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IZotope release Ozone 9 - get it with up to 50% off!

BezO

The Artisan
I skipped the Music Production Suite for a Fabfilter bundle a while back. Very satisfied, but I've always wondered about the assisting features. And they've gone NKS. I'm strongly considering again.

Oh, and T&S, any chance your site will every become more American friendly? Seeing prices on my wishlist in Pounds turns me away every time.
 

jamwerks

Senior Member
I always love spending the money to have the latest and best versions, but when I feel like the pricing for updates is over the top (like in this case), kind of leaves a sour taste in my mouth vis-à-vis the dev in question. That 150 euros might be better spent on a whole other package by a competing dev...
 

Shad0wLandsUK

Senior Member
This whole $149 "intro offer" upgrade scheme for a few new features on an annual basis is wearing thin. Most people can upgrade their DAW for less than that. I'm feeling like iZotope is the Avid of the plug-in world. Sticking with 8 Advanced.
I think they have been that company to the plug-in world for a while now (and they know it). They make awesome tools, but their upgrade pricings are never really that appealing when you have spent over $2K on their products already
 

richardt4520

Active Member
If you have 8 there’s nothing all that useful for you in 9 unless you do mastering side-work... it has a few things useful for surgical work, so if you’re just mastering your own tracks for libraries etc you’re fine with 8....(Plus the new EQ UI is kind of annoying.)
I bought the Advanced 9 upgrade from Standard 8. I've meant to upgrade to Advanced just to get the modules as individual plugins so I did get what I wanted. I was never really interested in the Vintage modules but I actually like Spectral Shaper in Neutron so I was excited to have it included in Ozone. Unfortunately, it seems to be more basic in Ozone 9. The Low End Focus, and Master Rebalance are very subtle, from what I've noticed so far. I'd have stayed with 8 Standard if I'd have demoed 9 first and I'd definitely advise anyone who's interested to demo before buying. $149 isn't a lot in the scheme of things but you could buy some really useful stuff for that instead of just a couple of subtle enhancements that you may or may not need.
 

Shad0wLandsUK

Senior Member
I bought the Advanced 9 upgrade from Standard 8. I've meant to upgrade to Advanced just to get the modules as individual plugins so I did get what I wanted. I was never really interested in the Vintage modules but I actually like Spectral Shaper in Neutron so I was excited to have it included in Ozone. Unfortunately, it seems to be more basic in Ozone 9. The Low End Focus, and Master Rebalance are very subtle, from what I've noticed so far. I'd have stayed with 8 Standard if I'd have demoed 9 first and I'd definitely advise anyone who's interested to demo before buying. $149 isn't a lot in the scheme of things but you could buy some really useful stuff for that instead of just a couple of subtle enhancements that you may or may not need.
Thanks for letting us know this. For those of us on 8 Advanced, it seems the UI is the biggest change then o_O
 

jcrosby

Senior Member
Thanks for letting us know this. For those of us on 8 Advanced, it seems the UI is the biggest change then o_O
There are two new modules but they're mainly focused on surgical-ish mastering. Fixing level balances in stereo mixes. (Limited functionality so far though, not very useful in orchestral music...)

Basically it's tailored toward someone doing commercial or mastering side-work... If you only master your own tracks I wouldn't say there's much there that warrants the upgrade price...

And the fact that they released it with huge Windows bugs out of the gate is kind of insane...
 

ManicMiner

in the Skylab landing bay
Ozone 9 has better CPU performance than 8. Which is good because O8 is an Elephant. Its the only plugin that makes my DAW hiccup every now and then (when I start playback). Neutron3 which I have is fairly efficient, except for the new Sculptor module which is a CPU hog.
That said, its still not worth me getting O9.
 

Philip Vasta

New Member
I have ozone 8, but it looks like they took the dither ability from standard and put it in advanced...which kinda stinks. I also feel like the main product page for izotope products are always misleading. So much of they advertise is fr advanced.
 

jcrosby

Senior Member
Ozone 9 has better CPU performance than 8. Which is good because O8 is an Elephant. Its the only plugin that makes my DAW hiccup every now and then (when I start playback). Neutron3 which I have is fairly efficient, except for the new Sculptor module which is a CPU hog.
That said, its still not worth me getting O9.
I actually see about the same CPU use with both... definitely interesting though you see a difference... Are you on Mac or PC? And what gen is your processor?
 

Peter Satera

Hungry Member
This whole $149 "intro offer" upgrade scheme for a few new features on an annual basis is wearing thin. Most people can upgrade their DAW for less than that. I'm feeling like iZotope is the Avid of the plug-in world. Sticking with 8 Advanced.
Can't agree more with the comments here. I'm also on 8 Advanced and no way I'm upgrading for that! $149 (Intro discounted from $200) upgrade is mad!
 
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