CEDAR Audio and Merging Technologies agree patent licence and announce the development of a new, 64-bit CEDAR for Pyramix

CEDAR Retouch 5 spectral editor

10 March 2015

Fulbourn, UK & Puidoux, Switzerland: In a joint statement, CEDAR Audio (UK) and Merging Technologies (Switzerland) are delighted to announce that they have entered into a non-exclusive license agreement that enables Merging Technologies to use IPR contained within CEDAR Audio's US Patent No. 7,978,862 'Method and Apparatus For Audio Signal Processing', often referred to as The Retouch Patent.

The patent refers to a method of displaying and editing audio content in a spectrogram, which can provide audio engineers with a means to find problems such as noise and other artefacts in recordings and remove them without affecting the wanted audio.

"Like CEDAR Audio, Merging Technologies has a proud legacy of innovation and technology. We have been working with them since the mid-1990s when we began developing the first CEDAR for Pyramix processes," said Gordon Reid, Managing Director of CEDAR Audio Ltd, "and this agreement paves the way toward some exciting future collaborations between the companies."

"We are delighted to renew our close working relationship with CEDAR," said Claude Cellier, President of Merging Technologies. "Our customers expect to be able to use the leading audio restoration tools, and a new suite of 64-bit CEDAR for Pyramix will take advantage of the increased processing power and the latest developments from CEDAR."

"We are aware that Pyramix users have been clamouring for 64-bit audio restoration processes" Reid continued, "and, while we could have updated the existing software, we all agreed that this would be an excellent opportunity to replace the original CEDAR for Pyramix with the latest algorithms and user-interfaces so that Pyramix can again boast state-of-the-art restoration facilities."

About CEDAR Audio

Since its establishment in 1988, CEDAR Audio has invested heavily in groundbreaking audio signal processing research. It has pioneered numerous innovations in addition to spectral editing, including real-time audio restoration systems, the 'split & recombine' decrackle algorithm, broadband noise reduction without a spectral fingerprint, sub-sample dynamic phase/time correction, digital declipping, and speed correction without a reference tone. The company is the recipient of numerous industry awards and in 2005 was honoured with an Academy Award® for its services to the film industry. It is a leading supplier in each of its spheres of operation, and continues to innovate in the film and broadcast industries, as well as in products for sound archives and libraries. The company is also a world leader in the fields of noise reduction and speech enhancement for the forensic and security sectors.

About Merging Technologies

Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 20 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional audio and video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first, every time.

For further information:

CEDAR Audio Ltd 20 Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS, UK
t: 01223 881771 · e: info@cedaraudio.com · w: www.cedaraudio.com

Merging Technologies SA
w: www.merging.com