three dedicated to audio samples and one sub oscillator.
Even noise and accidents sound stellar with Iris. Intelligent root key detection ensures a musical result, and advanced controls let you easily tweak, modulate, and add effects to taste--all powered by iZotope's award-winning DSP. A world of sound design is at your fingertips, with hundreds of presets from world-class sound designers and over 4 GB of audio samples, including recordings of insects, animals, machines, vintage synthesizers, musical instruments and much more.
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Really. Just amazing. The main thing about Iris, above other sampler programs, is that it provides extraordinary, visually-based access to your sample, including both waveform and spectral overlays, making it possible to grab just the parts, tiny parts if you like, of even very complex imported sounds, and then map them and mess with them. You can layer up to four samples in a patch, and each one can have its own amp ADSR, LFO, and effects. This makes it possible to easily construct some really exceptional patches, even from "bad" samples (background noise, multiple strong components, etc.), because the portion of the sound that you end up using is entirely selectable, and entirely up to you. Even if you're not a nut about finding your own sounds in the wild, Iris comes with a decent bank of presets (including the root samples for the presets, which you can use to make your own patches), which sound pretty cool, and you can add sound libraries from iZotope for not a whole lot of money later. You can also import any wave you've already got. Another cool feature is the ability to work in standalone mode, outside your DAW, or inside as a plugin, to do the heavy lifting and sound design in whichever environment you prefer. If you need a good-sounding sampler to faithfully reproduce vintage gear, Iris is not what you want, probably. But if you like to explore and mess with things, and make them your own, Iris can make that happen, and it is not hard to learn.