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Mastering

and Repair
Suite

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Authorization
The iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite plugins operate in Demo mode and
output silence until they are authorized with the serial number provided with
Sound Forge. You can use online or offline authorization, with online
authorization requiring an Internet connection for the computer to be authorized.
To start the authorization process, open one of the effects (or click the Demo
icon on an already open plugin) and follow the instructions on the authorization
wizard that appears.
 

 
iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 1 © 2012 iZotope, Inc.  

and adjust their Q by moving the brackets to the left and right of the selected filter.       Mastering EQ The Mastering EQ allows you to adjust the frequency content of your audio by adjusting a low shelving filter. Inc. not to the spectrum analyzer. You can drag filters with the mouse. *Note: the decibel scale on the right applies to the selected filters. This allows you to see as well as hear the effect of the EQ plug-in. You can adjust the filters using the EQ graph at the top of the user interface or the scrub texts at the bottom of the user interface. you can disable them with the corresponding checkboxes at the bottom of the user interface. four bell filters. If you don't wish to use any of the EQ’s filters.   . Behind the EQ graph is a real-time spectrum analyzer that shows you the frequency content of the plug-in’s output. The EQ graph shows the frequency response of the entire EQ in bright red.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 2 © 2012 iZotope. and the frequency response of the selected filter in dark red. and a high shelving filter.

while the bars at the top represent loud parts. A wider bar means more of the audio is present at that level. and you can change it by dragging the red bar directly or by using the threshold slider. The red bar on the histogram meter represents the Mastering Limiter’s threshold.       Mastering Limiter The Mastering Limiter lets you create a louder or ‘fuller’ master by limiting the dynamic range and boosting the perceived overall level of the mix. you can also control the character. The bars at the bottom represent very quiet parts of the audio.   . as well as how much the signal is boosted using the following parameters:   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 3 © 2012 iZotope. Inc. In addition to limiting the dynamic range by setting the threshold. In the center of the user interface is a histogram meter that shows the distribution of signal levels over time.

These range from more aggressive settings at low values. Margin Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to determine how much to boost the output signal after limiting. If the margin is set to -0. which in turn allows you to increase the overall level of the mix. to more transparent settings at high values. If the margin is set to 0 dB. but also the levels of the analog signal that will be produced by D/A conversion.3 dB. Character Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to modify the behavior or "character" of the Mastering Limiter.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 4 © 2012 iZotope. Select this check box if you want the Mastering Limiter to sample clips examine not just the levels of each digital sample. by turning down the threshold you limit the dynamic range of the mix. Prevent inter. Turning down the threshold limits more of the signal. the signal will be boosted all the way up to 0 dB. In other words. makeup gain will be applied until the output signal is at -0. but if your mixes are running very hot. Inc. which will create an overall louder mix.       Parameter Description Threshold Drag the slider or red threshold bar (or double-click the number to type a value) to determine the point where the Mastering Limiter will begin limiting. This is sometimes useful since an analog signal's peak level can exceed its corresponding digital signal's peak level by more than 3 dB! This option will increase CPU usage slightly.   .3 dB. you may want to enable it to ensure that absolutely no distortion is introduced when your audio is finally run through a D/A converter.

Inc.   . you can adjust the following controls:   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 5 © 2012 iZotope. The radio buttons below the spectrum analyzer allow you to choose between a synthetic plate-style reverb and an acoustic room simulator reverb.       Mastering Reverb The Mastering Reverb contains two processing algorithms designed to add a sense of depth and space to a mix. which group similar frequencies together to simplify the display. At the top of the user interface is a real- time spectrum analyzer displaying the plug-in’s input. Once you've chosen a processing algorithm. It displays the frequency content with bars.

    iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 6 © 2012 iZotope. Inc. Room  Size Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to control the length of the reverb tail. which allows you to compensate for any gain changes introduced when you set the Mix control. Gain Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to set the output gain. Damping HF Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to control the tone or “brightness” of the processed signal’s high frequencies. Pre-Delay Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to set the amount of delay in milliseconds between the original signal and the processed reverb signal. Width Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to control the stereo spread of the reverb signal.       Parameter Description Mix Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to control the mix between the processed reverb signal and the original unprocessed signal. Damping LF Drag the slider (or double-click the number to type a value) to control the tone or “brightness” of the processed signal’s low frequencies.   . roughly corresponding to the size of a room.

These spectra represent the audio signal in each of the four bands being processed.   . These lines represent the crossover frequencies that divide the four bands from each other. You can also select the “global spectrum” option to display a single spectrum instead of four separate spectra. however if the “spectrum on input” option is selected. At the top of the user interface is a graph displaying three dotted white lines. Inc.       Multiband Compressor The Multiband Compressor gives you complete control over the dynamic range of your audio. You can drag them. It features a crossover. During playback you will see four separate spectra in four different colors. The spectra default to displaying the output of the dynamics processing. they will display the input prior to any processing. or adjust them using the scrub text controls below the spectrum analyzer. which allows you to adjust the dynamics of four frequency bands independently.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 7 © 2012 iZotope.

