Available for download, iZotope Ozone 9 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, CPU optimizing, new modules, and new assistive options. The software allows you to create masters of your music in an intuitive, user-friendly manner.
Take the Master Rebalance Module, for instance. With tech borrowed from RX 7, this module intelligently grabs your bass, drums, or vocal parts and brings them up and down in level, depending on your settings. Now, you may not need to contact the mixing engineer when the bass part isn't loud enough—you can simply raise it up yourself.
Another new offering is the Low End Focus module, which uses proprietary processes to help you secure impact, translation, and a distinct absence of mud in the low end of your masters. Use this module to help the kick and bass play nicely together in a stereo track.
You'll note that Match EQ has been broken out into its own module. It now sports more controls to help you get the most out of this process in every part of the frequency spectrum.
You'll find the Vintage mode in the Master Assistant useful, as it applies colorful strokes in the mastering process. Use the traditional Master Assistant to get you to the level you wish as transparently as possible, or choose the Vintage mode if the mix needs some more weight, vibe, or color. Then, tweak from there.
Included with Ozone 9 Advanced is an upgrade to the Tonal Balance Control plug-in. Tonal Balance Control 2 now comes with a far greater number of presets than the first version. It also lets you solo each individual band to home in on frequency issues.
As with the previous version, you'll find a reference section to load in your favorite referencing tracks. You'll also find dither options and be able to audition how the master sounds through various lossy codecs.
Other tweaks have been made to existing modules under the hood, including performance enhancements, and, in the case of the Imager module, increased sonic transparency. You can now resize the GUI at will. This being the advanced version, you can break out any module you wish into its own plug-in, so if you only want to use the Master Rebalance function, you needn't load the whole suite.
The software is compatible with Mac and Windows platforms in AU, VST2, VST3, and AAX formats. It's now compatible with NKS supported environments as well.