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It was bound to happen. Barco, one of the world’s leading projection companies and partner to Auro Technologies in its Auro-3D channel-based immersive sound platform, recently purchased the team and assets of IOSONO GmbH, a pioneer in object-based audio. While Auro-3D has developed an object-based pathway to its 11.1-channel immersive sound solution, the IOSONO purchase provides an immediate path to implementation in its ongoing competition with Dolby Atmos for installation in theaters worldwide.

“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.”

Wilfried Van Baelen, CEO of Auro Technologies, adds: “We are so excited to be able to work together with more innovators like IOSONO to further develop the tools and processes that make the object-based part of the Auro-3D format a truly magical experience. IOSONO and Barco are the perfect complementary partners to further develop the Auro-3D listening experience.”

Founded in Erfurt, Germany, in 2004, IOSONO specializes in object-based sound rendering in various professional applications, including cinema, by incorporating distance data which takes the simple panning of sound around a three-dimensional space to the next level. “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.

With 500 screens committed or installed, Barco/Auro had. 2014 box office successes with films such as 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.

With an installed base of over 50,000 screens, Barco recently introduced its “CinemaBarco” approach, which combines a rich array of entertainment concepts to dramatically enhance the showmanship and immersive qualities of the movie for audiences.


David Macmillan to Receive Career Achievement Award

The Cinema Audio Society, which recognizes Outstanding Sound Mixing in film and television, as well as Technical Achievement in production and post-production, will host its 51st annual awards ceremony February 14, 2015, at the Crystal Ballroom of The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

At the ceremony, the organization will honor production mixer David Macmillan, CAS, with its highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award. “David represents the high standards we all aspire to, as a sound mixer, a mentor and an educator,” said CAS president David Fluhr. “David received the first of his Oscars 30 years ago—as a mixer he obviously has the right stuff!”

Macmillan, who began his career in sound more than 50 years ago at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, won his first Oscar in 1984 for The Right Stuff, during his early years in film sound with American Zoetrope. HE later won Oscars for Speed and Apollo 13.

Important Dates
While entry submission forms were due November 14, 2014, some important dates to keep in mind:

12/10/14: Nomination Ballot Voting Begins Online
01/05/15: Nomination Ballot Voting Ends Online
01/13/15: Final Five Nominees Announced
01/21/15: Final Voting Begins Online
02/06/15: Final Voting Ends Online