Lynx Studio Technology cofounders Bob Bauman (right) and David A. Hoatson (left) at the 123rd AES Convention.New York, NY (October 15, 2007)–The 123rd Audio Engineering Society Convention was the setting for the kickoff of Lynx Studio Technology’s tenth anniversary observance. In 1998, Lynx co-founders Bob Bauman and David A. Hoatson introduced the company’s first product, the LynxONE. Ten years later, the LynxONE is still available, along with the LynxTWO, L22, AES16 and Aurora converters.
Software engineer Hoatson and hardware engineer Bauman had worked on several audio products for companies such as Soundcraftsman, Philips Semiconductor, Applied Magic and Pacific Research. They first met and worked together at Antex Electronics from 1993 to 1997, where they designed computer audio cards for the broadcast market.
The name Lynx was chosen to make the point that they were ‘linking’ the worlds of computers and high-end audio. For the first few years Lynx worked closely with distributors such as Tracer Technologies, Digital Edge and HHB US and Canada. In 2003 sales and marketing were brought in-house.
With their work in hard- and software, Bauman and Hoatson have been able to couple hardware with low-latency drivers for most computer operating systems without relying on outside contractors.
Within the first two years, Lynx had sold over 1,800 LynxONE PCI cards; by 2000 that total had surpassed 3,000. Initially, Hoatson and Bauman estimated they would sell about 2,000 LynxONEs altogether, a total achieved many times over, as the LynxONE is still in the line and selling as the end of 2007 approaches.
LynxTWO was introduced in 2001, as they aimed to create a high-performance multichannel audio card with 32-channels of on-board mixing and extensive synchronization options. LynxTWO took advantage of newly available high-density low-cost Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) and 192 kHz A/D and D/A converters.
Other key Lynx products, all available, are the L22 (2002) and AES16 (2003). The company’s first PCI Express model, the AES16e, arrived in 2007.
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