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Ozone 4 Explained®

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1



    Get an overview of the key mastering tools built into Ozone.

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    Tutorial 2

    Getting Around


    Discover the basics of the Ozone user interface.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Preset System


    See how to recall, save and organize your Ozone presets.

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    Tutorial 4

    Common Controls


    Learn how to set the general options, use the undo history, keyboard shortcuts, and solo and bypass each mastering module.

Mastering Modules

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    Tutorial 5

    Paragraphic EQ


    Learn how to use the mastering EQ, analog and digital modes along with the mid-side mode.

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    Tutorial 6

    Para EQ Spectrum Options


    See how to configure the spectrum options to customize the frequency display.

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    Tutorial 7

    Matching EQ


    Watch how to use spectrum snapshots then apply the frequency curve of one song to another using the 'matching' mode.

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    Tutorial 8

    Mastering Reverb


    Discover how to use Ozone's high quality reverb to tie the mix together with a subtle added sense of space.

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    Tutorial 9

    Loudness Maximizer


    Learn this essential tool to increase the apparent volume of your mix while keeping it warm. Watch an example of using the Loudness Maximizer to match the four tracks in our sample project.

The Mulitband Mastering Modules

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    Tutorial 10

    Common Controls


    All of Ozone's multiband modules have common controls for the frequency bands. Learn how to bypass a band, solo a band, change the number of bands in any of the multiband modules.

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    Tutorial 11

    Harmonic Exciter


    Ozone's exciter can add presence or sparkle to any of the bands without impacting headroom. See how to tweak the amount of excitation for each band along with the type of harmonic content to add.

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    Tutorial 12

    Multiband Dynamics


    Explore how to control up to four bands of compression for precision mastering and problem solving.

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    Tutorial 13

    Stereo Imaging


    Discover how to expand the stereo width of your mix using 4 bands of stereo widening.

Advanced Features

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    Tutorial 14

    Input / Output Meters


    Learn how to setup the I/O options for the Ozone meters. Also learn how to adjust the gain when Ozone is bypassed for better A/B comparisons.

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    Tutorial 15

    K-System Metering


    Explore the Ozone K-System metering options and what they can do for your mixes.

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    Tutorial 16

    Correlation & Spectroscope


    See how to use these important mastering tools to “see” the stereo spread and detect phase problems.

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    Tutorial 17

    Dithering Options


    Discover Ozone's comprehensive set of bit reduction options for CD mastering.

Application Notes

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    Tutorial 18

    CPU Optimization


    Ozone requires more processing power than typical plug-ins. Learn some ways to keep CPU utilization under control.

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    Tutorial 19

    Creating Mastering Presets


    Using everything from this series, we construct a preset for mastering from scratch.

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    Tutorial 20

    Using MacroFaders


    See how to add three top level MacroFaders to control some key Ozone parameters.

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    Tutorial 21

    Mastering Example Pt. 1


    Using the demo songs and our mastering preset, I walk you through finishing up the demo project.

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    Tutorial 22

    Mastering Example Pt. 2


    Continuing from part one, we complete the last three songs and bounce to disk completing the Ozone Explained series.

Want to make your mixes punch and kick? Learn all about the tool professionals use to master their recordings to get that CD quality level and powerful sound. DAW guru Bill Edstrom takes through the amazing iZotope Ozone mastering plug-in from beginning to end.

Bill starts with the important basics such as GUI overviews, common controls, using presets, module overviews, then covers more advanced topics such as correlation and spectroscope usage, dithering options, CPU optimizations, using MacroFaders, actual mastering examples and much more.

If you need to get your mixes "radio ready", check out the powerful iZotope Ozone plug-in, then get "Ozone Explained" to learn to use it right from the start.


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started on trumpet at age 10, but got more passionate when I picked up bass and guitar in high school. During college, I had a band where I shared lead vocals and electric guitar duties. After that I was in a variety of bands usually on bass or behind the mixing board.

2. What training have you had?

I studied electrical engineering in college but mostly learned recording and music on my own. Recently, I completed the Master of Songwriting and Guitar program through Berklee Music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I have always been fascinated with tape recording since fifth grade. I started by recording demos by bouncing back and forth between two cassette decks. Later I moved on to portastudios, ADATS, pro studios, then to a DAW based project studio.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I work with songwriters world-wide as the founder and creator of LilacWriter.com - an online collaboration site for songwriters. In my career, I have done FOH, producing, songwriting, mixing, mastering, and voice over. Used to work regionally, but now requests can come from anywhere in the world.

I've written two books on audio production: "Studio One for Engineers & Producers" and "The Power in Cakewalk SONAR" both published by Hal Leonard Books.

Whenever possible, I work closely with the developers of the products I teach doing testing, bug reporting, and feature requests. I think this gives me a much deeper understanding of the products. I really enjoy seeing the products I work with improve.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I have always been interested in making technology easier to use and understand. I think showing examples is essential when introducing a topic. I feel recording should be a fun and creative experience and I hope that comes across in my videos.

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