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It's not finished until Ozone is on it

Glue a mix together, control dynamic range, and add rich character with the critically acclaimed music production tools in Ozone Advanced, including the new Vintage EQ, Vintage Compressor, and Vintage Tape modules. Audition masters before rendering with the new Codec Preview. Apply Ozone Advanced’s processing to mix busses, too, with individual plug-ins of all ten modules. Plus, both versions of Ozone include the Maximizer, the Dynamic EQ, the new Vintage Limiter, Export Formats, and more. Use Ozone as a plug-in or as a standalone application.


Highlights

Ozone 7 Advanced: Essential Mastering Tools

It’s now faster and easier to produce a full, polished sound with the critically-acclaimed set of mastering and mixing tools in Ozone 7 Advanced music production software. Glue a mix together, control dynamic range, and add deep, rich character with Ozone’s new vintage modules: Vintage EQ, Vintage Compressor, Vintage Limiter, and Vintage Tape. Bring the best sonic characteristics of analog hardware to your digital recordings. Plus, preview the sound of your masters before you output with the new Codec Preview. Ozone Advanced also includes all ten of Ozone’s modules as separate plug-ins for adding the Ozone power on your mix busses.

Use Ozone as a plug-in or a standalone application for the final mastering touch you need before exporting to a variety of popular formats.

Ozone 7 Advanced Key Features

  • Get essential mastering and mixing tools: Maximizer, Dynamic EQ, the new Vintage Limiter, Vintage Tape, Vintage Compressor, and Vintage EQ.
  • Codec Preview offers a real-time glimpse at how your master will sound before you export to industry-standard codecs.
  • Build a high-tech new mastering chain when you mix-and-match components, going from fully modern to fully vintage to anywhere in between.
  • Quickly achieve authentic sounds for any genre and style with a comprehensive bank of presets.
  • Master within your audio editing software with Ozone as a plug-in or in its own environment with the standalone options.

Ozone 7 Key Features

  • Get essential mastering and mixing tools: Maximizer, Dynamic EQ (now in both Standard and Advanced), the new Vintage Limiter, and more.
  • Quickly achieve authentic sounds for any genre and style with a comprehensive bank of presets.
  • Master within your audio editing software with Ozone as a plug-in or in its own environment with the standalone options.

Powerful processing for mastering and mixing

Transparent and Dynamic Masters

The highly-regarded Ozone Maximizer helps you achieve transparent mixes with less pumping and distortion. Updated for Ozone 7 Standard & Advanced, the Maximizer features a brand new frequency-specific IRC IV algorithm to deliver transparent mixes with even less pumping and distortion. Smooth out an unwieldy mix or tame the kick drum peaks without affecting the vocals.

The Dynamic EQ lives and breathes with your audio for finer control over your sound. Take advantage of the precision of an equalizer and the musical ballistics of a compressor in one integrated processor.

New sounds and new processing capabilities

A new set of vintage-inspired processing in Ozone 7 Advanced puts nostalgic tone at your fingertips to bring the creative color and character of analog hardware to digital recordings.

Glue a mix together and control dynamic range with the Vintage Limiter. Add the distinctive sonic characteristics of analog tape with Vintage Tape. Get subtle warming and sweetening effects with the single-band, program-dependent Vintage Compressor. Extend the range of colors available for your masters with the wider, more artful equalization palette of Vintage EQ.

Ozone isn’t just for mastering anymore

Ozone was designed for mastering but there are lots of possibilities for how Ozone can help out in music production. With Ozone Advanced, you get all ten Ozone modules — including the new vintage processors — as separate component plug-ins. So go ahead and load those individual components on your mix busses and take advantage of the flexibility of Ozone’s power during mixing.

