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Free iZotope RX3 Tutorial On Using Spectral Repair In Pro Tools

Here is our very own “Mr RX It” showing in another free video tutorial, courtesy of iZotope, how to use the iZotope RX3 Spectral Repair plug-in in Pro Tools. 

In self shot documentaries the sound is often the thing that suffers, as the crew have too many other things to think about. In this example we suspect that the camera operator just didn’t hear the siren in the background on the best take so we are left to fix it in post.

See how Mike was able to improve it using the RX3 Spectral Repair plug-in without having to leave Pro Tools so speeding up the workflow.

RX3 and RX3 Advanced are on special offer until 1st May 2014. Check out the offers available from our friends at Time+Space or you can buy direct from iZotope.

Free iZotope RX3 Tutorial On Using Declip In Pro Tools & Standalone

Here is our very own “Mr RX It” showing in another free video tutorial, courtesy of iZotope, how to use the Declip plug-in module in iZotope RX3. 

In self shot documentaries the sound is often the thing that suffers, as the crew have too many other things to think about. In this example we suspect the camera operator was concentrating on the pictures and missed the meters warning that the audio was going into the red. See how Mike was able to improve it using the RX3 Declip plug-in and also when a problem needs more forensic treatment, how to export the clip from Pro Tools, work on it in the standalone RX3 application and then import the fixed version back into Pro Tools.

RX3 and RX3 Advanced are on special offer until 1st May 2014. Check out the offers available from our friends at Time+Space or you can buy direct from iZotope.

Free iZotope RX3 Advanced Tutorial On Using Dereverb In Pro Tools

Here is our very own “Mr RX It” showing in a free video tutorial, courtesy of iZotope, how to use the new Dereverb module in iZotope RX3 Advanced.

In self shot documentaries the sound is often the thing that suffers, as the crew have too many other things to think about. In this example all Mike had was the camera mic and it was too far away from the presenter in a reverbant space. See how he was able to improve this clip using the Dereverb plug-in in Pro Tools.

RX3 and RX3 Advanced are on special offer until 1st May 2014. Check out the offers available from our friends at Time+Space or you can buy direct from iZotope.

Repair & Enhance Your Audio For Less In April With iZotope RX3

Mr ‘RX It’ here, our friends at Time+Space in assocation with iZotope are offering the iZotope RX3 range at some great discounts, so if you haven’t got it yet then do check out their iZotope RX3 page.  RX3 is over 30% off and RX3 Advanced is 40% off making it a great opportunity to get the Avanced version with the brilliant Dialog Denoiser and Dereverb modules that only come in RX3 Advanced. 

Time+Space are also offering my Groove 3 RX3 Explained video tutorial course on special offer too.

Used everywhere from Hollywood post production studios to leading sound editing facilities, the award-winning RX 3 transforms troubled recordings into professional-grade material. Built for the toughest audio repair tasks, RX 3 will remove noise, clipping, hum, buzz, crackles, unwanted reverb and more with unprecedented power and precision.

More Pictures From Winter NAMM 2014

Here are some more pictures from Winter NAMM 2014. Above is the Universal Audio Apollo Twin that has won Best In Show.

Look who we came across, the one and only Dave Pensado chatting with Master Groove3 Trainer Eli Krantzberg.

Our friends at Softube have won Best in Show from ProSound Network for ther Console 1.

Look at this combination - Zynaptiq’s UNVEIL inside Blue Cat’s PatchWork with the Avid S6 control surface, using PatchWork’s new parameters mapping feature. 

iZotope have got a very full awards shelf from Sound On Sound, Pro Audio Review Magazine, The NAMM Show, and Electronic Musician.

Here is the Technical GRAMMY for Lexicon.

Show And Tell Review Of iZotope Breaktweaker 

Russ takes a look at the new iZotope Breaktweaker plug-in, beat generation on steroids. Find out what he thinks in this extended video review.

iZotope Announce New Application - Break Tweaker At NAMM

iZotope have come up with another ground breaking instrument that could change the concept of rhythm, beat, and drum programming. Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker could be the beat machine of the future.

This is what iZotope have to say about it…

  • Manipulate audio at a molecular level: control pitch, rhythm, and texture at the finest resolution on the market.
  • Escape traditional drum grids: create complex polyrhythmic beats with unique isorhythm and playback speed settings.
  • Explore stunning content: experiment with presets and drum samples designed by top musicians, including BT.
  • Craft the perfect drum sound: blend drum samples with synthesis to generate compelling hybrid sounds.

