All user reviews of 5/5 for the iZotope Ozone 5
S2D's review"In the zone"
There are 7 different plugins within the Ozone 5 suite, these are EQ, Reverb, Harmonic Exciter, Dynamics, Stereo Imaging, Post EQ and Maximizer. Each plugin can be turned off and on easily with the click of a button and not all of them have to be used, if you just want to use EQ, stereo imaging and Maximizer then the other plugins can be completely bypassed. There is a very useful 'Amount' bar which can be used to increase or decrease the effect of each plugin setting you have chosen, basically exaggerating your settings by up to double the amount or going the other way and reducing it back to nothing. This is a fantastic feature to have and if the amount bar has been dragged left or right from it's centre point it shows up as a yellow line in the GUI of each plugin screen. Now for the performance, because Ozone 5 is primarily a mastering suite, it is not the most efficient of plugins to be using for individual tracks - although this certainly can be done if you're computer can handle it. It is most effective for mastering and for bus use due to it's heavy hit on CPU power especially when all plugins are being used. If you want to use it on individual tracks, the best idea would be to set the plugin the way you want it on that track and once you are happy with it then bounce the file down thus eliminating the need to keep it on during a full mix and freeing up your CPU power. Having been using Ozone 5 for a solid 6 months, i have never encountered any trouble with the software and no crashes etc have happened in Logic Pro 9 on OSX 10.6.8 whilst using it.
The EQ section on Ozone 5 has the best of digital precision and analogue smoothness. Either option can be selected for your curves and i normally choose digital for tight notches and analogue for round, wide curves. Boosting high and low shelves is a silky experience on full mixes and when automating multiple tracks during a build up sweep in a pop dance track using the high pass filters, it keeps it's cool all the way from 150hz to 20khz.
Reverb is not a feature you see a lot on a mastering suite, but Ozone 5's reverb unit is definitely handy for adding a bit of ambience to say an overly dry acoustic singer songwriter track that could benefit from it. There is also the option for using the Reverb feature on it's own on an auxiliary bus and sending other tracks to it during a mix, but whatever the use it can be very subtle or full on 'playing in a massive church' mode using the 6 different modes and dry/wet mix feature.
Moving on to the Harmonic Exciter, which is one of the highlights of Ozone 5. This adds different harmonic content to your track depending on the mode you choose, there is 6 in total - warm, retro, tape, tube, triode and dual triode. Warm is good for adding a darker feel to a track, while tape is great for bringing out high mid range content in guitars and synths with it's odd harmonics. This section can be divided into 4 bands like a multiband compressor, with the crossovers being selected by the user. The Harmonic Exciter is great for adding some life to dull or even thin, cold sounding content but it is also very easy to overuse and before you know it your track sounds over-hyped and fatiguing to listen to after a while, so less is more when it comes down to it. The same can also be said about the Stereo imaging, which again is another highlight of Ozone 5. This is divided into 4 multiband sections and treated differently using the width control, which starts at 0% but can be dialled to 100% and -100%. For example this is ideal for making a too wide out-of-phase sounding stereo bass more mono by inputting a minus (-) percentage and setting the band 1 to crossover at say 80hz, and increasing the width of guitars or synths by setting band 3 to 700hz-2.5khz and inputting a positive percentage like 30%. To the right of this is a goniometer to check mono compatibility which is always important when adding stereo width to any track. Ozone 5's stereo imaging is one of the better stereo wideners out there and carries on from Ozone 4's as being very mono compatable, although the 'Stereoize' function can set a delay time up to make things super wide and phasey sounding if that's what you are looking for.
The dynamics piece of the Ozone 5 puzzle is incredibly useful and packed with compression, limiter and gate features, as well as the option to make these all parallel using the mix feature in the 4 multiband sections again. Although those who are fairly new to using compressors might find this section quite daunting as it does look very complicated at first glance. My advice would be to try some of the presets first of all to see what's going on and again looking up some of Izotope's youtube videos on how to conquer this dynamics Goliath, a simple LA-2A style interface this is not! But once you do get your head round this part, you will have a powerful ally if loudness at all costs is what you are going for, just be sure not to flatten the mix to much.
The Maximizer has been updated since Ozone 4 with new features including an IRC III setting for the limiter. This setting brings with it high latency and CPU usage but has a choice of character types which are very useful depending on the type of music you are working on. Intersample detection is a recommended option to have selected just before bouncing your mix as it stops true peaks clipping in Analogue devices. The transient recovery is a welcome addition and is worth experimenting with to try and give some life back to things like snare drums as heavy limiting can take away punch and impact, so dialling in the right amount of transient recovery can help keep punch and have the mix loud - like having your cake and eating it.
Overall, Izotope's Ozone 5 is a must have for any mixing and mastering engineer in this day and age. It is not just a mastering suite of plugins, it can be extremely versatile as long as your computer can handle the Diva-esque amount of power it needs. At a price of $199 it is very fairly priced for the quality you are getting, and if you stretch the budget out to the advanced version then you should definitely go for that. Think of it this way - If Ozone 5 is good enough for the master bus on one of the biggest global hits of 2013 (Animals by Martin Garrix) then it's good enough for yours. Get it now!
julian_r7's review"A must-have mastering suite"
The installation is completed in the blink of an eye (I didn't experience any compatibility issues on Windows 7 x64 or Windows Vista) and the best part is that Nuendo automatically recognizes the plugin, requiring no intial setup or tedious folder searching. The manual is quite straightforward.
