Top 10 Izotope Plugins & Products 2022 (Paid & Free)

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This article lists the top Izotope plugins in 2022 for your mixing & mastering needs.

Izotope is the pioneer of intelligent audio technology. An intro to man-machine interaction, Izotope plugins allow artists to stay at their creative best by eliminating the problems in their mixes while enhancing the final output.

The easy-to-use interface, versatility, and flexibility of the Izotope plugins made them the staple for modern mixing engineers. However, what makes Izotope plugins distinctive is their assistive audio feature based on Machine Learning which can be found in most of their products. This feature was introduced in 2016 and is regularly updated to improve efficiency.

Read on to find out what are our top 10 Izotope plugins.

Top 10 Izotope Plugins 2022 For Mixing & Mastering

1. Neoverb

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Capture the magnificence of reverb with Izotope Neoverb, an innovative approach to spatial audio.

Izotope Neoverb is an ‘Artificial intelligence‘ based take on reverberation technology. Neoverb is Izotope’s first proper reverb plugin apart from their tie-up with Exponential audio. It offers a lot of controls that will help you sculpt your own reverb sound.

You are given all the traditional reverb controls such as Pre-delay, Decay & Dry/Wet, and a conglomeration of advanced features such as Pre & Post EQ with auto cut, Modulation section, and Reverb assistant.

Engineers use different reverb types for different purposes, but blending more than one reverb type on a track can give an impression of a composite sounding space, and Neoverb has a fresh take on this by having three reverb engines which we will be discussing in a detailed manner below.

Key Features:

  • Three Reverb Engines
    Neoverb offers three Reverberation engines, one giving distinct early reflections while the other two provide reverb tails. A smooth triangle in the center offers you the control of blending between each of these reflection engines. Atop the triangle is the Blue engine, responsible for the early reflections. Below are the reflection engines for the reverb tails, Violet and Orange. The maximum decay time and other controls are identical in both, with the main difference being the reflection types and the minimum decay time. Violet has room and plate type reverb while Orange has a hall and chamber.
  • Reverb Assistant
    Like other Izotope plugins, the Reverb assistant helps shape the reverb parameters in real-time according to the audio signal passing through it. It works on a simple four-step process. First, you get a style fader with the opposite extremes being Realistic & Dramatic, a size parameter linked to the room size of the desired reverb, a dry-wet knob, and four options for the tone. Reverb assistant also creates EQ curves according to the audio sent in.
  • Masking meter
    As the name suggests, the masking meter helps you determine the cause of muddiness in the mix. In addition, the masking meter communicates with other Izotope plugins used in the project and helps you discover which area and elements in the frequency spectrum are being masked by the reverb, which helps you with the EQ decisions.
  • Mod Pad
    Mod pad lets you add small and subtle movement to your reverb. It is an X/Y pad with two options. The pitch mode modulates pitch changes which can create effects similar to the ‘Doppler effect’, and the other mode is similar to the chorus effect.

Compatibility:

Izotope Neoverb is available for Windows 8 or higher and macOS 10.13.6 El Capitan or higher. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

Izotope Neoverb provides a level of sophistication, but it is still easy to use with its reverb assistant. Neoverb is versatile and offers a lot of customization, unlike many of the popular reverb units, which can only be used for specific purposes.

In addition, the ability to blend and control each of the three reflections makes it a tensile reverb plugin. This plugin gives some familiar UI like the preset menu while introducing innovations. 

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2. Ozone 9 Advanced

Replaced with Ozone 10 Advanced

What's New in Ozone 9 | iZotope Ozone Mastering Software

Izotope Ozone 9 will give you everything you need for a quick but effective master. 

This mastering suite is an “all-in-one” deal that will help you do a master from start to finish. The best part about Ozone is that all the included modules are also available to you as plugins. So, you can either drop the modules in Ozone or load the plugins in your DAW, allowing flexibility.

It also has a Codec Preview in-built that allows you to hear the master post audio format conversion. We can also solo the artifacts that pop up from conversion, allowing us to counteract. You can choose between AAC and MP3, with the lowest bit rate being 96kbps and the highest being 320 kbps.

As for the components and features, Ozone includes the Vintage Modules, Maximizer, EQ, Dynamics, Exciter, Imager, Music rebalance, Match EQ, Spectral Shaper, Low End Focus, and much more. Let us tell you about it in more detail.