The meter on the left is a level meter that shows the input level for that band. This is desirable to give the dynamics processing a smooth character across all frequencies. so it’s useful to set the threshold while keeping an eye on the input meter. they smoothly roll off into adjacent bands.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 8 © 2012 iZotope. Threshold Drag over the number (or double-click to type a value) to specify the input level after which the compressor becomes active. Below the meters and threshold slider are scrub texts that allow you to set the following parameters: Parameter Description Crossover Drag over the number (or double-click to type a value) to specify the frequency below which each band operates. The compressor only becomes active when its input exceeds the threshold. You can click the S button on multiple bands to add them to the solo group.   . Between the two meters is a slider that allows you to control the compressor’s threshold. To the right is a gain reduction meter. S Click to solo a frequency band. Gain Drag over the number (or double-click to type a value) to specify the makeup gain applied after compression. Inc. B Click to bypass a frequency band. You can click the B button on multiple bands to add them to the bypass group.       Note that the spectra are not completely confined to their frequency bands. Each band has its own set of meters. Instead. which shows the amount of gain reduction being applied when the compressor is active.

Output Gain Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to specify the output gain applied after the four frequency bands are mixed back together. the graphs display the output. Inc.       Ratio Drag over the number (or double-click to type a value) to specify the amount of compression that occurs when the input exceeds the threshold.   . Release Drag over the number (or double-click to type a value) to specify the amount of time it takes the compressor to fully deactivate once the input drops below the threshold. When the check box is cleared. Spectrum on Select this check box if you want the spectra to display the Input input to the dynamics processing. Global Spectrum Select this check box to display a single spectrum instead of four separate spectra. Link Band Select this check box to adjust parameters for all four Controls bands simultaneously. Attack Drag over the number (or double-click to type a value) to specify the amount of time it takes the compressor to react to the input when it first exceeds the threshold.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 9 © 2012 iZotope. This is useful if you want to make changes to the overall sound of the audio before making specific changes to individual bands. Set a higher ratio for more compression.

however if the “spectrum on input” option is selected. You can also select the “global spectrum” option to display a single spectrum instead of four separate spectra. During playback you will see four separate spectra in four different colors. accentuate harmonics. With a selection of harmonic exciter modes. These spectra represent the audio signal in each of the four bands being processed. you can easily add tube or tape saturation. they will display the input prior to any processing. These lines represent the crossover frequencies that divide the four bands from each other. You can drag them. or adjust them using the scrub text controls below the spectrum analyzer.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 10 © 2012 iZotope. and add punch or sparkle to your project. Inc. At the top of the user interface is a graph displaying three white lines.       Mastering Exciter The Mastering Exciter is a powerful tool for adding analog character to your Mastering.   . The spectra default to displaying the output of the dynamics processing.

and musical feel. Inc. You can click the S button on multiple bands to add them to the solo group.       Parameter Description Mode Click a radio button to choose the type of excitation you want to apply. saturated tone. transient. Mix Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to adjust the balance of the dry and wet signal. Warm Provides a warm tone. Retro Provides a heavy saturation character. leave the Mix slider at 100%.   . For most applications. S Click to solo a frequency band.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 11 © 2012 iZotope. Amt Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to specify the amount of harmonic excitation you want to apply to each band. You can click the B button on multiple bands to add them to the bypass group. Global Spectrum Select this check box to display a single spectrum instead of four separate spectra. Crossover Drag over the number (or double-click to type a value) to specify the frequency below which each band operates. Tape Provides a bright. B Click to bypass a frequency band. Tube Provides a very dynamic.

This is useful if you want to make changes to the overall sound of the audio before making specific changes to individual bands. Inc.   .     iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 12 © 2012 iZotope. the graphs display the output. When the check box is cleared.       Spectrum on Select this check box if you want the spectra to display the Input input to the dynamics processing. Link Band Select this check box to adjust parameters for all four Controls bands simultaneously. Output Gain Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to specify the output gain applied after the four frequency bands are mixed back together.

Inc. however if the “spectrum on input” option is selected. During playback you will see four separate spectra in four different colors. or adjust them using the scrub text controls below the spectrum analyzer. These lines represent the crossover frequencies that divide the four bands from each other. At the top of the user interface is a graph displaying three white lines.   . You can work with up to four frequency bands with independent control over stereo width by frequency.       Mastering Imager The Mastering Imager precisely adjusts stereo width and imaging for your master. The spectra default to displaying the output of the dynamics processing. You can drag them. they will display the input prior to any processing. These spectra represent the audio signal in each of the four bands being processed.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 13 © 2012 iZotope. You can also select the “global spectrum” option to display a single spectrum instead of four separate spectra.

