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Ozone 5 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1



    Michael welcomes you and provides a quick visual tour of the Ozone 5 plug-in.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Interface


    Get a detailed look at the workings of Ozone that are common to all of its modules.

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    Tutorial 3

    The EQ Module


    Learn the ins and outs of Ozone's EQ module along with its myriad of filter options.

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    Tutorial 4

    Matching EQ


    See how you can use the EQ 'sound' of your favorite track and impose its frequency curve onto your track.

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    Tutorial 5

    MS Processing


    Discover the benefits of mid-side mode that's featured in many of Ozone's modules. Discover how to rebalance finished mixes or give them new life by processing the stereo elements independently of the middle.

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    Tutorial 6

    Reverb Module


    See how a small amount of quality reverb can really open up an overly tight sounding master.

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    Tutorial 7

    Crossover Network


    Understand the workings of the 3 high quality multi-band processors in Ozone 5. See how they can share the crossover network, or not.

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    Tutorial 8

    Harmonic Exciter


    Learn how Ozone 5's multi-band harmonic exciter gives you the power to bring elements of your mix out, be it the sparkle of the high end, or the low end warmth.

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    Tutorial 9

    Dynamics Pt. 1


    The first of three movies on the Dynamics module looks at the three dynamic submodules in single band mode.

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    Tutorial 10

    Dynamics Pt. 2


    In the second video we look at MS options and the preferences within this very detailed module.

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    Tutorial 11

    Dynamics Pt. 3


    In this final Dynamics video we add the multi-band options to explore the module even further.

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    Tutorial 12

    Stereo Imaging


    Discover how you can manipulate the width of your mixes while exploiting the multi-band elements.

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    Tutorial 13

    Maximizer: Limiter


    The all important brick wall limiter is where your mixes get their volume and power. Watch and learn the many options available here.

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    Tutorial 14

    Maximizer: Dither


    Learn to understand the benefits that dither brings with exaggerated examples to illustrate the point.

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    Tutorial 15

    General Options


    Ozone has so many preferences. Explore the options available under the 'General' tab and wonder no more.

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    Tutorial 16

    Meter Bridge


    One of the best features of the Advanced version of Ozone, the Meter Bridge is a sight to behold!

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    Tutorial 17

    Meter Taps


    Another great feature of Ozone 5 Advanced, the Meter Taps allow us to meter our mixes from various alternate mix points.

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    Tutorial 18

    Basic vs Advanced


    A run down of all the other features that distinguish the basic version of Ozone from the Advanced version.

iZotope Ozone 5 is now considered the "go to" plug-in for mastering and polishing sounds inside your DAW. Professional mix engineer Michael Costa takes you deep into this wondrous and powerful plug-in, breaking it down step by step.

Michael starts at the beginning, giving you detailed overviews of the user interface and common controls. He then delves into the powerful EQ module and how to use the "Match EQ" feature to take the sound of your favorite recording and impose it on your track. Next Michael gets into MS Processing, the Reverb Module, Crossover Network and the awesome Harmonic Exciter.

Michael then goes deeper, diving into the fantastic Dynamics section that spans 3 parts. Next up is Stereo Imaging, Maximizing, General Options, and then some tutorials specifically for the Ozone 5 "Advanced" version users.

If you use or want to use Ozone 5, get the most out of it with the most comprehensive video series available... Watch "Ozone 5 Explained" today.


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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