There are two versions, BreakTweaker will sell at $199 until Feb 19th and then $249 and then BreakTweaker Expanded which will sell at $249 until Fen 19th and then $299.  BreakTweaker Expanded includes three add-on Expansions that complement BreakTweaker’s extensive Factory Library: Vintage Machines, Cinematic Textures, and Kicks & Snares by Beatport Sounds. 

Check out Russ’s video review and find out what he thinks of it.

iZotope Send Pro Tools Expert 5th Anniversary Best Wishes

Our friends at iZotope, who are one of the best companies to work for, have sent us 5th anniversary greetings…

Dear Russ, Mike and the crew at Pro Tools Expert,

Congratulations on five years as a hub for the audio community! After reading hundreds of posts filled with lessons, leads, and laughter, the world looks forward to hearing what the Experts will teach us next. 

Best of luck on the next five and beyond!

Your friends at iZotope

Top Game Audio Sound Designer Charles Deenen Talks About Izotope Plugins

“Charles Deenen is one of the gaming industry’s preeminent sound designers and mixers, with credits like the Need for Speed series, Fallout, Star Trek and his support on Activision’s Call of Duty®: Ghosts. Since writing a sound driver for Commodore PET at the age of 13, he has left his creative fingerprints among top selling games from Electronic Arts, Interplay and Shiny, and other companies.
Over the course of his career, Deenen has remained aligned with innovations in audio software, particularly iZotope’s RX, which he has been using for many years. iZotope recently caught up with Deenen, who discussed the role that iZotope’s RX 3 and Insight played in how his design work assisted the studio teams on Call of Duty: Ghosts.”
Read the full interview here: 

iZotope Is A Top Place To Work Says The Boston Globe

iZotope who make products like RX3, Nectar, Alloy, Ozone and Iris are expanding and what’s more they came out well in a survey undertaken by The Boston Globe as a top place to work.

What employees say….

“Every day is a new adventure! We work hard, and it is a very fun environment. iZotope operates like one big family!”

“I am constantly learning new things and maintaining my footing within the industry. ”

“I get to work on innovative and interesting products.”

“The people are enthusiastic and work well together. Hours are flexible. Products we create are great.”

Check out their careers page, there are all kinds of jobs going.  if I were to move to the US, I couldn’t think of a nicer place to live and work.

Show & Tell Review Of iZotope Nectar 2 Vocal Suite 

Russ takes a look and a listen to the iZotope Nectar 2 vocal suite, he let’s you know all about its features and what he thinks.

iZotope Release Nectar 2 And It's AAX 64 Bit For Pro Tools 11

iZotoope have released their vocal production suite Nectar 2. See what’s new here.

KEY FEATURES

  • Explore 11 powerful tools in one plug-in: HarmonyPlate ReverbFX,PitchDelayDe-EsserSaturationCompressorsGateEQ, and Limiter.
  • Get smooth, pitch-perfect takes quickly with dedicated Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins in the Nectar 2 Production Suite.
  • Finesse your sound with surgical detail using powerful advanced controls.
  • Improve vocal production at all stages, from tracking through mixing.
  • Rapidly audition different vocal sounds with 150+ presets, in a variety of genres from classic to modern.

Learn more about Nectar 2 Features

PRICING

NECTAR 2 STANDARD EDITION - Normally $229 but until Oct 30th $179

BUY NECTAR 2 PRODUCTION SUITE  - Nectar 2, plus dedicated Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins. Normally $299 but until Oct 30th $219 

UPGRADE TO NECTAR 2 If you own Nectar 1 or Nectar Elements, you are eligible for special upgrade pricing. Log in to your iZotope account for your upgrade coupons as there is special pricing available until October 30th.

 

Community Tip - Tips for Denoising

With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is one from James Hixon…

Hi, guys.  The community tips have been very helpful.  I’m enjoying them.  I have one I’d like to suggest. A lot of the post work that I do involves interviews that were shot in less than ideal environments.  It seems like there’s always noisy HVAC, a running refrigerator, etc.  Or, the shooter used the awful “preamps” in their DSLR.  Noise reduction plugins are great for this, but if you have to push them too hard, the artifacts they leave can be almost as bad as the noise.  

A very effective way to deal with this is to use two different plugins together. What I usually start with is the Waves Z-Noise.  I will select an area of the track where the noise is isolated.  Then, I’ll click ‘Learn’ in Z-Noise and play the audio to have the plugin sample the noise.  Clicking ‘Learn’ again will take it out of learn mode.  I then push the ‘Reduction’ fader all the way to to the top, and, if need be, I’ll bump the ‘Threshold’ up to maybe 2.  Whatever makes most of the noise go away without doing too much harm to the track.

