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Product: Ozone 7 Elements
Formats: Pro Tools 10-12 (RTAS, AudioSuite) VST 2 & 3 , Audio Unit, 64-bit AAX, OS X 10.9-10.12 (Intel only) + and Win 7+ 32 & 64-bit
Price: $99 (Intro), $129 (Regular)
DRM: Computer hard drive or iLok dongle
Demo: demo available
From one of the great leaders of professional mastering plugins, Izotope introduces Ozone 7 Elements, a preset based mastering plugin featuring 70+ professionally crafted presets. Ozone 7 Elements is designed to be a simple, yet powerful mastering solution for a wide range of music styles and genres.
The interface features a list of presets of which 31 are All-Purpose Mastering, ranging from Adaptive Dynamics, CD Master, House Warmth, and Transient Tube to name a few. There’s also a folder containing Delivery-Specific Mastering, these presets consist of -0.5 dBTP Lossy Codec Master, -1.0 dBTP MP3 Master, Vinyl Master, and much more. Additionally, there’s a folder containing Genre-Specific Mastering such as Electronic Clarity, Smooth Hip-Hop, Thick Industrial, as well as others. Lastly, there’s a Signature Presets folder containing mastering presets by the renowned American Mastering Engineer, Greg Calbi. There are two Macro Controls for adjusting the EQ and Dynamics Amount via slider controls. The Dynamics adjust the amount of uncompressed (Dry) vs. compressed (Wet) signal in your audio. There’s a limited control Maximizer feature that can be toggled on and off and a set of Peak Level Meters. The Bypass option has an ear icon which is especially useful to automatically match effective gain when bypassed. The History panel is a great feature that lets one return to a previous state prior to changes that were made, essentially, it’s a multi-level undo feature.
The Options panel has tools for toggling meters on & off, tooltips, graphics adjustments, and other useful settings such as “True Peaks” detection. There’s a Social panel for accessing social media content related to Izotope products, YouTube, Izotope videos and Mixing tutorials.
* For additional screenshots of the user interface, please see the attachments at the bottom of the page.
Sound Quality: The sound quality of the mastering presets is quite impressive. No matter what kind of music genre you’re creating, whether it’s Electronic, Indie, Hip-Hop, or Industrial, Ozone 7 Elements has the versatility and power to improve the sound quality of your tracks and prepare them for streaming and MP3/AAC encoding. You’ll be able to produce a full, rich, and loud final master in no time with Ozone 7 Elements.
Ease of use: The user interface is similar in function to its parent applications of Ozone 7 and Ozone 7 Advanced, but on a much more simplified level. It’s a preset based mastering application, very simple to use and yet impressively powerful.
Features: An outstanding selection of professionally designed, goal-oriented presets ranging from All-Purpose, Delivery-Specific, Genre-Specific, to Signature presets by the Mastering Engineer, Greg Calbi. Ozone 7 Elements includes processing from Ozone’s most popular module, its legendary Maximizer, which utilizes its renowned IRC ™ (Intelligent Release Control) Technology.
Bang for buck: For the excellent high quality, and professional masters that this plugin can deliver, it’s really a terrific value that’s unbeatable!
Overall: This is a superior plugin, able to deliver high quality masters at an affordable price. Anyone seeking a highly-polished mix with minimal effort can benefit from this plugin. It’s highly recommended for beginning producers, beatmakers, and songwriters. If you’ve never mastered your own tracks before, Ozone 7 Elements is an excellent introduction to the professional results that can be achieved and serves as a stepping stone to the realm of Ozone’s mastering excellence.