Review: NR800 Noise Reduction Processor by McDSP
Carmen Borgia at Sonic Scoop reviews the NR800 Noise Reduction Processor by McDSP. The NR800 is a real-time noise reduction processor, useful for music production, post-production, and live sound. Overall, Carmen reviews its features and ease of use. She mainly works with dialog and tests the plug-in on interview audio with varying degrees of background noise.
First, she explains:
The NR800 responded well to heavy background noises; the algorithms McDSP has implemented do an excellent job of pulling out noise while leaving the important aspects of your sound intact. The ability to go from gentle to steep slopes on the filter section is wonderful for controlling your low end; the 6 dB slope provides a gentle rolloff for subtly intrusive problems while the 36 dB slope is far more aggressive.
In summary, she says:
The NR800 by McDSP is among the best of its breed; you’ll be amazed at just how well it can clean up a messy signal—whether in dialogue or music applications. Priced at $149 for Native and $179 for HD, the NR800 compares favorably on a sonic level with plugins and hardware units that cost much more, and is sure to be a valuable addition to the arsenal of anyone working in music production, live sound, or audio post.
The NR800 operates with no internal latency, and does not contaminate the original source material with artifacts such as those found by noise reduction plug-ins that utilize transform-based processing.
The NR800 operates mainly broad band frequencies. In addition, can also be focused in a narrow portion of the frequency spectrum using noise reduction focus points. To do this, configure a set of input filters with slopes up to 36 dB/Oct. Then set at frequencies independent of noise reduction focus points.
Posted by Michele Yamazaki