Key Features:

  • Music Rebalance and Match EQ
    Music Rebalance allows you to fix the level balance between three major elements in your mix. You get separate level controls for Vocals, Drums, and bass, which can be automated in real-time. It also has an RTA showing the highlighted element’s frequency information and the full mix’s frequency content. Match EQ lets you tonally match your mix to a reference mix. Once the plugin captures the reference audio, it creates an EQ curve according to that. You can tweak the contour of this curve using the two controls given to you – Smoothing and Amount found in the Fine Tune section. Less smoothing means there will be more EQ points, and less amount means the level of dips and boosts will be subtle.
  • Spectral Shaper and Low End Focus
    Spectral Shaper is a multi-frequency based compressor used to tame precarious transients. You can set the Threshold along with the three fixed ratio options – Light (1:5:1), Medium (2:1), and Heavy (4:1). You can also set the tone, attack, and release. Low End Focus is used to sculpt the bass in your master according to the frequency boundary region. There are two modes – Punchy and Smooth. As the name suggests, You can use contrast control to either increase the frequency bound punchiness or smoothness
  • Vintage Modules – EQ and Tape
    Izotope Ozone has four plugins in its vintage module – Vintage EQ, Vintage Tape, Vintage Compressor, and Vintage Limiter. Vintage EQ is based on the famous Plutec Equalizer. Vintage Tape introduces saturation and phase effects usually found in tape machines. The Speed control has three modes that emulate coloration caused by different tape reel speeds. It has an Input drive and a ‘Bias‘ control which modifies the distortion characteristics by changing the frequency-based non-linearity. It also gives you control over even harmonics, Low and High emphasis.
  • Vintage Modules – Compressor and Limiter
    Vintage Compressor lets you add color while processing the dynamics. It has program dependent release times. Vintage Limiter is inspired by the famous Fairchild 670. It has three presets for different characteristics- Analog for rich Low-End, Tube for precise tube saturation, and Modern for increased clarity and presence.
  • Master Assistant
    Izotope Ozone offers help based on Artificial Intelligence. It gives you a foundational effects chain according to your track. You have to set three main parameters – Modules, Loudness & EQ, and Destination. In the Modules section, you get Modern and Vintage. For the loudness and tonality of the master, you can either feed in a reference track or set it to manual with three intensity levels. Finally, Destination is tailoring it for either streaming services or a CD master.

Compatibility:

Izotope Ozone 9 is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS High Sierra (10.13.6) or higher on Intel Macs & Apple silicon Macs (Apple M1 chips) in Rosetta 2 and native. It comes in VST2/3, AU, NKS, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

On one side, Izotope Ozone 9 has plugins like Music Rebalance and Spectral shaper, which can help fix problems in the mix, and on the other side, it has plugins such as the vintage modules, which can help enhance the mix. However, overall the level of sophistication it provides is second to none in terms of a mastering suite.

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3. RX 9 Advanced

Replaced With RX 10 Advanced

What’s New in iZotope RX 9: Powerful Audio Repair for Post Production

Izotope RX 9 offers top-notch audio repair solutions.

Getting a good sound in a noisy environment and with limited prep time is not easy, especially in the case of movies.RX 9 has a powerful Line-up of modules that will help you restore or repair problematic audio files. Some of the modules are also available in plugin format.

RX can be run as a standalone or the individual plugins can be run in any modern DAW, but the standalone gives more modules, and track separation onto different audio files using Music Rebalance is easier.

RX has smart code which detects and fixes problems automatically. The modules are straightforward, and you should be able to use most of them even without reading the manual. So, let us dive deeper and show you more about these modules.

Key Features:

