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iZotope O8N2: Ozone 8 Neutron 2 [12th Oct - upgrade price drop]

Postby Guy Rowland » Sep 23, 2017 7:40 pm

Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 are now released, info and videos on page 2 on October 5, 2017.

I don't think wst3 Bill is gonna like this, but here goes...

So it looks like Ozone and Neutron are going to combine into one mixing / mastering product and add a lot of bells and whistles. Visual mixing, for example, whatever that is exactly (will it have SPAT like features I wonder?). One obvious thing that occurs to me about this - aside from whether or not any of it is of any practical use - you'd need an instance on every channel, if you are going to truly mix through it, and that also makes me question how the routing would work. I'm presuming it'll be a standalone app, with routing to and from.

Neutron is clever stuff, and slowly and surely I'm turning to it for more jobs, more often. I'm a known admirer of iZotope for coming up with new ideas and - often - executing them exceptionally well. I'm not yet sure about this, but there's not too much to go on obviously.

Though as someone on YouTube pointed out regarding the promo - "If you have your monitors as chest level, I don't trust you to master my music". Was that you, Bill? :)


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Re: iZotope O8N2: Ozone 8 Neutron 2

Postby mybootsonfire » Sep 23, 2017 10:13 pm

Looking forward to seeing exactly what it'll be and how it works. I've been diggin Neutron and always use Ozone on just about everything. Hope there's a good upgrade discount.

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Postby Anders Wall » Sep 30, 2017 4:45 pm

With all the “marketing” and “hype” surrounding the 0802 I’m somewhat surprised that iZotope don’t get more attention (read hate) here.

So, if a company selling sample posts a video saying “we will release something this week” all we give them shit.

But if a plugin company posts several videos saying ”nothing” then we are all quiet.

Hmmm, this is actually really interesting.
Will bokmarknaden this thread.

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Re: iZotope O8N2: Ozone 8 Neutron 2

Postby Guy Rowland » Sep 30, 2017 5:30 pm

Hmm, I hope that isn't an accurate reflection on how things are here, Anders. Everything and everyone is fair game for praise or criticism as people see it. For me personally as I suggested already, I cut iZotope some slack because they have a track record of genuine innovation. Not every product is a winner though - this one definitely interests me but we wait to see if this is real innovation or more of a gimmick.



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Postby wst3 » Sep 30, 2017 5:42 pm

Guy Rowland wrote:I don't think wst3 Bill is gonna like this, but here goes... <snippity>

I guess I have a rep now as an Izoptope basher - fwiw, I'm wearing my Izotope t-shirt today, happened to be at the top of the pile, but it is significant that it has not yet become a paint t-shirt!

I don't dislike Izotope. I don't like all their products, but I think their RX suite is about as close as anyone will get to CEDAR hardware, and the hardware had it's own quirks. It isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, I still use the original Sound Forge NR plugin, and I use Accusonis and Zynaptiq for repairs that RX can't do. If any of these folks could come up with a tool that does everything perfectly I'd switch!

I also think very highly of their Ozone plugins. Their multi-band compressor is the most musical 2-mix compressor I've used. Their EQ is no slouch either, and while it is something of a one-trick pony, their old reverb is also great.

What I object to is their approach to marketing. I think they mislead people when they claim that all you need is software to be a competent mastering engineer. Even their old booklet suggests otherwise, but their ads!

Guy Rowland wrote:Though as someone on YouTube pointed out regarding the promo - "If you have your monitors as chest level, I don't trust you to master my music". Was that you, Bill? :)

No it wasn't. Pity I missed that opportunity. I get that you need to sell product to continue development. I get that you need to make the pictures pretty to sell product. But I think their products are good enough to stand on their own, even in a crowded marketplace, and it makes me a little sad that they don't.



