iZotope discontinues Iris 2 Synthesizer, BreakTweaker drum machine, and Trash 2 distortion plugins and offers limited technical support.
Somehow the companies of the new company bundle Soundwide have not been so positive in media in recent times. First, NI discontinued Absynth 5, then no news about PPG plugin comebacks for 2 years, and now there is bad news from iZotope as well.
The US-based company is primarily known for its smart mixing/mastering and audio repair products. But they also have some novel instruments and effects in their range. Three of these: Iris 2, BreakTweaker, and Trash 2 have been officially discontinued today.
iZotope Discontinues Iris 2, BreakTweaker, And Trash 2
However, this step had been foreseen for a long time. There have been no updates for any of the three plugins for a long time. It’s a pity that these plugins are being dropped. All three are special and interesting sound design tools. I especially enjoy the Iris 2 and BreakTweaker plugins.
Iris 2 is a unique sample Synthesizer that combines sample playback with ideas of additive synthesis and resynthesis. It offers fours layers in which you can load an audio file. Instead of simply layer and play back files like a traditional sampler, Iris 2 had the ability to mangle audio files in a novel way.
You could paint in the audio files and play only certain spectra of a file. It looked like granular synthesis, but it was a special form of resynthesis. The results were particularly suitable for atmospheric textures.
BreakTweaker, on the other hand, is a drum machine with an experimental approach. It was developed in collaboration with BT. The core is based on wavetable synthesis and samples. The built-in sequencer is more exciting. In addition to classic TR-style sequences, you can dive deep into the step programming. As deep as I know it from any drum machine.
For example, you could program glitches, and provide steps with granular or spectral similar MIDI effects. You could design sequences that were well within the realms of experimental or IDM music. Very special and a pity that the idea was not further developed.
All three plugins have no future. iZotope has removed all three plugins from the online shop and are no longer available for purchase. Support for these products will remain in effect for 12 months from your date of purchase.
There will be support but it will be minimal. If you have purchased these products through iZotope.com within the last 12 months, they will continue to provide you with technical support and updates to address critical issues that arise for up to 12 months from your purchase date. The support period for these products will, however, end on October 27, 2023, for all users.
Furthermore, the developers will not test the plugins on new operating systems like macOS Ventura after October 27, 2022. Here is the reason why they are discontinuing the plugins:
iZotope is continually developing new products, services, and solutions to enable and innovate on journeys in audio production. We occasionally need to retire older products in order to focus our resources and development efforts on building new, innovative products and features.
Important: this step will not change anything about your licenses. Plugins remain owned here and can still be downloaded from the iZotope website. However, there are no more updates.
With this major step, three other interesting plugins die that I really like. Too bad. RIP iZotope Iris 2, BreakTweaker, and Trash 2. Hey iZotope, how about making the three plugins open-source so that we can keep them?
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