iZotope Releases Ozone 9 Mastering Software with Improved Machine Learning Features

October 4 2019, 00:15
iZotope launched Ozone 9, the company's flagship mastering solution. Building on a seventeen year legacy in audio mastering, Ozone 9 reinforces the tool's processing abilities with never-before seen low end algorithms, new real-time instrument separation, and lightning-fast workflows powered by machine learning. Ozone 9 also introduces Native Instruments NKS support, and is faster and easier to use, with a modernized resizable interface, fluid metering, and an expanded module chain.

With features such as its expanded Master Assistant, creators can deliver the exact results they are looking for - from warm analog character to transparent loudness for streaming. And Ozone 9’s Tonal Balance Control can now talk to more iZotope plug-ins in the session and plug-in performance is improved for faster work, smoother metering, and resizable windows, helping users get rid of any uncertainty on whether music is ready for release.

Master Rebalance gives Ozone 9 users the final say in a mix. Instrument levels can be corrected or changed without needing the original tracks. For example, users can add presence to vocals without affecting the midrange, or eliminate muddy low end by slightly lowering the bass guitar. Weak-sounding drums can be corrected with one small boost that can save hours of EQ surgery.

Low End Focus is the first line of defense against a muddy or blurry low end in a mix. Using Ozone 9’s new processing designed to enhance bass sounds, this feature brings clarity to a users’ low end and gives a well-defined foundation for each track. Creators can also tame unruly or clashing kick drums and boomy bass guitars without changing overall impact and go in-depth with surgical controls that shape tone and timbre, bringing out the best in the low end - with minimal artifacts - using this industry-first bass shaping tool.

“In Ozone 9, we focused heavily on delivering experiences that no one has ever seen to the world of mixing and mastering, while enhancing the innovations that version 8 introduced two years ago,” says iZotope Product Manager Dan Gonzalez. “With tools and workflows powered by source separation, spectral processing, inter-plugin communication and machine learning we aim to give our users confidence and inspiration at every stage of their mix and master with one suite of plugins. We can’t wait for everyone to try it out - it truly is the future of mastering.”

Ozone 9’s improved Tonal Balance Control allows tracks to be adjusted to targets based on thousands of professional masters, drawing on decades of mastering expertise. Now with faster performance and smooth metering, Tonal Balance Control also provides more ways to communicate with other iZotope plug-ins across a session. Users can call up any instance of Neutron, Nectar, Relay or Ozone, and make per-track adjustments to EQ and gain and accurately fine tune a mix in any listening environment or genre, while easily addressing balance issues without opening multiple plug-ins. 

Ozone 9’s improved Master Assistant uses machine learning to create a custom preset in seconds. The new Vintage mode provides automatic adjustments for Vintage EQ, Vintage Limiter, and more, to allow users to quickly add the right combination of color and character. Master Assistant Intelligently sets loudness to meet CD or streaming targets, preparing a solid master for distribution in seconds. Or, users can load a reference track to have Master Assistant match the flavor and intensity of any audio. 

And finally, Ozone 9 now features the upgraded Match EQ, which allows matching to any reference track with over 8000 separate bands to give the most precise snapshot possible. New region parameters now give more control over the end result by letting users choose what parts of the audio to match. They can also capture a reference from a track in a session, or a reference file loaded into Ozone 9 and save favorite results as presets for easy access.

Native Instruments NKS support means that users are now able to easily access Ozone controls, presets and DSP from within an NKS supported environment, such as MASCHINE or a KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboard.

With the release, iZotope also introduced the new Music Production Suite 3 ($999 MSRP), giving access to over thirty industry-standard plug-ins that interact across a session and provide time-saving assistive features, innovative new workflows, and cutting-edge visual analysis tools. It features Ozone 9, along with iZotope’s most musical stereo reverbs R4 and NIMBUS. Users will also take advantage of educational content with a one-year Groov3’s All-Access Pass.

iZotope’s Tonal Balance Bundle ($699 MSRP), which includes Neutron 3 now also includes Nectar, Ozone 9, and brings mixing and mastering into one interconnected workflow that will help creators achieve a professional, polished sound.

Thera are also different price options for Ozone 9, with the most complete package Ozone 9 Advanced available for $499 MSRP, the Ozone 9 Standard package costing $249, and Ozone 9 Elements available for just $129 MSRP. 
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