Ozone 8 & Neutron 2 – Everything You Need to Know!!

This is a 4 part video series about the all new Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 suites form iZotope. A Quick introductory overview followed by in-depth walk-throughs & tutorials!

Get Ozone 8 & Neutron 2 — PIB/Ozone&Neutron

The future is hear. iZotope have continued their tradition of pushing the boundaries on mixing and mastering technology with this massive update for their already industry standard software Ozone and Neutron!

Watch this 4 part video series on what’s new, improved, updated and upgraded. You won’t be disappointed!!

Introduction – Updates Overview for Ozone 8 & Neutron 2

What’s New & Improved in Neutron 2

What’s New & Improved in Ozone 8

What is Tonal Balance Control

Release Notes

The Future of Mastering

As the industry’s most comprehensive mastering suite, Ozone 8 adds to its legacy by introducing new intelligent signal processing, spectral shaping, Tonal Balance Control, and more. Master your audio with over fifteen years of audio industry firsts at your fingertips. Enhanced to meet demands of the modern mastering workflow, Ozone 8 is your one stop for a tonally balanced, professional master with twelve essential mastering processors. It’s the smartest version of Ozone yet.

The Future is Here

Assistance with Control

Master Assistant uses the sonic profile of your audio to help you get to a logical starting point. Because your time is better spent adding your sonic signature, Master Assistant will suggest targets, signal chain, and processor settings, so you can get back to what’s most important—adding that personal touch.

Balance Your Master – Tonal Balance Control

The new Tonal Balance Control plug-in presents industry-first visual analysis and communicates with all instances of Neutron 2, allowing you to reach your desired master faster. Compare your work with track references and genre standards informed by analysis on years of popular masters, achieve a target sonic profile, and ensure your delivery will translate for popular distribution channels.

NEW! Spectral Shaper

Smooth and sculpt problematic and harsh frequencies with the new Spectral Shaper module. Mold your audio by applying frequency-specific dynamics, surgically or creatively, to create smooth, balanced audio. Fantastic for taming percussive transients, Spectral Shaper can tame sibilant hi-hats, harsh vocals, plucky acoustic guitars, and other overly bright mix elements. For a creative twist, use Spectral Shaper across any frequency band to experiment with timbre, resonance, and transient information without affecting other elements of the source audio.

12 Essential Mastering Tools with Component Plug-ins

Ozone 8 Advanced includes twelve essential modern and vintage modules with component plug-ins: Spectral Shaper, EQ, Dynamic EQ, Post EQ, Maximizer (with IRC IV and new IRC LL), Imager, Exciter, Dynamics, Vintage Limiter, Vintage Tape, Vintage EQ, Vintage Compressor. Ozone 8 Advanced comes with each module as a component plug-in, allowing you to use any piece of Ozone independently in your session.

Track Referencing

A/B your master against reference tracks directly within any instance of Ozone or its standalone application. Now an integrated process, track referencing is easy, intelligent, and incorporated into Ozone’s workflow. Track referencing in Ozone allows you to load up to 10 tracks and will identify sections of your reference for easy playback like Verse or Chorus, so you can spend less time finding and more time mastering.

Ozone…meet Neutron

The Tonal Balance Control plug-in not only communicates with the Ozone 8 Equalizer and Post EQ modules, but Neutron 2 EQ modules as well. This inter-plugin communication lets you fix mix issues during mastering and helps bridge the mixing and mastering gap. No more context switching or opening up multiple windows – just tonally balanced, professional sounding music.

Taming of the Shrill

Smooth and sculpt problematic and harsh frequencies with the new Spectral Shaper module. Mold your audio by applying frequency-specific dynamics, surgically or creatively, to create  smooth, balanced audio. Fantastic for taming percussive transients, Spectral Shaper can tame sibilant hi-hats, harsh vocals, plucky acoustic guitars, and other overly bright mix elements. For a creative twist, use Spectral Shaper across any frequency band to experiment with timbre, resonance, and transient information without affecting other elements of the source audio.

What’s new in Version 8?

Intelligent signal processing, spectral shaping, Tonal Balance Control, Track Referencing, new look and feel, and more.

Intelligent Track Referencing

A/B your master against reference tracks directly within any instance of Ozone or its standalone application. Now an integrated process, track referencing is easy, intelligent, and incorporated into Ozone’s workflow. Load up to 10 tracks and Ozone will identify sections of references like a Verse or Chorus for easy playback, so you can spend less time searching through references and more time mastering.

