Tips & Tutorials | November 13, 2015
The mastering process is the final creative step before your music gets distributed, so it can be useful to monitor your audio through the same encoding algorithms that your audience might hear, like MP3 or AAC.
To use Codec Preview, insert Ozone 7 as a plug-in, or open an audio file in the Standalone version of Ozone.
Click on the Codec button at the bottom right of the interface to open the Codec Preview Window. Then click the Speaker Icon next to the button to enable it.
Inside this window, you can choose the encoding format and bit rate. You can also choose to solo just the artifacts of the encoding process so that you can isolate the audio that lossy encoding is removing from your music, to make sure your signature sound isn’t getting lost in translation.
Once you have set your preferred settings in the Codec Preview window, you can close it by clicking on the Codec button again, and then toggle the processing in and out as you work by clicking on the speaker icon.
Both the Standard and Advanced versions of the Ozone 7 standalone application allow you to export in WAV, AIFF, MP3 or AAC formats.
Before exporting your final master, make sure you have codec preview bypassed, so that processing doesn’t get included inadvertently.
Once you’ve finished mastering your project, go to the File menu and select ‘Export Audio Files’. This will open the Export Audio window, where you choose settings to export just the current track you’re working on, or all the tracks in your project. Once you have your desired settings dialed in, click the Export button (with the green check mark) at the bottom right to begin the process.
If you’re exporting to MP3 or AAC, you’ll be prompted to embed Track information right into the metadata so that your masters are immediately ready for distribution, without having to open a separate application.
Try Codec Preview on your masters. Download Ozone 7 Advanced.