This is a great, simple and easy to DAW with basic functionality that is well laid out and intended for use with touch screens. All relevant edit tools are visible and easily accessible on the screen. The DAW also includes a complete set of basic FX plugins, and will also scan and use 3rd party plugins.
Note: I had issues with Ozone 8 plugins freezing up the application v1.09, and a simple email generated a quick response and a timely update to fix. 5 stars for customer service on that.
The DAW can be used as standalone or integrates with their Skytrack.io online collaboration and cloud tool, (which I'm also evaluating).
I suggest new users give this DAW a try. While it's free, I did not factor that into the review. It works as designed.
Simple to use. Small footprint and resource friendly, (use it on multiple tracks), transparent (adds no color) and stable (used in PPro, Audition, Soundbridge, and IL Minihost and AIMP Player via DSP plugin to name a few).
Definitely worth the purchase. My favorite is the denoiser, which they've broken out the into two distinct modules, one dedicated to voice and the other for general background noise. It can be a resource hog if you use it in more than one incidence or on multiple tracks, (I edit in PPro CC). But it's well worth it for correcting takes from the field that were shot in noisy environments. It has a dynamic, or adaptive learning mode that has made quick work of long takes. I will sample and tweak in the edit, (and do this as a last step), then crank up the quality slider before rendering out.
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.
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