iZotope has launched the latest edition of its long-running audio repair and enhancement software with the release of RX 8, introducing a variety of new features for recording, podcasting, post and broadcast pros. The company has also released RX Post Production Suite 5, and announced the upcoming launch of Music Production Suite 4.
All three versions of RX 8 — Advanced, Standard and Elements — have notable updates. Exclusive to Advanced is the new addition of Spectral Recovery and Wow & Flutter. Spectral Recovery restores frequencies above 4 kHz, helping turn bandwidth-limited audio into clearer, more articulate recordings. Meanwhile, Wow & Flutter corrects pitch variations and fluctuations associated with tape, vinyl and optical transfers. Wow can be used to fix longer, sustained pitch drift, while Flutter is intended for use correcting pitch variances that occur at faster rates.
New to both Advanced and Standard versions of RX 8 are Loudness Control and Guitar De-noise. Loudness Control loads preset loudness targets, helping users conform production audio to broadcast requirements, and monitor levels using the built-in numeric and history plot readouts for integrated, short-term and momentary loudness. Guitar De-noise aids in the removal of unintended sounds like electrical amp noise, string squeaks and the like.
All three versions now sport a 32 audio tab limit, and have the addition of horizontal scrolling built into the Spectrogram Display. Additionally, the Music Rebalance and Batch Processor features in both Advanced and Standard have been updated.
iZotope has also released RX Post Production Suite 5, which includes RX 8 Advanced, Dialogue Match, Neutron 3 Advanced, Nectar 3 (with Melodyne 5 essential), Insight 2, RX Loudness Control, Relay, Symphony 3D and Stratus 3D by Exponential Audio, and Tonal Balance Control 2, plus a one year all-access pass to Groove 3, a video training tool.
Additionally, the company announced that Music Production Suite 4 will ship this fall, which will include RX 8 Standard, Ozone 9 Advanced, Neutron 3 Advanced, Nectar 3 (with Melodyne 5 essential), Insight 2, NIMBUS by Exponential Audio, and Tonal Balance Control 2. Those that have purchased Music Production Suite 3 after Sept. 2, 2020 will receive a free upgrade to Music Production Suite 4.
All three versions of RX 8 are being released with reduced introductory pricing — Elements ($99); Standard ($299); and Advanced ($999). RX Post Production Suite 5 has an introductory price of $1,499.