iZotope RX 6: Dialogue Repair on the short film " Mommy and Me"

Recently, our friends at iZotope hooked us up with their RX 6 Advanced audio repair software and we've been having a great time getting familiar with how it works and discovering just how powerful it truly is. RX 6 Advanced is the flagship of the RX family of products, the industry standard audio repair tool that’s been used on countless albums, movies, and TV shows to restore damaged, noisy audio to pristine condition. From noise reduction to removing clicks to fixing distortion, RX is a complete toolkit for cleanup and audio restoration needs.

The way the software visually identifies problems in your tracks is astounding. 

The iZotope RX 6 session for one of the kitchen scenes in Mommy and Me (2018)

The iZotope RX 6 session for one of the kitchen scenes in Mommy and Me (2018)

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The first project we jumped into with this software was a short film we produced and shot in 2016 that had been sitting on our hard drives for quite sometime - Mommy and Me is a self financed production written and directed by Kelela Doerksen. We've collaborated with Kelela many times over the years and now having the ability to do a professional sound mix in-house at Guerrilla Motion Pictures meant we could get this film that much closer to the finish line!

The learning curve on RX 6 Advanced is very easy and if you're familiar with any editing program like Final Cut, Adobe Premier or even Photoshop then you should have no problem working your way around the RX toolkit. 

Most of Mommy and Me was shot in an apartment in downtown Calgary and we had some issues with traffic noise bleeding into our dialogue tracks. I was very impressed with how I was able to completely remove those sounds using Voice De-Noise and some manual repair on the more problematic sections. One segment in particular had a piece of dialogue covered by the action of actor Carlee Ryski putting a tube of lotion down on the tile countertop. This was easily fixed by manual repair.

After a thorough repair and noise reduction of the dialogue track I then used the amazing De-Reverb tool to clean up some of the reverberation we had at the location. Bathrooms, because of their tiled floors and walls, are always an issue when it comes to reverb. Normally, a sound person will use blankets or fernie pads to lessen the reverb but being a cheaper and fast paced production this was not done. Luckily, RX 6 was able to rescue us from this issue and the results speak for themselves.

Check out this video for some before and after examples of the audio repair we did using iZotope RX 6 Advanced: