In 1996, Richard Gross and Stephen Turner founded AudioScience to provide high-level design and manufacturing solutions to strategically targeted areas of the digital audio reseller market. Dr. Andrew Elder joined the company in 1997 to provide software expertise to the growing company. The trio's combined three decades of experience in digital audio include ground breaking innovations in soundcard design at Antex Electronics. With this strong foundation AudioScience quickly grew from a successful start-up into a mature, engineering-driven company.
A co-founder of AudioScience, Richard Gross is responsible for all company sales and marketing programs. In addition, Gross also manages the development and maintenance of AudioScience partnerships with OEMs, systems integrators and developers.
An Associate Member of AES (the Audio Engineering Society), Gross has an extensive background in digital audio including nine years as vice president of audio sales at Antex Electronics.
Along with Stephen Turner, Gross helped to launch the first DSP-based digital audio adapter ever offered to the digital broadcast market. His achievements in marketing new digital audio technologies are recognized industry-wide.
AudioScience co-founder Stephen Turner has overall development and technical responsibility for the company's line of digital audio adapters. He brings a wealth of experience to the task.
Turner was a consultant to Electronic Design Associates (EDA) for nearly a decade. His achievements in soundcard design for digital broadcast resulted in many of Antex Electronics core products including the acclaimed SX line. While at EDA, Turner also headed up OEM product development efforts for Tektronix and Bloomberg.
His love of computer technology pre-dates Turner's entrance into the field of digital audio. As an undergraduate at Canterbury University in New Zealand during 1984, Turner developed a speech synthesizer peripheral for the VAX computer. For his Master of Engineering project, Turner developed a DSP based PC-card for speech processing and analysis.
Turner received his BSEE (Bachelor of Science, Electronic Engineering) with 1st class honors in 1984, and his MSEE (Master of Science, Electronic Engineering) in 1985 from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand.
AudioScience concentrates its development efforts in four main product areas.
AudioScience Broadcast Sound Cards offer products and technical partnership to the designers of digital automation systems for radio. AudioScience is the primary supplier to some of the digital broadcast industry's most prominent system developers and resellers.
AudioScience Tuner Cards offer products for monitoring and verification of AM, FM and HD Radio™ broadcast transmissions, as well as the audio portion of all worldwide analog TV standards.
AudioScience Network Peripherals offer digital audio network products utilizing Dante, AVB, CobraNet and Livewire network protocols.
AudioScience OEM Products provide co-venture and custom-design services to facilitate the creation of new digital audio applications for OEMs and systems integrators. This research and development arm of AudioScience is important for migrating the company's outstanding technologies to other markets.
AudioScience offers easy-to-integrate audio I/O products utilizing multiple protocols that provide enhanced digital audio functionality to developers and OEMs. In steering product development in new directions, AudioScience has created unique new technologies and processes that give its products increased functionality and compatibility.
Instead of using proprietary designs that limit choice and flexibility in system hardware and software, AudioScience developed Standards-Based Technology. This approach ensures maximum compatibility of AudioScience products with other products and systems, including those of competitors. Standards-Based Technology was developed in direct response to customer requests to eliminate the functional and connective limitations associated with proprietary technology.
In the professional environment, the digital audio files stored on hard drive come from an amazing variety of digital and analog sources including DAT, CD, the Internet, telephone patches, digital mixers and microphones and analog sources, to name a few. AudioScience developed exclusive MRX Multi-Rate Streaming technology to create maximum flexibility in digital audio capture and playback. This advanced technology allows the playback and mixing of stereo streams of MPEG Layer II & MP3 audio with different sample rates, while recording another stereo stream at a different sample rate. This AudioScience innovation offers more flexibility in the use of disk space while giving users increased performance in digital audio capture, playback and mixing.
Another benefit to users is the powerful mixing capability of AudioScience digital audio products. The ability to mix multiple streams to a variety of signal paths even if the streams have different sample rates brings heightened functionality to facilities that need more virtual mixing capability for on-air programming and broadcast production. With field-proven drivers and Standards-Based Technology, AudioScience soundcards integrate seamlessly into nearly any computer-driven professional audio environment, and are compatible with the most popular broadcast software and hardware.
Audio-intensive professional digital applications require glitch free audio without data dropouts. AudioScience uses large RAM buffers to provide users with consistent, glitch-free digital audio playback, even in the most data-intensive applications. This approach provides a buffer of at least 8 MB on most AudioScience products, an innovation resulting in upgraded reliability and audio consistency in multi-stream feeds from a single PC.
One of the primary missions of AudioScience is to provide leading-edge digital audio solutions at the lowest possible cost. When designing its soundcards for increased flexibility, AudioScience uses the latest, most cost-effective DSP technology and compression algorithms to solve specific customer problems, such as how to provide multi-stream digital audio I/O on a PC platform.
According to Stephen Turner, founding partner and vice president of engineering, being a small, responsive company has its advantages in today's market. "With our technical expertise, we absolutely have the ability to provide a better product that does more for less," Turner said. "Plus, we don't have to rely on large, slow bureaucratic processes. We leverage our combined design experience and market knowledge to deliver products our customers will need next year."
In order to stay competitive, system integrators and developers require new technologies to create leading edge applications. AudioScience is committed to staying ahead of the curve. Its mission calls for the development of products that allow its customers to put increased functionality into their products.
AudioScience is an associate member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), a Sustaining Member of the AES and a member of the Delaware Chamber of Commerce.