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Could iZotope eliminate the need for an isolotaion booth?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:17 pm    Post subject: Could iZotope eliminate the need for an isolotaion booth? Reply with quote

I was just about to start construction of an isolation booth.

I mentioned this to a DJ friend of mine and he said,

"Why don't you just use software to filter out your neighbors air conditioner?".

Hmmm, I thought. Could this be a reasonable solution?

I was thinking about iZotope RX Elements but you could substitute any NR app.

What do you think?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW, iZotope RX Elements is on sale right now for only $29. I almost bought it a couple of days ago for $129!

It is on sale thru December 31.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend spending the 29 bucks because the plug-in is really good and it should help a little. But it is not a substitute for a proper recording environment.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate to be that guy, but... the statement that a DJ friend is telling you to get rid of the neighbour's air conditioning with a software plug-in speaks absolute volumes about DJs vis-a-viz VO work. (with apologies to all recovering DJs on the board!)

I have iZotope RX6 (I started with RX Elements, and it's a steal at $29). It's great for what it does and can be very useful at times... but it's not a magic pill for curing all external noise. Noise reduction is a tricky thing that's still best solved by physical means.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed. When you start removing the artifacts you don't want you'll start removing parts of the sounds that make up your voice, leading to an artificial sound overall.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the adaptive noise reduction in AA3.0 You sample the background noise you want and it filters. I don't use it much but for light background it's great.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Izotope RX6 pretty much rocks. But, no... you can't just record on the fly and save it in post. (Now, if you had to... then I'd use those tools to fix it.)

If you are doing any kind of production work, it's worth the current sale price of $300 to get the basic version. You get the spectral repair tools, de-reverb and a few other things that are excellent tools. That's likely to pay for itself with the first job.

The Elements package is nice, but seems to be supplying the RX5 Declick rather than RX6's Mouth Declick. The noise reduction seems to be the same. The other two functions are probably less helpful for VO work.

The RX6 Advanced has some pretty interesting tools, but those are more for fixing on-location audio. You would likely already know if you needed that.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jim edgar wrote:

The Elements package is nice, but seems to be supplying the RX5 Declick rather than RX6's Mouth Declick. The noise reduction seems to be the same. The other two functions are probably less helpful for VO work.


I haven't used the Elements De-click plug-in very often, but the few times I've tried it, it seemed to remove what I wanted it to (i.e. mouth clicks) and not disturb what I didn't. Likewise, I have played with the De-Clip plug-in on a very limited basis, but it also seems to work pretty well. If you need the De-hum, you have bigger issues. cool
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone for your responses.

I went ahead and bought RX6 Elements. I mean, for $29, why not?

Personally, I did not expect it to be THE answer but I was open-minded enough to consider it.
Besides, that would save lots of money, effort and space!

My DJ friend does not seem to understand VO much at all. He does not understand why I would spend more than $100 on a microphone.
However, in spite of that, I did not want to immediately discount his suggestion for software.
After all, he could be right about something.
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