Although I found its included mastering tools to be more powerful than Neutron, I also felt that Ozone Live (Live is the Windows version of Ozone) lacked the usability as Ozone, particularly with its modal editing operation. Ultimately, I really liked Neutron 3’s performance and am pleased with my purchase. Ozone 9 should be a serious consideration for people in the business.
I will ask that if you’re in the market for a real-sounding virtual instrument, you choose Ozone 9 Elements at the minimum, and consider upgrading to Standard and Advanced editions as well. If updating Ozone is a huge gulf for you in terms of system requirements, get the Basic edition. Ozone 9 Elements provides the same capabilities as Ozone 9 Advanced or Standard. Live Pro and Live Standard are the other essential Ozone products with pro affinities.
Less is more the rule of virtual instrument usability. The extra panels beyond the default in Instruments VI, for Volume, Level, Panning, etc., aren’t really necessary if you’re just tweaking the default settings more to your liking. Ozone 9 Elements, Standard and Advanced should be sufficient. However, you can make the extra settings very useful if you have the time to go in-depth on each one.
Here’s a band, from the Cars DVD, who sound a lot like this “fake” instrument. Ozone 9 can add life to old, tired sounding gear. Editing Ozone 9 is always a challenge, but I love the way I can refine a track until its right.
One of the neat things about Ozone is that you can create multiple, virtual instruments based on your analysis of one track. This is especially useful when you want to layer a “modern” instrument into the mix to complement an older sound. Ozone 9 has a diverse array of instruments and sounds. It feels like a software kit.
If you have a simple setup and only a few basic EQ’s, it’s OK to have only one tonal band. I don’t have a ton to say about this, but you might want to try the free Ozone Librarian app. It might help you find a solution. 7211a4ac4a