With recent advances in technology, musicians have more access today than ever before to the tools that are needed to make professional-sounding music. DAWs have given us the ability to break the constraints we once had in the analog format. We can record music easily, create sounds with virtual instruments, mix with analog-style plug-ins, master with incredibly transparent audio, and even deliver audio files all from a single recording program. We have the freedom to jump between creating, recording, mixing, and mastering by closing a session and reopening another in minutes—many times within the comforts of our home studios.
Yet with all of the benefits that a home studio brings, it also often introduces the challenge of working in a non-ideal listening environment. There are some methods home studio users have adopted to mitigate mixing and mastering in non-ideal environments. Spectrum meters help visually validate what your ears are hearing. Speaker emulation programs help make your headphones behave like studio speakers. Track referencing has become a go-to solution for A/Bing your music against other material to help with the aforementioned monitoring issues in home studios. All these methods are here to help get your music to a place where it is comparable to professionally mixed tracks. And there’s something that many professional mixed tracks have in common—good tonal balance.
As the home studio becomes more prominent and people are mixing and mastering their music in the same environment, iZotope is excited to introduce Tonal Balance Control, the latest innovation available in Ozone 8 Advanced and Neutron 2 Advanced. It’s designed to adapt to this context-switching workflow between mixing and mastering and seamlessly allow you to switch from Ozone 8 to Neutron 2 without losing focus.