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iZotope  has unveiled Pro Audio Essentials, a free game-based course for music producers to practice and improve their audio skills.

The web-based educational experience is the first of its kind in the audio education space, offering a combination of audio games, ear training, and instructional videos that help music makers flourish in an interactive learning environment.

The course's interactive, game-based design helps users practice concepts even as they're having fun leveling up through audio challenges. Through regular practice, players will steadily improve their understanding of audio essentials like equalization, compression, bit depth, and sample rate. Both beginning and experienced producers will reap noticeable benefits when recording, mixing, and mastering.

Gamification, the use of video game features in training and education, is projected to become a $5bn market over the next five years and is already used extensively in a variety of sectors from healthcare, HR, industry, teaching and elsehwere.

The course was designed by mastering expert Jonathan Wyner, iZotope's Grammy-nominated Director of Education, Pro Audio Essentials, who said: "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," comments 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," added 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."



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