Positive values represent widening. the graphs display the output. Spectrum on Select this check box if you want the spectra to display the Input input to the dynamics processing. Inc. S Click to solo a frequency band.       Parameter Description Crossover Drag over the number (or double-click to type a value) to specify the frequency below which each band operates. A value of 0 means that no widening is applied to the band. or summation of the channels to bring them towards the center. You can click the S button on multiple bands to add them to the solo group. B Click to bypass a frequency band. Negative values represent “negative widening”.   . Width Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to adjust the stereo width of each frequency band. When the check box is cleared.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 14 © 2012 iZotope. You can click the B button on multiple bands to add them to the bypass group. Global Spectrum Select this check box to display a single spectrum instead of four separate spectra.

      Link Band Select this check box to adjust parameters for all four Controls bands simultaneously.     iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 15 © 2012 iZotope. This is useful if you want to make changes to the overall sound of the audio before making specific changes to individual bands.   . Inc.

Next to this is the counter. Higher values correspond to more audio being detected as ‘clicks’.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 16 © 2012 iZotope. *Note: Both displays are tied to Click Reduction value. and for eliminating short impulse noises. Inc. after which it will reset to 0. As Click Reduction is increased. The click detection indicator is a green light that flashes whenever a click is detected in the audio. which will result in the indicator flashing more frequently.   . Parameter Description Click Reduction Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to set the amount of click and pop reduction being applied to the audio.       Declicker The Declicker removes unwanted clicks and pops from your audio. *Note: The repaired clicks counter only increments up to 99. which displays how many clicks have been repaired so far. and the counter incrementing faster. more of the audio will be considered ‘clicks’. which can be useful in restoring old recordings (like vinyls). At the top right of the interface is a click detection indicator and a repaired click counter.999.

  iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 17 © 2012 iZotope.       Declipper The Declipper repairs analog and digital clipping. with the limiter threshold set to the Clipping Threshold level. This will apply a limiter after the declipping process. which is often the result of over saturation or A/D conversion artifacts. The red line on the histogram indicates the Clipping Threshold. This will prevent any repaired peaks from going over 0 dB. Inc. The Declipper has two ways to handle this scenario. and is useful in helping repair audio that cannot be re-recorded. while simultaneously normalizing the relative level of the audio. *Note: The region of repair above the threshold line is indicated by that portion of the histogram becoming darker. the first being the Apply Limiter Leveling checkbox at the bottom of the interface. and any regions above the line will be repaired.   . An important note with repairing clipped audio is that the declipping process can actually repair peaks to over 0 dB. and if clipping is detected it will typically be displayed as a horizontal line stretching across the entire histogram display. The histogram in the middle of the interface displays the concentrations of peaks at different levels in the audio.

You can then adjust the audio level manually using the Output Gain control. Apply Limiter Select this check box to automatically apply a limiter to the Leveling output of the Declipper to normalize audio levels. The threshold of the limiter is determined by the Clipping Threshold parameter. Inc. and can be determined from the histogram display in the middle of the interface. the Declipper will automatically apply -6 dB of gain reduction prior to the declipping process in order to help ensure none of the repaired peaks go over 0 dB.       If you choose not to use the limiter. Output Gain Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to specify the output gain applied after the declipping process.     iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 18 © 2012 iZotope.   . Parameter Description Clipping Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to Threshold determine the level (in dB) above which clipped peaks in the audio will be repaired. This level is set by the user.

and is great for removing tape hiss. or other consistent broadband noise sources. and again when it ends to capture the noise profile (stopping playback will also stop the learning process). When you click the Learn button again (or stop playback) to stop the learning process.   . or if you’re having difficulty selecting a small section of noise in a file. The Denoiser needs a noise profile to provide effective noise reduction. or with intelligent learning. click the Learn button when the noise begins. you can specify the exact section of an audio file where noise is present. At the top of the interface. the Denoiser will attempt to find the best noise profile in the entire section of audio that was played. and this can be obtained either through manual learning. During audio playback. *Note: Audio must be playing in order for the Denoiser to capture a noise profile. The profile will then be the entire section of audio that was played.       Denoiser The Denoiser removes unwanted broadband noise from an audio file. power buzz. you can select which of the two methods you want to use to determine the noise profile. you can simply click the Learn button at any time during audio playback to begin the intelligent learning process.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 19 © 2012 iZotope. Inc. With Manual Learning selected. microphone hum. This is useful if you aren’t sure where the noise might be in a large chunk of the audio. With Intelligent Learning selected. camera noise.

