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Old 4th December 2011 , 10:25 AM
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Default Mastering : what tools?

I don't tend to use any specific tools for mastering, just what I have in Cubase and Wavelab. I think I am reasonably competent in using compressors, so I have not seen the need to use other packages, and indeed I just have a home studio so I prefer less complication where I can.

However, I have recently been looking closer at other tools. I have read Bob Katz's book, so I appreciate that mastering is a complex subject and perhaps tools like Ozone can make things simpler. What's the view here?
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Old 4th December 2011 , 10:45 AM
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I think the view here is covered in the Mastering section. Have a read! I am following Piano's learning curve with Ozone and the discussions on the fresh and impartial ears of a mastering engineer.
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Old 4th December 2011 , 06:51 PM
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Streamworks Audio are selling off Ozone 4 tutorial for $0.99. Although it's not Ozone 5 (which is just Ozone 4 with a facelift) it'll give a guide as to what it's like and what the different parts do.
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Old 4th December 2011 , 07:29 PM
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I have been using Ozone 4 for a while now and I have no hesitation recommending it. Mainly because of it's user friendly interface and ease of use. It's compact. Everything is all in the one place, you just click a little tab to change from one tool to another but most importantly i think you can achieve decent results with it.

I tried a couple of other options when i was looking for a mastering processor but as soon as i tried Ozone i knew that would be the one i would buy.

Of course it helps to have the knowledge to get the best from the tools at your disposal but i started using Ozone 4 with little or no experience with mastering at all and I like to think i have managed to get at least half decent results. It's taken time to get used to it and how it behaves but i am pretty comfortable with it now.

It's definitely one i think you should consider and if you go on the Izotope website, they offer a free trial. I don't know if they still sell Ozone 4 or not as Ozone 5 and Ozone 5 PRO have now been released. I would go for Ozone 5.

I tried the Ozone 5 trial recently and was pretty impressed with it. As someone earlier said, it is pretty much Ozone 4 with a facelift but i thought it sounded better too. Maybe that's just me. I will be upgrading to 5 anyway over Christmas.

Ozone 5 is on sale for a special price at the moment as it has just been launched. Check out their website. It's a great price.

If you don't like Ozone, another i would recommend trying would be Slate Digital's FG-X.

I think Ozone is better value for money personally but FG-X is pretty damn good too.

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OK, thanks. I'll take a closer look at Ozone 5.
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OK, thanks. I'll take a closer look at Ozone 5.
Visit chriswilson.bandcamp.com and you'll be able to hear my mixes that have all been mastered using ozone4.
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Oh yeah, don't forget to go to Izotope's website and download the Ozone5 Trial. It's free and you don't need an ilok either.

If you decide you want to buy it, don't buy the license direct from Izotope. It works out 180 quid from them direct.

I know an online retailer who will sell you a license for it for 124 quid. The same place i bought my license from. All you do is get the license code, validate the trial and hey presto.

That's all Izotope do anyway. Izotope are one of the online music software retailers who add UK V.A.T. which is quite annoying as quite a few American based music software retailers, don't. They just add their own sales tax which is buttons compared to the amount we are shafted out of over here.

You'll need to switch on your PM's so i can give you a link to the retailer who sells the Ozone 5 license's cheap as i don't want to break any rules by posting another retailer's name on the forum.
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PM''s switched on (didn't know they were off!). I'll take a listen to your mixes, Piano.

A key issue for me is how much do packages like Ozone add above a Cubase and Wavelab combination? After all, in those I already have EQ, Compressors, Reverb and Dithering.

I have used Ozone before, but I will download the 5 trial to see what it looks like. I see DV has Ozone 5 for 129 anyway, and I would rather buy from them of course
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PM''s switched on (didn't know they were off!). I'll take a listen to your mixes, Piano.

A key issue for me is how much do packages like Ozone add above a Cubase and Wavelab combination? After all, in those I already have EQ, Compressors, Reverb and Dithering.

I have used Ozone before, but I will download the 5 trial to see what it looks like. I see DV has Ozone 5 for 129 anyway, and I would rather buy from them of course

I had no idea DV even sold it. They never used to, unless i am mistaken?

129 quid is also a great price.
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Yeah they did sell it. Ozone 3 and Ozone 3 with upgrade to 4. I think iZotope pulled their stuff from shops for a while (don't know the reason) but they've started letting more shops sell it.
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Yeah they did sell it. Ozone 3 and Ozone 3 with upgrade to 4. I think iZotope pulled their stuff from shops for a while (don't know the reason) but they've started letting more shops sell it.
I stand corrected.
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Best time to buy when they do the switch over - old version with new version update.

And here it was: http://www.dv247.com/computer-music-...ozone-4--28469
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They must have not sold it when i bought 4.

It seems strange that buying direct from Izotope direct is more expensive than buying from retailers over here.
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Actually, Izotope appear to be doing a deal at the moment. On current dollar rate the price is similar to DV.
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Actually, Izotope appear to be doing a deal at the moment. On current dollar rate the price is similar to DV.
They do have a deal on at the moment but even with that deal, it still works out 162 quid from Izotope direct. The Price converted is 135.53 when you go to checkout but they also add 20% uk VAT and it ends up 162 quid. Almost 40 quid more expensive than buying from retailers here, and that is their special price!
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