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Get Started Mastering with Ozone Elements

by iZotope Team November 22, 2022
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If you’re a  producer looking to get your latest song out on streaming services, Ozone Elements has the assistive technology you need to get up and running quickly. 

The brand new Ozone 10 Elements is the essential tool to finalize your mix in one affordable package. Learn more about its easy, step-by-step workflow that will help you add the final polish to your tracks and release them with confidence. 

Hear how Ozone Elements can give your master a professional sound: 

Get your copy of the new Ozone 10 Elements, the easy all-in-one mastering tool. 

Learn how to use Ozone 10 Elements in this video tutorial. 

Getting started with Ozone Elements

1. Use the Master Assistant

Add Ozone to your master track. You will see a new button at the top of the plug-in that is shaped like a circle. This is the new Master Assistant button. 

Start Ozone Elements with the Master Assistant button
Start Ozone Elements with the Master Assistant button

Once the button is selected, Ozone waits for audio to be played. Play a portion of the audio where the track is at its loudest (like the chorus). Ozone will then begin its AI-powered analysis and set up your mastering chain. 

When you activate the Assistant, you’ll notice you no longer have to click through a series of questions for the Assistant to generate results. As soon as you press play, the Master Assistant is ready to analyze your audio. 

Ozone Elements will build you a custom mastering chain
Ozone Elements will build you a custom mastering chain

You will then be presented with a new Ozone Elements interface, complete with a library of Targets, Tonal Balance metering, Vectorscope, Destination selection, and powerful high-level controls. 

Ozone Elements interface
Ozone Elements interface

2. Choose your target sound

On the left hand side you’ll see a new Targets section. After the analysis pass, Ozone will attempt to identify the genre of your song. It will then match your song's Tone, Width, and Dynamics to targets that we've generated from the latest chart topping hits in each genre: Country, EDM, Folk, Hip-hop/Rap, Jazz, Pop, RnB/Soul, Reggae, and Rock. 

An additional option, Cinematic, offers a Target derived from the latest top box office movie scores.  

If you want to select the targets for a different genre, simply select a different genre from the menu and all the processing under the hood will change to match your audio to the new target. 

New Targets section in Ozone Elements matches your audio to target curves of chart-topping hits
New Targets section in Ozone Elements matches your audio to target curves of chart-topping hits

Match from your own reference file

If you’re looking for even more personalization, you can create your own custom target by uploading a reference file. Press the plus icon in the Targets section to upload your reference song, and Master Assistant will match your song to the tonal balance, width, dynamics, and loudness of the analyzed file.

You can also automatically import references captured with iZotope Audiolens, a new, groundbreaking tool that allows you to analyze audio from any streaming platform or audio source, without the need for downloading media files or setting up tedious audio routing setups. Learn more in our recent Audiolens overview

3. Dial-in your sound with the Target Meter

Once you have a tonal balance target curve selected for your track, the Target Meter view in the center of the plug-in will display the spectral balance of your audio against the target. 

The blue tunnel represents the spectral profile of the reference you selected, while the thinner, white line represents your audio. So at a glance, you can see how your audio compares to the target and you can use the new EQ slider to push your audio closer to that target.

 Target Meter and EQ controls in Ozone Elements
Target Meter and EQ controls in Ozone Elements

4. Control your stereo image and improve dynamics

What’s special about the new Ozone Elements is that it doesn’t just give you a custom preset—it gives you the ability to tweak the sound easily and quickly, thanks to a few additional controls.  

Width Match 

Width Match measures the ratio of the power of the mid and side signals in four bands, and then uses powerful matching technology to match your audio width to the selected target. 

Width Match settings in Ozone Elements
Width Match settings in Ozone Elements

Dynamics Match

The Dynamis macro control allows you to easily dial in your loudness, output level, and visualize the gain reduction being applied to your audio. 

Dynamics match in Ozone Elements
Dynamics match in Ozone Elements

You can also optimize your destination output for streaming or DJ player.

Optimize for streaming: 

  • This option is meant for audio that will be converted to a lossy codec and played back with loudness normalization, as is now typical with streaming services. 

  • Master Assistant will measure integrated LUFS during the analysis phase and the middle of this slider will be -10 LUFS. The slider will apply +/- 4 dB of gain via the Maximizer Threshold. 

  • The Maximizer output ceiling will be set to -1 dB, with True Peak limiting turned on. 

Optimize for DJ Player:

  • This option is meant for audio that will be played back as a lossless file that is not loudness normalized, as is typical with club and festival playback via DJ Players. 

  • The range of the Maximizer slider will increase 2 dB louder than when the Streaming destination is selected.

  • The Maximizer ceiling will be set to -0.1 dB, with True Peak limiting turned off. 

Additional Ozone Elements Controls

Gain Match and Bypass Controls

When Gain Match is enabled, the effective gain of the signal will be compensated when bypassing Ozone 10 Elements globally. This enables you to hear the change that the Master Assistant has made without "louder is better" bias.

 Gain Match and Bypass controls in Ozone Elements
Gain Match and Bypass controls in Ozone Elements

Relearn your audio

Would you like to analyze a different section of your track? Select Relearn to do another AI-powered listening pass of your audio selection. 

Select Relearn to do another listening pass of your audio with Master Assistant
Select Relearn to do another listening pass of your audio with Master Assistant

Additional Ozone Elements improvements:

Improved performance

Ozone 10 Elements is compatible with Apple silicon native chips for faster processing.

Improved UI look and feel

A refreshed look and simple interface helps to jumpstart your mastering process by keeping you in your flow.

Start mastering your tracks with Ozone Elements

And there you have it! The new Ozone Elements makes it cost-effective and easy to start mastering your mixes quickly. Start working on getting professional-sounding masters in your DAW today.

Learn more about mastering with Ozone

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