At the same time, Neutron seemed so complete that I was sure there would be no new version anytime soon. According to some other reviews, it is a great tool even for skilled mixing engineers, giving them an instant stating point, saving them some time that they would have otherwise needed to tweak all those compressor, equalizer and exciter parameters manually. Not only that, everyone expects that this tune will be also perfectly produced and mastered. If you are even braver, trying some other modules too, then you could go way further and adapt the master to your own preferences. Yes, there is also a third one called Reference.
Also, Visual Mixer works only with inserted instances of Neutron 2, as Mix Tap is not part of the Standard edition. There is also an option for setting the stereo width by stretching particular dots. A new best friend for every music producer — actually, for every musician. Ozone 8 actually comes with plenty of additional controllers, but most of the results can really be nailed with all the essential controllers. It starts always with center pan position and zero gain value no matter the absolute gain and pan position that are actually used for that track. No matter that all values are set relatively, mixing with Visual Mixer is still a great advantage as it can save various finished mix versions and you can try different mixes on the fly just with one mouse click. Izotope made a few cosmetic changes to these processors, but they were — and still are — just perfect as they are, totally serving all your mixing needs.
Welcome to SoundBytes Magazine, a free online magazine devoted to the subject of computer sound and music production. Another big thing that comes with new Neutron 2 is a Visual Mixer. A demo song without Ozone 8 Ozone 8 There is quite a good number of various improvements and additions in the new version of Ozone. It also comes without Tonal Balance Control. It also proved to be a relief for my processor, having just one plug-in instead of all the others.
Of course Neutron 2 brings all the good things that were also present in the first version. We just sped through some new features. The first one is for more general oriented settings, taming low and high ends correctly, while the second is always a dynamic equalizer, that obviously tries to control frequencies that occasionally jump out. Regarding that final stage, we should also point out that Maximizer comes with an impressive number of different maximizing modes. Neutron 2 is also a very useful tool, highly recommended if the mixing process is not your best friend same story as with Ozone 8 for experts. Actually, while covering the first version of Neutron, I knew that it was only a matter of time before a similar function would be implemented in Ozone. At the moment both products are discounted.
Neutron 2 brings some really nice new features, some inside the plug-in and others in the shape of additional plug-ins. The next new tool that comes with both plug-ins is Tonal Balance Control. These categories were also presented in the past, but not being so upfront and within the reach of a mouse click. Of course, we can also apply frequency changes generally for the whole song if Tonal Balance Control is inserted on the master channel. This one already had Track Assistant in the first version, but now, finally, you can suggest to the assistant what sort of instrument is on the track that you want to analyze, as in the first version it happened occasionally that some basses and heavy percussions were not recognized correctly and you had to repeat the operation or even adapt some of the existing presets for that instrument instead of using automation. For me, Ozone 8 is a life saver.
Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 can make a lot of productions work for you, making your life much easier. As we already mentioned, Neutron 2 also comes with Tonal Balance Control. The standard version comes without these modules, the only exception is Vintage Limiter that comes integrated, but not as a separate plug-in. After making a few moves, finding better positions for some instruments, I actually noticed that this thing could be quite handy. Neutron 2 and Ozone 8 are more than fairly priced when you consider how many different tools and modules you get.
That last function is common for both plug-ins, Neutron 2 and Ozone 8. Use Visual Mixer before using Ozone 8 as a mastering tool. It allows you to upload up to ten different songs for analysis and then apply similar results to your song by applying the appropriate frequency curve, compressor and limiter proportions. While most of us might have some mixing skills, not to mention that surprisingly impressive number of musicians who even seem to be experts in the field, we should agree in any case that this is absolutely not the case with mastering. Tonal Balance Control allows you to open the equalizer window for every instance of Neutron 2 that is inserted on any separate track directly from the main Tonal Balance Control window. Same goes for Ozone 8. Go to the Izotope site and check out some additional info, download fully functional demo versions and try it for yourself.
After the first shock, as the Visual Mixer set dots for all the instruments in the same place, forcing me to find my way out of that mess, I needed some time to separate and switch most of the instruments around. It comes with a big, general window showing you if your low, low-mid, high-mid and high ends are well balanced relative to some standardized balance that is typical for most different genres. Ozone 8 with this new Master Assistant is, at least for me, an absolute must-have except if you are a very skilled, old school mastering guru — but even in this case it could be a good tool for setting a starting point. In most cases I manually add Stereo Imager before all other processors. All you need to do is to set the threshold, telling the Spectral Shaper the level where this spectral reducing should appear, choosing between Low, Mid and High processing options. With Tonal Balance Control you can easily see if any part of the frequency spectrum is below the normal range, showing you if your song is too bass heavy, too aggressive on highs, or having too much or not enough mids.
I was already a big fan of the first Neutron as it makes my mixes quite a bit better. Even if you buy it just for pressing this Master Assistant knob, it is an absolute winner. Dear Izotope, as you probably noticed, vinyl is back, so I hope you could add also a Vinyl option along with those basic three. So it proves to be a win-win situation for all of us, for pro and con musicians at least sometimes I get that impression by doing the exact opposite of what I should do during the mixing process. Also, we should not forget the fact that some sound sources are already pre-panned inside the instrument and are leaning left or right, regardless that the track pan is set to center.