- iZotope’s complete mastering system in a single integrated plug-in includes eight essential mastering tools: Maximizer, Equalizer, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Post Equalizer, Multiband Harmonic Exciter, Reverb, and Dithering.
The process of mastering ranges from correcting mistakes made in the mix to preparing a recording for target listening environments. Like a final coat of polish, mastering makes the difference between a good-sounding mix and a professional-sounding master. Ozone 5 delivers the biggest update ever to iZotope’s critically-acclaimed software mastering system, making it easier than ever for anyone to master their audio simply and efficiently.
With Ozone 5, see your mix like never before. A broad variety of updated metering tools provide unprecedented visualizations of how mix elements fit together, guiding both your eyes and your ears to the perfect-sounding master. Each processing module is complemented with useful spectrums, phase meters, vectorscopes and level histograms. For example, use the Gain Reduction Trace view to help set the compressor’s release time, or watch the Correlation Trace to catch instantaneous phase problems.
- The company IZotope is for many years recognized for creation of processing audio signals tools (in both technical and creative way). Whether it is a plug-in or stand-alone application, it always represents innovative solutions and sophisticated concept. Tool that we present today is a creative tool, but also is designed to keep the creation of sound within limits that prescribe standards and recommendations, as well as to enable audio visualize the important parameters which influence the final form of the sound image. We are talking about multi-function plugin for audio measurement and analysis, called iZotope Insight.
Measure twice …
Measurement and analysis of audio are very useful in the process of creation, as they can clearly demonstrate the sources of problems, which have their negative consequences even artistic and aesthetic level work with sound.
What can Insight
I said at the beginning that the Insight is a multifunctional tool for measuring and analyzing audio. It combines (as usual within one working window) several measurement tools. Insight thus continuing the trend associate company iZotope instruments into a single interface, which has the advantages of both ergonomic, as well as technical, as already explained in the plugins Ozone and Alloy. The main technical advantage of this is that calculations of the individual measuring tasks take place within a single environment.
Insight includes a spectrograph, the spectrum analyzer and audio analyzer field correlator, which is not exceptional in any way, such facilities are also included in plugins from other manufacturers. Insight, however, is equipped with two measuring instruments that make this plugin very important today. I’m talking about loudness measurement.
Loudness war and its consequences
The pursuit of ever-increasing volume of sound recordings has no other goal than commercial (regardless of the relationship of modulation depth and range of the transmitter in the radio broadcast) . Loud sounding image attracts listeners easier than weaker competitors. Especially since the increasing volume is in the hand of record executives and producers. There are many negative consequences that this effort brings such a distortion and other effects of massive compression in the technical level and degradation dynamics and musical content in the recording.
IZotope company reacted to this situation as well as some other software manufacturers with plugin Insight, which can measure and record the volume of recording. This is his greatest contribution, for which is sure to become a popular tool especially in post-production studios.
Appearance and design
Appearance of Insight is fully in line with other plug-ins Ozone 5 and Alloy 2. This means that its working window is large and well -arranged . Includes all 5 measurement tools, which all controls and architecture adjustment menu in the folder Options ozone and Alloye user knows intimately and without problems understand their function. To clarity at work even better, you can split a single window to maximize the size of the central window, or hide it completely. Thus, it is possible to customize the look of the plug-in for a particular measurement task. If the window is maximized, it becomes available in other, more detailed control and adjustment elements. The maximized windows can sometimes choose the size of the viewport display ( zoom) . The appearance of the plug-in is obviously modified for use in two-channel or multi-channel mode.
Spectrograph is used for monitoring of individual frequencies over time. This is useful, for example for localization of noise such as hum or other noise tonal character. As well it should be possible to monitor the progress of the melody, like singing voice. Insight offers two-and three-dimensional display mode, allowing the visualization according to the specific needs of the user. Three-dimensional image can be also rotated in different directions and thus get a glimpse of the part of the spectrum, which is important at that moment. Zooming measurement scales is commonplace, as well as that analysis, which normally takes place in real time, you can stop and explore, during normal playback. Spectrograph module provides an interesting feature accessible in multi-channel operating mode, and color resolution spectrograms of each channel in a common box. It is possible to assign a own color to every channel and with the Meter Tap make a detail measurement of its progress over the time.
Spectrum Analyzer is a standard tool for obtaining information on audio frequency format that provides clear picture of the traditional spectrum. You can choose the form of display, integration time and method of calculation. This module does not deviate from the traditional approach and is arranged for quick analysis of the underlying instrument.
Sound field analyzer is particularly useful when downmixing, which provides information about the energy and directional distribution of the stereo and phase ratios in it. Also, we can change the appearance and detection method. Must be said that this module is most useful when analyzing the mixing of surround sound, the sound field distribution is very important and fundamentally determines the final form of the sound image.
In terms of what was stated at the beginning, the most important part of Insight modules is measurement of levels and volume during the recording. Measuring module of level and volume is a comprehensive tool that summarizes information about the excellent and efficient level image with option to use measurement methodology used by Bob Katz (K -system). The value of the volume we can have shown instantly (with an integration time of 400 ms), short (3 s integration) and integrated (the integration over the entire duration of the program). Measuring range are selectable according to each methodologies EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) , so Insight is universally applicable for use in all areas of work with sound.
An interesting tool is the history view. It gives us information on the evolution of the volume for the duration of the program, clearly indicate exceeded preset limits (which is usually the value of 24 lufs – in line with the recommendations). This is certainly very useful, and Insight provides several tools how to fix errors in our mix.
Izotope Insight is a very useful tool and it is strongly recommended for every day work. It is a master plugin for all producers who want to have their audio production under control.
Learn about “Gain Matching doing any processing”. While processing, EQ’ing, compressing or saturating, if it is not taken care of it can end up making the tracks louder. One needs to gain match before one can decide whether the settings are helping. Matching should be gained with the help of these plug-ins to keep the tracks normal without any unnecessary loudness in it.