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Postby Lawrence » Sep 30, 2017 8:56 pm

They're pretty relentless, but they just gave out their Imager for free (I know some don't like that sort of plug but I find it useful) and I got the upgrade from O4 to their O7 Creative Suite (I think that's what it was called) at a very reasonable price, so I have no kick.

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Re: iZotope O8N2: Ozone 8 Neutron 2

Postby Anders Wall » Oct 01, 2017 1:14 am

Guy Rowland wrote:Hmm, I hope that isn't an accurate reflection on how things are here, Anders. Everything and everyone is fair game for praise or criticism as people see it. For me personally as I suggested already, I cut iZotope some slack because they have a track record of genuine innovation. Not every product is a winner though - this one definitely interests me but we wait to see if this is real innovation or more of a gimmick.
No Guy I'm sure it's not an accurate reflection, but you cant' deny it's kind of funny.
I for one don't care about those teaser/promo/hype videos regardless of who releases them.
But, needless to say, sampling companies gets more crap releasing/re-branding their products than plugin companies.

For example, look at the Waves 25th thread and compare it to any sampling-company thread.

wst3 wrote:I still use the original Sound Forge NR plugin, and I use Accusonis and Zynaptiq for repairs that RX can't do. If any of these folks could come up with a tool that does everything perfectly I'd switch!
I've got the ERA-D, haven't gotten anything useful out of it. That is comparing to RX6.
Fairly sure it's me who's dabbling with the controls and not the quality of the plugin.
Would you please mind referring to any application where you find the quality ERA better than RX.

Only used CEDAR Studio 7 once and, shiiit that is some next level stuff.
Is it worth $10k ?

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Postby Guy Rowland » Oct 01, 2017 7:25 am

Well, I don’t really see any difference Andres. The Waves thread reaction was pretty negative - “urgh, another sale, products mediocre”, seemed to be the general reaction. Plenty of sampling products get enthusiastic responses, some less so such as the recent Spitifre thread, others get little traction. So I’m still kinda failing to see this, but it concerns me as I don’t like the perception that TSB is soft on some products in general terms, and negative on others. Quite willing to accpet I have blinkers though. Maybe one for continued discussion in Forum Matters?

I haven’t used the Studio 7 from Cedar I don’t think, but used their (older?) hardware units plenty. RX wipes the floor with those, though of course they are real time so not quite apples vs oranges.



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Postby Lawrence » Oct 01, 2017 8:39 am

Guy, I don't think it's a TSB thing as much as an individual thing. Though I think both companies make some fine products, I have a post-VIC Spitfire/8Dio hype hangover, and I think you share the Spitfire part. I'm upfront about it, others can disagree. I guess I haven't watched much Izotope stuff so I'm unaware of their marketing except regarding some recent sales.

We're also going to have some personally favored developers. That's just the way the donut rolls. As long as there's no policy and no commercial interests, I think the goals of TSB are met by complete (civil) freedom of expression.

Anders, you weren't implying that there's some sort of official policy, were you?

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Postby Anders Wall » Oct 01, 2017 9:49 am

Guy Rowland wrote:I don’t like the perception that TSB is soft on some products in general terms, and negative on others.

I haven’t used the Studio 7 from Cedar I don’t think, but used their (older?) hardware units plenty. RX wipes the floor with those, though of course they are real time so not quite apples vs oranges.

I'm sure it's just me.
No worries, I don't bad-talk this forum.
Neither do I buy stuff I haven't tried before or believe in "the hype" that some companies try to create.
Text and video will never replace my ears in a environment that I know.

On Topic-ish:
The TC 6000 de-noise is also a strong contender, "sounds" a lot like the Sound Forge if memory serves me right.
Have a System 6000 Film arriving next week. Will update.

Lawrence wrote:Anders, you weren't implying that there's some sort of official policy, were you?

No, no, not at all.
It is just a general, highly personal, observation.
You/WE are all free to write whatever.
And thus I did. :-)
But in general I find that there's more love to plugin companies then to sampling ones.
And I honestly find it strange, I'm sure it's just me.

