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All user reviews of 5/5 for the iZotope Ozone 3

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 15 reviews )
 13 reviews87 %
 1 user review7 %
 1 user review7 %
Value For Money : Poor

mooseherman's review"Great Mastering Suite"

iZotope Ozone 3
This is a mastering/limiting plug-in from iZotope, who are without a doubt one of the most talented plug-in software manufacturers working in audio production today. I haven't had any compatibility issues with this plug-in at all, it works great in Pro Tools and I've heard it is fantastic for other DAWs as well. The manual explained everything I needed to know, and actually gave a decent summary of what mastering was in general, I really thought it was a great resource for this plug-in. The setup of it isn't that simple, but neither is mastering, so the manual really helped there. The functions that are necessary (there are 7: Loudness Maximizer, Paragraphic EQ, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Harmonic Exciter, Dithering, Mastering Reverb) are all easy to access.


I've never had a problem with this plug-in's performance. It's certainly a bit bigger and uses more processing power than a single-channel EQ would, for instance, but this is fine as you probably wouldn't master anything until the mix was done anyway. It's been perfectly stable for me, it has never crashed. It's been a solid performance, sometimes a little bit slow but that happens on our system anyways. I've only been using it a few months now, and only when trying to make demos listenable (we'd send our professional work to a mastering lab as policy, though I feel now that I could do a good job of it with Ozone). But I feel comfortable with it already.


This software makes my mixes sound great, really. Whenever I'm worried about the levels being too drastic, there being too much high or low end, the whole mix being too dry, or other such things, I'm always glad to have this at the end of the day. The interface of the system makes multiband EQ and compression much easier to gauge, as it's relying on a graph and more visual cues than knobs. Thus I can give it a more consistent EQ, a more consistent dynamic level, as well as use the harmonic exciter to bring the depth of the recording out more. There's just a lot of functions here, it's great to have assuming your system is qualified to use it. Basically this is a fanastic plug-in for mastering that is worth checking out.

peepsaudio's review

iZotope Ozone 3
Ozone installed without any problems for me. It is not a large program so it went very quickly. I didn't have any compatibility issues when installing it. The configuration and setup is very simple, you just load it into your VST plug-ins list and then you should be all set to use it. The manual is very detailed and has pictures to help out, so it's definitely sufficient.


I am running a windows XP system with Nuendo. It is a Dell computer and has a dual core processor and 4GB of ram. Ozone works perfectly fine on this system. When you are running a whole song through ozone with each of the 6 mastering modules engaged (EQ, Loudness Max, Reverb, Exciter, Stereo Imager, and Multiband Compressor), you will be getting a very heavy hit on your CPU. This is a very processor intensive program so you will want to wait til the very end of your work before using this one. It is very stable, it has never caused any crashes that I can remember.


I have been using this for about 3 years. Immediately, even when I barely knew how to use it, it made my recordings sound worlds better. I'm not sure what kind of crazy geniuses they have at iZotope, but they know what they're doing. This is truly a must have piece of software for me - I use it on every single thing I do. My only real complaint about it is the heavy CPU toll, but it is definitely worth it. Also you should just export a Wav of your mix, and start a new project file with only that file running through Ozone, and the CPU won't be as much of a problem. This is by far my favorite software mastering suite on the market. The value is great, I'd pay twice as much for it. I would definitely get it again.

moosers's review

iZotope Ozone 3
IZotope Ozone 3 couldn't have been easier to install, I had no issues setting it up and have continued to have no problems with it. I didn't look at the manual at all because it was easy enough for me to set up.


I am running it with Pro Tools LE 7.4 and a Macbook Pro (2.2 Ghz, 2 GB Ram) along with a Digidesign 002R and iZotope Ozone works great with it. It runs so smooth and I feel I can use it on multiple tracks with no issues.


I've only had iZotope Ozone 3 for about 2 months now but in that time I feel I have been able to make my recordings sound significantly better using this plug-in. No longer do I worry that my mixes won't be loud enough as I just throw this on my master fader and I can use it's compression, EQ, and reverb along with its other features. I haven't used any other mastering programs, I was referred to this by someone and I haven't looked back. The best part about this plug-in is the price. Its really amazing that such a great sounding plug-in can be so cheap these days.
Le Joss11/15/2012

Le Joss's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Premastering: all in one"

iZotope Ozone 3
Immediate installation on both Win XP on win 7, 32 or 64 bits.
The validatin is by question and answer, on the PC or on a USB dongle that will.
The manual is as thick as the number of parameters suggests, pseudo-journalistic English which makes it difficult to read (try automatic translation, laughter guaranteed).
Then it is only experience that teaches the skill.


Or rather the plugs work perfectly, both in Win XP Win 7.
No crash, must still better to avoid to put an insert on several tracks, but keep it for bus or master: that is greedy.


