iZOTOPE OPENS ITS OWN STUDIO FACILITY AT HQ - AudioTechnology
iZotope has opened the doors on iZotope Studios, a state-of-the-art, not-for-profit studio facility with a multi-use mastering room as well as a flexible live room and control room.
The opening of iZotope Studios marks the completion of a broader company transition in late 2014, when business growth spurred the move to a new 40,000 square foot headquarters in Cambridge, MA. Building a studio onsite was part of the plan for the new space, and iZotope engaged noted mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner to steer the studio’s conception and planning. Assisted by renowned acoustician Francis Manzella, whose firm has been commissioned for notable studios worldwide, the team has designed rooms where users are able to pivot easily from one workflow to another.
From the design stages, an important role for the studio was to support product design and development — making a real-world environment more readily accessible to the entire staff for critical listening, feature testing, audio examples, preset design, and research into digital signal processing. In addition, the studio is a boon for gathering user feedback, providing a comfortable place to host visiting producers and engineers, examine their workflows, and get critical insights into their needs and pain points.
Education is another area for which the studio be utilised. Its spacious layout was specifically designed to support in-house teaching and community events, with infrastructure that permits high-resolution broadcast via the web.
In terms of audio processing, Wyner and his team chose to embrace an in-the-box model while still incorporating select analog gear. iZotope Studios equipment includes: PMC monitoring systems, Merging Technologies Horus converters, Dangerous Audio compressors and insert manager (both Liaison and Master), Grace Monitor Controllers, Avid S3 EUCON Controllers, AES 67 implementation via Ravenna, and an IHSE Draco Tera Compact KVM Matrix.
Lastly, iZotope Studios makes for an excellent employee perk.