I got a chance to get a great walkthrough of the new Izotope Break Tweaker app that Izotope and BT made together. I haven’t taken a huge amount of time with the various Izotope tools but I am definitely excited by what I saw. It is a combination of granular synthesis, beat production, sample destruction and song creation all rolled up into a really elegant GUI.
It’s difficult to explain in my own words having seen it for just around 15 minutes in a crowded corner surrounded by too much sound, but it is effectively a step sequencer jacked to 11. You can use it in the basic way, to produce beats using the amazing included samples and synth sounds or by including your own. But where it gets really fascinating is when you start creating your own sounds, or really glitching out the sounds they have provided.
For anyone who has dug into Reason’s Maelstrom synth, or FM8, or Massive, you know how all of this stuff works. But the GUI that Izotope has provided allows a much better visual presentation of established norms, including a great method of selecting wavetables using a simple slider, and also visualizing how it switches between them, and a really easy method of creating basic rhythms and then completely destroying them in a musical way.
Break Tweaker also shines by providing an elegant solution for creating polyrhythmic beats and patterns, allowing each lane, or sound, to exist at its own length and be triggering in different ways to allow for an extremely creative performance.
Like I said, too much to go over in 15 minutes. But I was assured that DJWORX will be given a copy to review, so maybe after a week or two of hammering at this thing I’ll really be able to understand just how awesome all of this awesome stuff is.