On February 11 in Los Angeles, the Munich-based company will be the first German software manufacturer ever to be honored by the Recording Academy with its Technical Grammy, which is given in recognition of “contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.” Grammys are the music business’s highest distinction – the equivalent of Oscars in the film industry.
The software company Celemony revolutionized recording studio technology around ten years ago with a program called Melodyne that offered a radically new and distinctly musical approach to audio editing. Polished, expanded and recognized many times with awards over the years, Melodyne today counts almost all musicians and producers of note among its customers. The Who guitarist Pete Townshend regards the software as “a miracle”, Ultravox singer Midge Ure calls it “black magic”, Katy Perry producer Dr. Luke and multimedia visionary Peter Gabriel both love it, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock considers it a “must-have” for musicians.
“We are delighted by this great honor and very proud as a small Munich software house to be receiving such notable international recognition for our work,” says the company’s founder and Melodyne inventor Peter Neubäcker, who along with his three partners will be in Los Angeles for the presentation.