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iZotope Ozone 3

‘Mastering’ is important in the field of audio recording to add effects and quality to the mix. After having the music mixed in a studio, mastering is required. Mastering brings out the weak vocals, fattens up a snare or brings up the volume level as required, besides performing many more things.

The iZotope Ozone 3 is a system that offers complete mastering of effects for windows. It has a 64bit processing engine and sample rates reaching 192 kHz. It is a DirectX application that operates from within the host application, which supports DirectX. It can be downloaded for 199 dollars or the CD can be purchased for 229 dollars. A demo is also available.

iZotope Ozone 3 is actually a six-in-one application, offering Paragraphic EQ, Loudness Maximizer, Mastering Reverb, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Harmonic Exciter and also Multiband Stereo Imaging. They are all combined into a smooth interface. It comes with numerous preset settings, and you may download several custom presets from iZotope’s website.

The program layout of iZotope Ozone 3 is good. The main panel gives access to all the processing ‘modules’. The first one namely, Loudness Maximizer has margin and threshold settings. The ‘character’ setting can be varied to fast and loud, very fast, smooth, very slow and transparent. Dithering type settings and DC offset filter are also there. Mode can be set to intelligent, brickwall or soft.

Multiband Dynamics is split to form four bands. Each band may have varying quantities of dynamics applied. In order to tighten the bass guitar using kick drum, you may choose a low end band to give it a 2:1 ratio and boost the gain. It will make them fit well in the mix. Further, you can enable or disable any effect, at any point, in real time, when the music is going on.

Multiband Stereo Imaging allows you to add 4 bands of stereo imaging that include delay and widening of each band. The Multiband Harmonic Exciter also allows you to adjust 4 bands. Retro, tube as well as tape mode settings are also there.

The Paragraphic EQ has 3 modes namely, digital, analog and matching. Matching mode is handy especially when a couple of mixes have different equalization. It is very helpful for mastering song collections. The Mastering Reverb is the section with the finest quality. It helps when some mixes need a little more open sound.

The iZotope Ozone 3 gives six sound effects processors of extremely high quality as a complete package. It gives all that you require for mastering your recordings to produce music having ‘radio ready’ sound. It may be used as insert effect while mixing multi-track audio projects. Thus, it gives a master effect to your whole mix.

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