DePaul University on iZotope’s RX

RX: an indispensable tool in the classroom

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Robert Steel is the Assistant Professor at DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media and the Director of DePaul’s Cinema and Interactive Media Sound Studios. As a tool for teaching multimedia students about post production engineering, Steel finds RX indispensable for dialogue cleanup, hum removal, and “a whole host of other uses.”  

For Steel, Spectral Repair has been an integral part of teaching students at DePaul about the importance of great-sounding audio. RX’s spectrogram is helpful for both processing audio and understanding the audio an engineer encounters. A great advantage for post production engineers is being able to recognize noise profiles with the spectral display—a technology that earned RX an Emmy® in 2013.

In one short lesson, Steel is able to introduce students to RX and within minutes they’re empowered to take matters into their own hands. “The beauty of iZotope RX is its simplicity,” says Steel. “It takes me about 45 minutes to teach the basics. After that, the intuitive nature of the interface allows them to easily expand their knowledge of the program over time.”

Post production engineers graduating from DePaul will be faced with many pieces of troubled audio in their line of work. Being able to identify the noise profiles of common problems like cycle hum, buzz, clicks, and thuds can help an engineer make educated audio repair decisions—and ultimately save the take.

“When my students graduate, one of the essential tools they take with them is iZotope RX.”

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