|Product||Ozone / Ozone Advanced|
$249 / $499
|Type / Tags|
|Copy Protection||Online 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.
Reviewed By TOK
January 8, 2011
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
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
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
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
Reviewed By jtxx000
February 4, 2004
Edited for clarity.Read more