No that long along audio restoration plug-ins were once the figment of many an audio engineer’s imagination. These days we’re quite spoilt for choice if we find ourselves in desperate need of a plug-in or two to remove hiss, crackle and pop from poorly recorded audio. Not only do we have a lot of choice available to us these days we also have quality and easy of use. Pretty much all the top plug-ins in this category are super easy to use with many designed to produce jaw dropping results with nearly no draw backs in terms of artefacts.
In this roundup we’ve collated all our reviews, tests and free tutorial of audio restoration plug-ins that you can use to compare the differences between all the tools on the market today. There are some previous versions of certain audio restoration products in the list below, we’ve kept these in to demonstrate how far this technology has come of late.
There are some very well known audio restoration software packages from the likes of iZotope, Sonnox and Accusonus, but just may be they haven’t they got the audio restoration market sewn up. Recently our own Mike Thornton had the chance to try out an audio restoration plug-in from the Swedish developer Klevgrand.
In March 2019 we published a blind listening test in which the processing powers of three popular declipping plug-ins were put up against each other. We asked you, the Production Expert community, to take part, listen and vote for the audio example that you liked the sound of most. Out of the people who voted, 65% preferred the sound of Example A, that we can now reveal was processed by iZotope’s RX 7 De-clip.
In this article we chronicle the 45 year story of how this unfinished Orson Welles film ‘The Other Side Of The Wind’ was finally completed and released by Netflix in November 2018 along with a companion documentary.
We predicted this would be the year of more smart plugins and now ReConnect promises to fix bad cable choices made in the recording process after the event using machine learning.
In this test we put three popular de-clipper plug-ins up against each other in a blind listening test. Quality de-clipper plug-ins, such as the three products featured in this test, will repair and reconstruct clipped peaks lost (or not recorded) in the tracking process resulting in audio that sounds cleaner and, most importantly, usable. Clipping is a form of distortion artefact… not the type you want. Vote for the example you prefer the sound of.
Ever wanting to learn from a pro using iZotope RX on a real project? Well now you can. In this video produced by iZotope, watch as The Walking Dead's dialogue editor Doug Mountain shows how he used RX to clean the production sound of The Walking Dead to clean up ambient sounds like crickets, and make space for foley in the mix.
When it came to restoring the audio for a remastered version of the drama, Baywatch, for Amazon Prime, iZotope’s RX 6 Software, was used by Warner Brothers audio specialist, Brook Dillon to restore audio from every original Baywatch episode for the re-release on the streaming platform. Core modules in RX 6 like Dialogue Isolate and Spectral Repair were key tools in the restoration process, given the lack of stems, and Brook was able to give the audio a new, polished sound while still matching the original mix thanks to the tools in iZotope RX 6.
Our friends at Accusonus have just announced the release of the ERA Bundle 3.0, an update to the collection of Accusonus’ multi-patented audio repair plugins. The ERA Bundle offers users both fast workflows and high-quality audio repair processing.
As another bit of fun on the team we’ve challenged each another to this; you get to keep your DAW with one extra plug-in that can’t be a suite of plug-ins or an external application. So in this challenge we explore what one single external application we would chose in addition to the DAW and one 3rd party plug-in. As ‘Mr RX It’ my choice is a no-brainer, it has to be….
In this blind listening test we feature 4 commonly used real-time noise reduction plug-ins available today. Each plug-in featured in this test used the same poorly recorded source audio clip, which was recorded using a dynamic microphone positioned at a distance of 3 inches from the voice with the mic preamp gain set to maximum to compensate for the low output from the mic.
In the Production Expert 10th Anniversary Christmas Competition we offered the chance to win a copy of iZotope’s RX 7 Advanced worth $1,119, as one of over 30 great prizes on offer worth over $30,000 in total. The competition closed on December 31st 2018 and the winner is Alex Barba.
In this article you can learn how to use two of the new modules iZotope has introduced in RX 7 Advanced, the Dialogue Contour module, which has been designed to reshape the inflection of words within a phrase of dialogue to match takes or tweak the emotional resonance of a speaker, saving you time and money on ADR and additional post work.
