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Kissing Cobras

By CosmicCairns on September 8, 2020 7:16 pm

A little while back Chrisfoo alerted me to a sale that was going on for a plugin called Iris2.  It was marked down to $10 from $150.  I knew absolutely nothing about it, but that seemed like too good of a deal to pass up, so I went ahead and bought it.  I haven't really used plugins before.  Heck, I've honestly barely delved into using MIDI before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from it.  Although I've heard many awesome tracks here on WB that utilize all kinds of plugins so I'm sure they're cool.  So anyway I've played around with it a tiny little bit since I bought it, but I haven't exactly taken it out for a real test run yet.  So that's pretty much what this track is.  I'm just messing around with a few of the different sounds and trying to get a feel for what it can do.  I've just barely scratched the surface, but I can tell it's got some interesting sounds and you can mess with them by changing a bunch of different settings.  I always like that sort of thing.  Looks like it should be a fun toy to have in my toolbox.

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September 14, 2020 12:40 am

This track is wild, man. That first minute is really something, and it just keeps going. Seems like the plugin was worth it.

September 14, 2020 2:05 am

This sounds like an extreme version of a vocoder, very interesting sound there. Looking forward to hearing more tracks featuring it!

September 14, 2020 4:52 am

Wow, this track is crazy! I love those bitcrushed textures.

September 14, 2020 12:44 pm

This plugin passed your test run brilliantly. I love the bassline, the swing in the beat and the fizzling synth texture above. well done.

September 14, 2020 5:13 pm

I never tried Izotope Iris plugin but I do uses some of their "element" plugins to give my life easier to mix my tracks. They do great software in my opinion.

Your track sounds very cool. Well done. Quick question, is this virtual instrument is pretty heavy on the computer CPU/RAM wise?

Have a good week!

September 14, 2020 5:34 pm

yooooooooooooooo welcome to the plugins CULT


Kissing Kobras would be a good band name

Mission Crossing wrote:

Wow, this track is crazy! I love those bitcrushed textures.


I agree, I like how subtle they are, but really shape the feel of the piece

September 14, 2020 6:22 pm
hent03 wrote:

This track is wild, man. That first minute is really something, and it just keeps going. Seems like the plugin was worth it.

Thanks!  Yeah, I figured $10 wasn't too much to risk.  Even if I ended up not liking it.  But fortunately I think I do like it.



Kedbreak136 wrote:

This sounds like an extreme version of a vocoder, very interesting sound there. Looking forward to hearing more tracks featuring it!

I'll have to remember to keep it in the rotation.  After I got it I sort of forgot about it for a little bit.  I'm used to having big physical instruments sitting in my face and demanding that I use them.  smile



Mission Crossing wrote:

Wow, this track is crazy! I love those bitcrushed textures.

  I'm definitely interested to explore it more.  I liked the textures, too, and these were just kind of the first things I played around with.



Q-Rosh wrote:

This plugin passed your test run brilliantly. I love the bassline, the swing in the beat and the fizzling synth texture above. well done.

Thanks!  I thought it came out pretty cool for something that was more or less just messing around.



djippy wrote:

I never tried Izotope Iris plugin but I do uses some of their "element" plugins to give my life easier to mix my tracks. They do great software in my opinion.

Your track sounds very cool. Well done. Quick question, is this virtual instrument is pretty heavy on the computer CPU/RAM wise?

Have a good week!

I'm pretty impressed with it so far just in the little bit I've played with it.  I'm not really sure on the CPU usage.  I didn't notice my computer slowing down or anything, but I suppose it's something to watch out for.



orangedrink wrote:

yooooooooooooooo welcome to the plugins CULT


Kissing Kobras would be a good band name

Mission Crossing wrote:

Wow, this track is crazy! I love those bitcrushed textures.


I agree, I like how subtle they are, but really shape the feel of the piece

Uh oh, am I about to go down another rabbit hole?  I've spent way too much money on music making stuff already.  At least plugins don't take up more physical space.  That would be a good band name.  Maybe for like an 80's hair band or something?  I can even kind of picture what the logo would look like. 