  • Dialogue Isolation and Noise Removal
    Izotope RX 9 offers plenty of tools that you can use to extract dialogues from noisy recordings even if the noise is not static  ( for example – a crowd ). The newest machine-learning based module is the Dialogue Isolate. This module has a distinguishing feature known as ambience preservation which helps retain some naturalness of the dialogue. It has two processing modes – good and best, with the latter being slower and qualitatively better. You also get modules like De-click, De-Bleed, De-Hum, etc. De-hum is the latest addition to the noise removal tools and is used to remove interference and humming sounds from the recording.
  • De-Clip & Spectral repair
    Izotope RX’s De-clip repairs audio recordings in which the pre-amps and converters were pushed too hard. You get makeup gain control and threshold control. Spectral repair helps remove unwanted sound and problem frequencies in the audio while also filling in the gaps.
  • Music Rebalance
    Izotope RX’s Music Rebalance offers you separate gain and solo buttons for vocals, percussions, bass, and others. You can also select the amount of separation between these tracks using the Separation fader and render individual audio files using the separate button.
  • Remove vocal noises
    RX 9  has modules specifically tuned to identify and remove vocal noises such as mouth clicks. Some of the modules are – Mouth De-click, Voice De-noise, De-plosive, De-ess, Breath Control, etc. You can use these modules to improve the clarity of the consonants in the vocals.
  • Repair Assistant
    The main Idea behind Repair Assistant is similar to its Ozone counterpart. The Repair Assistant identifies and suggests three Module chains according to the noises and other problems in the Audio file. You can preview these or open them as module chains or render them.

Compatibility:

Izotope Ozone 9 is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS High Sierra (10.13.6) or higher on Intel Macs & Apple silicon Macs (Apple M1 chips) in Rosetta 2 and native. It comes in VST2/3, AU, NKS, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

If you have done Sync sound before, you know the challenges of getting a perfect sound. Izotope RX advanced has more than 40 modules that help you with its intelligence-based processing while giving you the flexibility to modify the process with certain in-built parameters in each module.

The new version also has a history list and restore selection, which allows you to combine processing at different time stamps in the audio file.

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4. Insight 2

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What's New in Insight 2

Insight 2 is an intelligent metering suite from Izotope which provides comprehensive and accurate metering.

Izotope Insight has a distinctive approach to spectral, loudness, correlation, and several in-depth meters. It also has a Relay plugin bundled with it that you can use to route any aux or tracks into Insight for complete audio analysis.

All the meters in Insight 2 can be customized according to different broadcast standards that are globally accepted. It is also one of the few Multi-metering plugins with surround capabilities. Let’s break the features down.

Key Features:

  • Level meters
    The Levels section has Peak + RMS format. You can choose between K-weighted and RMS formats, and you can set your peak target level. Peak hold time and Meter color are fully customizable. It is compatible with surround sound formats and gives you separate readings for L, C, R, Ls, Rs, and LFE.
  • Loudness meters
    The Loudness section helps you reach industry-standard perceived loudness values. You can choose between ITU-R BS.1770-1/2/3/4 and EBU R128 standards according to which Momentary loudness, Short-term, Integrated, and Loudness range will be calibrated.
  • Sound Field
    The Sound Field section comes in two forms – Stereo vectorscope and Surround scope. The vectorscope lets you figure out phase issues between the signal’s mono and stereo portions. It also helps you understand the balance between the left and the right channels. The surround scope displays up to 7 channels with a 360-degree display. In addition, there is a correlation meter that helps identify phase issues when summed to mono.
  • Intelligibility meter
    The Intelligibility meter will help you identify whether or not the rest of the mix will overpower the dialogue. This meter is a relatively new addition to Insight and should be used along with Relay by Izotope for inter-plugin communication. In addition, Izotope has given a feature that can be used to set the intensity of noise in the environment of the listeners to check further if the dialogues are clear in the mix.

Compatibility:

Izotope Insight 2 is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS High Sierra (10.13.6) or higher on Intel Macs & Apple silicon Macs (Apple M1 chips) in Rosetta 2 and native. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

Insight 2 is a must-have tool for anyone who requires detailed analysis. It supports Dolby Atmos 7.1.2, making it an excellent choice for engineers and designers working in film audio.

In addition, it has a very intuitive and customizable UI and a Loudness history that plots Short Term, Momentary, and Integrated Loudness values over time.

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5. VocalSynth 2

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How to Use iZotope VocalSynth 2 | Vocal Synthesizer

Evolve your vocal melody into something complex and powerful with Izotope VocalSynth 2.

VocalSynth 2 is a hybrid between enhancement and creativity, very few plugins offer this kind of weird sound processing. This FX plugin has 3 different modes with which you can modify your signal.

