18/01/2009 Bookmark and Share

NAMM 2009: Izotope Ozone 4

The cat's pyjamas

Ozone 4 is the latest release from audio-processing software gurus Izotope. Much more than an update to Ozone 3, most of the new version has been re-built from the ground up to improve stability and efficiency. Izotope call Ozone 4 their 'complete mastering system', and with seven different mastering tools — loudness maximiser; paragraphic EQ; multiband dynamics; multiband stereo imaging; multiband harmonic exciter; dithering and reverb — we can't really disagree with their description.

New features include the option to process material in Mid/Side mode and apply different processes to the middle and sides channels. Each of the different processors can be switched to operate in either stereo or Mid/Side modes, so you can, for example, apply stereo dynamics processing, but add a short mastering reverb and high-frequency lift to the sides, leaving the middle channel clean.
 
Also new is an 'intelligent II' mode for the loudness maximiser, which is designed to respond quickly to transients, while preventing unwanted pumping and distortion. Preset management has been updated too; a dockable floating window lets users choose from a comprehensive list of patches, and customise their own. An 'advanced' button in the preset manager provides further user-customisation, that seems almost limitless. Macros can be set up so that one fader can control numerous parameters across all the processors, and many of the factory presets come with macros that add 'sparkle', using just one control assigned to various parameters.
 
Izotope have added 'K' metering to Ozone 4, and users can choose to turn on inter-sample peak metering, to ensure digital clipping never occurs.
Ozone 4 is available through M-Audio, or direct from Izotope. Visit the Izotope web site for more information.


 

Home | Search | News | Current Issue | Tablet Mag | Articles | Forum | Subscribe | Shop | Readers Ads

Advertise | Information | Digital Editions | Privacy Policy | Support | Login Help

 

Email: Contact SOS

Telephone: +44 (0)1954 789888

Fax: +44 (0)1954 789895

Registered Office: Media House, Trafalgar Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8SQ, United Kingdom.

Sound On Sound Ltd is registered in England and Wales.

Company number: 3015516 VAT number: GB 638 5307 26

         

All contents copyright © SOS Publications Group and/or its licensors, 1985-2014. All rights reserved.
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. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers.

Web site designed & maintained by PB Associates | SOS | Relative Media