Cambridge, MA (March 20, 2015)-iZotope,has issued a free update to its mastering software, Ozone, adding new processing features and reinstating a feature from Ozone 5.
Users can add an analog-type sound with the Maximizer's new Tube Limiting mode, which iZotope says “combines the warmth of final stage limiting with the ease and precision of digital maximizing. The resulting audio has a tube warmth while remaining competitively loud and appropriate for modern mastering.” It’s based around a new algorithm inspired by tube hardware limiters like the Fairchild 670.
Adaptive Release is intended to help users produce louder, clearer, and fuller masters. This mode for Ozone's Dynamics module automates finding the right release times. The compressor interacts with the audio in real time, adjusting the release values based on the transient properties of the incoming signal.
Based on customer feedback, iZotope has also brought back Module Presets, which help users experiment with different module settings. Users can more easily load and save settings for individual modules without affecting the settings of other modules.
Other additions and enhancements to Ozone 6.1 include selectable segmentation loops, automatic track numbers on export, and sound quality improvements.