Get Started Mastering with Essential Tools in Ozone Elements
The new Ozone 10 Elements has the assistive technology to get a professional-sounding master quickly. Get started mastering music with our Ozone Elements mastering guide.
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:
Mix Before & After Ozone
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
The Dynamis macro control allows you to easily dial in your loudness, output level, and visualize the gain reduction being applied to your audio.
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.
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.
Additional Ozone Elements improvements:
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.