September 14, 2020 7:25 pm

oh yeah Kissing Kobras would be very similar to Poison

Plugins are a crazy rabbit hole, but I actually haven't gone too crazy.  The main thing is that I've bought post-production (mixing/mastering) plugins, but just imagine, plugins are like virtual guitar pedals, and you know how people go nuts over guitar pedals!

September 14, 2020 11:17 pm
orangedrink wrote:

oh yeah Kissing Kobras would be very similar to Poison

Plugins are a crazy rabbit hole, but I actually haven't gone too crazy.  The main thing is that I've bought post-production (mixing/mastering) plugins, but just imagine, plugins are like virtual guitar pedals, and you know how people go nuts over guitar pedals!

Heh they could share a bill with Poison on a 2021 Reunion World Tour.  And yeah, I do know how crazy people go over guitar pedals.  I think I'll limit myself to this one plugin for now.  At least until I get more of a feel for it.  smile

September 15, 2020 11:20 pm
orangedrink wrote:

oh yeah Kissing Kobras would be very similar to Poison

Lol, I love this as a band name, and always a soft spot in my heat to remember sixth grade rocking out to Poison. Just watched episode of Cobra Kai with Poison in it. Full nostalgia zone. I was actualy in a band briefly called Chrome Cobra, some proggy bizness there though.

Great stuff from that plugin, sounds like a fun one! This was fun and interesting to listen to. Kinds of crawls under the skin.

September 16, 2020 12:35 am
miraclemiles wrote:
orangedrink wrote:

oh yeah Kissing Kobras would be very similar to Poison

Lol, I love this as a band name, and always a soft spot in my heat to remember sixth grade rocking out to Poison. Just watched episode of Cobra Kai with Poison in it. Full nostalgia zone. I was actualy in a band briefly called Chrome Cobra, some proggy bizness there though.

Great stuff from that plugin, sounds like a fun one! This was fun and interesting to listen to. Kinds of crawls under the skin.

Ha ha, Chrome Cobra is a great name, too.  I bet you guys totally rawked.  Seems to be a whole cobra theme going on here with Poison showing up in Cobra Kai.  I haven't watched that yet, but I hear it's pretty fun.  For my title I just sort of like the ambiguity of if it was two cobras kissing each other or if it was a person kissing cobras, which seems like a terrible idea.  But also kind of awesome in a rawk sort of way.

September 16, 2020 3:44 am
CosmicCairns wrote:

I just sort of like the ambiguity of if it was two cobras kissing each other or if it was a person kissing cobras, which seems like a terrible idea.  But also kind of awesome in a rawk sort of way.

100% I love ambiguously evocative stuff like that.

cobras kissing also sounds super creepy

September 19, 2020 11:00 am

This was awesome stuff! It starts like there´s a powerful techno track coming on, but luckily it keeps on the leftfield track. Very powerful and you clearly used the stuff according to your strenghts... great work!

September 21, 2020 12:30 am
Ashen Simian wrote:

This was awesome stuff! It starts like there´s a powerful techno track coming on, but luckily it keeps on the leftfield track. Very powerful and you clearly used the stuff according to your strenghts... great work!

Thanks!  I think to a certain extent you can't help but sound like yourself no matter what you're playing on.

September 25, 2020 4:30 pm

So many possibilities open up with midi and plugins.  Sometimes too many but yais it's a good option to have in the toolbox.  This has a nice atmosphere to it with those bit crushed parts and the deep melodical bass synth.  Nice use of the stereo field too.  They're really moving nicely around. 

September 25, 2020 9:34 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

So many possibilities open up with midi and plugins.  Sometimes too many but yais it's a good option to have in the toolbox.  This has a nice atmosphere to it with those bit crushed parts and the deep melodical bass synth.  Nice use of the stereo field too.  They're really moving nicely around.

I've historically been more of a "physical" instruments person as I took violin lessons as a kid, but virtual instruments certainly open up a whole realm of possibilities and I don't want to close myself off to them.  It's fun to explore new ways of making sounds!

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