Ozone 8 vs Ozone 9 | I THOUGHT OZONE 9 WAS TERRIFIC UNTIL...
Until I realized Izotope Ozone 8 has the same features as Ozone 9, I thought Ozone 9 was terrific.
However, after some investigation and a few more days of use, I realized Ozone 9 is impressive because Ozone 8 is impressive!
Therefore, my first inclination (referenced in the following video) that the scale-able GUI was the most impressive new feature was actually on point.
Can you sense my sarcasm in this video
I can already hear you saying, "That isn't the only new feature!!!
What about master rebalance?"
And to you, all I can say is that this feature, while appearing magical, is probably something that you already have inside of Izotope RX 7. If you don't have RX7 and you need to remix the stereo track, it is worth upgrading to Ozone 9 if you encounter mixes that are too imperfect to master on a regular basis.
As displayed in the video above, the performance on my 6-core i7 laptop was minimally improved. Besides using the new master rebalance tool that brought my system to a halt while in a multi-track session. This feature will most likely work fine if you are using a decent machine and mastering a simple 2-track mix.
The other significant new feature is another utterly separate plugin...
Tonal Balance Control 2
This plugin comes with Ozone 9 or Neutron 2. If you already have Neutron 2, you do not need to upgrade to Ozone 9 to use this powerful mix analysis tool.
The new version adds more genres and targets, which help when mixing and mastering on non-ideal systems or conditions.
I showcase Tonal Balance Control 2 quite a bit in my final Ozone 9 vs Ozone 8 comparison video below.
Is Ozone 9 suitable for Mastering?
Should You Upgrade to Ozone 9 from Ozone 8
Yes, If you don't have RX 7 or need an adjustable GUI.
Otherwise, I would wait until the price comes down, or if it gets included in a future bundle that fits your budget.