iZotope BreakTweaker Review

It’s not often I try out a plug that REALLY makes me go ‘wow!’ but I have to say the latest offering from iZotope done just that.

BreakTweaker is the brand new plugin from iZotope.  Originally the brain child of Musician/Composer & technologist Mr.BT, this plugin has had years of painstaking development and experience poured into it.  I have been have a fan of BT for years, right back to the early days of the legendary ‘IMA’ album.  I have always admired BT’s original take on all things musical, and his works that followed throughout the years just seems to get better and better.

BT originally set to work on this Plugin along with Stutter Edit a number of years back and the plan was to release them both for Mac only through a company he set up called Sonik Architects.  It seems that later plans changed and BT joined forces with audio software giant iZotope.

MicroEdit Anything
Traditional sequencing is so 1984. With BreakTweaker, you can slice and manipulate audio at a resolution that would blow MIDI’s mind (and your DAW’s). Thanks to the MicroEdit Engine within BreakTweaker, each step can be repeated or chopped at an infinitesimally small rate, allowing you to create buzzing musical harmony, texturize a step with extra rhythms, or even use rhythm as a synthesis tool, locking drum hits to individual pitches. Even the most ordinary of drum hits can be transformed into a thing of the future.

  • Glitch and revolutionize any drum sample or rhythm with hi-res pitch, arp, and texture control—all the way down to a micro-slice level.
  • Take a wild ride through the audio space/time continuum by dividing a single sequenced event into up to thousands of unique slices that pulse with sonic movement, as defined by Division, Pitch, Time or Speed.
  • Create the most unique drum sound you’ve ever heard: add tension, slopes and curves to shape the contour and rotation of the slices, then apply additional FX.
  • Quickly change the entire sound of a beat with the Randomize feature, which automatically MicroEdits the selected step in your Sequencer pattern.

Create Evolving Sequences
Whether you’re working with drums, bass, or abstract noises, BreakTweaker is driven by the patterns you define in the Sequencer. Freed from the constraints of a pre-defined time signature, BreakTweaker’s Sequencer can program anything from basic patterns to unique tracks of patterns with individual lengths and speeds.

  • Build exciting beats with the 32-step Sequencer, with up to 24 patterns synced to your DAW. Launch, trigger, latch, and switch your way to full-fledged drum sample and synth productions.
  • Evolve and transform your patterns by giving each Sequencer track a unique tempo and step length, allowing the entire beat pattern to develop into new musical ideas over time.
  • Create entire productions, then route the individual Sequencer tracks to separate outputs for optimum mixing with BreakTweaker’s Multi-Out mode.

Explore Stunning Content
BreakTweaker comes with an extensive Factory Library of samples to choose from for building your next custom kit. Get the latest in cutting-edge drum sound design, as well as an entire suite of carefully produced classic sounds that no self-respecting drum library could be without. Why spend hours building the basics from scratch when BreakTweaker already has it all?

  • Explore today’s top sounds, designed by today’s top musicians and DJs, including BT—available royalty free for use in BreakTweaker or your sampler of choice.
  • Wield dubstep power with multi-layered kicks and snares for earth-shattering presence.
  • Elicit cinematic drama with Booms and Hits, Metals, Cymbals and Bells, as well as Vocal Breath one-shots.
  • Kickstart your next track with over 80 beat presets that showcase BreakTweaker’s power.

Sculpt Next-Gen Drum Sounds
The Generator is a powerful tool for drum synthesis. At its core are two Morphing Wavetable Oscillators—capable of reproducing anything from the simplest to the most complex sounds a synth can pump out. An entire library of custom waveforms by BT and other top producers gives you the building blocks you need to make compelling synthesized timbres.

  • Sculpt the next generation of drum sounds with unique-sounding wavetables, including BT’s prized wavetables (never before available!).
  • Go far beyond traditional synth textures—choose from five wavetable synthesis modes: Single, Additive, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation (AM), or Frequency Modulation (FM).
  • Morph and modulate away with quadruple LFO and Envelope modulation routing, perfect for adjusting pitch, wavetables, amplitude and more.
  • Get a start on advanced drum design with inbuilt Generator presets that you can tweak and adjust to taste.

This really is a powerhouse of a synth.  The control you have over the waves or samples is like nothing else on the market.  This is truly a first of it’s kind.

If you are looking for a great in depth tutorial on BreakTweaker then check out this video over at MacProVideo.

You can grab yourself a copy of BreakTweaker by using this link.

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