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US iZotope releases Alloy 2 with six tools in one self-contained and completely configurable plug-in      20/08/12

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iZotope has released the next generation of Alloy, which they describe as a forward-thinking mixing suite that combines six essential tools in one self-contained and completely configurable plug-in.
A modern twist on classic mixing, iZotope says that Alloy 2 takes the traditional channel strip and brings it into the future with powerful sound-shaping tools, exceptional sound quality, and a streamlined workflow. They tell us that, thoughtfully designed for mixing purposes across the music, audio, post and broadcast industries, Alloy 2 is perfect for engineers, musicians, and producers looking to sculpt their sound while addressing common mix issues.
Brett Bunting, Alloy Product Manager, told Sonic State, "Whatever the track, Alloy 2 provides a wealth of tools that give you both corrective and expressive control over your audio while mixing. We went out of our way tocreate a tool that not only raises the bar sonically, but also enables engineers to achieve a desired sound simply and efficiently with a more seamless workflow. Those who havenever used Alloy before will be amazed by the number of mixing solutions contained within a single plug-in, while users of Alloy 1 will be struck by how much we've managed to add and enhance while still improving usability."
Here's more details in iZotope's own words...
Key Features
  • Get six powerful tools in one integrated plug-in: Equalizer, Dynamics, Exciter, De-Esser, Transient Shaper and Limiter
  • Achieve exceptional sound quality, balancing vintage emulation with digital precision
  • Hear results immediately with zero latency performance, whether tracking in real-time or in the midst of a mix session
  • Visualize mixing decisions with rich meter displays to guide the way
  • Start fast, then go deep with over 250 presets and a tweaker's paradise of advanced controls.
What's New for Alloy 2?
Fans of Alloy 1 will benefit from Alloy 2's sonic enhancements, highlights of which include a redesigned Exciter module, a revamped multiband Transient Shaper, a host of new EQ filters, including Treble and Bass Baxandall filters, and more. Alloy 2 users will also click less to achieve more thanks to both a fully overhauled user interface, enlarged to make more controls accessible, and a new Overview panel that dynamically adjusts to show only the most relevant settings of the modules in play.
With low CPU usage and zero latency operation, Alloy 2 can be used again and again across a wide range of tracks and buses, making it a perfect mixing complement to iZotope's flagship mastering suites, Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 Advanced. To this end, Alloy 2 also features an internal Meter Tap, which provides immediate visual feedback from Alloy 2's tracks and buses in the Ozone5 Advanced Meter Bridge.
Pricing and Availability:
For first time customers, Alloy will be available for $149 until September 6, 2012 after which, Alloy 2's suggested retail price will be $199 /159 EUR.
iZotope customers who purchased Alloy 1 on or after June 27, 2012 will receive a free upgrade to Alloy 2 upon release.
A special upgrade price of $79 will be available for all Alloy1 customers who purchased before June 27, 2012.
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