If you've ever had a hand in post sound, you've probably heard of iZotope. Their RX Production Suite is top-notch when it comes to editing and mixing sound for narrative work. Our favorite program out of the group is RX Advanced—it's a must for dialog and our favorite to clean up noisy tracks. It's somewhat hard to believe it's already in version 8. Seems like only yesterday when we were reviewing RX3.
If you create music, they also have a dedicated set of programs for recording and mixing your tracks, and this is where the new partnership with Native Instruments makes sense. Native Instruments has a ton of downloadable instruments and effects on hand. Plus, one of our favorite pieces of hardware is MASCHINE, which is used by artists like Phantogram.
Under the partnership, iZotope and Native Instruments will run exactly the same, but there will be crossover, similar to when Maxon picked up Red Giant. The alliance is set out to better support the creative community where both companies will share their knowledge and tech. This is a good thing for creators, as it hopefully offers us more intuitive software to work with, expanded libraries for music and effects, and more streamlined workflows.
We're looking forward to seeing what they come up with. Hopefully, they keep prices down and start kicking out more free stuff. A sound library between them would be fantastic.