Iris is an innovative sampling re-synthesizer that frees you to create sounds that could never before be produced. Start by dissecting up to three distinctive audio samples, using Irisʼs spectrogram display and easy selection tools to spotlight the most interesting spectral characteristics. Blend and layer your modiﬁed samples, then beef up their impact with a choice of suboscillator waveforms.
Iris is ideal for anyone seeking a completely fresh take on sampling and synthesis, particularly sound designers and composers working on music and sound for ﬁlm, television and video games. With over 500 intensely creative patches available for immediate use, Iris is also perfect for any musician dreaming of diverse and compelling new sounds.
If your old sample libraries are looking dusty and tired, revive and rejuvenate the material by bringing it into Iris. Breathe new life into every audio ﬁle in your collection… blend the scream of raccoon with a howling wind and your favorite vintage synth pad for a sublime new texture. Take the sounds of a swarming bee hive, a rattling conveyor belt, and a sampled cello to create new musical ambiences. With Iris, you can find music in everything!
Evolve your sounds rapidly with Irisʼs diverse and intuitive visual selection tools. By drawing shapes in the Iris spectrogram, you can isolate speciﬁc audio frequencies within a sample and play them back immediately on your MIDI keyboard.
Lasso: for free-hand drawing of any size or shape
Brush: for more ﬂuid selections, with a convenient adjustable brush size
Magic Wand: for selecting whole regions with a similar spectral proﬁle, including upper harmonics
Many more: with options for selecting by time as well as frequency
Iris makes it fun to experiment and manipulate your selections even further, with additional controls for zooming, rearranging, inverting, looping, reversing, and pitch-shifting.
As you make your spectral selections, energize and customize each sample you’ve layered (including the Sub waveform) with a dedicated set of synthesizer controls. For each sample, adjust envelope shaping, a tempo-synced LFO, and other parameters for tweaking the amplitude, modulation, and playback of your sound source. Adjust several parameters at once with Macro Controls, and get hands-on by mapping Iris controls to the knobs and buttons on your MIDI controller.
In addition, a global filter envelope and LFO let you manipulate your patch as a whole, granting uniﬁed movement to the overall sound of your patch.
In addition to spectral selection capabilities and analog-style synthesizer controls, Iris features a healthy dose award-winning DSP.
Distortion: Add grit and saturation to your sound with Trash-inspired algorithms like Tube, Clipping, and Scream.
Chorus: Supply a detuned or spacious chorus effect with an all-new Chorus, inspired by analog synth reverbs with a modern ﬂanger-like twist.
Delay: Enjoy lush decays with an analog-style stereo Delay, with a bonus Analog-modeled distortion algorithm that can crunch and darken your delayed signal.
Reverb: Expand your sense of space with a Reverb designed for synths, great for everything from small slap-back style ambience to extended long-push pads.
Filters: Give attitude and dimension to your sound with ten different Filter ﬂavors, including Screaming Peak, Warm Synth Low Pass, and Retro Band Pass.
The Iris Sound Library
A world of sound design is at your fingertips, with hundreds of patches from world-class sound designers and 4 GB of idea-provoking audio samples, including recordings of insects, animals, machines, musical instruments, and much more.
A sampling of Iris Samples
Go wild: bees, dolphins, cockatoos, and seagulls…
Go industrial: metal drones, generators, drills, and fans…
Go acoustic: tubular bells, glass harps, violins, and strings…
Go electric: zaps, crackles, guitars, and pianos…
Go vocal: vocoders, chants, choirs, and wails…
Go natural: rainfall, wind, seascapes, and fountains…
Go textured: drones, pulses, sweeps, and FX…
Go crazy: hedge clippers, party horns, fireworks, and dumpsters…
Special bonus:Go vintage with recordings from classic and extremely rare synths, including the ARP 2500, the EMS VCS3, the Korg PS3100, the Yamaha CS-80, and the Logan String Melody.
A peek at Iris Patches
Ambient patches: Cryogenix, Whale Love Songs, Gifted Children, Night Spelunker …
Vocal patches: Astro Fastro Now Say Ahhhh, Yellow Haze, Choir Needs Metronome …
Version 1.01 released August 6, 2013
Enhancements and fixes
Plug-in formats: Added 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11 Please note: This update no longer supports 32-bit AAX. Customers accustomed to using 32-bit AAX in Pro Tools 10 can instead use the RTAS plug-in format without any degradation in audio quality. For your convenience, any session saved with the 32-bit AAX version of Iris will automatically open with RTAS.