Digidesign Acquires Wizoo Sound Design

Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Wizoo Sound Design, GmbH, headquartered in Bremen, Germany. Wizoo is a 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. Wizoo-branded products on the market today include Darbuka, Latigo, and WizooVerb.

"By bringing on board the creative vision of founder Peter Gorges and his team," said Dave Lebolt, Avid Vice President and General Manager of Digidesign, "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 team's 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 Digidesign's M-Audio business unit. All future products will be branded and distributed by Digidesign.

For more information, visit their web site at www.wizoo.com.