iZotope has released RX 8, the latest update to its flagship audio repair and enhancement software, as well as launched RX Post Production Suite 5. In addition, the company announced that Music Production Suite 4 will be coming this fall.
The two-time Engineering Emmy Award-winning RX Advanced is designed to offer greater audio fidelity, whether repairing streamed dialogue with new features like Spectral Recovery or correcting pitch modulation with Wow & Flutter. The Batch Processor and Loudness Control have also been revamped, intended to save the time of users when they’re repairing or delivering audio files.
New RX 8 Standard allows musicians to quickly adjust guitar recordings with Guitar De-noise in order to rebalance the mix and create or isolate stems with the improved Music Rebalance, and to prep music for streaming with the updated Loudness Control. Both the stand-alone audio editor and included plugins allow users to “surgically” fix audio problems and music performances with RX 8.
The new RX Elements is designed as a budget-friendly noise reduction and audio repair tool for smaller home studios that need the basics. It includes a stand-alone audio editor with spectral editing as well as four real-time noise reduction plugins to fix clipping, hums, clicks and other unwanted background noise, such as amp hiss or air conditioner noise. Its Repair Assistant continues to use the digital signal processing in RX Elements to analyze audio and provide approaches to addressing common audio issues.
Overview of new features:
Spectral Recovery (Advanced Only) — Designed to restore frequencies above 4 kHz, turning bandwidth-limited audio into clearer, articulate recordings.
Wow & Flutter (Advanced Only) — Designed to correct pitch variations and fluctuations associated with tape, vinyl and optical transfers.
Loudness Control (Advanced and Standard) — Designed for quickly loading preset loudness targets and conforming production audio to broadcast requirements, and for monitoring levels using the built-in numeric and history plot readouts for integrated, short-term, and momentary loudness.
Guitar De-Noise (Advanced and Standard) — Designed to allow refining of guitar recordings for maximum clarity in seconds.
32 Audio Tab Limit (All Versions) — RX 8 doubles the previous 16-tab limit, now allowing users to view and edit up to 32 files within RX Audio Editor.
Horizontal Scrolling (All Versions) — Users can employ the scroll gesture on a trackpad or mouse to scroll through their audio across the X-axis for fast edits.
Improved Music Rebalance (Advanced and Standard) — Users can re-animate a mix, make room for scene dialogue in post, remove or isolate vocals for a remix, and create and export new stems for further processing and mixing.
Improved Batch Processor (Advanced and Standard) — Designed to process many files at a time, view pertinent metadata in the audio and then apply a full series of processors with Module Chain.
Improved De-Hum (All Versions) — Now independent frequency reduction bands and a redesigned interface.
“Since we first released our flagship RX product, additional years of research and innovation in machine learning have allowed us to continue to provide the industry with timely solutions to audio repair issues that were previously impossible,” says iZotope principal product manager Mike Rozett. “Our latest edition of RX continues this tradition with new features such as Spectral Recovery, Guitar De-noise and Wow & Flutter, all designed to help people solve the unsolvable in audio.”
iZotope has also released RX Post Production Suite 5, which includes RX 8 Advanced, Dialogue Match, Neutron 3 Advanced, Nectar 3 (with Melodyne 5 essential), Insight 2, RX Loudness Control, Relay, Symphony 3D and Stratus 3D by Exponential Audio, and Tonal Balance Control 2, plus a one-year all-access pass to Groove 3, a video training tool.
In addition, Music Production Suite 4 will release this fall, which will include RX 8 Standard, Ozone 9 Advanced, Neutron 3 Advanced, Nectar 3 (with Melodyne 5 essential), Insight 2, NIMBUS by Exponential Audio, and Tonal Balance Control 2. Those that have purchased Music Production Suite 3 after September 2, 2020 will receive a free upgrade to Music Production Suite 4.
RX Pricing & Availability at www.izotope.com and select retailers:
RX 8 Elements: $99 introductory ($129 regular)
RX 8 Standard: $299 introductory ($399 regular)
RX 8 Advanced: $999 introductory ($1,199 regular)
RX Post Production Suite 5: $1,499 introductory ($1,999 regular)