"Beginning with my 2012 #digitalfreedom release, I've mastered all of my releases with Ozone Advanced; currently I don't even go take a leak without putting Ozone Maximizer on it first. I put Ozone Exciter into my morning coffee instead of sugar. Ozone Imager is literally my only friend, the only one who truly understands me and cares about my feelings. (...) But yeah, it's hard to find a channel in my session that's not being sent through an iZotope plug-in one way or another. My current master chain is Exciter, Neutron Equalizer, and Maximizer as separate units. I'm kind of obsessed with IRC IV Transient mode—the accuracy and transparency is fantastic. The first thing I do when I open a new Ableton session is put Ozone 7 Imager on two return channels with different band settings and compression; anything that needs expanding goes through them. I love using the Vintage Limiter for vocal group tracks and synth group tracks right before the sidechain compression; it really gives a thick warmth to the overall sound of your main melodic elements in the song."more
It's limitations? The Limiter. I feel a bit condescended to with the slow release times being called "vintage". I'm assuming they figured old gear= old dried out capacitors but while I'm not at all an electrical engineer I do know how to recognize my equipment needs servicing. I get it, sure...but I feel like I'm being taken for a rube.
Next? The "Pultec EQ". Come on. Sounds nothing like the insanely signature sound if a Pultec in the low frequencies. The upper range is a bit better but still. Why bother with this?! You made great stuffs is this just an appeal to the "Heritage Heads"? If so, I'm saddened. I loved the sorta "fabfilter" model they kinda had- "fuck the GUI interface of hardware lets just make something killer" ideals.
All that said? Ozone is a totally killer plug in. I use it often...just not the new "vintage" section in most cases. It's strengths are elsewhere.