Avid Technology announced that its audio division, Digidesign, will receive an Academy Award of Merit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The statuette, which will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards on February 14, will recognize Digidesign for the design, development and implementation of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation.
“Winning an Oscar for Pro Tools is an incredible honor for us,” said David Lebolt, Avid VP and Digidesign general manager. “We’ve come this far thanks to the amazing dedication and hard work of our entire staff and third-party developers, and the incredibly valuable input we’ve received from the post community. It feels extremely gratifying to everyone on the Digidesign and Avid team to see the Academy recognize how Pro Tools has profoundly changed the creative process for audio post-production, allowing increasingly innovative and inventive use of sound in motion pictures. This recognition further demonstrates how committed we are to making the best possible tools for enabling and inspiring the creative audio artist.”
David Krall, Avid’s president and CEO, commented, “For two decades, Digidesign has pioneered the world of digital audio production, shaping the way professionals create soundtracks and music for feature films. The Oscar is the industry’s most prestigious award, and we’re extremely proud to see the Academy recognize Digidesign as the gold standard for sound in motion pictures. This award is especially meaningful to us, because Avid received its first Oscar statuette five years ago for the Film Composer system. Only a handful of companies have won two statuettes—and it feels great to be one of them.”