Representing once again the vision and now the voice of the broadcast industry, Wheatstone Corporation announces today the acquisition of Audion Labs and with it, the industry's beloved VoxPro digital audio editor.
Wheatstone leads the industry in IP audio networking as the innovator of WheatNet-IP, a complete, end-to-end IP audio network comprising audio consoles, routing, mixing, processing, silence detection and logic control.
Audion's VoxPro is a staple in radio studios as one of the few broadcast-specific digital voice editors designed to record and quickly edit phone calls on the fly for on-air broadcast.
Both dominate in the U.S. in their respective product categories, often as part of an integrated system.
"This is a terrific little company that with one product has made a big difference in the day-to-day operations of most radio stations today," says Wheatstone CEO Gary Snow. Audion's VoxPro is a PC based software program with optional control panel surface developed to facilitate rapid-fast audio editing. Its intuitive layout has endeared the VoxPro to on-air broadcast talent everywhere, significantly reducing a typical call-in editing session.
"Other professional editors are like bringing a machine gun to a stick fight," says Snow.
Now as part of Wheatstone, VoxPro will benefit from the company's 24/7 support and distribution channel that includes a worldwide footprint spanning the United States, France, UK, Germany, Scandinavia, Middle East, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, India, China, and Malaysia. "With VoxPro now in the Wheatstone fold, it can go global and continue to be the powerful, creative broadcast tool it was designed to be," says Charlie Brown, who created the first VoxPro editor in the early 1990s while working as a Seattle morning radio personality and went on to found the Audion Labs company in 1994. "We couldn't ask for a better team to take on the care and growth of the VoxPro brand," he adds.
Wheatstone and Audion Labs have enjoyed a longstanding relationship over the years, resulting in the integration of the VoxPro editor into the WheatNet-IP audio network environment for online sharing, editing and archiving audio files.
Audion Labs will remain a separate brand entity under Wheatstone. Rick Bidlack, Audion Labs' Chief Technology Officer, will remain with the company and operate from his office in Seattle, Washington.
VoxPro adds to Wheatstone's large family of broadcast studio lines that include Vorsis and Audioarts Engineering brand names, as well as IP audio networking, control surfaces, talent stations, audio processing, software applications, and other products developed and designed specifically for broadcast.