On Friday, DSP Concepts a startup whose Audio Weaver software is utilized by companies as diverse as Tesla, GoPro, Porsche, and Braun Audio announced that it has raised $14.5 million in Series B funding.
The startup’s goal, as explained by CEO Chin Beckmann and CTO Paul Beckmann (yes, they’re a husband-and-wife founding team), is to make the standard framework that many companies utilize to develop their audio processing software.
TechCrunch reported that Chin said, “Picky about who we wanted on the B round, we wanted it to represent the support and endorsement of the industry.”
The round was led by Taiwania Capital; however, it also consists of investments from the strategic arms of DSP Concepts’ industry partners, BMW i Ventures (which led the Series A), the Sony Innovation Growth Fund by Innovation Growth Ventures, MediaTek Ventures, Porsche Ventures, and the ARM IoT Fund.
According to Paul, Audio Weaver originated as the “secret weapon” of the Beckmanns’ consulting business, which he could utilize to “whip out” the outcomes of an audio engineering project. At a specific point, consulting customers began asking him, “Hey, how about you teach me how to use that?” so they decided to roll out a startup aimed at the Audio Weaver platform.
Paul explained about the software as a “graphical block diagram editor.” Basically, it offers a way for audio engineers to integrate and customize different software modules for the process of audio processing.
“Audio is still in the Stone Ages compared to other industries,” he said. “Suppose you’re building a product with a touchscreen, are you going write the graphics from scratch or use a framework like Qt?”
Testing out “hundreds of ideas”
Similarly, he said that while several audio engineers are still “down in the weeds writing code,” they can leverage on Audio Weaver’s graphical interface to connect everything, as well as the company’s “hundreds of different modules, pre-written, pre-tested, pre-optimized functions to build up your system.”
For example, Paul said that by utilizing the Audio Weaver platform, engineers from DSP Concepts could test out “hundreds of ideas” for algorithms for decreasing wind noise in the video shot by GoPro cameras, then finally “hand the algorithms over to GoPro,” whose team could them plug the algorithms into their software and modify it themselves.
The Beckmanns said the company is also working closely with chip manufacturers to assure that audio software is going to work accurately on any device which is powered by a given chipset.
Other modules include TalkTo, which is engineered to provide voice assistants such as Alexa “super-hearing,” so that they can still confine voice commands and terminate all the other noise in loud environments, even rock concerts.
DSP Concepts has now managed to raise more than $25 million in total funding.
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