iZotope have just released the latest version of their flagship mastering software, Ozone. What’s new in this version is a series of new processing modules based on vintage analogue hardware.
The Ozone family of products includes both Ozone 7 and Ozone 7 Advanced, which includes additional features for gluing together a mix. Ozone 7 Advanced users can take advantage of four brand-new vintage-inspired modules, designed to add deep, rich analog character to digital recordings. Additionally, the new Codec Preview feature lets Advanced users audition the effect of industry-standard codecs on their master, making it easier to make necessary adjustments before exporting for digital distribution.
Ozone 7 New Key Features:
ADV Vintage Tape. The Vintage Tape module brings the distinctive richness and warmth of tape saturation to your modern digital recordings with all the frequency coloration, distortion, and phase effects of tape. Take advantage of analog tone for masters that sound more musical with added dimension, fatness, and depth.
ADV Vintage EQ. With the richness, warmth, and color of Pultec equalizers, Vintage EQ lets you brighten your master, smooth out heavy lows, and add body to your digital recordings. Discrete frequency value selections let you boost and cut separately — but at the same time! — without ending up with a “boomy” master.
ADV Vintage Compressor. Vintage Compressor is a single-band compression module for subtle warming and sweetening effects. The program-dependent release tailors release shapes depending on your material to adapt naturally to your music. Thicken the midrange, tighten and round out the lows, and let the top sparkle, and get authentic vintage character.
ADV Codec Preview. Get a real-time listen to how your master will sound in various industry-standard codecs with Codec Preview. Preview the sound of a compressed master within your DAW or the Ozone standalone application. Instantly make adjustments to perfect the audio for streaming or online music stores with this easy-to-use tool that improves your workflow.
Vintage Limiter. Glue a mix together and add character with the Vintage Limiter’s warmer, analog-sounding final-stage limiting while retaining the ease and precision of digital maximizing. Bring a natural feel to harsh and digital-sounding masters. Get a silky warmth and body and the nostalgic vibe of the classic records you grew up with.
Export Formats. Specify the file format for export from a variety of compressed or uncompressed popular choices like MP3, WAV, and AAC. You no longer need to output to .wav and then use a separate MP3 converter. Now you can export your digital formats directly from your source files and add metadata before export, including track name, band name, album name, and more.
Upgraded Maximizer. Ozone’s legendary mastering limiter features a new algorithm (IRC-IV) that automatically detects which frequency bands would contribute most to clipping, and then reduces their level before hitting the limiter, so that the limiter doesn’t have to work as hard. This allows for even more transparent mixes with less pumping at higher volumes. For example, if there’s audio with vocals and a kick drum, Ozone deals with the kick drum peaks without causing the vocals to pump.
Ozone 7 runs as a standalone application, or as a plug-in in your DAW. Ozone 7 Advanced includes ten additional component plug-ins for direct access to individual Ozone modules in your host.