Need a synthesizer that’s not Massive? iZotope has you covered with Iris 2, their newest edition of the virtual instrument software. Not only is Iris a synthesizer, but its sampler capabilities are what make this extraordinary. Whether you are perusing their library of sounds, or using your own, you can work magic on any waveform in this plug-in to get the exactly what you want coming out of the speakers. For producers looking to get a comprehensive, and easy to use software for their sound design, then look no further than the $299 USD Iris 2.


Operating System Requirements:
Windows: 7 and 8
Mac: OS X 10.7 or later (Intel only)

Plug-in Formats:
32/64 bit Audio Units, VST, VST3, AAX, and RTAS

Host Compatibility:
Ableton Live 8 and 9, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, Bitwig, and many more.


Over 100 modulatable parameters including five LFOs, five envelopes, macro controls, and MIDI controls like velocity, aftertouch, and key tracking.

Effects bank that includes distortion, chorus, stereo delay, reverb, as well as 17 different filters.

Spectral Filtering Toolbox contains selection tools, filters, and a spectrogram display that allows for minute waveform details to be examined, and edited.

11GB of samples ranging from pianos to Chewbacca on Acid.



New, redesigned interface allows for a better work flow. Modules can be hidden to create more visual space in the software.

Sounds can be layered together within the software for ultimate control. Whether you want to layer simple waveforms or already polished sounds, the possibilities are endless.

Detailed visual elements allow for easy comprehension of design, and modulation processes.

One of the most useful features, especially for newer sound designers is that when you scroll over a parameter, a small window pops up telling you what it is, or what it does.


With how comprehensive, and intuitive this software is, it’s hard to find negatives about it. The main issue, which is currently being resolved with updates, is that Iris takes up a good chunk of CPU. For producers, this is something that can disrupt workflow, or worse, cause your computer to overload and crash. Will it do that though? Not by itself, but with all the things going on in a production, it is something to be cognizant of.

Iris 2 is a virtual instrument that every producer needs. iZotope took things next level from their first edition, and it really paid off. Producers who are wanting to up their sound design game should get on board with this, not only because it is a massive tool, but it can be used with sounds that have been created elsewhere. For more information on the product, you can follow the purchase link to the website.

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