New Toys Review: Izotope's Insight

Insight is an enhanced component plug-in version of iZotope’s Ozone 5 Advanced Mastering plug-in’s Meter Bridge. Owners of Ozone 5 Advanced are invited to download the plug-in and receive a full, free authorization for it.

iZotopeInsightI use Insight as I have used Ozone 5 Advanced’s Meter Bridge for audio analysis, metering, and investigating worrisome audio problems I encounter during my mixing process. Insight provides deeper information using a more visual-rich display that includes: peak meters, loudness meters, a loudness history graph, stereo phase vector scope, surround scope, 2D/3D spectrograms and a spectrum analyzer.

Insight will do immediate loudness calculation and true peak detection, loudness calculation over time, and a faster than real-time offline loudness calculation, if required, for checking compliance to broadcast standards. For TV/film/music mixing, there are advanced visualization and spatialization displays for detecting problems using the innovative new Surround Scope and the 3D Spectrogram.

I like the built-in presets that provide instant calibration to whatever standard(s) I might be asked to conform to in the future. I don’t mix masters for commercial release, broadcast use, iTunes Mastering or for surround sound without Insight.

Insight sells for $499 or it’s free to existing Ozone 5 Advanced customers. To learn more about Insight, visit


By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA.