Kirkland, WA (June 13, 2008)-Neural Audio has appointed James D. “JJ” Johnston as its chief scientist. He joins Neural Audio from Microsoft Corporation, where he was audio architect.
Johnston has been called the “Father of Perceptual Audio Coding” for his pioneering contributions to digital audio. His accomplishments during a 26-year career at AT&T Bell Labs, among other achievements, allowed for the distribution of digital music and digital audio over the internet.
As a technology leader at AT&T Research Labs, Johnston invented a number of basic techniques used in perceptual audio coding, especially in MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (MP3), MPEG-2 Part 7 and MPEG-4 Part 3 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC). He also was responsible for creating the standards used for coding audiovisual information in movies, video and music formats in a digital compressed format.
“Neural Audio is focused on providing customers with innovative, easy-to-use, great-sounding audio solutions,” said Geir R Skaaden, Neural Audio’s CEO. “We are excited to have JJ join our team. He shares our passion for sound, and his experience and depth of knowledge will solidify our ambition to be the undisputed technology leader in audio.”
Johnston retired from AT&T Labs in 2002 and joined Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA as audio architect, where he designed and implemented all audio post processing functions for the Windows Vista’ operating platform.