iZotope kills its Iris 2, BreakTweaker and Trash 2 plugins as Soundwide elimination continues
Since Native Instruments and iZotope have been merged into a new company known as Soundwide earlier this year we have already witnessed the demise of Absynth from NIand now it turns out that iZotope Irises 2 synth, BreakTweaker drum machine and Trash 2 the distortion effect follows to the great connect retirement home in the sky.
A statement on the iZotope website says (opens in a new tab): “The iZotope Iris 2, Breaktweaker and Trash 2 products are no longer available for purchase on iZotope.com. Support for these products will remain in effect for 12 months from the date of purchase.”
The company adds that, “If you have purchased these products through iZotope.com within the past 12 months, we will continue to provide you with technical support and updates to resolve critical issues that arise for up to 12 months from from the date of your purchase.The support period for these products will end for all users on October 27, 2023. We will not be actively testing the compatibility of these products on new operating systems or host application releases after on October 27, 2022, and the current system specifications for these products will not change.
Explaining why the products are discontinued, iZotope says, “iZotope continually develops new products, services and solutions to enable and innovate around audio production journeys. Sometimes we need to retire older products to focus our development resources and efforts. on building innovative new products and features.”
Neither Iris, BreakTweaker, or Trash have been updated in a while, so the disappearance of all three products isn’t a huge surprise. However, IZotope recently added some of Trash’s distortion to their Neutron 4 automatic mixing software.and Trash 2 was actually given away for free as part of a Soundwide holiday promotion in 2021.
Earlier this year IIt was announced that Plugin Alliance and Brainworx are also joining the Soundwide roster. Whether or not any of these companies’ products will also be discontinued remains to be seen.
Among the reasons for his retirement from Absynth, NI said last month“Discontinuing Absynth was not an easy decision to make, but the resource needed to keep the product up to modern standards became too difficult. Absynth has also long needed updates and improvements, and unfortunately we are unable to give the synth the attention it needs.