Ozone 7 and Ozone 7 Advanced Comparison

Ozone 7 builds on all of the modules present in Ozone 6 and adds powerful new modules:

Ozone 7 Features Standard Advanced
NEW Vintage Tape module  
NEW Vintage Limiter module
NEW Vintage Compressor  
NEW Vintage EQ  
NEW Updated Maximizer with IRC IV
NEW Codec Preview  
NEW MP3/AAC Export
Dynamic EQ
Equalizer
Maximizer
Dynamics
Exciter
Stereo Imaging
10 Component Plug-ins  
iZotope Insight Metering Plug-in  
Presets
Dither

 

Ozone 7 Elements and Ozone 7 Comparison Chart

Ozone 7 Elements Ozone 7
Preset-based mastering plug-in ideal for beginning producers, beatmakers, and songwriters Professional mastering software perfect for producers, mixers, and mastering engineers
70+ professionally crafted presets 80+ presets included
Includes VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX plug-in formats Includes Ozone 7 standalone application and VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX plug-in formats
Simple controls make it effortless and quick to shape the radio-ready sound you’re after 8 processors included
Polish off your tracks with Ozone’s industry standard processing, made easy Equalizer Module
Get your songs up to a competitive level with a taste of Ozone’s legendary Maximizer Dynamics Module
  Exciter Module
  Dynamic EQ Module
  Post Equalizer Module
  Imager Module
  Vintage Limiter Module
  Maximizer Module
  Full control over all module parameters
  Customizable signal chain—add, remove, or rearrange the order of modules
  MBIT+ Dither

 


Ozone 7 Advanced Features

Maximizer
Ozone’s highly regarded mastering limiter features a new IRC IV algorithm that uses spectral shaping technology, an innovative new way of processing audio. With IRC IV, you can achieve professional loudness and fullness without the limiter needing to work as hard. Get more transparent mixes than ever before with less pumping at higher volumes — ideal for times when you need to tame the kick drum peaks without causing vocals to pump, keep the subtle snap of a snare rimshot in a country single, or give a club track incredible impact. Prevent your master from clipping while dramatically lifting the perceived overall audio level, for more loudness without sacrificing crisp detail.

  • Experience transparent limiting with multiple modes of the IRC™ (Intelligent Release Control) Limiter technology, including the new IRC IV.
  • Preserve rhythmic detail while maximizing loudness with Transient Emphasis, which adds smart emphasis to transients.
  • Unlink stereo channels to process left and right separately with the Stereo Unlink Control.
  • Get visual feedback that informs your limiting with the Gain Reduction Trace meter’s scrolling waveform display.

Dynamic EQ
Now in both the standard version of Ozone and Ozone Advanced, the Dynamic EQ module lives and breathes with your music. Get finer control over your sound with the precision of an equalizer and the musical ballistics of a compressor integrated into one processor. With an intuitive workflow and clearer visual feedback, Dynamic EQ is a valuable mastering tool that excels where traditional EQs and compressors fail.

  • Choose among five filter shapes including Baxandall Treble, Baxandall Bass, Proportional Q, Band Shelf, and Peak Bell.
  • Toggle between analog and digital modes for minimum or linear-phase processing across six independent bands.
  • Access targeted dynamic equalization with Mid/Side and Left/Right processing modes.
  • Intelligently adjust Attack/Release times automatically across the frequency spectrum with Auto-Scale mode.
  • Dynamic nodes show the direction of your adjustments, to make it clear whether you’re expanding or cutting.

NEW! Vintage Limiter 
Glue a mix together and add character with the Vintage Limiter’s analog-sounding final-stage limiting. Retain the ease and precision of digital maximizing while bringing a natural feel to harsh and digital-sounding masters. Get the silkiness, body, and nostalgic vibe of classic recordings.

  • Inspired by the Fairchild 670 hardware limiter, famous for its silky smooth compression.
  • Fine-tune the Vintage Limiter’s response to perfectly fit your source material with the Character control.
  • Get visual feedback to inform your limiting with the Gain Reduction Trace meter’s scrolling waveform display.

NEW! Vintage Tape [Advanced Only]

The Vintage Tape module brings the distinctive richness and feel 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.

  • Get the deep, natural sound and punchy low-end response of analog tape with the convenience of a digital interface.
  • Inspired by the innovative Studer A810 tape machine, known for excellent frequency response even at the critical high and low frequency range limits.
  • Continuous Bias control allows for precise tuning of frequency and distortion response.

Mix in even harmonics for warmer saturation, or leave them out for more accurate tape emulation.

NEW! Vintage Compressor [Advanced Only]
Vintage Compressor is a single-band compression module for subtle warming and sweetening effects. Featuring program-dependent release times, the compressor tailors release shapes to adapt naturally to your music. Thicken the midrange, tighten and round out the lows, let the top sparkle, and get authentic vintage character.

