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It's not just a drum machine. iZotope BreakTweaker is a drum sculpting and beat sequencing machine that gives you complete power, merging rhythm and melody to create whole new dimensions of rhythmic possibilities.
For the complex user who wants to craft beats to absolute perfection, or for the casual user who wants to quickly create a backline that adds depth to their tracks, BreakTweaker is the ideal software.
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Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker is not just a drum machine: it´s a drum sculpting and beat sequencing machine that blurs the line between rhythm and melody.
Give your beats an evolving depth that gets better the longer they play. Use rhythmic slicing to drive everything from pitched melodic lines to sweeping rhythmic concoctions. Top it all off with the best drum sample library in existence, curated by BT, iZotope, and top producers today. Explore a new era of rhythmic possibilities with this forward-thinking and forward-sounding instrument.
BreakTweaker is the beat machine of the future. Powered by three distinct modules, the Sequencer, the Generator, and the MicroEdit Engine, it’s a wildly creative rhythmic instrument that can be used with any DAW and MIDI controller. For instant gratification, get started with the diverse presets and content in the Factory Library, a showcase of BreakTweaker’s breadth and sonic capabilities. When you want to get deeper, break new sonic ground with BreakTweaker’s paradise of tweaky controls and settings.The Sequencer
Assemble pattern-based beats in the Sequencer, which features six tracks for layering your sounds. The Sequencer can store up to 24 different step patterns, launchable via MIDI for on-the fly remixing. Design beats that evolve over time with BreakTweaker’s advanced isorhythmic step sequencing, which makes it possible for each track to have a unique tempo and step length.The Generator
Sculpt new drum sounds and textures with the Generator. This powerful drum synthesis module defines the sounds for each Sequencer track. The Generator supports morphing wavetable synthesis or one-shot sample loading, polished off with dual-stage distortions and vintage-modeled filters. Four LFOs with unique wavetable shapes, and four Envelopes allow vast modulation possibilities for almost every single Generator parameter. As a bonus, every Sequencer track supports up to three Generators for developing even deeper sonic complexity.The MicroEdit Engine
Once you’ve perfected the ultimate set of drum sounds and sequenced your patterns, it’s time for a whole new method of sound design. Enter the MicroEdit Engine. A “MicroEdit” is the division of a single step within your pattern into potentially thousands of slices. These slices can then be contoured and shaped to create harmonic, pitched, and rhythmic effects, resulting in new textures that add that extra spice to an evolving beat. By pushing the limits of the brain’s ability to perceive sound, the MicroEdit Engine blurs the line between rhythm and pitch, inspiring beats you’ve never heard before.The Factory Library
Bringing sounds, patterns, and MicroEdits together into mind-boggling beats, the BreakTweaker Factory Library comes with over 80 global presets that are ready to kickstart your next project. The Factory Library also features over 2 GB of royalty-free sample content designed by electronic production pros. Specialising in a wide variety of percussive sounds, sample categories range from studio essentials like “Kick” and “Snare” to intriguing possibilities like “Glitch” and “Film”.
PLUS: Expand your sonic palette with BreakTweaker’s add-on Expansion libraries, suited to a variety of production styles. Experience analog punch with Vintage Machines, rhythmic tension and release with Cinematic Textures, and industry-defining percussion with Kicks & Snares by Beatport Sounds.THE BREAKTWEAKER STORY
With their creative forces combined, BT and iZotope bring you an instrument that will change the concept of rhythm, beat and drum programming as you know it.
A prolific composer, technologist, and GRAMMY® Award nominee, Brian Transeau (BT) is renowned for inventing the "stutter edit" as a musical technique, as found in Stutter Edit, the first product release from BT and iZotope.
BT and iZotope are now back again with BreakTweaker, featuring BT´s patented micro edit technology based on his pioneering rhythmic sound design research. Fascinated by the brain’s cognitive limits, BT has always been intrigued by the way we perceive rhythm, particularly the threshold point of where our ears perceive rhythm as pitch. The idea of exploring and exploiting this threshold inspired BreakTweaker, a tool where BT could finally realize rhythmic possibilities that he had once imagined but had never before been able to hear.WHO IS IT FOR?
BreakTweaker is for anyone looking to create truly original and dynamic beats, both drum-driven and melodic. It’s a new platform that inspires different people in different ways, and there’s nothing quite like it out there.EDM Producers
Get “that” drum sound. As a producer, you know the sonic signature of your music is an integral part of what makes it go off in the club. BreakTweaker offers you impactful building blocks for building thrilling beats, like kick and snare hits that have been carefully layered, tuned and synthesized by EDM pros from the Electronica, House, Trance and Dubstep worlds.Beat Aficionados
Give your beats new, fresh perspective. Whether you want to add BreakTweaker’s striking content library to your collection of drum and percussion samples, or find new ways to manipulate and reimagine your existing content, BreakTweaker is for you.Composers
Create epic percussive rhythms. Combine the isorhythmic Sequencer, MicroEdit glitching, cinematic sample content, and MIDI triggering to create the intense musical effects that underpin many successful film and video game scores and trailers. BreakTweaker is a new breed of rhythmic compositional tool.
Traditional sequencing is so 1984. With BreakTweaker, you can slice and manipulate audio at a resolution that would blow MIDI’s mind (and your DAW’s). Thanks to the MicroEdit Engine within BreakTweaker, each step can be repeated or chopped at an infinitesimally small rate, allowing you to create buzzing musical harmony, texturize a step with extra rhythms, or even use rhythm as a synthesis tool, locking drum hits to individual pitches. Even the most ordinary of drum hits can be transformed into a thing of the future.
Whether you’re working with drums, bass, or abstract noises, BreakTweaker is driven by the patterns you define in the Sequencer. Freed from the constraints of a pre-defined time signature, BreakTweaker’s Sequencer can program anything from basic patterns to unique tracks of patterns with individual lengths and speeds.
BreakTweaker comes with an extensive Factory Library of samples to choose from for building your next custom kit. Get the latest in cutting-edge drum sound design, as well as an entire suite of carefully produced classic sounds that no self-respecting drum library could be without. Why spend hours building the basics from scratch when BreakTweaker already has it all?
The Generator is a powerful tool for drum synthesis. At its core are two Morphing Wavetable Oscillators—capable of reproducing anything from the simplest to the most complex sounds a synth can pump out. An entire library of custom waveforms by BT and other top producers gives you the building blocks you need to make compelling synthesized timbres.
Make every step of your next track sound more exciting, more musical, and more dynamic. BreakTweaker’s custom-designed LFO and Envelope provide some of the most creative modulation you’ll find anywhere. Each modulation source can manipulate the settings of any Generator parameter, moving the parameter between a modulation range of two values.
To dirty up, filter down, spread out, or otherwise mangle your sound, BreakTweaker’s Generators come fortified with an array of distortion effects, as well as vintage-modeled New York and Tokyo filters for shaping your sound.
The Discover feature in BreakTweaker is a novel way to narrow down your search for just the right drum sound. Powered by iZotope´s MediaMined™ technology, Discover will analyze and display similar-sounding samples when you’re browsing the Factory Library. No more scrolling endlessly through sample lists when your drum sound is close, but not perfect.
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