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Digidesign is an American digital audio technology company. It was founded in 1984 by Peter Gotcher and Evan Brooks. The company began as a project to raise money for the founders' band, selling EPROM chips for drum machines.


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Digidesign's flagship software product is Pro Tools, which comes in three variations: Pro Tools HD, Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered.

Pro Tools HD requires a Digidesign TDM system and interface, and is intended for professional recording studios. Pro Tools LE is a complete package intended for home users and some post-production facilities. The package includes the Pro Tools LE software and hardware such as the Mbox 2 or Digi 003. Pro Tools M-Powered is simply the Pro Tools application adapted to run on M-Audio hardware, and is generally comparable in power to LE systems.

Digidesign also makes a number of products for the Pro Tools platform, including several software plug-ins. They also manufacture a wide variety of hardware add-ons for Pro Tools, such as audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, Synchronizers, and control surfaces. In the spring of 2005 they introduced a system for live sound mixing called VENUE.

[edit] History

  • 1984 - Founded as Digidrums (later Digidesign) by Peter Gotcher and Evan Brooks.
  • 1989 - Digidesign launches the first digital audio workstation system, Sound Tools, for the Apple Macintosh. The company refers to it as "the first tapeless recording studio".
  • 1991 - Digidesign releases the first Pro Tools multitrack system, marking a significant advance in digital audio. This integrated software and hardware system (digital audio workstation) is among the most popular for audio production for television, music, and film.
  • 1995 - Avid Technology acquires Digidesign. Digidesign now operates as a business unit of Avid.
  • 2001 - Digidesign wins a Grammy award for Pro Tools
  • 2003 - Avid acquires Bomb Factory's extensive product catalog. These products are now included with Pro Tools systems.
  • 2003 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes Digidesign's contribution to audio post production for film with an Oscar.
  • 2004 - Avid acquires M-Audio, which now operates as a business unit of Digidesign, but maintains the M-Audio brand name and remains largely distinct from Digidesign.
  • 2005 - Avid acquires Wizoo, which now operates as Digidesign's Advanced Instrument Research group (AIR), but remains largely independent, operating out of Germany.
  • 2006 - Avid acquires Sibelius, the music software, in a deal worth over $23 million.

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