However, you occasionally get a track that simply sounds too dry, and then you need a specialised reverb to add life without making the mix muddy. Module presets saved in earlier incarnations of Ozone will open in the separate component plug-ins of Ozone 5 Advanced, so there should be no backwards compatibility issues. Being a multi-band compressor, it is also useful for problem-solving such as reducing the level of popping or sibilance on individual tracks. The multi-band Stereo Imaging module offers the ability to apply different amounts of stereo image enhancement to up to four frequency bands, including adding different small delays to each band. The metering also includes a Dynamic Curve view showing both the input and output signals on two axes. Dither, when active, is applied to the signal independently of the Maximizer, and three dither types can be selected. Module Preset System The module preset system works in a similar way to the global preset system but with a simpli ed interface that is more tailored to to working with individual modules.
You can easily adjust their settings as you like, according to your track and have the best results with minimum efforts and tweaking. Just turn up until it sounds good, then dial back a bit. The hybrid Reverb module has also benefited from an extensive makeover, with new room models added, while the Exciter can now emulate different types of analogue distortion based on tape, tubes and so on. This is particularly useful in a mastering context, as it allows the centre signals to be left dry if required, while still adding some 'reverb gloss' to sounds panned left or right. Linear-phase filters give rise to equal degrees of pre- and post-ringing on transients, while minimum-phase algorithms apply only post-ringing, like analogue designs. Version 5 sees the addition of new filter shapes in analogue mode, including flat Butterworth , low- and high-pass, 'brickwall' low- and high-pass, and vintage shelving filters, the latter inspired by the Pultec design.
All you have to do is add Meter Tap plug-ins to the individual tracks or buses you wish to monitor, then select them for viewing in the Meter Bridge: each track's contribution is overlaid in a different colour. A scrolling correlation trace is drawn in real time, in addition to the semi-circular vectorscope. Mastering Reverb The concept of a mastering reverb is a strange one: in an ideal world, reverb would be added to individual tracks prior to mixing. Show at Startup This allows you to set whether or not the preset manager will open automatically when starting Ozone. Ozone 5 Advanced is the latest incarnation of Izotope's well-established mastering suite, and now comprises seven modules: Maximizer, Equalizer, Multi-band Dynamics, Multi-band Stereo Imaging, Meter Bridge, Multi-band Harmonic Exciter and Reverb. Backing up Presets Backing up presets is as simple as copying files. .
It helps me focus on big picture refinements and consistency, which is what mastering is all about. The contents of this article are subject to worldwide copyright protection and reproduction in whole or part, whether mechanical or electronic, is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Publishers. The individual modules are mainly four-band processors, in which case the band boundaries may be adjusted by dragging them in the display. You can probably afford to use more intensive processing on individual tracks such as drums, bass or electric guitar. Although the limiter is fairly conventional in use, with the familiar threshold and maximum output level sliders, it certainly seems capable of hitting the peaks quite hard without causing any obvious detrimental effects. Ozone's take sees the audio split into four user-adjustable frequency bands that can be processed separately, using a distortion type selected from three tube styles including a new triode emulation mode , tape-modelled saturation, or transistor saturation, with mix controls for each band.
Floydish Sample Dry To take my mastering skills out of the equation, I just used the Master Assistant. I have read on some forums that owners of Ozone 7 and Ozone 7 Advanced would like a copy of Elements included with their licence. The 3D metering is nothing if not eye-catching, while the consistent layout of the modules is designed to make the user very familiar with the controls in the minimum of time. Auditioning the various spaces shows that the tonality of the reverb tail has been matched to that of the early reflections, and, with the exception of the plate, which has quite a subtle early reflections contribution, room character comes across strongly when the early reflection level is close to maximum. It then applied a Bell Peak with a Q of 0.
Harmonic enhancers are by no means new. No flame wars, disrespect, condescension based on level of experience, or tactless posts stereotyping any group of people will be tolerated. Module presets allow you to easily save and load settings in individual modules without a ecting other modules in the signal chain. Because the reverb tail is algorithmic, its decay time can be adjusted — with controls for high- and low-frequency decay — without affecting early reflections. Renaming Presets In the Preset Manager you can double click on a preset to edit its name. The concept of a mastering reverb is a strange one: in an ideal world, reverb would be added to individual tracks prior to mixing. Operation was as straightforward as for any multi-band dynamics processor I've used before, and my overall impression was that it sounded very musical.
Maximizer As its name suggests, the Maximizer is there to make mixes sound louder while doing the least sonic damage. As the upgrade is so comprehensive, I'll look at each of the modules in turn. It put a low shelf on at 200 Hz, and a boost at 2. Compression can be hard, soft or variable-knee the last in the Advanced version only , and there's an Automatic Gain Compensation system that makes it easier to evaluate the effects of compression without being misled by level differences. We have tested each preset and its effectiveness on various tracks to ensure their universality and quality. I like having a choice of saturation options, though, and each has a distinctly different tonal character. Overall, I was impressed by the sonic transparency of this section used in a mastering context, as you can apply quite significant amounts of compression before the processing becomes in any way obvious.
If your thread is only tangentially related, it is probably considered off-topic. As time went on, I turned to more vintage plugins and hardware for the 2Bus and volume. And I like their Exciter sometimes on Bass. Perhaps the most visually distinctive upgrade is the Meter Bridge, which provides a real-time 3D spectrogram that includes Freeze and Zoom modes as well as a 2D option. Ozone's hybrid reverb combines convolution and algorithmic technologies; the early reflections are captured from real spaces using convolution, then married to an adjustable algorithmic reverb tail. Their file names are the same as the name you give the preset for easy reference and therefore characters that are not allowed in Windows file names are not allowed in preset names. The standard version of Ozone 5 has no Meter Bridge and no way to use the components separately, but otherwise offers most of the same functionality.
You can also meter information relating to the stereo image and mono compatibility of your mix with Lissajous and Polar modes, a stereo balance meter and a correlation meter. To change the folder that Ozone looks to for presets, click the Change Folder button and browse to the folder that contains the presets you want to use. There are many good mastering products on the market today, but few offer so many facilities in such an approachable package, and the additional features and improvements will be welcomed by users upgrading from earlier versions. Compression can be hard, soft or variable-knee the last in the Advanced version only , and there's an Automatic Gain Compensation system that makes it easier to evaluate the effects of compression without being misled by level differences. It leaves a tad bit of headroom at the top. You can probably afford to use more intensive processing on individual tracks such as drums, bass or electric guitar. My stereo mix was in the -15db to -6db range and peaking at -3.
The procedure is to capture a couple of audio snapshots from your source and reference audio files, then you click radio buttons to show which should be made to match which. At some point you've got to export and get the thing ready to go out into the world. Being able to delay the four bands separately makes possible subtle realignment of the frequency bands and can add focus and definition to transients. The standard version of Ozone 5 has no Meter Bridge and no way to use the components separately, but otherwise offers most of the same functionality. All we can do is wait till they release a new version for these softwares!! Show at Startup: This allows you to set whether or not the preset manager will open automatically when starting Ozone. An inter-sample detection option can be activated to avoid the possibility of inter-sample clipping. Lock buttons may be activated to prevent further changes in this section.