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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All newly designed presets utilize the improvements introduced in Ozone 6 including new Component Plug-in Presets with Ozone Advanced.
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:
Audition and place samples in a creative context