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Friday, March 11, 2011

Stutter Edit - effect or instrument?

So – is it an effect or an instrument? Izotope claims their new Stutter Edit is both. It definitely is an an innovative tool for both studio and stage, as you can press a key and tear up your tracks in real time. Build thrilling fills, complex effects, shimmering sweeps, and staggering stutters. You can play the effects like an instrument, remix in real-time, on stage or in the studio. It includes cutting edge audio slicing and manipulation and to make it easy to get the sound you want, it includes elegant and intuitive MIDI control.
Stutter Edit is the perfect complement to programs like Ableton Live for revitalizing remixes, mashups, or arrangements. Whether your game is electronica, hip-hop, pop, or beyond, Stutter Edit adds dynamics, tension, drama and artistry to even the simplest tracks and loops.

It is hard to accurately describe Stutter, so if you’ve read this and you aren’t really sure what I’m talking about, click on the “Downloads” tab on the Stutter Edit page, enter your e-mail address and we will send you a link to a video that explains it all!

Once you’ve watch the video, you will probably be wondering how it works! Stutter Edit's features revolve around an innovative engine that continuously samples live audio, storing that audio in a buffer that can be manipulated in a myriad of ways. To make it work, Izotope makes use of Gestures: a set of effects and their associated timelines that reside on a single MIDI note. The audible result of a Gesture can vary from simple to complex—a Gesture could simply repeat a small chunk of audio at an 1/8 note rhythmic rate, or it could trigger a run of raging glitches that get decimated by a bit crusher before being filtered into a wash of echoes.

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