A Quick Review: iZotope Ozone 6

By February 12, 2015Mastering, Reviews

I’ve never been a Ozone user. I’ve tried the demo of different versions a few times over the years, but it’s never really grabbed me. But that all changed with Ozone 6. Not sure if it’s the new, slick interface or the improved Dynamic EQ, but now that I’ve seen the light and had a good play I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the Advance version.

Looking Good

The Ozone 6 stand-alone interface

The Ozone 6 stand-alone interface

Ozone 6 is a big update for iZotope, and the first thing you will notice is the facelift. The interface theme is a slick looking black and is very crisp on the eye. In my mind a big improvement over older version I’ve seen.

 

On the processing side of things Ozone 6 Advance gives you a bunch of essential mastering tools to work with – Equalizer, Dynamics, Maximizer, Exciter, Imager, Post Equalizer, Dither, and Dynamic EQ. They have got rid of the Reverb that featured in Ozone 5.

The module that really stands out for me is the Dynamic EQ. With it’s four new EQ modes – Baxandall and Resonant Filters, Proportional Q and Band Shelf Bells – it gives you an amazing selection of filter shapes to work with. 

So, let’s get down to the important bit – did I like it? And the answer is a big YES! As someone who spends his day’s mastering records on hardware, the all-in-one software option has never been for me. I’ve always had a thing for flashing lights and gear, but Ozone 6 made me question that work method. Only for a couple of minutes, but It’s a couple of minutes that would never have happened a few year ago. What you get for your money and the end results that are achievable with Ozone 6 are mind blowing. With it’s new streamlined workflow, I found it easy to get the results i wanted and quickly. It’s never going to replace my hardware, but It’s now a part of my day to day arsenal . 

As mentioned at the start, the standout tool for me is the Dynamic EQ. No other multi-band compressor can compete with it in the market right now and it makes the whole concept and process of multi-band compression much simpler. The amount of control it offers over source material is staggering, and the depth and detail I was able to get on very narrow bands make this program worth getting just for this one module. Each band can be individually tweaked between  wet and dry, allowing for quick setup of parallel processing. 

If you’re looking to get better control over your productions then adding Ozone 6 to your software collection is well worth it!

 

Key Features

  • Get essential mastering tools: Equalizer, Dynamics, Maximizer, Exciter, Imager, Post Equalizer, Dither, and Dynamic EQ [Advanced only].
  • Make smarter mix decisions aided by robust, real-time visual feedback throughout all modules.
  • Quickly achieve authentic sounds for any genre with a comprehensive bank of presets.
  • Harness the sonic texture of classic analog gear with even deeper digital control.
  • Master your audio within or outside your audio editing software with both plug-in and standalone options.

 

You can get your hands on Ozone 6 over at crossfader.com.au

 

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