iZotope Ozone 9 – The Future of Mastering iZotope has done it again with the release of Ozone 9. This update includes some welcome changes to the already behemoth Mastering plugin. The interface is similar to Ozone 8, but the modules have been redesigned to reflect the rest of iZotope’s recent upgrades their mixing plugins. In this article, we’ll dive into the plugin with a tutorial and review. We’ll touch on its new features, and tell you what we like and dislike about it. How Does It Look? How Does It Feel? It looks good, like, really good. iZotope has been updating its line up of mixing software over the past year and its paid off. The interface has become easier to navigate, and more enticing to use. Everything is where you need it to be, with just a few clicks to get there. The images above and …Read More
iZotope Neutron 3 – Mixing in the 31st Century We’ve covered various products from iZotope over the years and are excited to cover their updated version of the insanely powerful plugin Neutron 3. This marks the third iteration of the plugin, which we wrote about the first version back in 2017. The most significant changes to the plugin come with the Module Interface, the Masking Meter, the Assistant Feature, and the brand new module called Sculptor. iZotope also made changes to the technology under the hood to improve performance and processing, these changes are tangible as you can now throw more instances of Neutron 3 in your project than before. In this article, we’ll take you through the new features found in Neutron 3 and show you how to get the most out of the plugin. General User Interface First thing’s first – the GUI (general user interface). There are …Read More
Today we’re bringing to you the hottest lineup of multiband compressors out there. We’ll give you our list and then let you decide on which is the best. Read below to see! What is a Multiband Compressor? A Multiband compressor is a compressor that can compress multiple frequency bands individually. They are powerful tools when it comes to production, mixing, and mastering. It’s important to know when to use multiband compression, in this article we’ll let you know some of our favorites going into 2019. iZotope Ozone 8 Ozone 8 is the newest version of iZotope’s mastering suite. The advanced version comes fully loaded and is arguably the best mastering software available, a total steal for the price. Ozone comes with 12 mastering tools that add punch, snap, warmth, character – you name it – to your song master. Ozone 8 would already be in the lead with its set …Read More
Next Level Vocals – iZotope Nectar 3 with Melodyne 4 Essential iZotope has released their newest version of the vocal processing plugin Nectar 3. This is the next addition to their growing ecosystem of ‘smart’ plugins with assistive technology. In this article, we’ll run through all of the effects modules in Nectar 3, and tell you what we think of them. Then, we’ll give a quick run through of Melodyne Essential 4 which comes bundled with each copy of Nectar 3. iZotope Nectar 3 We tested out Nectar 3 using Ableton Live 10 and compared its effects to a combination of Soundtoys and Ableton Live’s native effects. We found it incredibly easy to replicate the sound between the two. This speaks to the ease and power that Nectar 3 brings to the table. Continue below to learn more. What Is It? Nectar 3 is the newest version of the multi-effects plugin, …Read More
iZotope released a free plugin this week called 'Ozone Imager' normally only available in its mixing/mastering software Ozone. The plugin functions as a stereo monitoring tool and widener and is a powerful plugin in its own right. We threw it on a track to test it out and tell you a bit about its settings.
The first thing we noticed was the three options for visual feedback: Polar Sample, Polar Level, and Lissajous. Polar sample displays dots to represent each sample being heard, dots that fall outside of the 45-degree lines on either side are out of phase. Polar level displays samples as 'rays' and we think makes it is easier to see where your sounds are sitting in the stereo field. Lissajous switches the display into a diamond, your dots will be narrow if your sound is narrow and will expand the wider you make it; also, the dots will lean to either side of the diamond depending on the panning of your sound. On the far right of the plugin you will see a phase meter which represents the average phase, anything equal to or greater than zero is in phase and anything below zero...
Neutron – Izotope’s All-In-One Mixing Plugin Izotope’s product “Neutron” is a plug-in that comes with a serious combination of tools for mixing, you can chain their Dynamic EQ, 2 Multi-band Compressors, Transient Shaper, and Exciter in any order. The Compressors can produce a clean modern sound or when in “vintage mode” will output signals like a CLA-2A tube compressor; the Exciter offers harmonic shaping with 3 XY selectors that each push the sound towards Retro/Warm/Tape/Tube; the Transient Shaper is an awesome addition to have even if you already have one, and is extremely responsive from subtle levels up to when the effect is increased. Each of these modules allows for multi-band processing and deliver sound that stands up to any other high-end plugin on the market, the fact that you get all of them together at such a low price should be enough to pique your interest. If the great bang-for-your-buck doesn’t do it …Read More
iZotope Vinyl – Take Your Sounds back In Time (Free Download) Izotope, the well regarded maker of Ozone 7, a powerful mixing and mastering, recently rereleased a classic plugin that dirty’s up your production in the warmest sounding way, completely free. There classic Vinyl plugin is packed with number of different parameters to achieve the exact vinyl sound you want. Ableton Live provides a vinyl distortion, but the Izotope can be a happy healthy addition to your effects. They key parameters included are the warp, dust, year, wear, mechanical noise and spin down controls. Each option offers a unique look at vinyl; distortion, because you are quite literally changing the make of a record. Warp – Effects the shape and edges of the vinyl, you can go from a slight warp, to a completely melted vinyl. Dust – Effects the amount of dust on a record Year (Personal Favorite) – …Read More
Izotope DDLY – Dynamic Delay (Free Until March 10th) Izotope is releasing there powerful delay plugin for free until March 10th. This particular delay is pretty nuts in its capabilities, designed in a way that splits two different delays between high’s and low’s, and can get really heavy and grimy, real quick. The DDLY has got a scroll bar on the left side which divides the sends of your audio between two delays, top and bottom. In both delays there are a set of five parameters, and two different modes: analog and grain. In the analog mode you can control the time of the delay, the feedback, the trash (which really gets the grime going,) a dry control and a wet control. For the grain mode you can control, the time and feedback, but are given an alternate option of pitch, size, and mix. Another key feature in the plugin …Read More