PRESS RELEASE — iZotope, Inc., the experts in intelligent audio technology, have announced the release of Ozone 8, Neutron 2, and Music Production Suite. The Advanced versions of Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 feature ground-breaking technology, including the ability to communicate with each other through the new Tonal Balance Control plugin. This new level of inter-plugin communication puts more power in users’ hands, allowing them to achieve tonally balanced, professional mixes and masters that sound great in any listening environment.
Ozone 8 now features machine learning technology with the introduction of Master Assistant, allowing you to reach an optimal starting point for your master in seconds. Version 8 also includes Track Referencing, a Spectral Shaper to tame problematic frequencies, improved signal processing, and refinements to the user interface and workflow. Neutron 2 includes new signal processing, including a Gate with Hysteresis for a smoother gating response, and improvements to Track Assistant and Neutrino modes to help you get to a better starting point. Neutron 2 also features an intuitive Visual Mixer that allows you to mix on a soundstage by controlling pan, gain, and width of audio busses. The new Mix Tap plugin now allows you to route any track to the Tonal Balance Control plugin, Visual Mixer, and Masking Meter, even if you are not using any iZotope plugins.
Bringing these two powerful products together is a new plugin called Tonal Balance Control. This visual analysis tool measures the distribution of energy across frequencies, comparing your audio to targets created from analysis of tens of thousands of commercially available tracks spanning a variety of musical styles to help you achieve better tonal balance. Tonal Balance Control can also compare your audio to a custom upload to inform how you shape its sonic profile and across listening environments.
Also new within Tonal Balance Control is inter-plugin communication, a technology that allows communication and interaction with any Equalizer instance of Neutron 2 or Ozone 8 in your project. Inter-plugin communication allows you to fix issues from one location in the mixing stage that could hinder mastering, and provides a visual guide for more tonally balanced mixes and masters throughout your production workflow.
Dan Gonzalez, Product Manager at iZotope:
We see Tonal Balance Control as the missing piece between mixing and mastering. Mixing, and mastering especially, can often be difficult to understand, and getting your songs to sound like commercial releases can often be a struggle. With Tonal Balance Control, we created a new analysis tool that helps educate users on why their mixes and masters may be lacking in certain areas. And more importantly, we offered them the tools to help fix those issues, with communication and control between the mixing and mastering plugins.
Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 are now available online and at select retailers. Ozone 8 Advanced and Neutron 2 Advanced will also be available as part of iZotope’s new Music Production Suite. This incredible value combines iZotope’s latest products with its most popular tools including RX 6 Standard, Nectar 2 Production Suite, VocalSynth, and Trash 2 Expanded.
All new products are on sale now through 31 October 2017:
- Ozone 8 is available for $199 USD (reg. $249)
- Ozone 8 Advanced is available for $399 USD (reg. $499)
- Neutron 2 is available for $199 USD (reg. $249)
- Neutron 2 Advanced will be available for $399 USD (reg. $499)
- O8N2 (Ozone 8 Advanced and Neutron 2 Advanced) is available for $499 USD (reg. $699)
- Music Production Suite will be available for $699 USD (reg. $999)
Upgrade pricing is also available in several flavors. Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 require macOS 10.8.5 or later and an AU, VST, AAX, or RTAS plugin host.
In addition to being available on the iZotope website and select retailers, Ozone 8 Standard and Neutron 2 Standard will also be available on Splice. iZotope joins Serum as the only two products to be available as rent-to-own. Splice is a music creation and collaboration platform connecting modern musicians to world-class music production tools and creative assets, and a growing global community over 1 million musicians and artists.
John Bigay, CMO of iZotope:
We are pleased to bring Ozone 8 Standard and Neutron 2 Standard to the Splice platform. Splice is a thriving community of musicians who demand modern tools and iZotope is committed to helping artists wherever they work. This partnership was a natural fit for both companies and brings the latest in mixing and mastering technology accessible to a brand new audience.
Steve Martocci, co-founder and CEO of Splice:
For the first time ever, artists around the world can access iZotope’s critically acclaimed plugins at an affordable rate. This new partnership democratizes access to professional tools like iZotope’s Ozone 8 mastering suite and Neutron 2 mixing plugin, to all artists, at every stage of their careers, and we are excited to further empower this next generation of creators.
Ozone 8 Standard and Neutron 2 Standard will each be available for $9.99/month, or as a bundle for $14.99/month. Splice’s rent-to-own is a modern and affordable distribution model for music software. Through rent-to-own, musicians get instant access to a plugin, then pay it off over time in small monthly installments with no interest. Users can pause, cancel, or resume their plans at any time. All rent-to-own plans start with a free, three-day trial, allowing musicians to explore new creative tools without any risk, commitment, or investment.