With 140 million active users and counting, Spotify has quickly become one of the most popular music streaming services of all time. And why not? Its user-friendly interface and personalized playlists make it easy to discover new music and keep people hitting play.
To complement its large library of new releases every week, Spotify has ramped up original music creation over the last few years, releasing series like Spotify Sessions—intimate, live recordings in their office performed by top artists around the world.
In 2016 the company took another step by launching Spotify Sessions: Singles, a playlist of in-house studio sessions where each artists record two tracks: a recent song and a deep cut or cover. For example Wilco recorded “If I Ever Was a Child,” a song from 2016 album Schmilco and “(What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?” Sting recorded 2016’s “I Can't Stop Thinking About You" and “Englishman in New York." The Spotify-exclusive series is 150 tracks strong and growing, adding two new songs every Wednesday.
To keep up with such a fast-paced release schedule, Spotify needs the audio plug-ins that allow them to repair audio, mix, master, and release professional-quality songs on time. We recently spoke with William Garrett, Chief Engineer and Recording Studio Manager at Spotify Studios NYC about why he and his team trust iZotope plug-ins to get the job done.