In this article you can learn how to use two of the new modules iZotope has introduced in RX 7, the Music Rebalance module which can rebalance a mix after the event and even remove or isolate vocals. The Repair Assistant module moves on the ‘Assistant’ technology, which iZotope has already introduced into Ozone and Neutron to produce what they claim to be an industry-first intelligent repair tool analyses audio to detect defects like noise, clipping and clicks.
RX 7 is here, there is no more waiting. RX 7 Advanced has new Dialogue Contour and Dialog De-reverb modules, new AudioSuite plug-ins and multi-channel support up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2. RX 7 Standard has new machine learning powered features like Music Rebalance and Repair Assistant and RX Elements gets a streamlined version of Repair Assistant. We have exclusive demos and you can find out we think of iZotope’s latest release of RX.
Audionamix discontinued their previous speech separation plug-in ADX SVC (Speech Volume Control) and replaced it with IDC (Instant Dialogue Cleaner) which in essence does the same thing as SVC but IDC though takes the overall experience of dialogue separation technology to much higher levels. Watch our video overview and hear before and after examples
McDSP has announced the release of their new NR800 Noise Reduction Processor plug-in.
The NR800 is a real-time noise reduction processor, useful for music production, post production, and live sound. The initial release was Mac-only but from August 3rd 2018 there are Mac and Windows versions.
Accusonus have just released a new ERA Bundle which includes updated and renamed versions of their popular ERA-N and ERA-R plug-ins along with two brand new single knob plug-ins ERA De-Esser & ERA Plosive Remover - We have an exclusive review and test of this new bundle
While iZotope RX is well known for cleaning up spoiled audio and removing unwanted sounds, what is not so well known is that it can also a great tool for enhancing specific elements in the material that might be a little quiet or buried in the mix. In this free video tutorial, from the team at iZotope, they show how to increase the loudness of a flute melody in the music for a documentary.
In this free video tutorial, joins our own 'Mr RX It', Mike Thornton, is joined by iZotope's Education Director, Jonathan Wyner,iZotope's Education Director, Jonathan Wyner. Mike shows just how easy it is to remove click track and speaker bleed with the De-bleed module in RX 6 from iZotope.
In this list, we highlight several powerful audio restoration software packages, some stand-alone, some plug-ins and some that offer both options that you should try in your next mix.
iZotope have released RX6 Standard and RX6 Advanced and also added a new product, RX Elements which replaces the RX Plugin Pack and includes the RX 6 Standalone Editor application as well as the plug-ins that were in the RX Plugin Pack. New modules in RX6 include De-rustle, De-wind, Dialogue Isolate, and De-bleed.
In this Pro Tools Expert review, Dan Cooper takes a look at a new one knob dereverberation plug-in called ERA-R by Accusonus.
Todd-AO have released Absentia DX with an algorithm that is designed to analyze production dialog recordings and then remove obvious hums, wireless rings, and ticks, while maintaining the integrity of the human voice. Absentia DX is a completely different take on cleaning up audio. In this review Mike takes it for a test drive. Watch to see how he got on with it.
ADX SVC allows independent volume level control over both speech and background elements within a mono or stereo audio file. ADX can simply lower the volume of any background noise within noisy audio or it can easily boost dialogue levels.
In this world exclusive review ahead of its release. Mr RX It, Mike Thornton, shows the key new features being introduced into iZotope's RX5 & RX5 Advanced, like De-plosive, an Ambience Match AudioSuite plug-in and an Instant Process Tool.
Mr "RX It" otherwise known as Mike Thornton takes a tour round all the key new features in iZotope RX4 and RX4 Advanced.
Mike takes a look at the new version of Acon Digital's Restoration Suite and likes what he finds.
Mike presents a show & tell review of the Cedar Studio bundle of Pro Tools plug-ins and covers the DNS One, DeBuzz, DeClip and Adaptive Limiter 2 plug-ins.