As director of education at iZotope, current president of the Audio Engineering Society, and described by his colleagues as a mastering legend, Jonathan Wyner’s finger remains firmly on the pulse of the audio technology industry. Here he discusses the emerging opportunities to connect with users in exciting, unexplored ways, and how he continues to stay at the bleeding edge of music production and education initiatives.
When Wyner first started out as a mastering engineer — for which he has historically been known best — he found the latest audio technology landing in his lap on a regular basis. Add to that his involvement as a producer and composer, and he had soon discovered his true calling; the music he was listening to from a young age encompassing the use of technology as part of the expression and musical vocabulary that started bubbling up in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
“I’ve mixed records using older technologies like tape, and just admire the engineering and the sound of the tools,” Wyner begins. “But I don’t have any great sense of nostalgia or affection towards that; I don’t feel the need to hold on to the old ways of doing things. I’m always interested in unlocking new possibilities that result in either better ways of doing things or new creative expression.”
Having been on the company’s radar for a number of years, Wyner was hired by iZotope to help formalise one of its core values: education.
For iZotope, the notion of education is really about helping people get insights into their work and learn to do it better. As director of education, this has meant a number of things for Wyner, who has made himself resourcefully available as an educator and subject matter expert in mixing and mastering, restored aspects of the company’s development and product management teams, and helped to produce educational series like ‘Are You Listening’, which focuses on the art of mastering.
He’s also nurtured a network of relationships with various universities and colleges, having taught music production for over 35 years, most recently as a professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.