In Ozone, the Referencing panel you can create loop points for playback in each reference, and set a gain offset to level-match all of your reference tracks. This will allow you to preview your processing without being artificially swayed by the level of the track. All your loaded references, their level, and loop points get saved in your session when using the plug-in, or in your Ozone project when using the standalone application.
When you first load a reference track into Ozone, we run a segmentation algorithm to detect segments of material to give you suggested loop points (verses, choruses, etc.) for fast access to song sections. This allows you to find the most relevant section of your reference (the song section most like your own track), even faster. Each loop point is automatically given a letter of the alphabet as a default name corresponding to sections we detected in your track; similar sounding sections will all be assigned the same letter so you can get going quickly. You can adjust loop points or section names from there.
From within the reference panel, click a tab to select one of your loaded reference tracks to audition and set its gain. From there, you can press the Reference A/B button anywhere else in Ozone to monitor your reference track.
When you start playback with a reference track loaded, you will see two spectra overlaid in the spectrum meters. Personally, I like to change Ozone's spectrum meter settings to use three-second averaging; I also find third Octave mode very useful when comparing the spectrum of my master with my reference.
You can also use the meters in the Ozone's I/O section to compare the level of your master with the reference track. By opening the I/O options popup, you can select "Replace input with reference" and view the reference tracks level in the left meter in the I/O section. This works in any meter mode.
Integrating Track Referencing with all the metering in Ozone can help you make a master that translates well, as this can help you navigate the differences between your master and a reference.
Using track references with other Ozone features
Need to get started on your master quickly? Any of your loaded reference tracks can be used as a target for Master Assistant so you can get to a starting point in sixty seconds or less.
Reference tracks can also be loaded into Tonal Balance Control to create a custom target curve that helps you balance your track to the uploaded reference.
Get up and running faster with a reference library
When importing a reference track into Ozone, you can select multiple files in the File Open dialog. Ozone will remember the last folder you loaded a reference from, so if you keep all your reference tracks in one folder, you will always be in the right place to load when you need when clicking the add reference button.
When setting up templates for sessions, I like to add Ozone on the master bus and load up my favorite reference tracks. That way, when I start a new project, my references are accessible immediately.
Learn more about Track Referencing in Ozone, available in both Ozone 8 Standard and Ozone 8 Advanced.