Embedded Audio DSP Engineer

  • Focusrite
  • Remote (London, UK)
  • Jun 11, 2022
Full time

Job Description

Embedded Audio DSP Engineer
Based: High Wycombe, London or Remote (UK Only) with weekly office visits
Term: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: Negotiable depending on experience + excellent benefits

Are you an Embedded Software engineer with a passion for audio and DSP looking to join an innovative team to help create audio products in applications including live music performance, studio recording and education?

You will be part of a team developing market leading synthesisers, samplers and FX engines for Novation products. You will be involved in the whole product lifecycle and engaging with a talented multi-discipline team. Project work is managed with a combination of stage gated and agile methodologies to suit the engineering discipline and project complexity. Our company is committed to improving and you will have opportunity to help evolve our working practices to keep up to date with technology trends in our product sector and best practice in the software development industry.

On a day-to-day basis you will be responsible for:

  • Developing production ready real-time embedded software for Novation products
  • Evaluating DSP algorithms to assess both suitability for implementation on the target and their potential for creativity and musical expression for our users
  • Optimising code to maximize performance, audio quality, upgradability and reuse
  • Balancing complex trade-offs, technical decision making and clearly communicating recommendations options
  • Refining product specifications, producing innovative designs, generating complexity/work estimates, performing risk assessments, fixing issues
  • Creating both low-level code documentation and high-level descriptions of functionality
  • Analysing bug reports and optimising testing procedures
  • Engaging in team peer review processes and product design workshops
  • Undertaking maintenance and development of Novation’s existing product portfolio

You should apply for this role if you have:

  • A technical or engineering-based degree and 3+ years of industry experience in embedded DSP development projects
  • Competent coding skills in both C and C++ (ideally with some ASM familiarity)
  • Strong mathematics abilities (particularly in audio applications)
  • Intimate knowledge of embedded debugging approaches and tools
  • A commitment to continual improvement both personally and of the wider team
  • The ability to clearly articulate problems and solutions for both technical and non-technical audiences

It would be advantageous if you have some of the following:

  • Development experience with bare metal and embedded real-time operating systems including embedded Linux
  • Knowledge and familiarity of synthesisers, samplers and FX engines in the market
  • Familiarity with digital communication protocols such as I2C, SPI, USB and Ethernet
  • Experience of using bug tracking systems and applying efficient problem solving techniques
  • Working knowledge of distributed version control systems such as Mercurial or Git
  • Experience of CI approaches and knowledge of tools such as Jenkins and Artifactory

About Us

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio group that develops and markets music technology products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, its solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity – ‘we make music easy to make’.

The Focusrite Group trades under eight established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio and Ampify Music. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in and we enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture which encourages innovation. This culture, combined with a passion for the inspirational solutions we create, has led to the group winning numerous accolades, including four Queen's Awards for Enterprise and the AIM Company of the Year Award 2021.

The Focusrite Group is dedicated to building a great place to work and as an equal opportunity employer we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The group mission is to cultivate an equitable culture, internally and externally, where all people feel they are welcome and positively represented, whether office-based or working remotely. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible/hybrid working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, free breakfast/lunch in the canteen at Focusrite HQ. We arrange company training sessions and encourage personal development.