Izotope Ozone 5 is a powerful and versatile mastering suite that can help you achieve professional-sounding results for your music. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Ozone 5 has something for you. In this article, we will show you how to use some of the key features of Ozone 5 to master your tracks.
What is Ozone 5?
Ozone 5 is the latest incarnation of Izotope's well-established mastering suite, and now comprises seven modules: Maximizer, Equalizer, Multi-band Dynamics, Multi-band Stereo Imaging, Meter Bridge, Multi-band Harmonic Exciter and Reverb[^1^]. All are now available as separate component plug-ins, as well as within the master Ozone 5 plug-in, which combines access, routing and control for all the individual processing sections, and for the new Meter Bridge[^1^].
Ozone 5 offers improved processing algorithms, including analogue modelling and the new IRC III limiter used in the Maximizer section. The hybrid Reverb module has also benefited from an extensive makeover, with new room models added, while the Exciter can now emulate different types of analogue distortion based on tape, tubes and so on[^1^]. Ozone 5 also has new and easier-to-access presets, improved signal routing and additional controls[^1^].
How to Use Ozone 5?
Ozone 5 can be used as a standalone application or as a plug-in in your DAW. To use it as a plug-in, simply insert it on your master bus or on an individual track. You can then choose from one of the many presets available or create your own custom chain of modules. You can also use the separate component plug-ins for more flexibility and control over each module[^1^].
To use Ozone 5 as a standalone application, you need to load your audio file into the program and then apply the same steps as above. You can also use Ozone 5's Meter Bridge to monitor multiple audio stream spectrograms using Ozone Advanced's Meter Tap plug-ins. All you have to do is add Meter Tap plug-ins to the individual tracks or buses you wish to monitor, then select them for viewing in the Meter Bridge: each track's contribution is overlaid in a different colour[^1^]. You can also meter information relating to the stereo image and mono compatibility of your mix with Lissajous and Polar modes, a stereo balance meter and a correlation meter[^1^].
Some Tips and Tricks for Ozone 5
Here are some tips and tricks for using Ozone 5 effectively:
Use the Maximizer module to increase the loudness of your track without clipping or distorting. You can choose from four different limiting modes: IRC I, IRC II, IRC III and Hard. IRC III is the newest and most transparent mode that can handle complex signals with minimal artifacts[^1^]. You can also adjust the threshold, ceiling, character and dither settings to suit your needs.
Use the Equalizer module to shape the tone and balance of your track. You can choose from eight different filter types: Analog, Digital, Baxandall, API-inspired Proportional Q, Band Shelf, High Shelf and Low Shelf. You can also switch between Mid/Side or Left/Right modes for more precise control over the stereo image[^1^]. You can also use the Match EQ feature to match the spectral characteristics of another track or reference.
Use the Multi-band Dynamics module to control the dynamics of your track across four frequency bands. You can adjust the threshold, ratio, attack, release and gain settings for each band independently. You can also use the Adaptive Release feature to automatically adjust the release time based on the input signal[^1^]. You can also switch between Mid/Side or Left/Right modes for more precise control over the stereo image.
Use the Multi-band Stereo Imaging module to enhance or reduce the stereo width of your track across four frequency bands. You can adjust the width, delay and phase settings for each band independently. You can also use the Stereoize feature to add stereo width to mono signals[^1^]. You can also switch between 061ffe29dd