The things that sold me were:
1.) Stand alone mode
2.) The new dynamic equalizer (but only in advanced).
By far however,
3.) The auto gain compensation when bypassing the modules. Gone are the days of your treated audio sounding (obviously) better because its louder with Ozone on. If you don’t understand what I mean, there is a little ear icon that you can activate that will make your bypassed signal as loud as your mastered signal so your ears can hear what the other modules are doing. Other wise when you bypass back and forth you are always going to prefer the non-bypassed version simply because it’s louder. So, now you can actually hear with precision how the changes you make are affecting your audio. You hit bypass and there is no change in volume at all. Love it.
Honestly, you could easily still make great sounding masters with Ozone 5, but I have noticed that the improvements have been making my test tracks better, as there are simply more tools at your disposal.
Another great thing is you can now add third party plug-ins into the chain.
Thanks for the input, Tim. The dynamic equalizer was what piqued my interest when I saw the teaser videos for 6, but was disappointed to find it was only available in advanced. No doubt it’s a powerful tool, but the price isn’t worth it to me.
Nice to hear about the auto gain, sounds like they’ve made an improvement. IIRC, Ozone 5 has auto gain compensation on the compressor, but I honestly don’t use the compressor much for my work (mostly orchestral stuff). Definitely going to have to look into the upgrade – guess there is more to it than a face lift!