The process of mastering ranges from correcting mistakes made in the mix to preparing a recording for target listening environments. Like a final coat of polish, mastering makes the difference between a good sounding mix and a professional sounding master. When you're ready to master, Ozone is all you need.
Ozone 4 combines seven essential mastering processors into one complete system, letting you give your mixes a finished, full and professional sound. Ozone's critically acclaimed IRC™ Loudness Maximizer gives you commercial volume and fullness without distorting or coloring your mix. An eight band Paragraphic EQ combines linear phase precision with the warmth and character of analog equalizers and even lets you intelligently match your mix to reference tracks. Innovative Multiband Dynamics, Harmonic Exciter and Stereo Imaging tools add depth and polish to your music.
All of these modules are combined into a single, powerful interface, making the mastering process more efficient and intuitive than ever before. Whether you're a seasoned professional or simply ready to take your productions to the next level, Ozone is the complete solution you need. Your mix isn't finished until you put it through Ozone.
Ozone includes a paragraphic equalizer that combines 6 bands of adjustable notch filters and low/high shelf filters. A Matching EQ mode allow you to capture spectrum snapshots of reference mixes then automatically adjust your project's EQ with that spectral curve. Ozone 4 adds powerful Mid/Side processing letting you EQ the center of the stereo image separately from its edges.
Ozone's Multiband Harmonic Exciter is a powerful tool for adding analog character to your masters. With a selection of Harmonic Exiter modes, you can easily add tube or tape saturation, accentuate even harmonics, and add punch or sparkle to your project. Multiband and mid/side modes give you a huge range of sonic possibilities.
Ozone's IRC Loudness Maximizer is essential for giving your recordings professional loudness and fullness. This powerful tool allows you to keep your master from clipping while dramatically lifting the perceived overall audio level. Ozone's proprietary IRC (Intelligent Release Control) technology lets you get the loudness you want without introducing pumping and other unwanted limiting side effects.
One of most powerful tools in Ozone is the Multiband Dynamics module, which incorporates compression, limiting, expansion and gating. Finely tune the dynamics of your mixes with independent control over up to four frequency bands. And now, with multiband mid/side processing, you have unprecedented control over dynamics in the center and edges of your stereo mix.
Ozone allows you precisely adjust stereo width and imaging for your master using a Multiband Stereo Imaging module. As with the other multiband modules in Ozone (Dynamics and Harmonic Exciter) the module works with up to four frequency bands, letting you have independent control over stereo width by frequency. Integrated Vectorscope and Correlation Meter give you essential visual feedback for the mastering process.
Ozone includes a professional 64-bit reverb module that can add a consistent sense of depth and space to a mix. It is designed to put a final gloss or sheen on the entire mix while still preserving the sense of space that may have been created by using reverbs on individual tracks. Ozone 4 adds mid/side processing to the Mastering Reverb module, allowing you to add ambience to the center and edges of your master separately.
Ozone provides the finest dither algorithms available, allowing you to effectively convert and dither to 24, 20, 16, 12 or 8 bits. This is useful for mastering a track for CD (16 bit) from a 24 bit source, for example.
Ozone includes our proprietary MBIT+ dither algorithm that reduces quantization distortion with minimal perceived noise. This algorithm is a very smooth, quiet and almost "analog sounding" technology.
Ozone's preset manager gives you over 140 professionally-designed starting points for mastering your projects. In addition, new MacroPresets link controls within Ozone to MacroFaders, making it easy to shape a preset to fit your project, without even leaving the Preset Manager. Adjust simple controls with names like "Ambience," "Sparkle," and "Bass" which automatically adjust modules within Ozone to fine-tune your sound.
Advanced users will appreciate the ability to create presets that utilize all of Ozone's modules and routing capabilities for instant recall of useful configurations. Not to mention you group your favorite Ozone controls to your own MacroFaders.
Mid/Side processing has been a trade secret of many mastering engineers for years. Ozone 4 makes this powerful approach to processing audio more accessible than ever before.
With mid/side mode enabled, Ozone converts the stereo information coming into the plug-in into mid and side signals, letting you work independently with the center of the stereo image or the edges. The result? You can surgically EQ the mud out of hard-panned guitars while preserving the vocal and kick drum in the center of your mix. You can add excitation or maybe a touch of room ambience to just the edges, and much more.
Ozone's Paragraphic Equalizer, Multiband Harmonic Exciter, Multiband Dynamics and Mastering Reverb modules all incorporate mid/side modes. Color coding allows you to easily see mid and side settings superimposed. Ozone's meters can also be used in mid/side mode.
Ozone is full of features designed to give you the best user experience possible. Whether you're new to mastering or a professional engineer, you'll appreciate the exclusive touches that set Ozone apart from other plug-ins
Ozone's mastering modules are set to a logical processing order by default, but what if you want to create your own custom signal path? Simply open up Ozone's Filter Graph and you can drag and drop modules to re-order them. No patch cables needed!
Undo History and A/B Tools
Have you ever wished you could undo the EQ changes you've made in a plug-in, only to find that your host program can't Undo these changes? This is a common problem, and one Ozone 4 solves by including a comprehensive, built-in Undo History. Simply step back through your list of actions. You can even set A/B points in the history, so you can decide whether the settings you had a half hour ago sound better or worse than your current settings.
Metering and Visual Feedback
Some plug-ins present you with a huge array of knobs, and very little useful visual feedback. Ozone 4 is designed to give you vital visual information at every step of the mastering process. From phase and correlation meters for analyzing stereo imaging, to histograms and dynamics meters that help you see the effect of dynamics processing, to forward thinking K-System input and output metering, Ozone gives you a wealth of visual information.