Ozone 5 Complete Mastering System
iZotope's complete mastering system in a single integrated plug-in includes eight essential mastering tools: Maximizer, Equalizer, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Post Equalizer, Multiband Harmonic Exciter, Reverb, and Dithering.
The process of mastering ranges from correcting mistakes made in the mix to preparing a recording for target listening environments. Like a final coat of polish, mastering makes the difference between a good-sounding mix and a professional-sounding master. Ozone 5 delivers the biggest update ever to iZotope's critically-acclaimed software mastering system, making it easier than ever for anyone to master their audio simply and efficiently.
In Ozone 5, every module has been updated with refined signal processing algorithms to bring you a new level of mastering quality. The most complete mastering suite available has never sounded better. Guided by iZotope's expertise in DSP research, Ozone 5 combines the best nuances of both analog and digital worlds, including analog-modeled processing combined with linear phase precision, flexible sonic capabilities for adding realistic warmth, bite, punch, and space to your mix, a new IRC III Limiter for louder, fuller masters that preserve crisp transient detail, and a fully-revamped hybrid Reverb module.
iZotope redesigned the Ozone user interface to make it even easier to dial in the professional sound you want. New users can get started right away and experienced Ozone fans will feel right at home. Workflow enhancements allow for finer control while keeping important features right at your fingertips, such as a comprehensive preset manager with over 250 professionally-designed presets, new per-module presets and intelligent module Amount Controls, and user-definable signal routing and extensive automation support--all optimized for today's low-latency DAW environments.
With Ozone 5, see your mix like never before. A broad variety of updated metering tools provide unprecedented visualizations of how mix elements fit together, guiding both your eyes and your ears to the perfect-sounding master. Each processing module is complemented with useful spectrums, phase meters, vectorscopes and level histograms. For example, use the Gain Reduction Trace view to help set the compressor's release time, or watch the Correlation Trace to catch instantaneous phase problems.
Your mix isn't finished until Ozone is on it
Ozone's critically-acclaimed Maximizer is essential for giving your recordings professional loudness and fullness. This powerful tool allows you to keep your master from clipping while dramatically lifting the perceived overall audio level. Ozone 5 features the third generation of iZotope's proprietary IRC (Intelligent Release Control) Limiter, which uses an advanced psychoacoustic model for transparent limiting. By running several different loudness control algorithms in parallel, IRC III intelligently chooses the algorithm in real-time that produces the lowest psychoacoustically perceivable artifacts. It's perfect for any master where you want more loudness without sacrificing crisp detail: keep the subtle snap of a snare rimshot in a country single, or give a club track incredible impact.
Equalizer and Post Equalizer
Ozone includes 2 paragraphic equalizers that combine 8 bands of adjustable bell filters and a variety of additional filters including High and Low Pass, High and Low Shelf, and Flat (Butterworth). Use the first EQ for initial shaping of your master, then take advantage of Ozone 5's new Post Equalizer for even more shaping later on in your signal chain, after the Dynamics and Exciter modules. New Analog-Matched EQ curves preserve analog behavior at high frequencies, giving Ozone 5 more authentic analog frequency response than EQs costing twice as much (or more!).
Ozone 5 includes a fully-revamped modeled Reverb module for adding a consistent and realistic sense of depth and space to your audio. Combining analog-style realism with digital flexibility, Ozone 5 uses convolution to create realistic early reflections, then constructs the late reverb tail algorithmically for increased control and a smooth decay. Designed to put a final sheen on the entire mix, Ozone's Reverb can enliven a live recording or flat-sounding mix while still preserving any sense of space created by reverb on individual tracks. Add subtle room tone without an obvious reverb effect, or thicken a mix with longer reverb decay times.
Ozone provides the finest wordlength reduction algorithms available, allowing you to effectively convert and dither to 24, 20, 16, 12 or 8 bits. This is useful for, as an example, mastering a track for a CD (16-bit) from a 24-bit source. Ozone includes our proprietary MBIT+ dither algorithm that reduces quantization distortion with minimal perceived noise. As a result, the algorithm produces smooth and quiet conversions for the best-sounding dither possible.
Ozone's multiband Harmonic Exciter is more colorful than ever, with new enhancements for dialing in the perfect amount of bite or warmth to add to your master. Add analog character with a variety of Harmonic Exciter modes: easily add tube or tape saturation, accentuate even harmonics, and add punch or sparkle to your project. In addition, multiband and Mid/Side modes give you a huge range of sonic possibilities across the frequency spectrum and the stereo field.
One of most powerful tools in Ozone is the multiband Dynamics module, which incorporates compression, limiting, expansion and gating. Finely tune the dynamics of your mixes with independent control over up to four frequency bands. With the all-new interactive Threshold control, set threshold points for the Limiter, Compressor, and Gate while never taking your eyes off of the gain reduction meter. Superimposed loudness history (histogram) and input/gain reduction meters provide extra insight while making your detailed Dynamics tweaks.
Ozone allows you precisely adjust stereo width and imaging for your master using a multiband Stereo Imaging module. As with the other multiband modules in Ozone, the module works with up to four frequency bands, letting you have independent control over stereo width by frequency. An integrated Vectorscope and Correlation Meter give you essential visual feedback for the mastering process, including new "Polar" vectorscope modes and a Stereo Balance meter.
Windows: XP Service Pack 2 or later, x64, Vista, 7, Windows 8
Mac: OS X 10.5.8 or later (Intel-based Macs only), including Mac OS X 10.8
Plug-in formats: Pro Tools 7.4+ (RTAS/AudioSuite), AAX, VST and VST 3, Audio Unit, DirectX, MAS (MAS not supported for Insight)
Plug-in host compatibility: Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, WaveLab, GarageBand, Logic, Audition, SONAR, ACID, REAPER, Sound Forge, Peak, Ableton Live, and many more
Graphics card requirements: For use of the scrolling 3D Spectrogram in the Meter Bridge and Insight, Ozone 5 Advanced requires a graphics card that supports Open GL 2.0.