iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced - Mastering Software (Academic Edition, Download)

iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced - Mastering Software (Academic Edition, Download)

iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced - Mastering Software (Academic Edition, Download)

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Product Highlights

  • EQ, Dynamic EQ & Dynamics Section
  • Exciter, Stereo Imaging & Maximizer
  • Master Assistant for Intelligent Presets
  • Tonal Balance Control Plug-In
  • Spectral Shaper & Reference Section
  • Vintage EQ, Compressor, Tape & Limiter
  • Use IRC IV Algorithm in Low-Latency Mode
  • Dither & Codec Preview
  • Standalone or Plug-in / Mac or Windows
  • AAX, AudioSuite, Audio Units, RTAS, VST
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iZotope Ozone overview

  • 1Description

Available for download, iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced is software designed for mastering music, providing many modules for the task. The software builds upon the offerings of previous iterations with visual improvements, tweaks to algorithms under the hood, a handy Master Assistant control, and much more. Aside from workflow improvements, the creative elements of mastering continue to be pushed front and center in this version, allowing you to create masters of your music in an intuitive, user-friendly manner.

Take the new Master Assistant, for instance. After you select this task, a window will pop up asking you “what are you going for?” From here, you’re offered a choice of targets: Streaming, for online platforms as such as Spotify and iTunes Radio, CD for louder masters optimized for the compact disc, and References, which allows you to target a specific example of your own selection and match it for tonal consistency and level. Next, a window asks you for your desired intensity, with each choice dictating a different framework for compression, EQ, and ultimate loudness. After the algorithm listens to a portion of your song (iZotope playing the loudness portion of your song), intelligent settings for equalization, compression, loudness, and dynamic EQ are dialed in. These aren’t cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all presets—instead, you’ll notice subtler implementations, such as EQ shelves applied only when needed, or dynamic equalization to reduce artifacts in the limiting stage; if the algorithm decides your mix doesn’t need compression to achieve your desired target, none will be applied.

Another useful tool is the Reference Section, which allows you to import up to ten reference tracks and compare your master against them equally, giving you the ability to create markers within the reference to use as looping points. A gain slider lets you lever match your master with the reference track right inside the plug-in. Such features render many third-party referencing plug-ins gratuitous or redundant, as they are incorporated within Ozone 8 itself. They are also useful for creating cohesive albums, as you can master one track to taste, and then use that track as a master for level and frequency comparison.

A new module has been introduced into the Ozone ecosystem. Called Spectral Shaper, this module is designed to tame, smoothen, and otherwise sculpt particularly harsh bands of a mix. This module is useful for taming harsh hi-hats in a mix, de-essing a sibilant vocal within the context of a stereo track, smooth out the attack of an acoustic guitar in a folk tune, and more. The module utilizes three sliders to control tone, attack, and release, as well as a threshold control, a frequency-band selector, intensity selectors, the ability to solo the frequency band in question, and to listen/home in on the spectral shaping effect apart from the mix.

Included with Ozone 8 Advanced is a Tonal Balance Control plug-in that provides an intuitive and adjustable frequency analysis over your whole master. It's designed to help you balance the frequencies of your track, ensuring it's commensurate with tonal profiles of modern, vintage, or orchestral music. You can also upload your own reference tracks into Tonal Balance Control and aim to match those. On the low end, a crest factor meter is provided to make sure you don't over-compress the bass frequencies. Within the plug-in, you can call up and tweak equalizers in any instance of Ozone 8 or Neutron 2 across your mix. This gives you a new level of control and inter-connectivity across the iZotope ecosystem. 

Changes have been made to Ozone’s popular IRC IV algorithm in the maximizer module to promote low-latency implementation, as well as to improve the low-end response to the limiter, which results in a smoother limiting with fewer artifacts. Also within the maximizer is a stereo independence section with separate sliders for transients and sustain, so you can tweak how the maximizer reacts to stereo information in a more precise manner. All of the vintage modules from Ozone 7 are included, with improvements made to the compressor under the hood. 

Usable both as a standalone application and as a plug-in with a supported host, this software is compatible with Windows and Mac platforms. It can operate in AAX, RTAS, VST 3, VST 3, and AudioUnit formats.

