iZotope on Location: Back to MIT

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Based in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA, iZotope hasn’t strayed far from the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was in a MIT dorm room back in 2001 when the idea for iZotope was first born, when co-founder and CEO Mark Ethier began to realize how modern computer processing could change the way music is made. Inspired by the fun of video games and determined to innovate beyond analog studio emulations, Mark and friends began the journey of making creative tools more approachable and inspiring.

Last week, Mark was back at MIT to inspire the next generation of audio enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, with iZotope CTO Jonathan Bailey by his side. Their destination was the Fundamentals of Music Processing class, taught by fellow MIT alum and co-founder of Harmonix Music Systems, Eran Egozy. This class and several others at MIT embrace the intersection of music and computers.

Mark shared tales of the history of iZotope while Jonathan delved into cutting-edge audio tech, sharing iZotope’s path of discovery with techniques in Music Information Retrieval and Machine Learning. He also shared how some of these techniques show up in our products, like:

For us, it’s important to give back to the communities that inspired us.

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iZotope CTO Jonathan Bailey

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iZotope CEO Mark Ethier addressing students in Fundamentals of Music Processing

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