I have 7 years, I always use, qoiqu'avec more finesse than before.
I could try channelstrips SSL, but I found them more difficult to use.
I like the division into modules that active or not, are my essential multiband compressor, multiband harmonic exciter's also the clutch master and who will be the last effect in the chain.
The enhancer stereo sounds good, but I find it hard to adjust.
I rarely use the eq and reverb ever.
Audio rendering is very interesting improvement discreet alarm full mix seems a bit expensive, but again saw the result and duration of use.

ryu_nomad's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

iZotope Ozone 3
The installation is done well, and the manual that comes with mastering is quite comprehensive.


I use it with an emu-0404. a 2.0 gigahertz.
Very powerful, very greedy in memory,
I use it with Fruity Loops, Sonar and in sound forge.
For gourmance the memory I will take away a point.


I use it for a year, it is applied anywhere, it sounds great.
What I love most is the multi-band dynamics processing.
It includes an expander, compressor and limiter which we can change treshold, slope, and the attack time and release for each of them. We can not over-compress do feel that too and then apply the limit, we can get a very big sound worthy of a real mastering studio.

Compression being digital, there is no addition of harmonic due to the tube, the harmonic exciting plays a great role, however, we tend to abuse it.

The linear phase eq seems, and the screenshot option allows us to compare the scale of the frequency space with our professional, highly effective, especially when our monitoring is not flat.

The reverb was dosed with wisdom, as well as for stereo imaging.

I love this software, I use it for all my mastering is complete, we control the sound. TO BUY! yes I would do without hesitation that choice in addition to its ridiculous price.

nanjo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

iZotope Ozone 3
It INSRE, two clicks and it's good!


MacBookPro 2GB, 2.16 GHz, DDR 7200 revolutions / min, LogicPro, sound card motu ultralite.
works perfectly


It's been one month that I use.
what I like most is the gain, the exit of harmonic .....
what I like least is the reverb is poor.
Excellent report quality price !!!!!!

I do it again this choice without hsitation! However, I am looking for contact with someone who can use this plug well trs
Thank you

stemathom's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

iZotope Ozone 3
I use iZotope Ozone plugin and I find this not bad at all


Tried the voice processing (commercial voice)


Easy to use

Malevolens's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

iZotope Ozone 3
Worry-free installation, or incompatibility with Cubase SX. The PDF is very well done explanation in English of course, but accessible even to the most allergic.


I'm on an AMD Athlon Dual Core 2Ghz with 2GB of RAM. My sound card is an M-Audio Fast Track Pro. The software runs without any concern, and does not consume normment of memory for a truly exceptional quality for the software. The great advantage is that it combines all what is necessary for mastering, doing dirty work for you. Equalizeur, Compressor, Maximizer, etc ... Everything is there, but the big advantage is the presets, absolutely terrible, you can play on a large panel to get the sound as DSIR (whether techno, metal, or even Varita. L The advantage is that you can understand how gre and mastering, watching the software do the programming, we learn a lot, and all the time (especially about me).


I use it for some time, but I must say that I had too little time to be convinced of his indispensabilit. While there is no capacity as prcises than Waves, but both seem highly complmentaire, who has not the hardware. So I do go beyond these addresses. The price is $ 250, available on the site Izotope, which in addition, is a free online SERIES INTERESTED preset Varis. This choice seems to me a must for anyone who puts one foot in the mastering, and ad ill get by, but dsireux to sound like what it costs. Izotope thank you ...

jeromedu93's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

iZotope Ozone 3
All told t


Same ...


Ok here we go:
This is an opinion disguised as a test, with only 3 days (intensive) test, and only my opinion, as usual ...

Owner of T-Racks and Waves 1RES versions (L1), that two years I feel like mastering more than sound, in short, I believe trs be required in this area:
Ds The beginning, I zap T-Racks which, although convenient, is far from the trs possibility of Ozone, it is relatively well but trs far, especially in terms of power, in short has done ...

My favorite tool, the Ultramaximiser L1 (L3 as the currently far too expensive for my wallet), a limiter PERFORMANCE ULTRA, which certainly brings some Satus if forced too, but ...

I would start with a criticism vis vis the Ozone3: the role of rverb (you put the rverb on all of your final mix you??), I would rather put a good limiter, because there is indeed a maximum loudness, but so it maximizes the bass and not the entire spectrum. I will come back but the compression is not done all the ends of its limits ...

For it is against Ozone3: trs a good EQ section, an excellent Loudness Maximizing, as good a multi-band, and then excite a particular harmonic and a "Stereo imaging" every two multiband effectiveness of a copy!
Simulates all the lights and the smells!

In terms of feedback, the watchwords are transparently clear and supra-DYNAMIC, without saturation added.

