If ever there was a combination of production suites to add to your arsenal, it would be made by iZotope in the form of Ozone 9 and Neutron 3.
Splice has taken these 2 amazing products from iZotope and combined them into a bundle that is more than affordable. We have reviewed each of these plugins separately and we have the links if you would like to learn more in-depth information on both.
How We Reviewed Ozone 9 and Neutron 3 Standard
We wanted to focus on the key points of each plugin that we are looking at today. There is so much more to both of these plugins, but if you are reading this you probably already know about both the Ozone 9 and Neutron 3.
The first point to keep in mind is that this is the standard version of both Ozone 9 and Neutron 3. We do have more information on the combination of the Advanced combination here. One of the reasons I say this is such a great combination is that they cover different parts of the production and editing process.
With Neutron 3, you have the ability to work on instruments and vocals alike. It works as a general editing plugin suite. Ozone 9 on the other hand is geared as a mastering suite for when you have completed the editing and mixing process.
For the features we will be focusing on, we will be doing 2 of our favorites from both suites. The first 2 will be from Ozone, and the second 2 will be from Neutron.
Imager – Even though I work in audio, I am a very visual person. I love how the Imager module lets you visualize the placement and spread of the mix you are working with. You even get to shape the equalization response for each side and see how they are working together.
Match EQ – Now I believe I have seen this option on more than one iZotope plugin (I could be wrong) but I absolutely love it. The way it works is that you import your reference track, and after some analysis, you can compare your track and its frequency response to that on the reference.
Masking Meter – Muddy mixes are such an issue in the crossover frequencies between instruments. One of the main issues is the mix between bass and kicks. To help resolve these issues, there is the Masking meter which can be used to see 2 track frequency responses at once and edit them simultaneously.
Transient Shaper – Transient shapers have not been a highlight for a lot of mixers and engineers. It is a way to control the transient (which is most often associated with drums) in a way that can either boost or lower the transient of a hit. This could make a snare pop out in a mix or be used to blend it in smoothly.
Almost any and every DAW will be fantastic in combination with these plugins. You might want to use it more with a DAW that is geared towards mixing and mastering such as Pro Tools, but it will work with any other in a pinch.
|Memory||4 GB RAM|
8 GB recommended
|4 GB RAM|
8 GB recommended
|Operating System||10.11.6 – 10.15||Windows 7 – 10|
These plugins will both come to you digitally.
The primary advantage of the combined price is that you will save 25% off of your total. With that in mind, make sure you can use both of these plugins, or if you at least plan to.
Bonus & Extras
The entire goal of any iZotope plugin is to incorporate into your existing workflow. They don’t want you to have to completely rework your process just to add in their plugins. With Ozone and Neutron, you will be saving time, which is very important when it comes to your work. Efficiency is key and any time you can save is very important to your final goals.
Set a New Standard
Especially for newer engineers, it is always important to look for your next way to grow. That being said, everyone of every skill level should be looking to learn new ways to approach tasks. Ozone 9 and Neutron 3 have become new ways to get amazing sounds whether they be entirely new or a classic sound that everyone strives for.
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