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Ozone 8 And Neutron 2

The latest versions of iZotope’s flagship mixing and mastering suites add a host of new features. Alex Holmes loads a mix and put them to the test…
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I Zotope has been one of the companies at the forefront of cutting-edge user interaction and DSP over the last few years, and the potent Ozone/Neutron combo has become a flexible go-to tool for many composers, producers and engineers. These latest versions see the two more intrinsically linked than ever, with inter-app communication, new shared plug-ins and a universal look for the GUIs. We’ve reviewed various versions of Ozone, and not all that long ago, the first version of Neutron.

So, here, we’ll focus more on what’s new. To give a super-quick overview, though, Ozone comes both as a standalone program and as a plug-in, with a host of features aimed at mastering, and 11 modules (available as separate plug-ins in the Advanced version) including an Equalizer, Dynamics, Dynamic EQ, Imager, Exciter, Vintage EQ, Vintage Tape, Vintage Compressor, Vintage Limiter, Spectral Shaper and a Maximizer. Other key features include an MP3 Codec Preview section, Dithering, and extensive metering throughout. Neutron on the other hand, is more focused on mixing, with six modules (again, available as separates with the Advanced version), including a dynamic EQ, two Compressors, Exciter, Transient Shaper and a Gate. There’s also a Limiter, a unique spectral-shaping section, a Masking Meter that shows overlapping frequencies between instruments, and a ground-breaking AI Track Assistant that builds intelligent preset starting points for you. A lot of the modules across both Ozone and Neutron are multiband for added flexibility, and in Ozone, function in M/S mode.

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