  • Program dependent release times mean longer release times for a transparent sound on vocals with no pumping and fast release times to keep drums sounding tight and natural.
  • Editable highpass, mid peak, and high-shelf sidechain filters let you mimic the nonlinear frequency response of vintage hardware compressors or create unique compression effects.
  • Automatic gain compensation provides automatic makeup gain, allowing you to easily compare your mix with and without dynamics processing applied.

NEW! Vintage EQ [Advanced Only]
With the richness, musicality, and color of Pultec equalizers, Vintage EQ lets you brighten your master, smooth out heavy low end, and add body to your digital recordings. With discrete frequency value selections, you can bring a musical focus to your EQ approach. Use the boost and cut controls separately – but at the same time! – for a low-shelf that boosts first, then cuts, and then levels out to smoothly avoid making your mix sound “boomy.”

  • Add the richness, warmth, and color of analog equalization to your audio.
  • Models the qualities and experience of Pultec hardware equalizers for a unique, musical way to manage equalization.
  • Mid/Side and Left/Right processing modes give you unprecedented control over the stereo soundstage.

Presets
Ozone's Preset Manager gives you professionally designed starting points for mastering your projects. Power users will appreciate the ability to create presets that utilize all of Ozone's modules and routing capabilities for instant recall of useful configurations and a customized blend of analog and modern processing. Ozone 7 Advanced comes with additional presets that incorporate Advanced-only modules in the signal chain. Plus, the Greg Calbi Mastering Presets for Ozone now come as part of your product installation.

  • Easily load and save settings for individual modules without affecting the settings of other modules.
  • Streamline your decision-making process with outcome-oriented preset descriptions.

Dynamics
Easily fine-tune the dynamics of your mixes with independent control for up to four frequency bands, each with separate limiting, compressing, and expanding. The interactive Threshold control allows you to set threshold points for the Limiter and Compressor stages without taking your eyes off of the gain reduction meter, which provides extra feedback while making your detailed dynamics tweaks.

  • Automatically set crossover frequencies based on incoming audio with Learn mode.
  • Adjust the dynamics of the center of your mix independently of the sides of your mix with Mid/Side Processing mode.
  • Find the perfect compressor settings with the Gain Reduction Trace view, which plots the gain reduction of all dynamics bands on top of a scrolling waveform, and get further visualization with the Dynamic Transfer Curve and spectrum analyzer.
  • Add a variable slope high-pass or API Thrust-like Tilt filter for reducing pumping with the Detection Circuit Filter.

NEW! Codec Preview [Advanced Only]
Get a real-time listen to how your master will sound in industry standard codecs with Codec Preview. Preview the sound of your encoded master within your audio editing software or the Ozone standalone application. Instantly make any needed adjustments to perfect the audio for streaming or online music stores with this easy-to-use tool that improves your workflow.

  • Preview what your audio will sound like in MP3 or AAC format.
  • Solo only the audio data that lossy compression is removing from the mix to be sure that everything important isn’t getting lost in translation.
  • Compensate for the sonic changes due to lossy codec compression without leaving your audio editing software.

NEW! Export Formats
Specify the file format for export from a variety of compressed and uncompressed popular formats like MP3, WAV, AIF, and AAC. Eliminate the need for a separate converter and export your digital formats directly from Ozone.

  • Export your masters to a variety of formats, sample rates, and bit rates for wherever your music will be heard.
  • Export rich metadata — including track name, band name, album, name, and more—when exporting to MP3 and AAC.

Standalone Application
As a standalone application, Ozone also allows you to master multiple tracks in one session without leaving Ozone.

  • Customize your sound even more by bringing other favorite plug-ins into your Ozone mastering chain with AU/VST plug-in hosting.
  • Get smooth song transitions by adjusting the tops and tails of your audio with Trim and Fade controls.
  • Instantly highlight changes and similar sections of your audio with the Waveform Segmentation overlay, for quick listening comparisons or for analyzing song structure.
  • Get the highest quality conversion possible with iZotope’s SRC™ (sample rate conversion) on file import, and  iZotope’s MBIT+™ Dither for single- and multiple-file export.

