Riedel Acquires Archwave and Cymatic Audio and Creates Zurich IP Engineering Hub

February 7 2018, 05:00
Riedel Acquires Archwave and Cymatic Audio and Creates Zurich IP Engineering Hub
Riedel Acquires Archwave and Cymatic Audio and Creates Zurich IP Engineering Hub
Underlining its commitment to standards, Riedel is making continued investments in new technologies with its acquisition of Swiss engineering pioneer Archwave. The new partnership will create a strong research and development (R&D) hub in Zurich and increase Riedel’s global engineering team to over 100 engineers while expanding its R&D capabilities for IP and standards such as AES67, which will further boost interoperability in the broadcast world.
Martin Berger, CSO of Riedel Communications; Arie van den Broek, CEO of Archwave; and Thomas Riedel, Founder and CEO of Riedel Communications

Archwave is an audio-networking and streaming specialist that vigorously promotes open standards for the interconnection of audio and video equipment in professional environments. The company holds the broadest portfolio of audio networking development solutions, and offers a complete line of USB, RAVENNA, and AES67 interoperability solutions, NMOS discovery, registration, and connection management as well as AES70 solutions for sound-reinforcement, broadcast and theatre applications.

Arie van den Broek, Archwave's Chief Executive Officer is also the mastermind behind Cymatic Audio, the creators of an affordable range of multitrack recorders, which are able to record directly from Ethernet connections and are also affordable multitrack USB audio interfaces. 

As part of the acquisition agreement, Riedel will also acquire Cymatic Audio, allowing Riedel to enter new markets and get closer to musicians, who already rely on Riedel technology in the background. Cymatic recorders and interfaces are equipped with Archwave’s AudioLan cards and are able to connect directly to any industry standard AES67 and Ravenna audio network, an ideal solution for live sound (virtual sound-check) and studio digital mixers, routing systems, splitters, digital snakes, and more.
“At Riedel, IP standards are vital not only for our intercom portfolio but also for all of the other Riedel product lines," says Thomas Riedel, Founder and CEO of Riedel Communications. “By collaborating with Archwave, we are taking another important step towards providing complete networking solutions that allow broadcasters to work the way they want to work. With our new engineering team in Switzerland, we now have all the tools we need to create the plug-and-play workflows that our clients need for their transition to IP."

With this cooperation, Archwave and Cymatic Audio will remain an autonomous unit within Riedel, while Riedel will adopt Archwave technology solutions for its own product portfolio.
“It is not often that such a strong and obviously strategic fit presents itself, but that is what I found with Riedel. Riedel's strength, operational excellence, and commitment to open technology were the factors that drove the development of this new relationship. We also appreciate that the deal offers new channels to markets within the existing Riedel organization. The team and I are extremely happy and excited to move forward as part of the Riedel family,” says Arie van den Broek, CEO of Archwave Technologies B.V. 
www.riedel.net | www.archwave.net
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