iZotope Acquires Imagine Research

New engineering team and technologies join iZotope's expanding array of audio software innovation      15/03/12
iZotope Acquires Imagine Research


iZotope, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Imagine Research, Inc., a developer of intelligent audio analysis technologies.
Based in San Francisco, Imagine Research developed MediaMined, a cloud-based sound similarity and sound-object recognition engine powered by machine learning. The development team has applied their expertise to a range of leading media companies like Skywalker Sound, Pandora, Line 6 and JamLegend (acquired by Zynga). A winner of two National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Awards, Imagine Research has demonstrated both technical and commercial merit.
iZotope CEO and co-founder, Mark Ethier, told Sonic State, "The Imagine Research team brings a wealth of technology and experience around intelligent audio analysis, cloud computing, and machine learning. We're excited to support the development of MediaMined, and to bring Imagine Research technology into the rest of the iZotope product lines."
Jay LeBoeuf, founder and CEO of Imagine Research, added, "Given iZotope's infrastructure and ten years of experience developing, marketing, distributing and supporting products worldwide, joining iZotope is a natural fit for Imagine Research. iZotope is ideally positioned to help us bring this technology to millions of end-users, and to expand our innovative technology into exciting applications and new markets."
About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope is a research-driven audio technology company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its award-winning products and audio technologies are used by millions of people in over 50 countries, from consumers to musicians to major film, TV, and radio studios. Some of the diverse clients include musical giants like BT, Depeche Mode, and RZA of WuTang Clan; radio stations like Boston's iconic WGBH; and TV programming like CBS's Survivor, the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, the World Cup broadcast, and the GRAMMY awards. Through an extensive licensing program, iZotope technology is also directly integrated into products made by industry-leaders such as Adobe, Avid, and Sony; video games from companies like Harmonix and Ubisoft; as well as a growing number of mobile phone applications.
About Imagine Research
Imagine Research develops software algorithms capable of sound-object recognition. Their patent-pending MediaMinedâ„¢ technoogy is changing the way people interact with and search for sounds. By using machine learning, digital signal processing, and information retrieval techniques, Imagine Research enables computers to listen to and understand sound. Imagine Research has received two U.S. National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Awards (Phase I and Phase II) in recognition of their technical and commercial merit achieved by their sound-object recognition technology.
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