To redo a small compared to the L1, one a chain EQ and Loudness Maximizer brings immediately oversized power, block 0, pulls down and that it refines blow APRS EQ.
With ozone is very subtle: go hop a little bit of fever, then stir in the same harmonies frquence, then compresses the still frquence etc etc. .. . and as and when the sound rises and rises, and becomes hotter and hotter, in short, the foot!

Ozone is an indispensable tool, I wonder also how I used to ...

Another little trick that I do not like if: the dither and shapping.
These, in the Loudness Maximizer, provide a definite coloration to the sound, if not dtrioration sound bad so I got the point ... because if like me you work in any 24-bit and if you do not want to drles surprises when you receive your discs presss, this tape is required for dithering down to CD format on 16 bits.

In short, to conclude, I would say that I mastered with Ozone3, and I give the final touch via the L1. The latter is still accepting 1DB "compression" (0 blocking and limiting -1), has brought even more without saturation, and I use the Dither and shapping of it, which they do not dgradent sound.

So as dj said this is only my opinion, is the opinion of a purchase rcent, then I would come complter later if necessary, or if other notes ...

I would add, I'll inflames me, I compare my mixes with everyone Rican, personal not only is there no shame, but I even feel like playing in the major courses. ..
I do not work the pay retailers or distributors, just like many I have full software donns not pollute my ordis than anything else, when it is good, it must be noted. A 10/10 hands down.

You know what you have to ask Dad this Christmas!
(PS: today, Friday, January 27, 2006, I make changes without touching my original text, leaving crdible the following opinion ... I have actually occurred to me that the Loudness Maximizer works well on all the frquences, is a limiting Entire hand and not just a bass boost as I implied ... DSOL :-( (I can confirm that there is an trs effective, I think it will even replace my L1! I would say also that with the compressor was quick to make a porridge mix, my impressions about the dithering 1RES did not suit me but the I must surely it plunges me ... but as against the set as Mr. rverb higher on an overall mix, I call a suicide ... because if as in the suggests, and it is also true that the main phase is the mix, too dry mix is ​​the error, add the whole rverb a fawn is the best to make it rough, I doubt that rverb included in a plug 250 will effect a convaincaints ... ct is one more, so why not do and everyone is what he wants ... I actually also attends a mastering session pro ... hello ... and I change anything against the note)

strobo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

iZotope Ozone 3
Installation is simple. I have not had any particular bp.
I use Mackie Tracktion 2 (Raw Material Software to be prcis and as a user of the Premire hours;) )

The manual is really a kind of MODEL, trs trs teaching with clear explanations on intrt dithering.


It works fine on my trs XP2400 + / 1GB RAM / Asus and Tracktion 2. However, and this is not a surprise, it is greedy trs. We can put it on the master of his squenceur, but better to use it even when a publisher.


I use it for 1 year.
I love this app, and I'm going to contradict the advice below because there are some cons-vrit.
I also knew well the Waves L1 I used for 3-4 years and a c'tait MODEL Contents of transparency and efficiency and in particular of dithering algorithms.

The fact is that it is primarily a tool to refine and give a little more volume the mix.

We do rptera enough: it's the mix that we must work, and arrter to believe that "the album pro" sound good thanks to the mastering. The goal of mastering unify DIFFERENT mix to "give a color" an album, and possibly up to weaknesses.
If an output mix is ​​rotten, it's not that amliorera Ozone.

For my part, my mixes sound good dj trs before passing into Ozone.

Thus, the loudness maximizer, it is precisely the limiter ... And the reverb is extremely useful. It is used in mastering, to unify the space and give a scale supplmentaire a song. This well-sr is used gently, and the advantage of Ozone is to exclude beaches frequency drives -> So, exit the bass that did not need to be rverbr es ...

The limiter is probably the best existing (with that of Voxengo Elephant). It is an incredible transparency and immediately gives the boot a bit. We can rgler its operating range, the curve of attack, etc ...

As for the dithering Intgr DSOL to the opinion below, but whatever. Dithering has never changed the color of a piece, or made the sound worse. However, it is essential when you have small signals, behaves well in 24bit, is likely to be damaged by a 16bit conversion without dithering (we remove the information, that's all ...).
And it turns out that the algorithm of Izotope MBIT is Whereas as one of the best on the market if not the best with Apogee.
Unless a record pure music of all artifice and EUND (compression, EQ, etc. ...), I do not see how one could hear a diffrence.

For EQ, it does a good job, but I do not use tons Whereas it is the mix of being good.
Ditto for the multiband compressor, inconsistent with my perception of sound. (Compressing, it seems to change and lose CONTRL of my mix, and lose the natural).

Clearly, this is a great tool, but it is better to fall back on a Voxengo Elephant when you do not need the EQ, Compression, Reverb, and all the artifices of any remaining fawn trsdlicats if you want to use improvised ingnieur mastering.
(Dj I assist a real mastering session, and calm when you see the skills and the environment that recquiert)