at which point the noise profile will stop updating and be locked in. *Note: If using manual learning.       Below the Noise Profile section is the frequency spectrum. Noise profiles are stored in: /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/iZotope/Audio Repair/Denoiser/Denosier Profile Data *Note: Be careful about altering or deleting files from this folder. Once learning is stopped. Inc. so when a preset is loaded the noise profile will be loaded with it.   . and the spectrum will then be updated to reflect this profile. When the Denoiser is learning a noise profile. the noise profile on the spectrum will not update during the learning period. the Learn button will glow green.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 20 © 2012 iZotope. Noise profiles can be saved with Sound Forge presets. When the Denoiser is first loaded. the noise profile on the spectrum will update in real time until learning is stopped. This can be extremely useful for determining both the frequency content of your whole audio file. the noise profile defaults to a flat profile until a noise profile is learned. as well as the frequency content of the noise. the plugin will lock in the best noise profile found in the audio played during the learning period. and the white noise profile in the spectrum will change to reflect the newly learned noise profile. which displays the input spectrum in green and any noise profile in white. as it could result in losing a noise profile for one of your presets. *Note: If using intelligent learning.

To stop learning and lock in a noise profile. The entire selection acts as the noise profile. The Learn button will highlight as in the manual training. and the white noise profile in the spectrum will then update to reflect this learned noise profile. Intelligent Allows a user to select a broad range of learning audio in a file. click the Learn button again (or stop playback). To stop learning and lock in a noise profile selection. The Learn button will highlight and the white noise profile on the spectrum will update in real time.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 21 © 2012 iZotope. Learn When Manual Learning is selected: Click this button to begin manual noise profile learning. however the white noise profile on the spectrum will not update when intelligent learning is active. and let the Denoiser determine the most appropriate noise profile in that range. showing the current noise profile. and is selected during playback using the Learn button. click the Learn button again (or stop playback). Manual Allows a user to select a specific section learning of the audio file to treat as the noise profile. This will cause the white noise profile in the spectrum to stop adjusting and lock into the trained noise profile.   . The range of audio for the Denoiser to find the noise profile in is also determined during playback. When Intelligent Learning is selected: Click this button to begin automatic noise profile selection.       Parameter Description Noise Profile Determines which method of noise profile learning a user Learning Method wants to use. using the Learn button. Inc. which will consist of the entire audio selected during the training period. The noise profile selected will be the optimal noise profile from the audio played during the learning period.

Noise Reduction Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to determine how much noise reduction (in dB) is applied to the audio. based on the selected Noise Profile. Higher values will reduce more noise. Lower values allow more low-level audio through.   . but may also suppress some low-level desired audio. but also allow more noise.       Threshold Drag the slider (or double-click the label to type a value) to determine what the Denoiser considers ‘noise’.     iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 22 © 2012 iZotope. Inc.

Holding Command while scrolling causes the value to change more slowly. Holding Shift while scrolling causes the value to change more quickly. Some of these shortcuts apply to all of the plugins. Click Mousewheel Mousing over a parameter and scrolling adjusts that Scroll parameter value. Arrow Keys Adjusts selected parameter value. Holding Shift while using the arrow keys causes the value to change more quickly.       Keyboard and Mouse Support The iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite plugins have several keyboard and mousewheel shortcuts to help you work faster and more efficiently. Universal Shortcuts Shortcut Description Alt Click/Double Resets a parameter to its default value.   . Inc. Scrub Box Clicking and holding on a scrub box for a parameter Scrolling (where the parameter value is displayed) allows you to scroll through values by moving the mouse.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 23 © 2012 iZotope. while others are unique to specific individual or sets of plugins. Tab Toggles through the various selectable parameters in the plugin. Shift + Click Holding Shift and clicking on a slider allows you to compare the current slider value with the previous value. The shortcuts are outlined in the tables below.

node selected) Left/Right: Adjusts frequency for the selected band. Inc.       Num Pad Enter For Buttons/Radio Buttons/Check Boxes: Toggles Key parameter on/off. Mastering EQ The Mastering EQ offers control over its 6 bands via both scrub box controls. and graphical nodes in the spectrum. Scroll (EQ node selected) Arrow Keys (EQ Up/Down: Adjusts gain for the selected band. For Sliders: Opens a text box for manual entry of the parameter value. Shortcut Description Alt Click/Double Resets a node to its default value. Click Mousewheel Adjusts the Q value of the selected band.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 24 © 2012 iZotope.   . Using the nodes within the spectrum offers several other shortcuts.

or linked together for simultaneous adjustment. and Mastering Imager offer multiple bands of processing. linking all identical parameters across bands for simultaneous adjustment. Mastering Exciter. which can be manipulated individually. Shortcut Description Alt + Shift Holding the Alt and Shift keys activates the Link Band Controls checkbox.   iZotope Mastering and Repair Suite 25 © 2012 iZotope. Releasing Alt+Shift deactivates the Link Band Controls checkbox.       Multiband Compressor/Mastering Exciter/Mastering Imager The Multiband Compressor.   . Inc.