Using artificial intelligence can be incredibly beneficial for creating tracks. AI-enabled plugins give you more precision, faster results, and make your workflow much easier overall. In this article you'll find the top 15 plugins to help you with mixing and mastering your tracks - from applying specific effects to single tracks all the way to mastering entire songs.
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Mixing & Mastering AI Tools
1. Izotope Neutron 4 (Mix Assistant)
This VST includes a “Mix Assistant” feature which analyzes audio and automatically applies processing such as EQ, compression, saturation and stereo imaging. It can be used on single tracks, but it’s especially useful for bus processing. The best part about the Mix Assistant is that you can always tweak the parameters after the automatic processing. In this way you get to the end result faster without sacrificing any control over your tracks.
2. Izotope Ozone 10 (Mastering Assistant)
Similarly to Neutron this plugin from Izotope gives you automatic mastering capabilities which you can later fully edit. It can significantly speed up the mastering process and give you useful hints on what could be improved. Try doing your own master and comparing it to the AI version - you’ll be surprised at how well the algorithm works!
3. Focusrite Fast Bundle
This set of plugins from Focusrite uses AI to make the mixing process much easier. Each of the included effects automatically makes smart adjustments according to the received audio. This way, you get a much better starting point than the “default presets” found in most other plugins. Once the automatic processing finishes, you are able to change each setting individually to get exactly the results you’re looking for. Fast Bundle includes a limiter, EQ, compressor, reverb and “Reveal” - a spectral sidechain which automatically removes frequencies that clash between tracks.
4. Sonible Pure Bundle
The Pure Bundle from Sonible includes 3 AI-powered one-knob plugins: Compressor, Limiter and Reverb. The plugins automatically adjust parameters according to the received signal, and the only thing that’s left to do is adjusting the single “amount knob”. These plugins are a great way of speeding up your process for quickly setting up tracks. While they lack more advanced editing options, the one-knob workflow proves incredibly useful.
5. TAIP tape plugin by Baby Audio
TAIP is a tape saturation plugin, which instead of traditional DSP processing uses AI neural networks to mimic the characteristics of tape processing. This results in an incredibly authentic sound which makes it an ideal option for adding warmth to any track.
6. Fazertone Overdrive Essentials
The “Overdrive Essentials” plugin features a set of incredibly realistic AI-modeled emulations of overdrive guitar pedals, including classic models such as the Tube Screamer, RAT, Boss Distortion, Overdrive and Blues Driver, as well as the iconic Big Fuzz.
7. Landr Mastering
Landr is a platform which uses AI to automatically master your tracks. In the app you are able to add reference tracks and choose between different styles and loudness levels, as well as A/B between the original and master track with equal loudness. The platform also does music distribution, gives you access to collaboration tools and serves as a hub of many different music production resources.
StudioVerse by Waves is a mixing tool with thousands of plugin preset chains in a single VST. All effects can be easily customized with up to 8 macros. StudioVerse's AI-driven engine, activated by the 'Scan Audio' button, listens to your track and recommends mixing chains based on its character.
It’s an AI-powered online mastering solution from the creators of Distrokid. At this stage it’s more like a very limited version of Landr Mastering, though - with controls only for EQ and Instensity.
10. Waves Clarity VX Pro
Clarity Vx Pro is an advanced real-time noise reduction plugin by Waves, catering specifically to vocal recordings. With six bands and advanced controls, users can precisely tailor the noise reduction process. You’re able to control parameters across 6 EQ bands, including reflections, ambience gate, width control, and a limiter.
11. Zynaptiq Intensity
Equipped with just one essential control, Intensity’s mysterious algorithm focuses on extracting vital signal features, preserving the authenticity of the sound. The plugin incorporates an optional soft-knee saturating limiter in the output stage, allowing it to achieve maximum loudness and aggressive tone.
Powered by ray tracing, source separation, and artificial intelligence, this reverb dynamically adapts to input audio. Adaptiverb adds perceived depth, harmonic richness, and smooth tails without obscuring the your track. It allows you to craft evolving drones, organic pads, lush ambient soundscapes, and more.
13. Neoverb from Izotope
iZotope Neoverb is an intelligent reverb plugin. It includes a Blend Pad and Reverb Assistant for mixing different reverbs into a unique space, while the AI-powered EQ section listens to your track and enhances clarity.
14. Landr Mastering Plugin
LANDR Mastering Plugin integrates AI mastering into your DAW. With real-time processing, the plugin gets rid of the need for time-consuming bounces. It offers three custom mastering styles (Warm, Balanced, Open) and a range of intuitive controls for EQ, presence, de-essing, stereo field adjustments, compression, saturation, loudness, and more.
15. Neural Q V2
Tone Empire's Neural Q – v2 is a powerful analog EQ emulation plugin It’s made with AI systems that train models and parameters based on real music samples, resulting in a more authentic analog emulation. Key features include controls for boosting high and low frequencies, Pre-Amp Drive, Autogain, as well as various presets.
CryoMix offers an online AI mixing and mastering tool. It has been designed with artists' needs in mind, delivering a fast-paced, high-quality mixing and mastering service, especially tailored towards vocalists and rappers. Features include "Magic Touch" for dynamic vocal enhancement, as well as mixing recommendations based on machine learning.