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 Ozone / Ozone Advanced by iZotope, Inc. is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Product Ozone / Ozone Advanced
Developer iZotope, Inc.
Price (MSRP)
$249 / $499
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)     
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
7.01
 
Downloads Released
 
7.01
 
Downloads Released
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

Ozone has a workflow centered around creativity: A modern interface "guides and inspires" users of all experience levels at every step, so you can freely experiment with ease. Reinvent timeless sounds by harnessing the sonic texture of classic analog gear, then tweak with the surgical precision of digital software. An intuitive display and robust visual feedback let you dial in your signature sound in just a few clicks.

Whether you're a professional engineer or a home studio producer, Ozone gives you everything you need to effortlessly produce professional-sounding masters in one elegant package.

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.57 from 7 reviews

Reviewed By peferling
May 7, 2018

Ozone 8 Advanced is both a mastering plugin and a standalone application, (if you wish to work on single files outside of a DAW). I used/demoed v5 before and it was memory hog and seemed clunky. I like this version better. It's well laid out and more intuitive, with all modules on a shelf, whose stacking order can be rearranged.

They've revamped and added wizards, (a "Master Assistant") that will sample and learn about your targeted track or audio file, based on your intended result and whats on the track. Then provide a preset solution for all modules in the stack. All that is needed then is a few tweaks, (or just accept it if you like what you hear). I can see this would be a great help for beginners or someone in a crunch.

If you want to know more about this feature, then you can see here:

https://ask.video/course/ozone-8-101-ozone-8-mastering-toolbox/6-6-master-assistant

However, there is a ton functionality in it that If you're a tweak freak. Then this is your fix.

I personally dumped a lot of plugins in lieu of this for the sake of sanity. Overall, I'm happy with it.

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Reviewed By TOK
January 8, 2011

I've been using Ozone(v4.03) for about a year now and am very satisfied with it. I cannot compare it with other similar products as this is the first and only mastering tool I use, but I feel that this has everything a home-recording musician with little experience in mastering needs.

The high-quality processors, well-thought-out GUI, detailed option settings, helpful factory presets and very informative documentation all helped me produce great results. The Mid/Side feature newly added from v4 sounded complicated at first but it worked really great to adjust the balance between center instruments(lead vocal, bass, kick, snare, etc.) and side ones(guitars, hihats, etc.). Even if you fail in the final mix, Ozone4 can fix it this way at the mastering stage. It's wonderful.

Ozone4 is one of few products I've been 100 percent satisfied with and I'm surely going to use it for many years to come.Read more

Reviewed By inverseroom
October 21, 2006

I bought Ozone because I wanted to experiment with home "mastering" and was able to buy it with an academic discount. I figured I would mess around with it, inform myself about what my mixes actually needed, and eventually have my album mastered by an engineer.

Um...no. This product is superb. I'm really surprised--it has a reputation for being something that crappy musicians can ruin their songs with. And honestly, it's not that at all. The EQ and multi-band compressor sound good, the saturator/exciter sounds very good, and the limiter is just fantastic. In "intelligent" mode, set to transparent, you can barely tell it's working unless you A/B...and if you A/B it will blow your head off. WONDERFUL plug, and I would gladly have paid the whole price for it alone. All in all these plugs sound VERY professional...smooth, characterful, and highly useful.

Of course you can absolutely destroy your mixes with this thing...most of the useful areas are way down near the bottom of the dial...a little bit goes a very long way. The delay function of the stereo widener, for instance, makes everything sound really weird and not quite real. But it is very easy not to abuse it, and easy to get amazing results, if you make judicious and informed choices.

Presets...hmm...pretty musch worthless for a product like this. Are there even any? There shouldn't be.

I love the GUI...the metering is great, the colors are subdued and easy to look at. (I wouldn't call them "pretty" though.) My one complaint is that I couldn't authorize the damn thing (this is the VST version) for a week...the serial number on the manual DID NOT match my copy of the software, Izotope took a full week to get back to me, and I ended up having to hook up my precious music computer to the internet THREE TIMES. Then two weeks later it forgot it was authorized and made me do two more times. VERY frustrating.

Worth the wait, though. Highly recommended. And one more thing...download the manual/mastering guide...it's a good read, explains mastering in great detail, and is useful even if you don't buy the software.Read more

Reviewed By Joseph Burrell
January 4, 2005

User Interface - Perhaps my only gripe with the program resides here. It is functional, but I'd really like to see some skins for it, since I'm not much for flourescent green over black. That's a small gripe though.

Sound - I did some A/B'ing of this and some mixes I had on my PC and the sound is phenomenal. There's a really warm sound and this program doesn't give the artifacts that some free or more expensive offering do. The reverb is nice and has a clean tail and the EQ, limiter, exciter, and stereo expander all sound great. I'm really impressed with the exciter since used in moderation will really liven up a mix well.

Features - What more could you want? Really. For the money you can't possibly go wrong. Its got to be the best price/value for a mastering suite out there. You've got everything you could possibly need to perform the job and it does its job exceptionally well.

Documentation - Sufficient for your needs with what's included in the download. There's also a nice mastering guide on the site.

Presets - There are a variety of presets to get the newbie like me started and you can tweak your mix from there. There's extra presets on their site. What impressed me is the range of presets. I think there's something there for almost every style of music.

Support - Unknown really, haven't needed any yet. Turnaround for purchase/authorization was speedy though, so thumbs up there. I do worry about the challenge/response authorization process, but that's par for the course nowadays. I just hope there's a process should they go belly up.

Value for money - Unmatched unless you're talking freeware IMO.

Stability - 100% so far. Had a problem in a beta VST situation last night, but I think its the host and not Ozone.

