4 Uses for Vintage Modules in Ozone

4 Uses for Vintage Modules in Ozone

by Ian Stewart, iZotope Contributor October 9, 2019

With the arrival of Ozone 9, the powerful Vintage modules—previously only available in Advanced versions—are now part of Standard. Whether these modules are brand new to you, or you’ve had them in your back pocket for a while, but have been unsure about how and when to use them, this article is for you!

4 Tips for Using Upwards Compression in Neutron

4 Tips for Using Upwards Compression in Neutron

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 18, 2019

In an earlier article called “Expanding on compression” I covered unusual forms of dynamic processing, including upwards compression. Neutron 3 offers the ability to implement upwards compression, so I thought it would be useful to cover it further.

How Mix Assistant Helped Me Mix an Album in 5 Days

How Mix Assistant Helped Me Mix an Album in 5 Days

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 18, 2019

Neutron 3 Advanced sports a feature called Mix Assistant. Its aim is simple: to give you a good static mix and let you get to the fun parts of mixing faster.

9 Great Reference Mixes for Modern Pop

9 Great Reference Mixes for Modern Pop

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor September 19, 2019

This article concerns itself with the genre of modern pop, but therein lies a problem: pop is a curious music, as it’s the only genre that is not a genre by definition. Whatever is popular, that is pop. “A Fifth of Beethoven,” Frozen’s “Let It Go,” and “Old Town Road” sound nothing alike, and yet they are all pop.

5 Signs of Over-Processing in a Mix

5 Signs of Over-Processing in a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor September 19, 2019

We spend a lot of time showing folks how to use plug-ins across their mix. But with every video tutorial and list of tips we publish, there is a caveat: be careful not to get carried away.

10 Tips for Mastering if You’re Not a Mastering Engineer

10 Tips for Mastering if You’re Not a Mastering Engineer

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor February 7, 2018

Maybe you’re a singer songwriter who has mixed a song and wants to release it quickly. Or perhaps you’re an EDM producer working at a fast clip, and you don’t want to shell out the money to bring every new track to a competitive level. Maybe still you’re a mixing engineer looking to give a client a pseudo-master—not just any pseudo master, but one that sounds better than the average limiter-slam.

How to Mix Hi-Hats: 8 Tips for Added Energy

How to Mix Hi-Hats: 8 Tips for Added Energy

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor September 9, 2019

A hi-hat is vital to an overall great drum mix.
In our blog articles “5 Tips for Mixing High End” and “8 Tips for Taming Harsh Treble in the Mix” we provided some general tips for managing high end in a mix. Today, we’re diving into a specific sound that occupies the top end of the frequency spectrum: hi-hats.

Making Metal: How to Master Metal with Ian Shepherd

Making Metal: How to Master Metal with Ian Shepherd

by Ian Shepherd, Mastering Engineer September 4, 2019

Mastering metal is tough.

In fact, I’d probably go so far as to say it’s one of the most challenging genres to get truly great results in. It is certainly possible though.

9 Tips for Using Reverb with Drums

9 Tips for Using Reverb with Drums

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor August 20, 2019

Some of the reverbs we’ll be working with today
Your drums sound narrow, dry, and small. You need them to sound bigger, so you send them to a concert-hall reverb. That’ll do the trick, right? Probably not. Now all you have are small, narrow drums surrounded by a lot of incongruous reverb.

Mix Busses 101: When, Why, and How to Group Tracks into a Bus

Mix Busses 101: When, Why, and How to Group Tracks into a Bus

by David Bawiec, iZotope Contributor August 21, 2019

What’s a mix bus? Learn here!
We’ve got your guide to everything mix bus-related. Learn how they work, the difference between a group, aux bus, or master bus, when you should route your tracks to a group bus, and how to do it the right way.

6 Tips for Widening the Stereo Image of a Mix

6 Tips for Widening the Stereo Image of a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 23, 2019

Ozone 8 stereo imager
Getting stereo imaging right is no easy task. Just when you think you’ve achieved wonderous mix width, you pull up a reference track and find that your music seems narrow in comparison. Worse yet, when you fold your mix into mono it shrinks down even further.

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 25, 2019

Soft saturation has many different applications, learn a few here!
You may have noticed Neutron 3’s EQ sports a parameter called “soft saturation.” The effect is subtle—if your ears aren’t catching it, you may not be sure what it’s doing. Soft saturation is meant to give you something akin to analog warmth. But how does soft saturation achieve this feat? Moreover, how and when should you use soft saturation?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 25, 2019

Soft saturation has many different applications, learn a few here!
You may have noticed Neutron 3’s EQ sports a parameter called “soft saturation.” The effect is subtle—if your ears aren’t catching it, you may not be sure what it’s doing. Soft saturation is meant to give you something akin to analog warmth. But how does soft saturation achieve this feat? Moreover, how and when should you use soft saturation?

The Difference Between VCA and Sub-Groups in Mixing

The Difference Between VCA and Sub-Groups in Mixing

by David Bawiec, iZotope Contributor July 24, 2019

VCA and sub-groups are useful tools in your mixing practice, but serve different purposes.
VCAs and sub-group busses can be easily confused. Here’s your primer on the difference and when it makes sense to use one vs. the other.

The examples are from Logic Pro X. In a simple sense Logic implements Folder Stacks as a VCA and Summing Stacks as a Sub-Group. By using the stacks you get convenient “tracks” in the Arrange/Tracks window.

Classical Music: A Walkthrough of Recording, Mixing, and Mastering an Album

Classical Music: A Walkthrough of Recording, Mixing, and Mastering an Album

by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor July 22, 2019

Los Angeles-based choral ensemble, Tonality, recording their album entitled “Sing About It”
Part 1 of this article covered the fundamentals of classical music production—from recording and editing, all the way to mixing and mastering. We also covered the many elements that set classical music apart from a modern-style production.

In Part 2 of our classical music exploration, we get an inside look at how a recent choral album came to life, featuring Los Angeles-based choral ensemble, Tonality, and their album entitled Sing About It. Conducted by Dr. Alexander Lloyd Blake and produced by GRAMMY-winning classical producer Peter Rutenberg, they will be providing valuable insight into the production process of the album throughout the article.