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Postby Arcana » Oct 01, 2017 10:09 am

I for one am super excited about Neutron 2.
It's probably the most helpful mixing tool I have at my disposal.
It has opened my eyes in regards to mixing, and shown my issues in my mixes that I never knew existed.

So yeah, they can hype as much as they want as far as I'm concerned. :D

And I'll take their couple of adverts a year over Spitfire's by-weekly teasers for yet another £500 string library or repackaging of old product.



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Postby wst3 » Oct 01, 2017 3:29 pm

On the topic of biases, I don't think there are any. I think there are more people who are making purchasing decisions about libraries than there are people making purchasing decisions about plugins or platforms, and that will lead to more posts (pro and con) and more noise with respect to libraries.

I can certainly understand a concern that someone entering here for the first time might perceive one or more biases, but I don't think they are real, and I'm quite sure they can not be controlled.

On the topic of NR tools - that's a deep one, and I'm feeling lazy this morning<G>...

ERA-D seems to be best suited to applications where one needs to get rid of a really complex background, something with excessive reverb and noise. I have a clip I will need to dig up where I had all of about 7 seconds of dialog in a trailer that was otherwise all SFX and music. The production audio was about as awful as it gets. I almost asked the director to cut the last scene from the trailer, although I knew that wouldn't happen. I tried ADR but the actors were not up to the task. I tried RX5, Sony NR, filters, dynamics processors, and burning old tapes in sacrifice.

As I was about to give up hope I stumbled across ERA-D. It just worked. Which is to say it removed the most noise with the fewest artifacts. It took several passes (I don't remember how many), and I'm pretty sure the last pass was either Sony NR or RX5, and then I used Un-Chirp to try to clean up some of the artifacts.

So for me, thus far, the trick(s) to using ERA-D would include:
1) it seems to work best on really complex noise and reverb
2) allow it to treat both at the same time
3) make several passes with just a little treatment (this may be noise signature specific?)
4) don't be afraid to use a second tool for one last pass.

In fact I am starting to believe that some combination of tools (RX, Sony NR, ERA-D) works better than any single tool. I've been fortunate that I have not needed any of these recently, but I (almost) look forward to the next time I do<G>!

And yes, CEDAR is probably worth every penny if one gets enough work to pay for it.


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Postby Anders Wall » Oct 01, 2017 4:50 pm

Thank you for your insights on ERA.
I will deffently give it another chance.
Have not been able to get my head around it.
Next time I’ll read that manual :-)

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Re: iZotope O8N2: Ozone 8 Neutron 2

Postby X-bassist » Oct 02, 2017 5:57 am

Guy Rowland wrote: So it looks like Ozone and Neutron are going to combine into one mixing / mastering product and add a lot of bells and whistles. Visual mixing, for example, whatever that is exactly (will it have SPAT like features I wonder?). One obvious thing that occurs to me about this - aside from whether or not any of it is of any practical use - you'd need an instance on every channel, if you are going to truly mix through it, and that also makes me question how the routing would work. I'm presuming it'll be a standalone app, with routing to and from.

I really like RX4 and Ozone 5 but my beef with izotope is they keep changing the software every year to charge you more for updates rather than spending that time and research money on new products. Companys like Sountoys or Fabfilter are not constantly updating their products and charging owners a $99 upgrade fee every year. I started with RX3 just a few years ago and would have double my cost if I had kept up with the yearly updates. Perhaps the new features are worth it to some, but didn't neutron just come out around Christmas? Now they are already moving it on and charging people for it?

Alright, enough from me. But adding a plugin to each track combined with iZotope's upgrade policy is what kept me from diving into neutron in the first place. We'll be at O9N4 by this time next year. ;)


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Postby Anders Wall » Oct 02, 2017 6:39 am

X-bassist wrote:I really like RX4 and Ozone 5 but my beef with izotope is they keep changing the software every year to charge you more for updates rather than spending that time and research money on new products.