VocalSynth 2 opens up a world of possibilities with guitar pedal-style processors and five bizarre audio effects. In addition, it has an interactive and pleasant visualizer where you can blend the weird vocal effects. Let’s talk about it all in more detail

Key Features:

  • Biovox, Vocoder and Compuvox
    Biovox is scientifically modeled after a human tract with control over clarity, nasal tone, breath, and formants. This module can enhance the vocal performance or be creatively used as a special effect. Vocoder gives you the classic talking robot effect with controls to smooth the audio and enhance or diminish the intelligibility. Compuvox can digitally crush your sound, similar to the “80s speaking toys” sound. When pushed to extremes, it can obliterate your sound into digital oblivion. 
  • Talkbox and Polyvox
    Talkbox is that famous funk sound you would hear in many Bon Jovi tracks. VocalSynth makes it easier to use without the hefty learning curve, unlike the original talkboxes. Polyvox is the polyphonic pitch shifter that can generate computerized harmonies that provide backing to the dry signal. You can modify the formant & timbre and humanize the generated harmonies.
  • The Stompbox effects
    VocalSynth 2 provides seven effects that you can rearrange in any required order. Shred, Filter, Transform, Distort, and Delay were updated in this version, and two new effects – Chorus and Ring Mod – were introduced. All the effects have parameters that you can modify.
  • Three modes
    VocalSynth 2 is built to be pliable, offering you three ways of using it – Auto, Midi, and Sidechain mode. In Auto mode, VocalSynth does the processing and pitch correction by itself. Midi Mode uses Midi data to correct the pitch and create the harmonies, and with Sidechain mode, you use a carrier signal to turn it into vocalized sound.

Compatibility:

Izotope VocalSynth 2 is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS High Sierra (10.13.6) or higher on Intel Macs & Apple silicon Macs (Apple M1 chips) in Rosetta 2 and native. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

 VocalSynth 2 has 12 customizable modules, and with three different modes of using it, you get endless possibilities for modifying your vocal and other sounds. You can fiddle around with the layers, effects, blending, and morphing.

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6. Tonal Balance Control 2 

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How to Get a Pro Sounding Mix with Tonal Balance Control

Check your mixes with confidence using Izotope Tonal Balance Control 2.

“Trust your ears” is always a piece of good advice, but sometimes you still need tools to help analyze your mix against the best mixes in the world. Tonal Balance Control gives you an understanding of the tonal aspect of your mix.

Tonal Balance Control 2 lets you reference your mix against 12 genre frequency targets and balance accordingly to get a similar frequency spectrum. And It comes bundled with Izotope Relay.

Key Features:

  • Target Curves
    Izotope has analyzed masters released over decades, covering various genres and styles. Based on this analysis, they have made 12 ready-made target curves that can be used to fix balance and tonal issues in your mix. In addition, they have provided two types of frequency analyzers – a broad view that focuses on the overall energy levels between low,low-mid,hi-mid & hi bands, and a fine view that you can use to get a more detailed picture. You can also load a custom reference track to generate your own target curve.
  • Fix problems using a single plugin panel
    Using Izotope Relay, you can fix any problems in the mix using a single window, provided you have to change parameters in the tracks which already have Neutron or Ozone Plugins. In addition, you can use the option/alt key to solo the frequency range, which can be useful in identifying the elements contributing to the build-up or dip in the particular frequency area.

Compatibility:

Izotope Tonal Balance Control 2 is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS High Sierra (10.13.6) or higher on Intel Macs & Apple silicon Macs (Apple M1 chips) in Rosetta 2 and native. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

Tonal Balance Control is not just a meter; using the included relay plugin, you can visualize and compare the frequency content of your individual tracks against your mix and reference.

7. Vinyl

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Re-introducing iZotope Vinyl Plug-in | The Ultimate Lo-fi Weapon

Get authentic vintage vibes using Izotope Vinyl.

With the growing popularity of synthwave, producers have been trying to recreate the sound that defined the 80s, and Izotope recreated that old-school sound with Vinyl.

Izotope Vinyl is designed to add retro color, noise, and crackles to your instrument with minimal steps and controls. Let us have a closer look.

Key Features:

  • Modern application support and Light Cpu usage
    Most tape and vinyl emulations take up plenty of CPU processing and don’t function smoothly, while Vinyl runs smoothly even with heavy productions. Vinyl also has integrated support for Modern Host Applications.
  • Controls and easy UI
    Vinyl has six “year settings” – 1930, 1950,1960,1970,1980 and 2000. You can also find in the right side section the options to modify the texture of the crackle and noise.

