I use WaveLab 9.5 and RX7 Advanced. I jump between the two all the time, using the best of both worlds. I use RX Connect to do this and it takes about 5 seconds to select the part of the audio clip that I want to work on and load it into the RX Editor. Once you’ve done it once, RX Connect is available under ‘Recently Used’ so you don’t need to go through the complete menu each time.
I don’t use the new stuff in WaveLab because RX is so much faster and easier to use, but the WaveLab stuff is good and getting better. Instead I use RX to remove ambience, de-click, de-noise, basically any edit that I can’t perform in WaveLab and then send it back. Sometimes I then use WaveLab to tidy up the beginning or the end of the returned clip. The saddest part is that iZotope do not support RX Connect in WaveLab. This is an email response that I received back from iZotope:
DEC 31, 2018 | 11:30AM EST
My name is Lars and I’m the supervisor here for iZotope Customer Care team.
I wanted to reach out to you in regards to this issue, while we do try to do our best to help with issues like this Wavelab is not officially supported with RX Connect. I know you have been able to get it to function in Wavelab but because this has not been tested with RX connect issues with functionality or workflow can be exposed. Some of this could be due to how Wavelab handles audio files differently than other Steinberg products. From talking to Dom he has investigated these issues with Wavelab and in doing so he has noticed that results can vary as far as how well this functions.
We officially support RX connect in Cubase 9.5 and Nuendo 8 so for the best results. I would recommend utilizing RX Connect in one of those hosts to get the best performance possible moving forward as we will not be able to provide any further support for WaveLab.
Thanks for reaching out and for your support!
iZotope Customer Care
Using RX with WaveLab isn’t recommended unless you use it in standalone mode. I wish it wasn’t the case because I can work 10x faster using WaveLab with RX than using Cubase with RX and I can load only the section that requires repair instead of the complete audio file. I am really amazed that iZotope do not support RX Connect in WaveLab because it offers a fast and efficient workflow and is ideal for audio restoration while editing an audio file. I work with stereo audio files that are in excess of 100 minutes and working on them inside of WaveLab is so much easier than using the likes of Cubase. In fact it would be better just to load the file straight into RX, clean it up and then run it through WaveLab.
Using both WaveLab and RX in conjunction with each other via RX Connect is even faster. You only have to go through the audio once, you can clean, repair, edit, add markers and titles as you go, all in one pass. What once took me 5 days to do, I can now do it comfortably in 2 and if push came to shove I could probably do it in 1.
Having the best of both worlds at my finger tips is best for me, so I’d say you need them both.