This week saw Izotope launch Pro Audio Essentials, a free game-based course for music producers to practice and improve their audio skills. This web-based educational experience is said to be the first of its kind in the audio education space, offering an interactive learning environment that includes a combination of audio games, ear training, and instructional videos.
The course's game-based design helps users practice concepts as they 'level up' through audio challenges. Through regular practice, players will steadily improve their understanding of audio essentials like equalisation, compression, bit depth, and sample rate.
With instruction designed by mastering engineer and Izotope's director of education Jonathan Wyner, the company says Pro Audio Essentials reflects its “deep-rooted passion for both education and empowerment”.
"We were eager to evolve the current landscape of audio education-to help shift the balance from passive learning to active learning on foundational topics like EQ," says Wyner, "We challenged ourselves to develop an online resource that's both interactive and engaging, so our community can not only learn by doing, but genuinely enjoy themselves along the way."
"For us, it's all about helping music makers succeed, and we know that stronger skills lead to better-sounding tracks," adds Claire Harding Hollenbeck, iZotope's vice president of education and content marketing. "It's a thrill to hear back from participants who feel they are improving, and that they're eager to come back for more practice. We invite everyone to give us their feedback and comments, which will help us further develop Pro Audio Essentials as the go-to tool for audio education."