iZotope today announced version 6 of their highly regarded Ozone mastering plugin. Used by many as the final stage in their mix process as well as on discrete channels for a variety of creative processing techniques.
Avalable now as a standalone application for both Standard and Advanced, its got a rediseigned GUI and a pile of new features.
The Advanced version also features a new Dynamic EQ - very useful for picking out specific instruments and frequencies, plus a suite of advanced metering - perfect if you are working to very tight dynamic specifications for broadcast or radio.
New Analog Hardware-modeled EQ filter shapes Harness the sonic characteristics of classic EQ designs with new filter shapes including Baxandall Bass and Treble filters and API-style Proportional Q filters. Also new to Ozone 6 are Band Shelf filters and Resonant High and Low shelves.
Surgical Mode All digital linear-phase filters are now matched to analog shapes; however, Surgical Mode allows you to utilize the precision of digital shapes for extreme cuts with minimum slope.
Variable EQ Phase Control Digital linear-phase filters now feature per-node variable phase control for subtly adding phase delay to smooth out boosts that may sound harsh.
Seamless Bypass Audition changes to your audio by gain-matching bypassed audio to your Ozone-processed signal for faster and more accurate A/B testing.
Customizable Signal Chain Host your third-party VST/AU plug-ins in the standalone application. Then build your mastering signal chain from scratch or load a preset and add, remove, and swap the order of modules.
Module Gain Meters Monitor gain-staging across processing modules with Module Gain Meters that instantly illustrate where you're boosting and cutting gain across your signal chain.
Transient Emphasis Preserve rhythmic detail while maximizing loudness with Transient Emphasis, which adds smart emphasis to transients by preserving sharp attacks.
Diode and Dual Triode Exciter Modes Modeled after actual hardware circuitry, these Exciter modes offer vintage saturation from subtle warmth to more pronounced edge.
Stereoize Control Add width to narrow or mono recordings without introducing phase artifacts.
Variable Knee Compression Get precise control over compression characteristics by choosing between hard and soft compression.
Dynamics Detection Enhancements Simulate smoother analog-style compression with both High-Pass and API Thrust-inspired Tilt filters. Use the True Envelope detection mode for RMS-style compression (flat frequency response and low distortion) triggered equally across the frequency spectrum.
New Presets All newly designed presets utilize the improvements introduced in Ozone 6 including new Component Plug-in Presets with Ozone Advanced.
Standalone Application Now available as both a plug-in and as a standalone application, Ozone 6 adds a number of forward-thinking features that simplify traditional mastering workflows, including:
Automatic color-coded waveform segmentation.
Tops/tails trims and fades with multiple shape types.
Third-party plug-in hosting (VST/AU Support).
Single/all-track export with iZotope SRC (sample rate conversion).
Auto-adjusted MBIT+ Dither at output.
Fully contained project folders.
Dynamic EQ Module
Ozone Advanced adds the new Dynamic EQ module, an EQ that lives and breathes with your music. Harness the precision of an equalizer with the musical ballistics of a compressor. Integrated with an intuitive workflow, these processors work in concert to create a valuable mastering tool that excels where traditional EQs and compressors fail.
Dynamic EQ Component Plug-in
Ozone 6 Advanced also includes a component Dynamic EQ plug-in for use throughout your audio editing software signal chain.
Available now via iZotope.com at a special discount until November 13 2014
Ozone 6 Standard $249 $199 Advanced $999 $599
Windows 7 and 8, OS X 10.8 +, ProTools 10 &11 (RTAS, AudioSuite AAX) VST2/3 and AU