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iZotope Acquires Sonik Architects, Partners with BT

Brian Transeau (BT)

Photo: Myriam Santos

iZotope in Cambridge,, Mass., announces that it has acquired Sonik Architects, the music technology company founded by composer, music producer and technologist Brian Transeau (BT). iZotope plans to release a line of new music performance and audio production tools designed by BT, including Stutter Edit and BreakTweaker, and will take over development and licensing for the Sonifi collaborative music platform for mobile devices.

“BT’s innovative production techniques have influenced a whole generation of music makers across every genre of music,” says iZotope co-founder and CEO Mark Ethier. “iZotope is thrilled to collaborate with BT to launch new products born out of his need for performance and production tools that did not previously exist.”

BT, whose studio album These Hopeful Machines (Nettwerk/Black Hole) is nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album, says that he sought out iZotope to help develop, release and support the products he has been developing for years. “I love iZotope’s willingness to push the boundaries of music and audio technology, and I have been using their tools for years,” BT says. “Collaborating with iZotope is a perfect fit. I’m excited to partner with them to bring revolutionary new tools to musicians everywhere.”

iZotope will release BT’s Stutter Edit and BreakTweaker. Stutter Edit is designed to improvise intricate “stutter” effects, dynamic build-ups and fills, in place of traditional editing techniques. BreakTweaker synthesizes drum sounds and creates complex micro-rhythmic patterns, techniques that are said to be unachievable using conventional drum machines and music production software.

iZotope will also continue the development and licensing of Sonifi, an iPhone application that allows users to create, collaborate, effect and save remixes of a song in real time. iZotope will leverage its experience with the iDrum line of iPhone and iPod touch apps to open up Sonifi to labels and high profile artists as a new collaborative fan experience. A version of Sonifi featuring BT’s single “Desert Rose” is available on the Apple App Store.

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