May I Be Excused?

To whom this may concern,

Please excuse me from my usual tasks as a music creator for a while.  I can’t help but feel that this latest global crisis, the coronavirus, is thwarting my Creative Brilliance. 🙂 What’s that you say? You say I should be writing up a storm, given the lack of distractions? That I have all the time in the world? That I have no excuses now for my lack of motivation? (more…)

Review – iZotope’s Neutron 2

Intelligent Mixing Tool – iZotope’s Neutron 2

By J. Scaturro

iZotope’s award winning, research-driven audio technology includes a suite of products that give you new ways of treating your mixes with intelligent tools for modernizing and elevating your sound. Included in their product line is Neutron 2, a versatile mixing plugin consisting of multiple sound shaping modules and powerful audio analysis tools including Track Assistant, Masking Meter and the Visual Mixer.

Neutron 2 is part of iZotope’s line of intelligent DSP plugins for Windows and Mac, available in AAX, RTAS, VST2, VST3 and Audio Unit formats. Plugins are offered separately and in bundles such as the Music Production Suite and 08N2.  Each plugin comes in three versions: Elements, Standard and Advanced, each adding additional features.  For simplicity, I’ll focus on the Standard level of Neutron 2. The feature comparison charts on the iZotope website will give you details for each version.
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Line 6 James Tyler Variax Guitar – Review

By Greg Domeier

I purchased a Line 6 James Tyler Variax (JTV-69) in January of this year from Sweetwater. In that time I’ve had a chance to get familiar with the guitar and experience its strengths and weaknesses.

First off is the fit and finish. The guitar came from Sweetwater setup nicely. The variax weighed about the same as my USA strat. The neck felt very similar as well. There were no buzzing issues with the neck, and playability was good, but the action could be a bit lower. (more…)