iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced - Computer Music - February 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The Advanced edition has some exclusive features that particularly impressed us; first up, the EQ.
Here, not only can you select analogue filter shapes within the digital EQ mode, but there's also a mixed phase option for smoothly varying between minimum, linear and maximum phase on a per-band basis. You might use a gentle linear phase shelf up top and a minimum phase high-pass filter down below, to avoid pre-ringing in the bass.
For artifact-free punch and loudness, the new IRC III maximiser mode excels. All of Ozone's IRC modes now enable Transient Recovery, and when used carefully, this helps to retain edge and snap.
However, we more often found ourselves going back to the dynamics module with its new detector curves (tilt and high-pass) and True Envelope mode (very smooth - even more than RMS). Both detector signals can be solo'ed and adjusted, allowing better control and hence less fiddling at the maximiser stage.
The new knee adjustment (fully variable for Advanced) is welcome - we missed this in v4. There's also adjustable lookahead time.
This massive update takes Ozone to another level, keeping apace with the best of today's mixing and mastering software.
Plus Computer Music Editor's Choice and Performance Awards
Click here to read the review in full at musicradar.com or
to view the Ozone 5 Advanced product page