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iZotope Spire Studio

Portable Digital Multitrack Recorder
Published June 2018
By Bob Thomas

iZotope Spire Studio

iZotope’s Spire Studio breathes new life into a format that will be familiar to many home studio owners.

Although the format has moved on from analogue four-track cassette tape to digital multitrack stored on SD card, the Portastudio paradigm originally set by the TEAC 144 in 1978 hasn’t changed all that much over the last 40 years. Even today, Tascam’s digital Portastudios (and similar products from Boss and Zoom) still utilise the fader-based, multichannel layout pioneered by the 144.

However, advancing technology takes no prisoners and, as the user interfaces that link us to physical technology continue their evolutionary pathway from direct hardware control through wireless touchscreens to whatever lies beyond, it was only a matter of time before the classic Portastudio concept was reimagined for the home-based recording musicians of today.

Enter iZotope, a US company perhaps best known for their range of audio plug-ins for music and post-production environments, and whose latest products exploit both artificial intelligence and machine learning in order to help enhance recording, mixing and mastering workflows. iZotope’s co-founder and CEO Mark Ethier’s desire to be able to...

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Published June 2018