Ozone 7 Advanced from iZotope builds on the major updates the company made in Ozone 6, including an improved visual aesthetic for guiding users through every stage of the mastering process. Aside from the fluid workflow, the creative elements of mastering continue to be front and center in this update, allowing users to define their own sound with ease. The advanced version features several vintage modeled processors, a departure from the company's prior emphasis on transparent mastering.
The Vintage Tape module brings the distinctive richness and feel of tape saturation with all the frequency coloration, distortion, and phase effects of tape, while the Vintage Compressor module is a single-band feedback compressor suitable for subtle warming and sweetening effects. Vintage EQ allows for brightening the master, smoothing out heavy low end, and adding body to digital recordings with the musicality and color of Pultec equalizers. Insight, the company's metering suite, is included as a separate component plug-in, while Codec preview provides real-time listening to how a master will sound when rendered with various industry-standard codecs.
The Maximizer, updated for Ozone 7, features a new frequency-specific IRC IV algorithm to deliver transparent mixes with less pumping and distortion. Smooth out an unwieldy mix or tame kick drum peaks without affecting the vocals. Dynamic EQ provides finer control over audio by taking advantage of the precision of an equalizer, with the musical ballistics of a compressor, in one integrated processor.
Two equalizers are included that combine eight bands of adjustable filters with a choice of filter shapes. Each band of dynamics is capable of three types of dynamics processing - limiting, compressing, and expanding, while an exciter module allows for dialing in the right amount of bite or warmth to a master. Precisely adjust the stereo width of an audio file using the four-frequency-band Imager module.
Additional presets have been created with outcome-oriented descriptions. Dithering has been updated and includes a set of bit scopes and DC level meters. The application also functions standalone, with the added enhancement of third party plug-in hosting. Trim and fade controls are provided, along with SRC (sample rate conversion) on import, plus single- and multiple-file export with the company's MBIT+ Dither.