Kortrijk, Belgium (September 30, 2014)—Digital cinema company Barco has purchased Erfurt, Germany-based IOSONO, which designs and develops professional audio processing and rendering hard- and software for a variety of pro audio markets.
Founded in 2004, IOSONO specializes in object-based sound rendering in various professional applications, including cinema, by incorporating distance data. "We are honored to now be part of a company like Barco which has a vision and passion for creating the ultimate cinematic experience," states Olaf Stepputat, former CEO of IOSONO and now Director of Barco Audio Technologies. "We have been involved with making immersive sound for motion pictures before any other company in the market. Adding our capabilities to Barco’s will create a compelling system which will create a listening experience unparalleled in the industry. We look forward to a bright future with Barco bringing IOSONO’s experience in the accurate processing and display of acoustical information to Barco’s portfolio of market leading visualization products."
IOSONO's 3D audio team and assets will further develop Barco's object-based immersive sound technology; Barco has already partnered with Auro Technologies on cinema immersive sound systems, resulting in 500 planned Auro 11.1 installations to date. Recent films like Lucy, Into the Storm, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Amazing Spiderman 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Expendables 3 and Transformers: Age of Extinction were all mixed in Auro 11.1 by Barco.
In recent times, Barco, together with Auro Technologies, has been pushing for an open standard for immersive sound. "Creating a standardized format for immersive sound is critical as it helps to control costs for content to be produced and distributed and will ultimately speed the adoption of immersive sound worldwide," states Brian Claypool, senior director of strategic business development at Barco. "As this standardization effort continues, Barco remains committed to providing immersive sound solutions with its partners Auro Technologies and IOSONO that are designed to fulfill the needs of the exhibition industry and give content creators the flexibility and tools to produce the best work imaginable."
IOSONO will be renamed Barco Audio Technologies and will become part of Barco’s Entertainment division.