Equalizer and Post Equalizer
Ozone includes two equalizers that combine eight bands of adjustable filters with a variety of filter shapes to choose from. Use the first Equalizer for initial shaping of your master, then take advantage of Ozone's Post Equalizer for even more shaping later on in your signal chain. The Analog-Matched EQ curves preserve analog behavior at high frequencies, giving Ozone authentic analog frequency response.

  • Choose from a wealth of digital and analog filter shapes including Baxandall bass and treble, API-inspired Proportional Q, Band Shelf, and resonant High and Low Shelf.
  • Get insightful feedback via multiple views: Full Spectrum view, Main view, and All Bands view.
  • Capture the spectral characteristics of your favorite mix and apply them to your master with the refined Matching EQ controls.
  • Adjust the equalization of the center of your mix independently of the sides of your mix with Mid/Side Processing mode.
  • Get precise control for deep cuts with digital filters in Surgical Mode.
  • Easily see how your EQ choices affect the signal with unique visualizations of phase delay, phase response, and group delay.

Exciter
Ozone’s Exciter lets you dial in the right amount of bite or warmth to excite dull recordings and bring sparkle and shine to a mix. Add analog character with a variety of modes: easily add tube or tape saturation, accentuate even harmonics, and add punch or sparkle to your project. Multiband and Mid/Side modes give you a large range of sonic possibilities across both the frequency spectrum and the stereo field.

  • Choose from the circuit-modeled Triode and Dual Triode modes or the updated Retro, Tape, Warm, or Tube modes.
  • Apply targeted processing with simultaneous multiband and Mid/Side processing options.
  • View excitation by frequency with the Saturation Spectrum display and sculpt the Exciter's frequency output with a post filter.
  • Add harmonics without drastic gain changes with natural-sounding Peak Saturation.

Imager
Precisely adjust stereo width for your master using the Imager module. The Imager works with up to four frequency bands—providing independent control over stereo width by frequency. An integrated Vectorscope and Correlation Meter give you valuable visual feedback for the mastering process, including Polar vectorscope modes and a Stereo Balance meter.

  • Add depth and natural-sounding stereo width to mono or very narrow mixes—without sacrificing mono compatibility—with Stereoize Mode.
  • Add width to any frequency band without causing mono compatibility problems with Antiphase Prevention.
  • See the width of your mix by frequency, set crossovers, and see the effect of stereo imaging adjustments on different parts of the spectrum with Stereo Width Spectrum view.
  • Easily audition your stereo signal for mono compatibility or left/right signal reversal.

Dither
Ozone provides the finest bit reduction algorithms available, allowing you to effectively convert and dither to 24, 20, 16, 12, or 8 bits. Master your track from a 24-bit source for lower-bit output, such as 16-bit for CD (16-bit). Ozone includes our proprietary MBIT+ dither algorithm that reduces quantization distortion with minimal perceived noise — smooth and quiet conversions for the best-sounding dither possible.

  • Experience smoother and more consistent mixdowns with dither curves for 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz.
  • Get dynamic and transparent conversions with integrated DC offset filtering, auto-blanking, and dither harmonic suppression.
  • Enjoy a complete view of the conversion process with a unique set of bit scopes and DC level meters.

Intelligent Visual Metering [Advanced Only]
Insight, iZotope's metering suite, is included as a separate component plug-in with Ozone 7 Advanced. Insight provides an extensive set of audio analysis and metering tools, perfect for visualizing changes made during mixing and mastering and troubleshooting problematic mixes. Visually monitor all relevant information from your mono, stereo or surround mix in a convenient floating window.

  • Immediately detect potential mix problems through real-time visual monitoring and color-coded alerts. Examine your audio with a unique 3D spectrogram and create a detailed topographical map of audio using high-resolution capabilities.
  • Get an extensive suite of metering tools in a single plug-in, including True Peak Meters, Loudness Meters, Loudness History Graph, Stereo Vectorscope, Surround Scope, 2D/3D Spectrogram, and Spectrum Analyzer.

Workflow Highlights
Throughout Ozone are forward-thinking tools which help to guide you through your mastering workflow.