Compatibility:

Izotope Vinyl is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS High Sierra (10.13.6) or higher on Intel Macs & Apple silicon Macs (Apple M1 chips) in Rosetta 2 and native. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

With easy-to-use UI, Izotope Vinyl is an excellent choice for crafting vintage effects quickly and effectively. Moreover, it is free.

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8. Imager 2

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Free iZotope Plug-in: Updated Ozone Imager Stereo Imaging Plug-in

Control the Width/Stereo Image using the free Izotope Ozone imager 2

The free Ozone Imager 2 offers simple controls and methods to modify the stereo image of any given track. The width can also be easily automated, which makes it an ideal Mixbuss imager.

Key Features:

  • Modify the Width
    Widen or narrow the sound using the width control to make them sit in the mix. Stereoize has two modes option, which converts the mono signal into a stereo without the use of modulation effects or reverb. In addition, the imager that comes with the Ozone bundle has a multi-band mode.
  • See the information on the sides.
    Imager has three vectorscopes which help understand the information on the left and right channels. The Vectorscopes will help you understand the stereo-phase coherency of your track better.

Compatibility:

Izotope Imager is available for Windows 7 or higher and OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan)–macOS 10.15 (Catalina)  on Intel Macs only. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

Controlling the imaging is one of the best benefits of digital audio, and the Izotope imager has a simple but elegant way of doing that with stereoize and width control.

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9. Vocal Doubler

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Introducing iZotope's Free Vocal Doubler

Get the natural doubling effect on your vocals using the Izotope vocal doubler.

Often lead vocals are layered and doubled to add intensity & emotion; similar to this, Izotope vocal doubler enhances the vocals and adds richness.

Key Features:

  • Simple UI
    Izotope Vocal Doubler has an easy-to-use UI with just a single interactive visualizer, which changes the separation amount by dragging it in or out and changes the human variation amount if you drag it around. In addition, the GUI shows the effect’s real-time intensity, and you can modify the dry/wet ratio.
  • Modern host support and Low CPU usage
    It has integrated support for Modern Host Applications and is very light on CPU resources, even with heavy productions.

Compatibility:

Izotope Vocal Doubler is available for Windows 7 or higher and OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) – macOS 10.15 (Catalina) on Intel Macs only. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

With Vocal Doubler, you don’t have to fiddle with knobs and faders to get a good sound. Just a simple mouse gesture is enough. It is free, sounds different from other doubling plugins, and has a simple UI.

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10. Visual Mixer

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Introducing a New Way to Mix: Visual Mixer

Visualize your tracks in a virtual space using Izotope Visual Mixer.

A new method of mixing in which the Visual Mixer automatically adjusts the balance of the mix according to where we place it in the Visual Mixer.

Key Features:

  • Intelligent Mixing
    Automatically adjusts the gain, pan, and other parameters of the tracks using inter-plugin communication with any tracks having Neutron 3, Ozone 8, VocalSynth 2, Insight 2, or Relay plugin based on the placement in the virtual space. You can use Izotope Visual Mixer to start the mix assistant and get a good starting point.
  • Low CPU usage
    Visual Mixer is light on CPU resources; hence using it in conjunction with other inter-plugin communication enabled plugins won’t hog the CPU.

Compatibility:

Izotope Visual Mixer is available for Windows XP – Windows 10 and OSX 10.13.6 (High Sierra) – macOS 11 (Big Sur) on Intel Macs only. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats, all in 64 bits only.

Summary:

The elements in the virtual space can be moved around, which in simplest terms means the panning and width can be automated, but with a visual aspect to the automation, it provides many sound design options.

Conclusion

We have mentioned our selection of Izotope plugins for your mixing-mastering and production needs that may not be natively available in your DAW. Izotope keeps surprising us all with their innovative plugins every time. They have successfully incorporated machine learning into audio and are reputable among engineers and producers for their constant improvement and evolution.

I tend to use a lot of RX De-mouth click during vocal production as it cleans up the vocals and gives some wriggle room when compressing. However, even the RX De-ess module retains the presence of the vocals while removing the sibilance unless pushed to extremes.

If you are a fan of Analog warmth, then you should definitely try the Ozone Vintage plugins. They provide different kinds of analog flavors while providing a level of control that is not found in hardware units. Apart from that, I enjoy using VocalSynth for experimenting with sound, and Insight 2 is an excellent choice for “All-in-one” metering.

The level of sophistication and options might seem a little exasperating but the presets and track assistant options are genuinely useful.

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