Cambridge, MA (October 23, 2015)—Audio production software developer iZotope has unveiled iZotope Studios, a not-for-profit studio facility boasting 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 the heart of Cambridge, MA. Building a studio onsite was integral to the plan for the new space, and iZotope engaged noted mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner, now chief engineer and also education director at iZotope, 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 designed rooms that are intended to be both efficient and elegant, where users are able to pivot from one workflow to another. The facility’s audio network allows users to access audio input and output from either studio simultaneously and from multiple computers both in and out of the studio, while a KVM network allows users to control rapid switching between every computer connected to the studio system. In addition, an Avid EUCON network allows the chaining of multiple fader controllers to a single computer, or multiple computers to a single fader controller.
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.
"iZotope has a reputation for world-class audio quality," explains Brian McQuoid, iZotope's COO. "iZotope Studios supports our continued work to that standard, and is a physical expression of that commitment to quality."