New Gear Review: Izotope RX 3 and RX 3 Advanced


The anticipated RX update does not disappoint. RX 3 and RX 3 Advanced are mature, professional audio restoration and repair systems with completely redesigned user interfaces. RX 3 works as a standalone application, or as a suite of eight plug-in processors (including the offline Spectral Repair plug-in) for your DAW. RX 3 comes in all the popular formats including AAX 64-bit for Pro Tools 11.

The new Dereverb module removes room ambience from recorded sound--a very useful processor for film/TV post-production work--typically for repurposing remote dialog recordings or to match ADR dialog to existing location dialog. DeClipper fixes clipped, over-recorded digital files and ADR/dialog editors will love the new Dialogue Denoiser for cleaning up dialogue in real time.

RX 3 includes RX Documents plus multi-file workflow--both valuable features for TV/film post-production work, music production and mastering.

The RX 3 plug-in showed up in my Pro Tools 11 session with eight separate plug-ins all significantly improved. The Decrackler processor is for washing vinyl for transfer to digital archive. The Denoiser processes in real-time the Hum Removal plug-in has saved many a poorly recorded guitar amp in my mixing process.

InsightTM, iZotope’s comprehensive metering/mastering suite, is now included with RX 3 Advanced so audio editors have immediate measurement and verification of compliance to loudness standards.

Other improvements include: advanced settings for Declip, Declick, Time & Pitch, the addition of audio recording and monitoring plus more.

RX 3 and RX 3 Advanced are $349 and $1,199 MSRP. A free 10-day demo is available at http://www.izotope.com/rx.

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. http://www.barryrudolph.com