iZotope released Stutter Edit, a playable effect for live performance and the studio designed by pioneering producer BT that promises to make your productions sound like you logged thousands of hours in the studio.
We saw the debut at NAMM, and we can tell you that Stutter Edit’s live sampling engine will make it easier for producers, laptop performers and other musicians to manipulate audio in real-time.
Essentially, Stutter Edit slices audio into small fragments and sequences the pieces into razor-sharp rhythmic effects, re-creating techniques that once took hours to perfect in the studio. Results can range from jarring to subtle: a melody can be disintegrated into a syncopated rhythmic roll, or a drum hit can be transformed into an arpeggiated scale of pitches. The tools in Stutter Edit is balanced by an elegant MIDI control scheme, which makes adding effects a completely intuitive processmuch like playing an instrument.
We recently spoke to BT for a DJ Times cover story, and he told us:
“The program does much more than basic stutter effects. It’s suitable for performances as well as the studio. You can do fractal beat-cutting effects, amazing buildups and insert inverted noise sweeps. It allows you to break down the part of a track that doesn’t have a breakdown. It’ll be available on Mac and PC—this will be a valuable tool for guys using programs like Traktor and Ableton. It will also be useful to guitarists and singers. A person could sit on stage with this plug-in and do crazy stutter-edit gestures live. It literally sounds like someone sat in the studio for 1,000 hours to come up with the end result.”
“Right now, there’s an enormous group of A-List artists endorsing the program. You will hear it in every genre of music from indie rock bands, to electronic music, to things that you would hear on the radio.”