Yup, a dislike with iZotope is that you have to keep the old versions installed to be able open old projects.
Not sure if this is AAX only but you have to have RX1-6 installed to be backwards compatible.

If I have a de-verb och dialogue de-noise plug-in on a track I have to have the right version installed in the system to be able to open the session correctly. Same goes with Ozone.

The iZotope list is longer than both Waves and UAD :shock:

Tried the Neutron thing but not really sure that I like that someone else is coloring my tracks.
My ears, good or bad, are what's gotten me this far.
Like to mix with them and not with someone else or with my eyes.
Guess I'm a dinosaur in that way.

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Postby Arcana » Oct 02, 2017 8:26 am

Anders Wall wrote:
X-bassist wrote:Tried the Neutron thing but not really sure that I like that someone else is coloring my tracks.
My ears, good or bad, are what's gotten me this far.
Like to mix with them and not with someone else or with my eyes.
Guess I'm a dinosaur in that way.

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Unfortunately they focused too much of their marketing on the 'Assistant' feature, which is merely a gimmick.

The real power of Neutron comes from the masking meter that can identify where your fundamental frequencies for eg. a guitar track are and like wise for a vocal track, and by using dynamic EQ, duck those frequencies out of the guitar track, making your mix less muddy.
The histogram shows you where those two track are clashing.

It's like TrackSpacer on steroids.

This is a good example of what it does.



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Postby Guy Rowland » Oct 02, 2017 8:42 am

Yes, agreed on the "needing every old version on your system" thing which is tiresome. On Neutron, I have found the assistant handy I'll readily confess as a useful starting point suggestion on problematic stuff, and the masking thing is excellent.

In general with updates, it's rather like Komplete - if you update every single time (as I do with RX) then you end up paying a fair bit. If you skip every other one to just the ones you'll get real value from, and / or pounce on one of their deals, they're very good value.

I might have it wrong, but to me companies like Soundtoys and Fab Filter are both wonderful I'm sure, but I only ever seem to see the same kinds of variations on the usual themes. I'm unlikely to get excited about a new compressor or reverb from anyone. My enthusiasm for iZotope, like Zynptiq, is in their innovation.



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Postby Bernard » Oct 02, 2017 1:31 pm

Arcana wrote:I for one am super excited about Neutron 2.
It's probably the most helpful mixing tool I have at my disposal.

Yes I am very interested too. I find Neutron a very useful mixing tool. I bought it on the understanding that they would continue their development.



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Postby wst3 » Oct 02, 2017 4:50 pm

Anders Wall wrote:Tried the Neutron thing but not really sure that I like that someone else is coloring my tracks.
My ears, good or bad, are what's gotten me this far.
Like to mix with them and not with someone else or with my eyes.
Guess I'm a dinosaur in that way.

Could not have said it better, and I guess that makes me a bit of a dinosaur too!


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Postby Arcana » Oct 02, 2017 6:43 pm

Guy Rowland wrote:I might have it wrong, but to me companies like Soundtoys and Fab Filter are both wonderful I'm sure, but I only ever seem to see the same kinds of variations on the usual themes. I'm unlikely to get excited about a new compressor or reverb from anyone. My enthusiasm for iZotope, like Zynptiq, is in their innovation.

Yeah, I think you have it wrong :P

Certainly, if you have tons of EQ, limiters, reverb etc. you might not need them, but I think Fabfilter's Pro-Q2 (EQ) is generally considered the best on the market. And their limiter is right up there as well. They are not quite as innovative as Izotope but their GUI as second to none IMO. Just check out Dan Worral's videos on YouTube for some instant GAS.
Yes, they are not cheap by a long shot, but you get what you pay for.
Personally, I'd happily use only Fabfilter (and Neutron) for all my mixing. That's not quite the case currently, but that's purely because of the before mentioned price.

