New Gear Review: iZotope BreakTweaker

iZotope_BreakTweaker_BoxiZotope and GRAMMY®-nominated composer and technologist, BT, bring you a drum sculpting and beat sequencing environment that is not easy to describe. BreakTweaker is an all-new programming instrument/engine that combines rhythmic beat slicing with pitched melodic composition.

iZotope’s BreakTweaker runs in most all DAW hosts and has three distinct modules: Sequencer, Generator and the unique MicroEdit Engine. BreakTweaker allows for real-time, live or pre-programmed performance manipulation at high resolution—things like pitch, rhythm, and other textures of over 2GB of drum samples and wavetables that are included.

The goal is to create your own unique collection of reinvented drum sounds and loops by blending drum samples and complex patterns using its synthesis features that are easily triggered and sequenced using any MIDI controller. BreakTweaker is the next step from iZotope’s and BT’s Stutter Edit plug-in.

BreakTweaker is now available for $249 MSRP and includes three add-on Expansions: Vintage Machines, Cinematic Textures, and Kicks & Snares by Beatport Sounds. BreakTweaker Expanded is also available as part of iZotope’s Creative Bundle for $299 MSRP which also includes Stutter Edit, Iris, and Trash 2.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.