iZotope releases free update for Ozone mastering software

A free update to iZotope’s Ozone mastering software is now available.

With Ozone 6.1, iZotope is including processing features and bringing back a popular feature from Ozone 5.

"We’re really excited to make this free update available to the Ozone 6 community," said product manager Izzy Maxwell. "We’re always listening to customer feedback, and we wanted to bring some exciting new processing into Ozone 6 while adding back a popular feature."

Users can add an analogue-type sound with the Maximiser’s new Tube Limiting mode, designed to combine the warmth of final stage limiting with the ease and precision of digital maximising. The resulting audio has a tube warmth while remaining competitively loud and appropriate for modern mastering, iZotope says. With a new algorithm inspired by tube hardware limiters like the Fairchild 670, the Tube Limiter brings a vintage sonic character to Ozone’s maximising algorithm.

Adaptive Release helps users produce louder, clearer, and fuller masters. This mode for Ozone’s Dynamics module automates the difficult task of 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, a highly requested feature from customers who owned previous versions of Ozone. Module Presets help users to 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.