Beat Artillery – Ep. 20 – Ozone Advanced 6

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of Beat Artillery blogs. Summer was slow for gear releases and I’m now just playing catch up with everything new that’s going on.

I’ve only spent a week with Izotope’s newest update to Ozone, Ozone 6, but I have to say… it’s amazing.

If you’ve never used Ozone before, basically it’s a plugin suite that’s geared towards mastering, but can be used for various mix situations as well like summing drums or vocals, etc. There are plenty of tutorials on Izotope’s YouTube page for you to check out, so I’ll just focus on the new features in Ozone 6.

First off, the interface and gui have been completely re-designed to look sleeker and simpler to navigate. You can now re-order your devices, EQ, Multi-band Compression, Exciting, Spatial Separation, etc… by just dragging and dropping their order. The dithering has also been moved out of the limiter to its own location near the output meters.

A couple people out there have been upset about Izotope removing the Reverb module… but I’m really against global reverb to begin with, except for maybe classical recordings, so I really don’t care about it. Never used it, so I don’t miss it.

The best thing about Ozone 6 Advanced, over the regular version of Ozone 6, is that you can use each module individually on tracks, which keeps your CPU usage down. You can also host 3rd Party effects in the standalone version of Ozone 6 which makes it so for most projects you probably wouldn’t even need to use a DAW. (You can do fade ins and outs on the tracks as well.)

But, the biggest difference is that you get the brand new Dynamic EQ which is sick!!!! The Dynamic EQ acts sort of like a De-esser or other frequency specific compressor in that you can dial in a specific band of frequencies for the Dynamic EQ to work on. However, you can either have it increase volume (sort of like upward expansion) or decrease volume (sort of like compression) of what’s happening on the individual EQ curves based on audio either passing above or below a given volume threshold. If this sounds confusing, it’s not… as long as you have a basic understanding of how dynamic processing works you’ll be able to get your head around it. Did I say it’s amazing? Think about it like this, let’s say you have a track that needs a little bit more punch to the bass… say around 80Hz …but when the kick comes in, if you were to just boost 80Hz, it feels a bit overwhelming. What you can do is use the Dynamic EQ and boost 80Hz for the other sounds in the track, but when the Kick hits ….have it pull 80Hz back a bit, basically acting like a compressor. Check out this video if you’re interested.

Ozone 6 is available now for $249, the Advanced version is $999.

Cool that’s it for now.

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