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otto
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Posted - 10/14/2007 :  7:59:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  [Reply to Topic]  | [Reply w/ Quote]
Isotope's new RX product looks kind of interesting. $199 till the end of the month. Anybody else interested?

http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/newsinfo.asp?NewsID=3338

Their broadcast hardware product looks interesting too, for anyone here doing radio broadcasts work.


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firefox
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Posted - 10/14/2007 :  8:20:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit firefox's Homepage  Reply with Quote
a declipper?, you gota be kiddin me.
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otto
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Posted - 10/15/2007 :  02:50:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's all it has, a declipper, and NOTHING else? Did I miss something?
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garrigus
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Posted - 10/15/2007 :  2:25:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit garrigus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
No, I think Firefox meant that the declipper must be a joke because normally it's impossible to fix clipped audio, but the demo video actually looked pretty good. Not sure how they work that magic.

I may have to check this out... if it works like the demo shows, then it seems to be pretty powerful.

Scott

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otto
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Posted - 10/15/2007 :  9:57:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With all the problem audio files I've got collected around here, it looked pretty sweet for a swiss army knife tool to deal with a host of audio issues.
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firefox
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Posted - 10/16/2007 :  11:42:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit firefox's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That's exactly what I meant. How you gonna declip a clipped wave? I know it's digital,and it can be done somehow??? but I'm firm believer in do it right the first time.
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garrigus
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Posted - 10/16/2007 :  1:56:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit garrigus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yep, it's always best to do it right the first time. As a matter of fact, if you're using 24-bit audio, you should have plenty of headroom to avoid clipping. 16-bit is easy to clip though.

Scott

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otto
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Posted - 10/16/2007 :  3:18:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, most of the time, one would be dealing with files given or obtained by you, rather than those you made yourself.
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firefox
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Posted - 10/17/2007 :  09:25:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit firefox's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's cool Otto, thanks for the link. I see a lot of stuff clipped out on the net especially mp3s people screw with, not knowing what they're doing. Actually I use the waves stuff for my resooration needs.

Edited by - firefox on 10/18/2007 10:11:33 AM
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ratskins
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Posted - 11/10/2007 :  12:42:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bought Izotope RX.
As usual they have done an excellent job. Of course, you get more than a declipper. You also get broadband noise reduction and hum removal. I also have Soundsoap, and RX is WAY better in avoiding artifacts. I intentionally clipped a waveform very badly and then used RX on it. The results were pretty amazing. RX also has a feature that allows you to fix audio that has a short chunk taken out of it. I tested that as well, and had excellent results as long as the missing segment was very short. On the minus side, RX is the ultimate processor hog and it takes very long to process a clip. But that is a small price to pay for excellent results. You can just forget using this in realtime. Another minus: it really needs better documentation...maybe a mini-tutorial. Maybe I'll check back on the Izotope site since they are known for writing excellent manuals and supporting documentation.
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garrigus
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Posted - 11/10/2007 :  08:49:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit garrigus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey Ratskins,

Thanks for the mini-review! I'm hoping to check this out soon too. It looks cool and there's always room for improvement when it comes to restoration tools. None of the ones I've used so far have been perfect.

Scott

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ratskins
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Posted - 11/13/2007 :  11:58:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK...I spent a lot of time working with RX over the long weekend. The verdict? It's great. You definitely want to get familiar with batch mode so you can chain a bunch of jobs together and then go run errands while it racks up some serious CPU time.

One tip that I spotted in the manual that could have been emphasized more is that declicking is best done in two passes. The first should be to take out minor clicks from dust, and the second for any major clicks such as vinyl scratches. By the way, it is possible to export a file that only has the noises such as hums and clicks. I did it by accident. For fun you could layer it on a song. It wouldn't be a simulation...it would be real noise!

I have changed my mind about the documentation. It is really very good. I only have one serious question for which I could not find the answer. It involved chaining multiple operations in batch mode that pertain to the same file instead of separate files. I guess I'll e-mail tech support.
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