If you’re an Audio Professional & in the market for the best mastering plugins to choose from, we got you covered. We have a very short list of the top options that you can get & start production right away.
iZotope Ozone 8
OS Requirements: Windows 7, 8, & 10 and macOS X 10.8.5 (Pro Tools 10 only), OS X 10.9 – macOS Sierra (10.13)
Plug-in Formats: VST2, VST3, AudioUnit (AU) (Mac Only), AAX (Real-time & AudioSuite; 64-bit only), RTAS (Real-time & Audiosuite (DPM. 32-bit only)
iZotope Ozone 8 is one of the most advanced audio mastering plugins out there right now. It has two variants called the Ozone 8 Standard & the Ozone 8 Advanced. There are a ton of features built into the Ozone 8 including Track Referencing, Spectral Shaper, Tonal Balance Control, EQ, Dynamic EQ, Post EQ, Maximizer (with IRC IV and new IRC LL), Imager, Exciter, Dynamics, Vintage Limiter, Vintage Tape, Vintage EQ, Vintage Compressor & more.
In the Ozone 8 advanced version actually includes features like the new Tonal Balance Control & Spectral Shaper features alongside the Vintage Compressor, Vintage Tape & Vintage EQ features. The standard version misses out on these alongside some of the other sub-features. There is a substantial price difference though. The Advanced version costs $249 while the Pro version costs $499.
Elevate Mastering Bundle
OS Requirements: Windows 7 & higher and Apple OS X 10.7 & higher
Plug-in Formats: AU, VST2, VST3, AAX Native
The Elevate Mastering Bundle is actually one of the most advanced mastering bundles out there. The plugin uses AI-powered intelligent & adaptive algorithms that respond in real time to make the audio sound louder & better at the same time. Its adaptive limiter can analyze up to 26 frequency bands and alter the gain, speed, and transients for each band in real time. This is actually a part of one of its features called EQuivocate.
There are other useful features including Saturate which can overdrive a signal without affecting the tonal balance and Punctuate that can control the transient emphasis or suppression of those 26 bands with a total of 4 controls. And of course, it has all the essential controls for mastering. The full version of the Elevate Mastering Bundle will cost you $199.
Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain by Wave
OS Requirements: Windows 7, 8, & 10 and macOS 10.11.6 – 10.14.5
Plug-in Support: N/A
The Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain comes from the famous Abby Road Studios. Many legendary records were created here & the Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain tries to provide some of that magic through a handful of features. The features include, Integral part of the Abbey Road sound , 5 modules that can be used independently, mastering or in mixing tools, 48 dB/Oct linear-phase sidechain filters, meter bridge, new compressor design, SC filters, Stereo/Duo/MS processing modes, Stereo/Mono/L/R/M/S monitoring modes & more.
The Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain will ci[ost you $199 in general but, sometimes you can get it as low as $49 during sales.
So, those were our top recommendations for the best mastering plugins for professional audio production. Which one did you find the most useful for yourself? Don’t forget to let us know in the comments section below. And we think that we included the best ones but, do you know about any better options than these? If yes then, you know where to reach us!