iZotope RX Connect is a plug-in for exchanging audio with the iZotope RX Audio Editor standalone application. The plug-in was tailored around the Offline Process function of earlier Nuendo versions. Since the new Direct Offline Processing feature in Nuendo 8 uses a different operation paradigm, existing iZotope RX Connect versions can be used with some adaptions in the operating scheme.
Steinberg and iZotope are continuing to work closely together to provide an improved workflow with Nuendo 8 and the RX Audio Editor.
For Nuendo 8.1, the following workaround has been implemented.
- Start the RX Audio Editor alongside Nuendo.
- In Nuendo, select the audio clip that you want to repair.
- Press F7 to open the Direct Offline Processing window.
- Turn OFF Auto Apply
- From the +Plug-In pulldown menu, select Restoration/RX6 Connect.
- Press Apply. The audio clip is transmitted to the RX Audio Editor.
- Perform the desired audio processing in the RX Audio Editor.
- Use the "Send Back" function of the RX Audio Editor while the Direct Offline processing window for the repaired clip is still open and the RX Connect process is selected.
- In Nuendo, the RX Connect plug-in of the Direct Offline Process will receive the processed clip.
- Its GUI now shows a message referring to a Process button. In Nuendo 8, this process button does not exist. Instead, press the Apply button of the “Izotope RX Connect” Process.
- The processed audio will be written into the audio clip of Nuendo.
- Afterwards, click on the Trash can icon of the Izotope RX Connect GUI to discard the clip from the buffer. This is necessary to prevent the RC Connect plug-in to write silence into the clip once a reprocessing is required.
Considerations about process history vs. external editor
In addition to the workaround described above, the following issues should be considered:
The power of Nuendo 8’s Direct Offline Processing lies in the flexibility when changing previously applied processes and effects of a clip in a history, or even changing the order of existing processes. This works because the later processes can be recalculated at any time.
However, the RX Connect Plug-In is actually not a processing plug-in but a "dealer" with the external RX Audio Editor. As a result, it cannot recalculate the audio if needed. Forcing the recalculation may result in blank audio. There are two strategies to avoid such problem:
- After audio is sent back from the RX Editor to Nuendo, click the trash can icon in the RX Connect GUI. This clears the internal buffer of RX Connect, so that a recalculation results in new audio is sent to the RX Editor.
- Use the Make All Permanent function of Nuendo Direct Offline Processing once a repair cycle with RX Audio Editor is completed.