Now, we have a track with reduced noise, but in many cases, there’s a warbly artifact left over. Then, I turn to Waves NS-1.  You don’t need much of it.  I’m usually only pushing the fader up to five.  I might push it up to 10 or 15 in extreme cases.  Use your discretion.  This plugin will eliminate the artifacts of the first plug-in, and leave you with a very clean dialog track.

Mike - Multiple passes with lighter amounts of noise reduction is the way to go. I would recommend that you get iZotope RX3, it is the best in my opinion, it is my go to restoration bundle, especially now RX3 Advanced has the new real time zero latency dialog denoiser and dereverb modules.

If you would like the chance to win a stormtrooper iLok, courtesy of iLok, send in tips you think no one has thought about.  Please don’t just send shortcuts which are easily found elsewhere, or pull ideas from the manual; instead, be creative about your tips & tricks. Please use the Contact Us page to send us have your tips.

iZotope Win A Emmy With RX

We want to congratulate our friends at iZtotope for winning an engineering Emmy for RX.

Just in time for RX 3’s arrival, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded iZotope a 2013 Engineering Emmy® for RX Audio Repair Technology! This award is presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments so significant that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.

iZotope say;

“We are so proud to add this Engineering Emmy to RX’s sterling resume, and even more proud to introduce the next version of our flagship audio repair tools to such a supportive user community.

A sincere thank you for helping make RX an industry standard for television and broadcast!”

READ MORE about RX’s Emmy award.

TRY the new RX 3.

iZotope Announce Nectar 2 And It Will AAX 64 Bit Too

iZotope Inc. has announced the next version of their award-winning vocal 
processing technology, Nectar, will be coming in October 2013. Nectar 2 will bring the best of 
digital innovation and analog character into a complete set of tools specifically for voice.

Brett Bunting, Product Manager for iZotope Inc. says…

“We were excited to revisit what made Nectar so ideal as a vocal processing plug-in. We’ve spent a lot of development time incorporating new ideas designed with our users in mind. Nectar 2 users won’t believe how quickly they’ll be able to recreate classic vocal sounds or invent brand new ones.”

With Nectar 2, add character to tracks using modeled plate reverb, harmonic saturation, and 
new creative effects. Stay in tune, remove distracting breaths without the need for audio 
editing, transform a single vocal take into a harmonized ensemble, and much more.

Highlighted Features

  • Add harmonies to vocal tracks with the new Harmonizer. Play with intelligent automatic 
    settings or define your own with a MIDI controller.
  • Add space and character to vocals with the EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb module, 
    featuring a unique saturation control to emulate the original plate’s preamp.
  • Finesse vocal takes quickly with the new Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins.
  • Explore seven new creative effects in the new FX module.
  • Dive in with a streamlined Overview panel for simple adjustments and added metering
    for visual feedback.
  • Choose from 150+ new presets in styles that range from classic to modern.

Pricing

Customers who purchased Nectar after August 1, 2013 will receive a free upgrade to Nectar
2 upon release. Special upgrade pricing will be available for all previous Nectar and Nectar 
Elements customers upon release.

Availability

Sign up to hear when Nectar 2 becomes available.

Compatibility

Nectar 2 can be used as a plug-in in your favorite host. Supported plug-in formats include 64-
bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

Mike's RX3 Presentation From The CPUG Supermeet At IBC 2013

Supermeet - 15 September 2013 - Mike Thornton presenting how to rescue bad audio from the cutting floor from Gert Kracht on Vimeo.

Gert Kracht has put up videos of the various Supermeet presentations and this one is my RX3 demonstration, the first public demonstration of RX3 Advanced.

It’s a locked-off camera, and I keep going out of frame, but hopefully you can get a sense of what RX3 can do.

You can also look forward to me doing a Pro Tools Expert Show & Tell review in the next couple of days.

iZotope RX3 And RX3 Advanced Now Available And Its AAX 64 Bit

At last iZotope’s RX3 is out and we can talk about it. We will be sharing lots more about this amazing new product and anyone going to IBC in Amsterdam, come along to the CPUG Supermeet where you can see RX3 being demonstrated by our own Mike Thornton. So what’s new in RX3 and RX3 Advanced…
Whats new in RX3
  • Completely re-designed interface and look.
  • You can work on more than one file at once.
  • The Declip module has been given a make over and an automatic mode too.
  • You can now create RX documents and store unlimited undo history and markers in the new file format.
  • VST and AU plug-in hosting is now available in RX. In RX2 this was an RX Advanced only feature.
  • You can record direct into RX3 with input metering and monitoring to enable you to get the recording spot on.
  • Declick now has presets to help you work even faster
  • The Parametric EQ module has been improved to get closer to real analog filters.
  • Sample Rate Conversion is now available in RX. In RX2 this was an RX Advanced only feature.
Whats new in RX3 Advanced
  • New Dialog Denoiser module - You can now denoise in real time with this new zero latency module and it is so fast to work with especially when you use the Auto mode
  • New Dereverb module - You can now clean up recordings made in reverberant locations, it is awesome.
  • iZotope’s metering module Insight is now included in RX3 Advanced
  • Asymmetrical Declip - There are now separate thresholds for the top and bottom of the clipped waveform which make this module even more powerful.
  • Improved Azimuth adjustment - The azimuth module has been further improved to get even better results when working with archive tape based content which was recorded on a poorly aligned tape machine.
  • Centre Channel Extraction - This has a number of uses, getting more noise reduction of stereo files of mono content, and vocal isolation from stereo music recordings are just two possibilities.
  • Pitch Contour - You can use the excellent pitch correction in RX now to straighten out time and pitch variations on tempo based music files.

System Requirements

RX 3 runs as a standalone application, or as a suite of plug-ins for your DAW.

Operating system requirements:

  • Windows: (XP, x64, 7, 8)
  • Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or later (Intel-based Macs only)

Plug-in formats:

  • AAX (Pro Tools 11)
  • RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10)
  • VST and VST 3
  • Audio Unit

Prices

There are some special introductory pricing available until September 27th 2013…

RX3 - normally $349 now $249

RX3 Advanced - normally $1199 now $749

Existing users should log in to your iZotope account for details on your upgrade pricing.

 

Mike "Mr RX" To Speak At IBC Launch Of iZotope RX3

If you want to know about iZotope RX then there is no one else in the business like our very own Mike Thornton.

We’ve been having a sneak peek at RX3 and we have to say it is awesome. So it makes sense that iZotope and Mike will showcase how awesome it is.

At IBC in Amsterdam, Netherlands – iZotope, Inc. will be showcasing the new RX 3 audio repair suite at the CPUG Amsterdam SuperMeet during IBC on September 15th. In addition to personalized demos at the iZotope demonstration stand, Mike Thornton will conduct a 20-minute main stage presentation Rescue Bad Audio from the Cutting Room Floor.

Using real-world examples, Mike will show how RX 3 can resolve common audio problems in post-production and broadcast applications, highlighting features like the new real-time Dialogue Denoiser, the revolutionary new Dereverb module, and RX 3’s powerful spectral audio editor.

Presentation Details:

  • WHAT: iZotope RX 3 product demonstrations and main stage presentation during CPUG SuperMeet
  • WHO: Presented by iZotope and Post Production Specialist Mike Thornton
  • WHERE: CPUG SuperMeet, Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • WHEN: Sunday, September 15th, from 19:00- 23:00 CEST, with product demonstrations starting at 16:00

iZotope RX 3 is an industry-leading audio repair solution for audio engineers, post produc-tion professionals, broadcasters, podcasters, archivists, forensic specialists, videographers and more. Work up to six times faster than before thanks to processing enhancements and a redesigned user interface. Remove or reduce reverb, clean up dialogue on the fly, recall session details with the new RX Document format, and much more with the new RX 3.

More information on RX 3 and RX 3 Advanced

Community Tip - Have Some Fun With iZotope's Vinyl

With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is one from Craig Shimmon….

For those who use izotope vinyl, try clicking on the screws in the GUI. When you do you’ll find that the faceplate falls off and you see the guts inside! Have fun!

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Join iZotope Specialists And Avid With Their Audio For Video Webinar

Join our friends from iZotope and Avid with their audio for video webinar (Insight plug-in in image not actual size). Representatives from industry leaders Avid and iZotope will demonstrate how to:

  • Use Media Composer 7 and iZotope plug-ins to solve audio issues
  • Keep your mixes compliant with the new loudness standards
  • Plus, get your questions answered in a live Q&A

Register today and see how to use Media Composer 7, and iZotope’s Insight*, Nectar, and Ozone plugins to deliver great-sounding mixes that meet the new audio for video standards.

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