If you fell in love with the iZotope RX 1, just wait until you see the iZotope RX 2 Advanced. This restoration software is very impressive. It has a number of new features that make it even easier to archive your files and to restore sounds. The RX 2 comes in both stand-alone and plug-in versions. The stand-alone RX 2 features a spectrogram and a number of different processing modules such as the Declipper, the Hum Remover, and the Declicker & Decracker. These modules can also be installed as DAW plug-ins if you like. In the stand-alone version, you all also find gain adjustments, a 6-band equalizer, and a real-time spectrum analyzer.
If you’re wondering why you should upgrade from the RX 1, here are a few reasons. The freehand and automatic tools help you quickly select unwanted portions of your file in the spectrogram. You can adjust your pre-roll and post-roll, and restoring those old vinyl recordings is made incredibly easy with the Decrackler. The RX 2 allows you to chain multiple processing modules together when you’re batch-processing files, and your edit history saves automatically when you quit the program.
The Spectral Repair feature is very powerful and impressive. It can remove sounds that very few other programs can. It also uses interpolation of the surrounding sounds to fill in the holes that removing these sounds creates.
So what’s the bottom line? The RX 2 has many great modules, but there are some downsides. The Spectral Repair interface could be better, and the Hum Remover does have a few little bugs in it. It’s also not exactly user-friendly—you may need to play with it for a few days due to the steep learning curve.
Despite these drawbacks, the iZotope RX 2 Advanced is incredible, and you’ll easily be able to overlook these flaws once you’ve learned all that the software can do. All in all, it’s a great product, and it’s fairly well priced. To upgrade from RX 1, it’s $149. The standard version of the RX 2 is $349, while the RX 2 Advanced is $899 for the upgrade or $1,199 for the full version.