As an aside, I really like the layout and what really impresses me more than anything else is that it isn't nearly as CPU hungry as I thought it'd be. I think people judge it unfairly on this front, but you have to remember that you are running essentially 6 plugins when you have them all turned on. Which brings me to what I love about it most... 6 plugs in one tight package. No need to load 6 plugs with varying interfaces. They're all there. Pick Ozone load and go. I'm loving this thing.Read more

Reviewed By thenumber23
April 3, 2004

EDIT: Izotope has changed their copy protection policy. As such, I am updating this review to match the current state of things.

I have been an Ozone customer since version 2. The product itself is very good. My current version is 3.0.1.

There is a new development with version 3.0.2 of Ozone that did not exist in version 3.0.1 or earlier versions. Izotope has switched to using PACE challenge/response copy protection.

UPDATE: Starting with version 3.0.4 (3.0.3 for DX-only customers) Izotope only uses PACE on the Pro-Tools version of Ozone, not the DX/VST version. Therefore, the issues I describe with PACE only may apply to Pro-Tools users.

What does "using PACE" mean?

PACE is a 3rd party company not related to Izotope that creates some of the strongest and most restrictive copy protection ever conceived.

PACE installs a driver onto the user's system to assist with its process of copy protection. Traditionally, users only need drivers for videocards and soundcards. Drivers are the riskiest component of a computer as they have the ability to do anything they want and also are able to crash a computer easily if the driver is improperly written.

Older versions of PACE have caused incompatibility problems with many users, which in turn caused PC instability and prevented users from using the products they have paid for.

It should be noted that in no way is PACE a technical requirement in order for a product such as Ozone to function properly.

EDIT: I have learned from Izotope that the PACE copy protection is only included with their Pro-Tools version of Ozone, but not with the DX or VST version of Ozone. Therefore, if you are using the DX or VST version of Ozone, you will not run into any of the PACE issues I have described above. I am raising the review scores to match this change.Read more
Discussion

Discussion

Discussion: Active
mau5head
mau5head
26 March 2014 at 2:02am

I am interested in buying this used.. if anyone is interested in selling it! =)

mrwiz2rd9
mrwiz2rd9
26 March 2014 at 3:04am

what are you looking for what version and how much are you willing to pay.

mau5head
mau5head
26 March 2014 at 3:39am

Preferably version 5.. doesn't have to be advanced, and I'm not sure... I can't afford a lot.. I guess it depends on how much you're expecting for it.

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syndicat
syndicat
27 March 2014 at 10:03am

@Sarahbellum: This is not fair nor right so far.

There are many audio mastering situations where Ozone 5 is an excellent tool - even for pros - and even in many music production environments. It hardly depends from your expectations and applications. I use it in over 90% of situations at the very end of the master chain, but without any shipped presets (they may be helpful for greenhorns during learning phases).

Ok, ozone 5 "sounds" very neutral (as "requested" in many modern music scenarios). If you await very tonal, non-linear, non-digital or vintage equipment character of the components Ozone 5 alone could come at his ends if you don't like the usuable analog and/or saturation / exciting algos of Ozone 5's components - this is the reason why i often use it together with single or a few other plugins i.e. from WAVES and one reason why iZotope offers the modularized advance version for even more flexibility in such apps.

The dithering algo of Ozone is one of the best available on software market and the thoroughgoing mid/side multiband processing is very helpful to me. The measuring features round this - even without the metering suite of the advanced version.

Not at least: The VoS plugins seem's just VSTs on windows - for me, as a Pro Tools 11 on Mac user VSTs are just the very (!) last choice.

I could recommend Ozone 5 - i.e. together with a WAVES bundle like Silver or Gold - both versions available hardly discounted from WAVE from time time (around 65-80% plus 10% with this promo code from WAVE online: http://refer.waves.com/Ixex ).

For home to semi pro home rec users this might be (at the time!) a really cost effective alternative to get a professional basic toolchain not only for mastering.

Together with i.e. additional (discounted) WAVE saturators (i.e. Kramer Tape / Aphex vintage aural exciter or similiars) or even hardware effects many typical musical tasks could be done on a relatively high level.

btw: I tried to buy a Ozone 5 license used / second hand on ebay over monthes - without any success (did not find ONE used license in that time!), but it helps to deal out better prices on the list of Ozone 5 offers from the usual european and US music software shops there.

At last: Anything could be done "better" in special situations with more ressources (equipment, money or "just" time). To get out professional results from Ozone you need to know what you are doing too. Just pressing in some default presets may help in the learning process but will not lead to pro results in most cases.

I like the intuitive and clever user interface of iZotopes Ozone 5 and Alloy 2 and have some other iZotope (instruments/effects) plugins too - but this may depend from each ones taste. If you get it it is worth to read the user manual in detail as they hold many useful hints - i.e. to get even faster to results you want.

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syndicat
syndicat
27 March 2014 at 1:35pm

Hmm,.

this is what i expect on such bunch of deep mastering (only) algos in a native software based mastering process (at least if i trigger/use some of the resource affine Ozone 5 features) - this one reason why iZotope offers Alloy 2 (which is the "lightweight pendant" of oZone in many parts) for mixing / as channel strip. But i run it on an old 2010 Mac 6.1 2.6GHz / 4G RAM (upgraded to (GB now mainly for sample space) without any bottlenecks beside other resource affine mastering modules in the same session (and sometimes even the master of a complex mix - without any DSP or acceleration stuff). So may be your PC is somewhat suboptimal configured or the Win/VST Version of Ozone 5 works suboptimal.

pkcurtis33
pkcurtis33
27 August 2016 at 12:11am

Anyone selling an Ozone 5 serial?

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