Native Instruments is giving away the iZotope Ozone 11 Mastering EQ plugin for free as part of the new Komplete Start bundle.
I’ve been a huge iZotope fan, and I used Ozone as my go-to mastering plugin for years. It is great to see that even bedroom producers on a budget can now get their hands on some of iZotope’s premium products for free!
Ozone 11 EQ is the equalizer module taken from the full Ozone suite of mastering acclaimed processors, which can work both as a standalone plugin and on individual tracks.
If you’re used to iZotope products, you should be aware of how greatly their user interfaces are designed.
iZotope’s plugins are a great option for beginners, thanks to the intelligent audio analysis and processing features. At the same time, they’re packed with advanced controls for the experts! Truly the best of both worlds!
The latest version of the Ozone EQ comes with several interesting new features.
A cool one is the so-called Transient/Sustain mode. It integrates a new technology that first appeared on Eventide SplitEQ, which is the ability to equalize the transient or sustain portion of a signal independently.
This is a new way to shape the audio that can be used for mixing and sound design.
Let’s say you just want to add warmth to your guitar sustain part without affecting the transients. Essentially, you might want to saturate the signal while keeping the picked part bright and sizzle. Well, now you can do that!
On the other hand, imagine you want a brighter transient on your snare without making the body too harsh – Ozone 11 EQ has you covered!
Technology truly advances at the speed of light. I remember when dynamic EQ was a new thing from version 6 of Ozone.
Talking of Ozone 11 EQ, it has extra levels of control, making it one of the most advanced EQs available.
The Delta feature lets you hear only the difference between the processed and unprocessed signal, helping you make better mixing decisions.
The Gain Match function tries to keep the signal at approximately the same level as the pre-processing one to avoid the ‘louder-is-better’ trap.
A nerdy, cool new feature is the possibility to manipulate the phase shift in Digital mode and also watch the Phase Response and Phase Delay in the spectrum.
Ozone 11 EQ also comes as part of Komplete Start, the revamped selection of free instruments and effects by Native Instruments.
It’s available as AAX, AU, and VST3 for 64-bit Windows and macOS machines.
Download: Ozone 11 EQ (FREE)