iZotope, a company that’s known for audio plug-ins such as Trash, has released a new standalone application for cleaning up and restoring audio, as well as a new hardware piece meant for broadcasting.
The audio cleaner is called RX and supposedly is not only able to fix noise, hum, clicks and crackle, but also clipping, intermittent noises and even corrupted and missing audio. It retails at $349, but an advanced version is available for $1199. Plug-in versions will be available 2008 and will be free to standalone buyers. Which formats are yet to be announced.
Take a look at the full feature list and the video on the RX product page. I think it looks like it could be pretty good.
ANR-B is described as real-time adaptive noise reduction hardware. In realtime, ANR-B automatically analyzes incoming audio and removes background noises like fans, engines, hum, hiss, buzz and phone line noise. ANR-B requires no user input to remove noise.
From the looks of it, it has two analog ins and two outs (XLR), MIDI I/O, AES-EBU, Word Clock I/O and connects to your computer via ethernet (woho!). These are subject to change however, as only a prototype have been displayed so far.
The idea of this is really good. I do hope that it will be possible to apply how much of work it will do on the sound, and possibly even recording a clean and a processed signal at the same time.