Apparantly not satisfied with only encompassing Digidesign, Avid announced yesterday their planned acquisition of Euphonix. Makers of the System 5 series of audio consoles, converters, and a little more in my price range, control surfaces for audio and video software.
There’s nothing in the press release about continuing to offer the System 5 consoles. It rather sounds like they will be scrapped in favor of Avid’s ICON line.
Current customers, worry not. The EuCon Ethernet protocol will continue to be supported, at least for the time being. So don’t go throwing out your gear quite yet. But be forewarned:
Avid plans to further develop an open standard protocol that greatly expands the ecosystem of compatibility between the Euphonix control surfaces and a wide range of Avid and third-party audio and video applications, including Media Composer and Pro Tools.
The deal should be closed by the end of this month. These guys are moving quick.