DSP Concepts – a startup whose Audio Weaver software is used by companies as diverse as Tesla, Porsche, GoPro and Braun Audio – announces that it has raised $ 14.5 million in Series B funds.
The startup goal, explained to me by CEO Chin Beckmann and CTO Paul Beckmann (yes, they are a husband-wife founding team), is to create the standard framework that companies use to develop their audio processing software.
To that end, Chin said to me that they were "picky about who we wanted in the B round, we wanted it to be the support and support of the industry."
So the round was led by Taiwania Capital This also includes investments from the strategic areas of DSP Concepts. " Industry partners – BMW i Ventures (Head of Series A), the Sony Innovation Growth Fund from Innovation Growth Ventures, MediaTek Ventures, Porsche Ventures and the ARM IoT Fund.
According to Paul, Audio Weaver was the "secret weapon" of the Beckmann consulting business, with which he was able to "whip out" the results of an audio engineering project. At one point, consulting clients asked him, "Hey, how about you teach me how to use it?" And decided to start a startup that focused on the Audio Weaver platform.
Paul described the software as a "graphical block diagram editor". Basically, it offers audio engineers the opportunity to combine and adapt different software modules for audio processing.
"Audio is still in the Stone Age compared to other industries," he said. "Suppose you create a product with a touchscreen. Rewrite the graphics from scratch or use a framework like Qt?"
Similarly, he suggested that many audio engineers, while weed and writing code, could use Audio Weaver's graphical interface to put it all together, as well as the "hundreds of different company modules – pre-written, pre-checked, pre-optimized functions for building your system. "
For example, Paul said that DSP Concepts engineers could use the Audio Weaver platform to “test hundreds of ideas” for wind noise reduction algorithms in footage captured by GoPro cameras and eventually “hand them over” to GoPro. The team could do that Integrate algorithms into your software and modify them yourself.
According to Beckmanns, the company also works closely with the chip manufacturers to ensure that the audio software works properly on all devices that operate with a specific chipset.
The other modules include TalkTo, which allows voice assistants like Alexa to “hear great” so that they can isolate voice commands and compensate for all other noises in noisy environments, even at rock concerts. (You can watch a TalkTo demo in the video below.)
DSP Concepts has now raised a total of more than $ 25 million.