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iZotope - Ozone 5 - Complete Mastering System Plug-In
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Ozone 5 from iZotope is a complete mastering system presented in a single integrated plug-in interface, and includes eight essential mastering tools. These include a maximizer, equalizer, multi-band dynamics, multi-band stereo imaging, post equalizer, multi-band harmonic exciter, reverb, and dithering.

The process of mastering ranges from correcting mistakes made in the mix, to preparing a recording for targeted listening environments. To that end, every module has been updated with refined signal processing algorithms to deliver a high level of mastering quality.

The user interface has been redesigned to make it even easier to dial in the required sound. New users can get started right away and experienced Ozone users will feel right at home. A broad variety of updated metering tools provide visualizations as to how individual mix elements fit together, guiding both the eyes and ears to the perfect-sounding master.

Please note, any purchase of Ozone 5 after October 1st will have a free upgrade to Ozone 6 when that version is released.

What's New

  • Analog-matched frequency response for all filter types
  • Vintage Low and High Shelf filters with variable "Cut" control
  • Extra-steep "brickwall" analog Low- and High-Pass filters
  • Flat Low- and High-Pass filters with variable slope
  • New Snapshots panel with easier EQ snapshot workflow
  • Improved, simplified Matching EQ feature
  • Mini Info Panel for easy access to active EQ band's settings
  • Ability to zoom by time and frequency for precise equalization
  • Separate EQ settings for left/right channels
  • Second Post EQ in signal chain for post-dynamics/exciter shaping
  • Zoomable spectrum in EQ
  • New Spectrum options including Left/Right and Mid/Side modes
  • Phase Response, Phase Delay and Group Delay plots
  • IRC III Limiting mode - new psychoacoustic algorithm with transient preservation
  • Gain Reduction Trace view - shows gain reduction over time
  • Spectrum view
  • Stereo Link - allows variance between fully independent left/right limiting and linked limiting
  • Additional Dither noise-shaping curves
  • Dither Shape view
  • Improved sound quality in all Exciter modes
  • Natural-sounding Peak Saturation - adds harmonics without drastic gain changes
  • Post-Saturation High Shelf filter - for additional harmonic shaping
  • Saturation Spectrum display - shows excitation by frequency
  • Refined Tube, Tape, Retro, and Warm algorithms
  • Oversampling mode prevents aliasing
Stereo Imaging
  • New Vectorscope modes - Polar Level, Polar Sample
  • Anti-phase prevention
  • Stereo Width Spectrum view
  • Correlation Trace view shows mono-compatibility over time
  • Stereo Balance meter
  • Phase Rotation allows phase fine-tuning to optimize asymmetrical waveforms' loudness
  • Greatly-improved workflow includes always-visible Attack and Release controls
  • All Bands mode shows most crucial controls for every band in one view
  • Gain Reduction Trace shows dynamics characteristics superimposed on waveform
  • Interactive Threshold provides intuitive control over all dynamics stages
  • Improved Gain Reduction meter with input/output and overlaid histogram options
  • Hard/Soft Knee selection
  • New upward compression boosts levels as they fall below the threshold
  • Limiter Boost pushes up threshold-crossing levels when Limiter ratio is set to the left
  • New Modeled Reverb algorithm provides realistic early reflections with smooth decay
  • Improved Plate and Room modes and new Hall mode
Presets and Routing
  • All Global Presets updated to take advantage of new DSP and features
  • Many new genre-specific presets added to Global Presets
  • Improved Amount controls make adjusting presets simple
  • Module Presets - each mastering module has dedicated preset saving and loading
  • Over 80 new Module Presets included
  • Select independent or shared crossovers for multiband modules

Other Features

Sound, Workflow, Visual Feedback
  • Analog-modeled processing combined with linear phase precision
  • Flexible sonic capabilities for adding realistic warmth, bite, punch, and space to a mix
  • New IRC III Limiter for louder, fuller masters that preserve crisp transient detail
  • Fully-revamped hybrid Reverb module
  • Comprehensive preset manager with over 250 professionally-designed presets
  • Per-module presets and intelligent module Amount Controls
  • User-definable signal routing and extensive automation support
  • Each processing module is complemented with useful spectrums, phase meters, vectorscopes and level histograms
  • Optimized for today's low-latency DAW environments
System Requirements Mac
Intel-based Macs only
OS X 10.6 or later including OS X 10.8
Host software that supports Audio Units, MAS, AAX Native, RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4 to 11), or VST plug-in protocols

Windows XP SP2, x64, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)
Host software that supports DirectX, RTAS/AudioSuite or VST plug-in protocols