This video explores the iZotope RX 6 interface, and introduces and explains the main workspace elements.
- [Instructor] Okay, let's start by familiarizing ourselves with the RX6 interface so we'' know the general location of tools and modules in the upcoming videos. I've opened up a file here called, Interview Mono, just so we have something to look at, but you can pretty much work with any file here. And you can see that it's waveform and its spectrogram take up the majority of the window here. I'll come back to that in a moment, but starting down here at the bottom left, we have the Playback or Transport controls. And these work just like any other Transport controls you'll find in other audio editing applications or DAWS. You can roll your mouse over the buttons til you see what they do, but most are fairly self-explanatory.
The Microphone icon is for monitoring your input. The Record button is for creating new recordings. The Rewind button takes you back to the beginning of the file, or like in other DAWS, you can press return on your keyboard to rewind back to the beginning. Next we have the Play button, which starts playback, and like in other DAWs you can use the spacebar on your keyboard to start and stop playback. Notice that stopping playback takes the playhead back to the beginning of the file each time. But if you want the playhead to stop where it is when you click Play or press Spacebar, come up to the Transport menu, and here you can uncheck Playhead Returns on Stop.
So with that unchecked, now when I press Spacebar you can see the playhead stays where it was. - [Recording] Well, we have one farm... - [Instructor] But that's really a matter of preference. Next to the Play button we have the Play Frequency selection button, which you'll use when you want to listen to only the frequencies you have selected. And next to that is the Loop button for playing the current selection in an endless repeating loop, which is useful when you're reviewing a specific portion of the recording and want it to keep playing without you having to manually play it each time. And speaking of selections, we have our Selection tools over here. These allow you to make selections in the audio file around time, frequency, or both.
We'll take a closer look at the selection tools in an upcoming video. Over here to the left, we have our Zoom tools. The plus and minus magnifying glasses are for zooming in and out of the display. Next to that we have Zoom to Selection. So if I make a selection, and then click that button, that selection fills out the entire display space. And next to that we have the button to fit the entire file within the display area again. To the right of that we have the Zoom Tool, which allows you to click into a specific area, to zoom into that area, or you can drag to draw a marquis around the area you want to zoon into.
The Hand tool let's you grab and drag the waveform display to adjust which portion you're looking at. And you can also see the entire waveform up here at the top of the window. And the portion you're currently zoomed into is highlighted. The portion I have selected is shown over here as well. Now you can drag this highlighter around to change the portion you're looking at, or you can drag either edge to zoom in and out. Additionally you can click anywhere in this overview area to jump to that location in the file.
Now on the far right of the RX window, we have the Module list. These are the various audio restoration and repair modules designed to do specific tasks like Declip, Decrackle, De-Ess and so on. We'll be working with several of these in this course to see how well they can fix or improve your recordings. Now when you're not using the modules, this panel can take up a fair amount of space that you might prefer to use to display the waveform and spectrogram area. Just click this arrow down here at the bottom, collapse the module pane to this icon view. After you've been using RX6 for a while, you'll automatically recognize the icons for your most commonly used modules, and you can also roll your mouse over them to see what they are.
And that way you won't have to expand it back out. But I'll just pop that open again for now. Now because there are so many modules, you might have trouble quickly locating the one you want to use. You can click the menu up here to filter the list by category, giving you much more manageable lists. You can even create your own custom list filters by clicking this button here next to the menu and choosing Add List Filter, and you can give it a name. For example, if you work on podcasts a lot, you might create a podcast filter for this list, and then select just the modules you'll use most frequently when editing podcast audio.
I don't really need that right now, so I'm going to choose to remove this list filter. In the very upper right hand corner, we have the Settings button which opens up RX6s Preferences. And next to that we have the Help button for quick access to RX6s online manual and tutorials. So if I click Help, that'll pop up in my browser and take me to the RX6 online manual. Okay, so that's a quick rundown of the major interface areas in the RX6 window. Pretty much everything you're going to do in RX6 happens in this one window.
Now when you work with individual modules they will open up in their own windows, but aside from that, there aren't any other windows or interface elements you'll have to work or deal with. So now that we have a basic overview of the workspace let's start looking more closely at some of these areas and tools.
- Working with the Waveform and Spectrogram views
- Making selections
- Restoration modules
- Cleaning audio with De-click and De-crackle
- Advanced tools and production modules
- Working with Ambience Match on VO
- Optimizing audio with the Leveler module
- Utility tools
- Using the Fade, Gain, and Normalize modules
- Working with third-party plugins