iZotope’s newest release, Dialogue Match, is the first to use technology from Exponential Audio – the company which the Ozone maker acquired earlier this year. Available exclusive to Pro Tools 11 (or later), Dialogue Match combines Exponential’s reverb algorithms with iZotope’s in-house machine learning and audio processing digital voodoo to streamline the often tedious task of producing dialogue recordings.
Audio to picture
When mixing audio to picture, audio could be coming from all sorts of equipment and locations used in pre-production. Dialogue, in particular, is sourced from lavalier, boom mics, automated systems for localization/dialogue replacement, even vintage performances or recordings. The sound needs to be matched to glue it all together into one voice track.
iZotope tells us that this new tool will remove the monotonous aspects of this task. The tonal characteristics of lavaliers and boom mics can be matched by audio analysis, extracting profiles, and applying it across audio tracks. Same goes for reverbation present in the recordings, enabling environmental consistency. Furthermore, localized audio can be matched to the original language in terms of level, ambience and so on.
These laborous tasks are accomplished by three modules – EQ, Reverb and Ambience. The EQ module has the match EQ tech from oZone 9, learning and applying EQ curves quickly and efficiently. It was a big thing when it launched, I still remember it vividly. Next, the Reverb module uses brand new tech from iZotope and Exponential Audio to capture spatial reflections from one recording and apply them to another. Finally, the Ambience module creates a spectral noise profile of a recording and re-creates its room tone. It’s pretty interesting to see how these tools can be applied in the context of music production – clearing up nasty reverb or noise, for example. Kind of like a lite RX7.
Price and availability
Dialogue Match is out now as a standalone AudioSuite plug-in, priced USD 599. Nothing other than Pro Tools 11 (or later) is supported at the moment, but iZotope is interested to know which DAWs you’d like to see support for next. Nuendo, perhaps? So chances are this is a timed exclusive and Dialogue Match will be released in mainstream formats down the line. You can also grab DM as part of the Post Production Reverb, RX7 Advanced Reverb, and RX Post Production suite bundles for savings on that and iZotope’s audio restoration and spectral editing software. If you have Pro Tools 11 going, a 10-day trial version is available for testing.
Note that the video and reading material on the page is extensive and opens a huge window into how Dialogue Match came to be and what it’s about.