Favorite Audio Plugin: Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020 + Sale Info!
For the Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020, we tallied up the votes to find the most loved tools in multiple categories. We thought it might be useful to expound on the winning tools to find out why they garnered so many votes. We featured Mocha Pro, the winner of the Favorite Roto & Tracking tool. Read about it here.
Favorite Audio Plugin: iZotope RX
iZotope RX is a complete Audio Repair Toolkit that is used by filmmakers, video editors podcasters, and more. It allows users to Diagnose and fix common issues with one click, rebalance your mix post-export, and more! Crystal Clear Dialogue. Instant Audio Repair. Not only that, iZotope RX took 32% of the vote! That’s pretty amazing when you consider just how many audio plugins are available out there.
A very big thank you to the Toolfarm community for selecting RX as Favorite Audio Plugin and Ozone as Runner Up. This recognition means a lot to us at iZotope and we’re thrilled to hear that video professionals like you find our audio tools essential. Happy Editing!
We asked a few customers why they use RX in their video and audio workflows. The main reason, is, of course, that RX is a powerhouse tool and it can clean up even the noisiest audio. When I asked a few users about why they love RX, they often bring up flexibility and ease of use, too.
RX has a reputation for literally saving projects with background noise and problematic audio. Top audio repair features include Voice De-noise, Dialog Isolate, and Dialog De-reverb.
Voice De-noise improves dialog and singing. It adjusts the noise floor in real-time and can remove unwanted background noises, such as the hum of fluorescent lights or an air conditioner. The manual explains that RX’s Voice Denoise provides “high efficiency, zero-latency adaptive noise removal when inserted on a track in your DAW or NLE.”
iZotope RX has saved the day for me so many times. Voice Denoise, in particular, has made otherwise unusable location audio, perfectly acceptable, all without the artifacts associated with most noise reduction. RX is a brilliant collection of tools.
Dialog Isolate was designed to separate spoken dialogue from non-stationary background noise, like chirping birds, traffic noises, etc. “My chief usage is for cleaning up audio interviews for videos such as stray noise of traffic, background noises, and unplanned activity that can arise during an interview,” says Martin Hogan, Video Editor. Dialogue De-reverb, also extremely useful for cleaning up dialog, allowing for the fast and clean removal of unwanted reverb in the dialog.
Audio engineers also love RX. Features like De-hum, De-click, and De-clip are essential for recording live music. To explain, De-hum removes buzz and grounding issues. De-Click kills clicks and pops, and De-clip fixes clipped audio.
I use RX Essentials. RX is an essential part of my workflow, especially for repairing irreplaceable takes and live audio. Unlistenable audio can be made instantly usable with a plugin. It’s amazing.
Flexibility and Easy to Learn
RX be used as a standalone tool and a plugin for your DAW. It even works in Premiere Pro. “iZotope RX Advanced is a great Swiss army knife to tackle noises in the spoken voice. A unique advantage is it’s a standalone program AND a DAW plug-in,” explains Martin Hogan. The plugin supports AU and VST hosts, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, Studio One, REAPER 6, Audition CC, and Premiere Pro CC.
On top of that, the learning curve is short. Someone who’s never used RX can just jump in and start using it with little training. That’s the same for iZotope products in general. At the same time iZotope RX is advanced enough for people who require powerful noise removal,” says Dan Terpstra, UR2B Music. He adds, “RX’s features are just incredible.”
Learn more about iZotope RX
Toolfarm put on a webinar with iZotope and Dave Barber in November 2020 on advanced audio repair for video editors. It’s a fantastic overview of what iZotope RX can do.
The Runner Up
iZotope also took second in our poll with Ozone. Ozone uses AI technology and machine learning for audio mastering.
The Future of Mastering
Building on a 17-year legacy, Ozone 9 brings balance to your music with the latest advances in machine learning for mastering audio.
iZotope Content Creator Sale
Get up to 78% off products for removing background noise, processing vocals, mastering and more, during the iZotope Content Creator Sale, now through February 26, 2021.
The Industry Standard for Audio Repair
Designed specifically for the demanding needs of post-production professionals, RX 8 Advanced continues to be the industry standard audio repair tool used on movies and TV shows to restore damaged, noisy audio to pristine condition. Trusted by the top audio pros around the world, RX 8 continues to lead advances in audio signal processing and machine learning that were once unimaginable.
Audio Repair and Separation for Music and Post Production
Used on countless albums, movies, and TV shows to restore damaged, noisy audio to pristine condition, RX is a post-production powerhouse. With version 8, RX brings more power and intelligent processors for music and post than ever before. Visually identify and repair problems with the standalone RX Audio Editor application, or use the real-time plug-ins in your favorite DAW or NLE.
Essential Audio Repair for Home Studios
RX Elements is the perfect introduction to the world of audio repair, offering essential plug-ins and modules to remove noise, clipping, clicks, hum, and other problems in dialogue and music productions that plague small studios. Get four of our best repair modules, also available as plug-ins. This includes the completely overhauled De-hum module, which now features increased precision for better hum detection and new parameter controls for fine-tuning. You also get a standalone audio editor featuring the groundbreaking Repair Assistant, and an intuitive Spectrogram editor—now with horizontal scrolling—all at an affordable price. If you’re just getting started in the world of home recording or need a quick fix for problematic production audio, RX Elements is your go-to solution.
MSRP: $129.00 SALE: $29.00
Also on sale, iZotope Limited-time Bundles
Includes RX 8 Standard and Nectar 3 Plus
Only Available for a Limited Time!
The limited-time Home Studio Vocal Bundle gives you the same tools used by professionals and GRAMMY award-winning engineers, right in your home studio. Use RX 8 Standard to repair noisy vocal takes and then add professional polish with tools like the machine learning-powered Vocal Assistant in Nectar 3 Plus.
MSRP: $747.00 SALE: $299.00
Includes: RX 8 Standard, Neutron 3 Standard, Ozone 9 Standard, Nectar 3 Plus + Melodyne 5 Essential
Only Available for a Limited Time!
Get great sounding audio anywhere with this one-stop-bundle for content creators. Instantly remove background noise from vocal takes with RX 8 Standard, achieve a clear, crisp vocal sound with Nectar 3 Plus, and perfect your final mix and master with Ozone 9 and Neutron 3 Standard. These powerful tools bundled in one convenient package have been designed to work together seamlessly and quickly to achieve professional results. Whether you’re podcasting, recording voice-overs, or music—the Content Creator Bundle will have you broadcast ready in no time.
MSRP: $1,245.00 SALE: $399.00
Posted by Michele Yamazaki