But what I feel is the strongest point of Ozone 5 is the intuitive quality of the interface: it is all about generating a nice, understandable visual feedback of every little adjustment you can make. Every tool gets its own separate tab, making for a very straightforward and organized overview. The general layout of the tools and meters has been improved from Ozone 4: the Dynamics Tool (compressors, limiters, etc) shows a more graphical interface that won't take any parameter away from you, but will let you fully concentrate on the audio -if you wish to do so. Every other tool has been refined in terms of graphic accessibility. The snapshot tool (as well as the matching) in the EQ tab are now easier to access.
I've been using Ozone 5 for a couple of months now, and up to this point I have never experienced a single crash. It has never slowed down either, so I'd say its very, very stable. It doesn't consume a lot of memory either, and the fact that you now can use a single tool as an insert (without having to use the entire mastering suite) makes it even better. For example, the new Meter Bridge feature can be used to tap different channels and get a complete spectrogram of the whole session, and it barely uses any memory.
I took my first steps in mastering a couple of years ago with iZotope Ozone 3. Over the years I tried other tools, but I've always found myself returning to Ozone. I even used to joke that Ozone works against you in your mixes, because the presets are so good its very hard to avoid using presets every single time.
If possible, Ozone 5 delivers a more transparent sound that Ozone 4, and combined with a good set of monitor speakers it can be a very powerful tool for either the beginner or the experienced engineer. Once again, I think that the strongest point of this suite is the visual element: getting to see in graphics what otherwise would be a set of confusing algorithms and numbers
The manual included with the program is great , Avid made a well detailed book explaining how the program works , how exactly it's supposed to work and where is he heading.
The general configuration and setup is quite fast , I haven't had any problems with it , and it took me a short amount of time to get it done.
The typical functions are quite easy to access , you have a very straight forward designed window to browser different topics and different exercises.
The software works very good in this configuration , everything about it is on a high level.
The gear and software are very stable and works without any crashes or errors.
I've been using Ozone 5 for about 6 months now , however the impact that it had on my mixes, on my recording , on my musical creation is huge.
What I like most about it are the presets that come with the program , they are well structured , based on their range , instrument , frequency response , on certain effects or other specific line.
I also do like that this is a visual program , you have a very nice view of the incoming and out going signal so that way every little option that you tweak , you get an instant results.
Value of the price is great , this pack isn't a very expensive one , that way you should this product on the net and buy it , it's a very powerful tool for the mastering or mixing or even just for creating different effects.
Precision and quality of the sounds are on a high level , so there's basically nothing really to complain.
stompboxjon's review"All in one mastering suite "
Ozone 5 works great and does exactly what it says it will do. It will really take your master to the next level and it will do it better than any built in plug ins that come with your software and DAW can do it. I have been using Ozone 5 for two months now and I am happy with what it has done for my overall sound. You don’t know the difference in how well it will work until you try it.
My favorite part of using Ozone 5 is the interface of it, it has made it extremely easy for me to get right down to business and in depth but still keeping it simple enough to understand the first time you use it. Everything in Ozone 5 is based on visual effects to show you signal processing. It makes it easier than ever to get the mix and master that you want. Using the “exciter” that comes with Ozone 5 is enough alone to add that great sound to your master, you can use Ozone 5 without having to worry about it making your system slow because it is very easy on your CPU. It is an all in one mastering device that we all need to have!
Massimino's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" it could cost two times more expensive!"
The configuration is as simple as installing.
No manual, no need to also there is nothing to explain.
Used with Steinberg's Cubase 7. No incompatibilities.
PC Intel core i3, 3 go ram, Windows 7
I had already used the test last year, and it seemed good.
Today I think for the price it is a best seller!
Plugins are very good quality especially the compressor / limiter and reverb kills (it reminds me of my reverb tc helicon voice works over) (hardware) is to say the quality!
It gives life a complete mix or track by track. It happens quickly has a good result with this mastering software.
A choice that I recommend in tight budgets, has less to spend on the wavelab or waves 10 to 20 times more expensive ...
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Nordin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" May 1 iZotope Ozone mastering plug in effective quality *****"
Yes no problem
Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
Gnrale configuration is easy?
The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
What is the configuration of your computer?
HP laptop dual core duo 2.5 giga
RAM: 4 GB
Sound Card: Roland Quad Capture
The software works there correctly on this configuration?
What is performance? (If quantifiable)
The plug in works trs well, but it is a bit resource intensive.
This software + hardware configuration is stable?
Windows Vista Premium is stable trs.
How long have you use it?
A few months
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
What I like about this plug in mastering is that you can obtain the dynamic trs, hot or cold according to rglages, and a sound that remains clear without distortion while remaining numrique Transparent Trs.
Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
I tried the L1 and L2 from Waves, well, I compared prfre iZotope Ozone 5, because it is more dynamic and equilibrated to frquences level of sound.
How do you report qualitprix?
The report price is excellent quality, it does worth the money.
I recommend iZotope Ozone 5 for those who want a plug in mastering trs good quality without breaking the bank ... I'm using iZotope Ozone almost 5 in almost all my mastering.
With the exprience, you do again this choice? ... This plug in is the ball ...
Well yes I would do that choice, again and again,
5 of 7 people found this review helpful