iZotope RX 6 saves the day at Real World Studios recording

Real World StudiosConceived by Peter Gabriel and set in stunning rural surroundings near the city of Bath in South West England, Real World Studios is a unique residential recording facility, where artists, producers, and engineers can escape their daily distractions and focus solely on making music.

Real World’s versatile recording and mixing, post-production and rehearsal rooms are some of the best sounding and most acclaimed in the world. They house an array of the finest audio equipment ever made, operated by a dedicated team of professional recording, mixing and mastering engineers. The studios have been the source of many landmark albums by musicians from all over the globe, and is also home to world music festival WOMAD and Real World Records.

RWS Recording & Mixing Engineer Oli Jacob’s weapon of choice when he’s editing any live recordings is iZotope’s RX 6  audio repair and restoration software.

Trusted by the top audio pros around the world, RX 6 features cutting-edge technologies for post production like lav mic de-rustle, dialogue isolation, and intermittent low-end wind rumble removal. It also introduces creative approaches to age-old music recording problems like microphone bleed, sibilance, mouth clicks, and breaths.

Oli Bell iZotope RX 6
Oli Jacobs. Photography: York Tillyer

Here Oli explains how RX 6 came to the rescue during a recent live recording of Stornoway‘s last ever gig at the New Theatre, Oxford.

Real World Studios is doing more and more music location recording and for this show, we took a Solid State Logic Live console up to Oxford. We set up a control room under the stage with analogue splits, recording to three different computers for safety.

In a live setting, there is obviously no opportunity to get another take so the occasional issue had to be fixed in the edit. One of these was removing the odd small feedback whistle from the PA into vocal and ambient mic feeds. Using RX 6’s Spectral Repair I was able to remove the problem frequencies with minimal impact to the direct mic sound.

An orthodox notch EQ resulted in far too much collateral damage to the sound. Using the same Spectral Repair tool I was also able to fix the odd thump and the occasional crackling guitar cable.

The usability and intuitive nature of the software is astounding. You can microscope in on the smallest of details to tweak and edit. The De-Hum and De-Noise tools are some of the best I’ve heard and the GUI is very easy to use, and a big measure of RX’s success is in its transparency.

Stornaway RX 6
Stornaway gig, New Theatre Oxford. Photography: York Tillyer

For more details about RX click here.

Posted by Melanie Doidge

Having worked in marketing for over fifteen years with experience in various industries, Time+Space and the world of music production continues to be the most exciting of them all. With our brands consistently pushing the boundaries of technology with their products, the terrific DJs, Composers and Producers using them and the feedback from magazines and our customers, there's always plenty to tell the world about. Musical experience? I reached Grade 6 in piano back in my school days and am currently in the throes of trying to resurrect my abilities!

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