Stutter Edit 2 from iZotope gets a redesign, with new effects, a new look, and an auto mode.
It used to be that if you wanted lightning-fast stutter effects in your music, you had to edit the audio by hand. iZotope, in collaboration with producer BT, automated the process with the original Stutter Edit plugin. Now the two are back with an updated Stutter Edit 2, which promises a number of improvements over the original.
As with the original, Stutter Edit 2 is an effect plugin that chops up in-coming audio into tiny, rhythmic slices. Effects are available to process the edits, including new Comb and Chorus modules, along with Reverb (modelled after one of BT’s own) and a two-band Distort module. Other effects include an improved Lo-fi module, new Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tapestop, and Delay modules, and a Filter module. There’s also a new output section with wet/dry controls and a limiter.
Also new is the Curve Editor, which can affect any setting in Stutter Edit 2. iZotope promises this will allow users to create “sweeping filters, pumping reverbs, and blends of lo-fi energy.” You can freely edit the curves or choose from 12 pre-made ones.
There are a number of new presets, called gestures, available, as well as banks, many designed by BT himself. Saved banks auto-map to your MIDI keyboard and gestures can be “played” like an instrument. There’s now an in-app help centre to assist with controller setup. Also new to version 2 is an Auto mode for auditioning effects sans keyboard.
Lastly, iZotope has redesigned the look of the plugin, with the new UI experience offering “a logical workflow,” in the words of iZotope.
Stutter Edit 2 is available now for $199 from iZotope. Upgrade and crossgrade pricing options are also available.