Note: This product is an educational discounted version available to qualified students, faculty/staff, and accredited academic institutions only. Proof of current educational status is required.

Key Features at a Glance

Master Assistant
  • Create intelligent presets for your masters
  • Tailor masters for various destinations (Streaming, CD, Track Referencing)
Tonal Balance Control Module
  • Intuitive frequency meter for mastering
  • Broad or fine view panels
  • Control EQ of any Ozone 8 or Neutron 2 module in your mix
  • Three tonal presets
  • Low-end crest factor meter monitors if your bass frequencies are over-compressed
  • Import a reference track or a folder of reference tracks for matching frequency-balance
Track Referencing
  • Intelligent track segmentation; Ozone 8 automatically places markers where it thinks different sections occur, yet you can manipulate these as you see fit
  • Import up to 10 reference tracks
  • Reference gain slide
  • Waveform view
  • Overlay reference spectrum for quick frequency comparison between your master and the reference track
Spectral Shaper Module
  • Smooth out harsh frequencies to better balance sibilance, unpleasant hi-hats, and more
  • Flexible frequency selection
  • Listen and solo options
  • Available as a plug-in
Improved Maximizer
  • Stereo independence sliders added for transients and sustain
  • Intelligent threshold-learn function added
  • Threshold and ceiling link now available
  • IRC IV now available in low-latency mode
  • IRC IV responds to low-end in a smoother manner and with fewer artifacts
  • IRC I, II, and III included
  • Available as a plug-in
Imager
  • Link-band functionality added
  • Stereoize mode for widening monaural information
  • Antiphase prevention
  • Integrated vectorscope and correlation meter
  • Stereo-width spectrum view
  • Available as a plug-in
Equalizer
  • Surgical mode
  • Baxandall, proportional Q, band shelf, and high- / low-shelf filter shapes
  • Mid/side mode
  • Match EQ for matching and approximating reference material
  • Available as a module and plug-in
  • Additional post-equalizer module and plug-in
Dynamic EQ
  • Mid/side mode
  • Auto-scale mode
  • Available as a plug-in
Exciter Module
  • Independent, per-band exciter modes; use tape on low-end and retro on high-mids for example
  • Bands now linkable
  • Triode and dual-triode modes
  • Retro, tape, warm, and tube modes
  • Available as a plug-in
Dynamics Module
  • Learn mode for crossover points
  • Adaptive release mode for smoother compression without pumping and breathing
  • Mid/side mode
  • Available as plug-in
Vintage Compressor
  • Tames dynamics in a manner more reminiscent of analog hardware
  • Improved ballistics and sound quality
  • Mid/side mode
  • Available as a module or a dedicated plug-in
Vintage Tape Module
  • Approximates the harmonic characteristics and behaviors of analog tape
  • New 7.5 IPS setting
  • 15 and 30 IPS setting
  • Available as a module or a dedicated plug-in
Vintage Limiter
  • Provides limiting in a manner reminiscent of analog hardware
  • Tube, analog, and modern modes
  • Threshold and ceiling link
  • True-peak limiting
  • Available as a module or a dedicated plug-in
Vintage EQ
  • Provides equalization in a manner similar to pultec-style EQs
  • Available as a module or a dedicated plug-in
Additional Features
  • Custom presets
  • Standalone application with sample-rate conversion technology
  • Multiband modes
  • Codec preview: audition the sound through MP3 or AAC codecs
  • Dither
  • I/O section
  • Audition panel
  • Undo history
  • Seamless bypass mode
  • Customizable signal chain
  • Third-party plug-in hosting
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iZotope Ozone specs

Supported Operating Systems OS X 10.8.5 to macOS 10.12.6
Windows 7 to 10
Supported Hosts Pro Tools 10 to 12, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, Cubase 9, FL Studio 12, REAPER 5, Reason 9.5, Bitwig Studio 2, Studio One 3, Nuendo 7, Sonar, Digital Performer
Supported Plug-In Formats AAX (64-bit Real-time and 64-bit AudioSuite), RTAS (32-bit Real-time), DPM (32-bit AudioSuite), VST 2, VST 3, AU

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