Here are all the new features and some features I hope to see in the future.
iZotope RX 10 is out now!
I already owned iZotope Music Production Suite 5 and the everything bundle which includes RX 9 advanced (the previous version of RX)
This entitled me to get a free upgrade to RX 10 standard, but not RX 10 advanced. So I was a little disappointed with that… but I downloaded the trial to get started anyway.
With that said, if you purchased RX 9 in the last few months you should be eligible for the free upgrades.
With the release of RX 10 I have some big expectations. 10 is the right number for a major release with a ton of new features included.
I’m a sound engineer and occasional music producer. I do audio repair and audio editing professionally and have always found I need more than just one tool kit.
I do the majority of my work in RX, it’s my go to audio post production suite, and with the new version of RX I was hoping it would become my ONLY post production suite.
So let’s find out how iZotope did on this release.
Here are the new features:
- Text Navigation
- Multiple Speaker Detection
- Upgraded Spectral Recovery
- De-Hum Dynamic Adaptive Mode
- Selection Feathering
- First Time User Experience Tour
The game changers
Are there any game changers in this release? Well, the answer is yes. There are 2 new features I’m really excited about… one of which I’d call a game changer, and the other I think should have been in the first version of RX.
First we have ‘Selection Feathering’ – this one should have been here all along. It’s a simple tool which allows you to feather your selections. Thank you iZotope, it only took you 10 releases to figure this one out. But really… Thank you.
And then we have the game changer. They call it ‘Text Navigation’. This one truely is a game changer. Although my initial tests weren’t perfect… it still allows you to search through hours of recorded audio and find specific words very quickly. When you’re editing podcasts, audiobooks and interviews it really does save you so much time.
Here’s what iZotope had to say about it:
Navigate through words.
Even if you love spectrograms as much as we do, navigating long dialogue files can be time-consuming, especially when seeking specific events in a recording. Now you can see what you hear with the new Text Navigation function. It analyzes dialogue and displays a text transcription above the spectrogram that’s in sync with the corresponding audio. So you can now search for specific words in an audio file and also select and edit the recording using text.
There’s one other feature here that has potential… but isn’t a game changer yet.
Multiple Speaker Detection
This new feature analyses and tags different speakers for easier editing.
Multiple Speaker Detection
Are you working on a single audio track with more than one speaker? Save time navigating through the file by using Multiple Speaker Detection to help find and tag the sections of speech associated with each individual voice. This is incredibly helpful especially when different speakers require different processing.
Here is why it’s not great yet. They’re just fancy region markers. They don’t do anything but automatically tag different people speaking. Which is a great idea… but what would be great is the ability to then separate the speakers onto their own layers for processing like you would in photoshop… and it may just be me but I haven’t found how to manually assign or refine these tags. So this new feature has a lot of potential but isn’t great yet.
This brings me to workflow.
Is the RX 10 workflow better than the others?
RX 10 workflow is great, and with the addition of Text Navigation and Multiple Speaker Detection – RX 10 is definitely improving.
What I don’t like is… I feel like the workflow is getting neglected a little.
Take a look at Steinberg Spectralayers, easily the best workflow of any audio post production suite. With the ability to split your audio up onto separate layers. This is so useful for separating dialog from ambient noise and dialling in the right amount on the fly, keeping original audio on backup layers and comparing the original file to the edited, client revisions and so much more.
Layers, it’s so simple. This feature alone was the reason I purchased Spectralayers, and that’s just the beginning of this incredible post production suite.
Now let’s take a moment and look at Noise Reduction.
Noisy audio and RX 10 Noise Reduction
How does it stack up to the competition?
In the last 2 years noise reduction has come a long way. The reason: AI and Neural Engines.
RX 10 noise reduction is good, there are many different options depending on your source material… and they really do work well even with the most challenging audio issues .
However… the best all round noise reduction before the release of RX 10, hands down was Waves Clarity Vx Profollowed closely by Universal Audio’s C-Suite (By Cedar).
Sadly… this has not changed with the release of RX 10
I’ve used the most expensive, industry standard noise reduction tools by Cedar Audio. Cedar studio master bundle has a price tag of between $5000 – $10,000. Yeah, good luck with that Cedar.
$249 and Waves Clarity blew all other noise reduction tools away. Waves Clarity is an AI powered noise reduction plugin which 9 times out of 10 comes out on top.
Improved Spectral Recovery and De-Hum
I haven’t had a chance to really test drive the improvements made to spectral recovery and the de-hum modules. But I am very excited about these improvements. The first version of spectral recovery I found to be a little hit and miss… but this update looks like it will really solve a lot of issues I had with the first release.
The De-Hum module I was a big fan of as soon as iZotope added dynamic mode. But this new Adaptive mode may just move the new De-Hum into the game changing column. I look forward to finding out.
Here are the features I hope to see in RX 11.
- AI powered noise reduction
- AI de-clipping
- A clone stamp tool.
I’m really excited to see what iZotope will do next with RX. I’m very excited about these new features and I couldn’t imagine life without RX. I just hope in future releases they invest more time in the toolbar and maybe one day layers. For the moment I’ll still be using a combination of different tools… which is fine, just not as efficient as I wish it was.
I’ll definitely be purchasing the upgrade to RX 10 advanced. I wish I did get a free upgrade to the advanced… but I think iZotope did a great job on the new updates so I’m happy to pay for the upgrade.