Anyway... new teaser from Izotope today.



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Postby Guy Rowland » Oct 02, 2017 7:26 pm

Arcana wrote:
Guy Rowland wrote:I might have it wrong, but to me companies like Soundtoys and Fab Filter are both wonderful I'm sure, but I only ever seem to see the same kinds of variations on the usual themes. I'm unlikely to get excited about a new compressor or reverb from anyone. My enthusiasm for iZotope, like Zynptiq, is in their innovation.

Yeah, I think you have it wrong :P

Certainly, if you have tons of EQ, limiters, reverb etc. you might not need them, but I think Fabfilter's Pro-Q2 (EQ) is generally considered the best on the market. And their limiter is right up there as well. They are not quite as innovative as Izotope but their GUI as second to none IMO. Just check out Dan Worral's videos on YouTube for some instant GAS.

Huh.... that sounds to me as if I don't have it wrong after all! Wonderful I'm sure, but it's another EQ, another limiter etc. I'm lucky enough to have great EQs and limiters already. Tons of them, actually. I just can't get enthused about another that I know will make an almost imperceptible difference to either my workflow or my output. In the interests of paying dues, I did look at Dan Worral's youtube video for Fab Filter's Pro R. It looks and sounds wonderful, really well designed, but it didn't make my GAS meter flicker. It took Zynaptiq's Adaptiverb to do that, which offered something genuinely new.



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Postby J Rod » Oct 02, 2017 8:16 pm

This is expecupation and is not confirmed but Music Store announce O8N2 like a bundle with 2 differents "Advanced" products , i hope is not the case and Ozone and Neutron will be a unique product.

Music Store O8N2



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Postby Lawrence » Oct 02, 2017 8:21 pm

At a slightly lower price I would have gone for the Pro-R. I tried the demo and really liked the transparency of it, but I bought PhoenixVerb for substantially less.

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Postby Arcana » Oct 02, 2017 8:35 pm

Guy Rowland wrote:
Arcana wrote:
Guy Rowland wrote:I might have it wrong, but to me companies like Soundtoys and Fab Filter are both wonderful I'm sure, but I only ever seem to see the same kinds of variations on the usual themes. I'm unlikely to get excited about a new compressor or reverb from anyone. My enthusiasm for iZotope, like Zynptiq, is in their innovation.

Yeah, I think you have it wrong :P

Certainly, if you have tons of EQ, limiters, reverb etc. you might not need them, but I think Fabfilter's Pro-Q2 (EQ) is generally considered the best on the market. And their limiter is right up there as well. They are not quite as innovative as Izotope but their GUI as second to none IMO. Just check out Dan Worral's videos on YouTube for some instant GAS.

Huh.... that sounds to me as if I don't have it wrong after all! Wonderful I'm sure, but it's another EQ, another limiter etc. I'm lucky enough to have great EQs and limiters already. Tons of them, actually. I just can't get enthused about another that I know will make an almost imperceptible difference to either my workflow or my output. In the interests of paying dues, I did look at Dan Worral's youtube video for Fab Filter's Pro R. It looks and sounds wonderful, really well designed, but it didn't make my GAS meter flicker. It took Zynaptiq's Adaptiverb to do that, which offered something genuinely new.


I guess at the end of the day, they are just standard effects, but I do think Fabfilter pushes the limits of what that entails.
You should check out Dan Worral's video for Pro-Q2. Pro-C, I think is the first product in years that they've released that people are generally a bit disappointed with.

They also offer a nice incentive, so if you have a few of their plugins you get 35-40% discount on all other products. Keeps me coming back for more :D



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Postby Guy Rowland » Oct 02, 2017 10:07 pm

J Rod wrote:This is expecupation and is not confirmed but Music Store announce O8N2 like a bundle with 2 differents "Advanced" products , i hope is not the case and Ozone and Neutron will be a unique product.

Music Store O8N2

Oh good spot, thanks.



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