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Digidesign Acquires Wizoo

To advance music creation tools & sound design for post (August 22, 2005)

Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., today announced the acquisition of Wizoo Sound Design, GmbH (, headquartered in Bremen, Germany. Wizoo is a pioneering developer of virtual instruments, sample libraries, and real-time effects led by three principals including keyboardist, sound designer and author Peter Gorges, Steinberg Media Technologies co-founder Manfred Ruerup, and legendary film composer Hans Zimmer. Popular Wizoo-branded products on the market today include Darbuka, Latigo, and WizooVerb. Wizoo also provides the essential components of many other influential virtual instrument products throughout the industry with their broad array of synthesis and sampling ?engineware technologies and high-quality sound libraries.

?I was so impressed with the sounds and capabilities of Wizoo products and their core technologies that I became a user myself, says Dave Lebolt, Avid Vice President and General Manager of Digidesign. ?We evaluate a lot of technology at Digidesign and Wizoo stood out because of their innovative design concepts and ?intelligent instrument features.

?The Wizoo team is extremely enthusiastic about joining Digidesign, says Gorges. ?Since 1997, weve delivered great sounds and instruments to thousands of creative users. Today, virtual instruments are evolving far beyond basic plug-ins. By truly integrating our technologies more directly into the Pro Tools environment, we can create next-generation synthesis and sampling tools that offer unparalleled capabilities while remaining intuitive and easy to use.

?By bringing on board the creative vision of founder Peter Gorges and his team, adds Lebolt, ?we plan to deliver powerful integrated synthesis and sampling instruments that provide the highest levels of quality and reliability for music creation, post production and sound design. In addition to the great products Wizoo currently offers, we look forward to delivering new products for the Pro Tools platform that will be equally as ground-breaking as Turbosynth and SampleCell were earlier in our history. The addition of the Wizoo R&D teams expertise will allow us to continue to drive innovation, creativity and unique capabilities on the Pro Tools platform, maintaining its lead as a creative standard in the industry.

Currently released Wizoo-branded products will continue to be distributed worldwide through Digidesigns M-Audio business unit. All future products will be branded and distributed by Digidesign.

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About Wizoo
Wizoo was founded in 1997 by renowned author, sound designer, and studio musician Peter Gorges as a company with two business directions: publishing and sound design. While the publishing segment quickly earned a reputation worldwide for producing authoritative books on music technology and articles for leading magazines, the sound design department soon became widely regarded as the first choice for professional sample libraries. In May 2004, Oscar® winning film composer Hans Zimmer became a shareholder and partner, contributing input and direction and enhancing the companys reputation.

About Digidesign
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., is the worlds leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Academy Award® of Merit (Oscar statuette) for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. M-Audio, a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for electronic musicians and audio professionals, is a business unit of Digidesign.

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