IRC IV You

We know you love IRC. We do too. That’s why we’ve added a low latency mode with all the power of IRC limiting minus the lag. We’ve also improved IRC IV’s low-end fidelity to provide better feedback for a more responsive, smooth limiting algorithm.

Maximum Independence

Transient/Sustain Stereo Independence in Ozone’s Maximizer takes your master to the next level by detecting and separating transient and sustain information for a wider, deeper sonic profile. Transient Stereo Independence reduces pumping, introduces fewer artifacts, and leaves you with more of the sound you want, without narrowing your stereo image.

New Look and Feel

Great experiences are made with great design. That’s why we’ve made workflow improvements across the board. Work faster and more instinctively between mix and master with a similar workflow in Ozone 8 and Neutron 2, with beautiful visualizations, metering, and more fluid controls.

Key Features

Perfect for Professional Mastering and Mixing Engineers, Ozone 8 Advanced includes:

  • Dial in the perfect tonal balance with the new Tonal Balance Control plug-in, which can access any instance of Ozone across all your tracks
  • Communicate with Neutron 2 Advanced (sold separately) using the Tonal Balance Control plug-in for a seamless mixing and mastering workflow
  • Tame problematic and harsh frequencies with the new Spectral Shaper module
  • Quickly A/B track references right from any instance of Ozone or in its standalone application
  • Twelve essential modern and vintage modules with component plug-ins: Spectral Shaper, EQ, Dynamic EQ, Post EQ, Maximizer (with IRC IV and new IRC Low Latency mode, Imager, Exciter, Dynamics, Vintage Limiter, Vintage Tape, Vintage EQ, Vintage Compressor
  • Create a custom preset with Master Assistant and get your audio to an optimal starting point
  • Have deeper control in Ozone’s Maximizer with new low latency IRC mode, Transient/Sustain Stereo Independence, and Learn Threshold.
  • Apply any saturation mode (Warm, Retro, Tape, Tube, Triode or Dual Triode) to any individual frequency band in the Exciter.
  • Use Ozone Advanced within your preferred host as a single plug-in, as individual component plug-ins, or work within the Ozone standalone application
  • Redesigned user interface for an even better mastering experience

System Requirements

Mac

Operating Systems:

  • OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) – OS X 10.12.6 (Sierra)

Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX (64-bit Real-time)
  • AAX-AS (64-bit AudioSuite)
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • DPM (32-bit AudioSuite)
  • RTAS (32-bit Real-time)
  • VST 2
  • VST 3

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10

Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX (64-bit Real-time)
  • AAX-AS (64-bit AudioSuite)
  • DPM (32-bit AudioSuite)
  • RTAS (32-bit Real-time)
  • VST 2
  • VST 3

Compatible DAW Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9
  • Bitwig Studio 2
  • Cubase 9
  • Digital Performer
  • FL Studio 12
  • Logic Pro X
  • Nuendo 7
  • Pro Tools 10-12
  • REAPER 5
  • Reason 9.5
  • Sonar
  • Studio One 3

A Smarter Way to Mix

Achieve a clear, well-balanced mix with Neutron’s innovative new mixing and analysis tools. Control every aspect of your music, from the visual soundstage of your tracks to the overall balance of your mix—all with iZotope’s award-winning digital signal processing.

Award-Winning Processing

Neutron 2 features some of the best audio processing we’ve ever created allowing you to achieve professional sounding mixes inside your digital audio workstation. It now includes six industry leading mixing processors, all zero-latency capable, including a new Gate with hysteresis, a static/dynamic Equalizer with analog-inspired soft saturation, two multiband Compressors, a multiband Exciter, and a multiband Transient Shaper, as well as an ultra low-latency True Peak Limiter—perfect for all your mixing needs.

Tonal Balance Control

The new Tonal Balance Control plug-in introduces industry-first visual analysis and communicates with all instances of Neutron so you can shape a perfectly balanced mix. Instantly call up any Neutron EQ and adjust your tracks to targets based on hundreds of professional mixes. You can even create your own custom targets from one or more songs in your personal library.

Introducing Visual Mixer

The new Visual Mixer creates a picture of the entire soundstage, giving you control over individual tracks and enabling you to quickly and intuitively set the contour of your mix – all without leaving a single window. Control the pan, gain, and width inside of Neutron so your mix sounds exactly how you intended.

Masking Meter

An industry first, Neutron’s Masking Meter allows you to visually identify perceptual frequency collisions, which can result in guitars masking lead vocals, bass covering up drums, and other issues that can cause a “muddy” or overly crowded mix. Toggle seamlessly between any two tracks to carve out sonic space and ensure that each instrument has its own place to shine.