  • All ten Ozone modules are included as separate component plug-ins with Ozone Advanced. Load them on your instrument busses to add the power of Ozone before you get to mastering. [Advanced Only]
  • Easily create your own signal path through a customizable signal chain, to combine analog and modern processing.
  • Be certain your master is better and not just louder by auditioning with Seamless Bypass to gain-match bypassed audio to your Ozone processing.
  • View gain-staging across your mastering chain with Module Gain Meters.
  • Save time with a comprehensive Undo History, and quickly compare different settings with A/B tools.
  • Get vital visual information at every step of the mastering process. Each module of Ozone offers relevant metering that informs mastering decisions.

 


What's new in Ozone 6.1?

ozone 6.1 adaptiveProduce louder, clearer, and fuller masters with Adaptive Release

This multiband control for the Dynamics module intelligently automates the difficult task of finding the right release times. The compressor actually engages with the audio in real time, adjusting the release values based on the transient properties of the incoming signal.  Without Adaptive Release, you’d have to pick an average release value to service both high and low
dynamic range audio—or do twice the work! Adaptive Release does the hard work for you transparently, so you can dive right into the creative aspects of mastering without a frustrating learning curve.

ozone 6.1 tubeAdd a warm, analog sound with Tube Limiting Mode

Vintage tubes have long been praised for decades for their ability to add color and character to cold, sterile, and flatsounding recordings. The Tube Limiting Mode for the Maximizer module combines warmer, more analog-sounding final stage limiting with the ease and precision of digital maximizing. The resulting audio has a tube warmth while remaining competitively loud and appropriate for modern mastering.  With a new algorithm inspired by vintage tube hardware limiters Fairchild 670 and Manley VariMu, the Tube Limiter blends the best of digital and analog, adding a vintage sonic character to Ozone’s maximizing algorithm.
 

ozone 6.1 moduleCreatively tweak with confidence with Module Presets

Get confidence from using professionally designed presets while still retaining creative control over your signal chain.  Without the convenience and sound quality of module presets, it’s difficult to creatively experiment with different module combinations. Now, with module presets , you can easily load and save settings for individual modules without affecting the settings of other modules. The module preset system’s simplified interface is more conducive to working with individual modules. So it’s easy to creatively experiment with settings for individual modules, then save them to instantly load up on your next track or project.

Additional Features

  • UserCustomizable Presets - Save time by loading with your specific presets, or get a fresh start by restoring the factory defaults. Set the default state of Ozone 6.1 to whatever you desire!
  • Selectable Segmentation Loops - Enjoy a new level of interactivity, selecting and looping segments with just a single click.
  • Track Numbers on Export - Stay organized when exporting multiple files by automatically appending file names with track number prefixes.
  • Sound Quality Improvements - Gone are the potentially damaging clicks and pops due to changing settings. By using micro crossfades, many of these glitches are avoided.

Ozone 7 runs as a standalone application, or as a plug-in in your audio editing software. Ozone 7 Advanced includes ten additional component plug-ins for direct access to individual Ozone modules in your host.

Operating system requirements

  • Windows: 7, 8 & 10
  • Mac: OS X 10.8–10.11 (Intel only)

Mac users, we currently recommend that you postpone your update to Mac OS x 10.11. Get the latest news on El Capitan in iZotope's blog.

Plug-in formats

  • Pro Tools 10-12 (RTAS, AudioSuite, 64-bit AAX), VST 2, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

Plug-in host compatibility

  • Pro Tools 10-12, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, SONAR, REAPER, and many more.

Graphics card requirements

  • For use of the scrolling 3D Spectrogram in Insight, Ozone 7 Advanced requires a graphics card that supports Open GL 2.0.

Minimum screen resolution

  • Plug-in: 1,159 x 614
  • Standalone application: 1,166 x 827
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Customer Reviews

Earns the Microfilmmaker Magazine's Award of Superiority

iZotope Ozone is a killer mastering plug-in, and the value of six mastering effects in one plug-in continues to amaze me. It would be well worth your money to buy this program just for the presets, especially if you simply cannot afford to pay an audio engineer to master your film. Simply using the presets with minimal tweaking will place your film in front of so many other independent films. This plug-in would benefit any filmmaker looking to make their work a step above of the rest. Read the full review at Microfilmmaker magazine.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Jeremy Hanke
Date: April 04, 2012

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