Improved Track Assistant

Another industry first, Neutron’s updated Track Assistant lets you create a custom starting point based on your audio so you can focus on what’s most important—your creative take on the mix. In version two, we’ve made improvements including the ability to set auto-release, ratio and attack on the Compressor, piano instrument detection based on machine learning, and more.

Improved Neutrino Mode

Different instrument tracks — like vocals, dialogue, guitar, bass, piano, and drums — are automatically detected. Neutron then applies iZotope’s spectral shaping technology within Neutrino Mode to provide subtle clarity and balance to each of your tracks.

EQ, with EQ Learn

The workhorse EQ features clean yet subtly warm processing and a pristine analog-style signal path. With 12 bands of powerful static and dynamic EQ, a range of new and vintage filter types, and flexible sidechain capabilities, it’s your new go-to EQ for all your mixing tasks. Version 2 also adds analog-style soft saturation for an even warmer sound.

Compressor

A parallel processing powerhouse, the Compressor offers the ultimate sonic versatility: the very best of classically ‘gluey’ character as well as transparent digital compression styles. Adjust to taste with features like Vintage mode, Auto Release, and flexible Analog (zero latency) and Transparent (hybrid) crossovers for the ultimate in multiband control.

Gate

The new Gate offers all the modern DSP processing you’d expect from iZotope plus analog-style touches, like Hysteresis, that offer smoother noise gating. With three bands, Crossover Learn functionality, and Hold option, you can get the ultimate control over removing bleed and creating better separation of your tracks.

Transient Shaper

The multiband Transient Shaper offers clarity, perceptual loudness, and impact enhancement for the most responsive sonic sculpting anywhere. With three musically versatile Contour controls, your drums, guitars, vocals and sound FX have never sounded this punchy.

Module Component Plug-ins

Use all the modules of Neutron as individual plug-ins with surround support right from within your DAW or NLE.

Exciter

The exciter allows you to easily add punch, warmth, brightness, and presence to yourtrack without muddying up the sound. With three powerful Emphasis modes, a unique, multiband blend interface featuring Tape, Tube, and two special iZotope algorithms, you can fine-tune the color of your saturation to suit the needs of your track.

Limiter

With three distinct algorithms to choose from, the Limiter offers huge sonic variety when adjusting levels: from ultra-transparent to clean (low latency) pumping to a crunchy brick wall. Each algorithm has three modes for tailoring the character and intensity of the limiting, and Neutron’s detailed True Peak, RMS and Short-term metering provides the accuracy needed for both broadcast and codec standards.

Surround Support

Neutron’s high-quality, CPU-efficient audio processing offers zero-latency processing across all mixing modules, an award-winning BS.1770 True Peak Limiter, dynamic EQ with sidechaining to sonically balance sub-mixes, an automatic dialogue-polishing Neutrino mode, and surround sound support in all 6 modules and individual plug-ins.

Over 500 Presets

Not sure where to start? Pick from one of over 500 professionally designed presets. Choose from individual module presets or presets for genre, instrument, or style.sets or presets for genre, instrument, or style.

Key Features

Perfect for musicians and mix engineers:

  • Get to an optimal starting point in your mix with the improved Track Assistant
  • Visualize your entire soundstage, controlling individual tracks including pan, width, and gain via the new Visual Mixer
  • Includes 6 award-winning effects including Dynamic EQ with soft saturation, 2 Compressors, Gate, Transient Shaper, Exciter, and True Peak Limiter
  • Get focus and clarity across all your tracks with Neutrino’s Spectral Shaping, which automatically detects vocals, guitar, bass, piano, and drums
  • Ships with 500+ professionally designed presets
  • Now with redesigned user interface for improved workflow

System Requirements

Mac

Operating Systems:

  • OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) – OS X 10.12 (Sierra)

Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX (64-bit Real-time)
  • AAX-AS (64-bit AudioSuite)
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • DPM (32-bit AudioSuite)
  • RTAS (32-bit Real-time)
  • VST 2
  • VST 3

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10

Plug-in Formats:

  • AAX (64-bit Real-time)
  • AAX-AS (64-bit AudioSuite)
  • DPM (32-bit AudioSuite)
  • RTAS (32-bit Real-time)
  • VST 2
  • VST 3

Compatible DAW Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9
  • Bitwig Studio 2
  • Cubase 9
  • Digital Performer
  • FL Studio 12
  • Logic Pro X
  • Nuendo 7
  • Pro Tools 10-12
  • REAPER 5
  • Reason 9.5
  • Sonar
  • Studio One 3
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