Apple acquires music effects player Camel Audio

24 Feb 2015

Consumer tech giant Apple has acquired Camel Audio, the London-based creator of music plug-ins, synthesisers and sound libraries.

The move comes almost two months after Camel Audio is understood to have shut its doors and removed all of its software from its website, sparking rumours that an acquisition had indeed taken place.

The company’s chief product Alchemy provided more than 1,000 sounds and 5.5GB of samples as well as various engines for US$249.

According to Macrumors, the company has re-emerged with a new address – 100 New Bridge Street – which happens to be Apple’s London address.

Records from Companies House list Heather Joy Morrisson, Apple’s UK lawyer, as Camel Audio’s sole director.

While it has been speculated that Apple could integrate Camel’s technology into future versions of Logic Pro X and GarageBand, the move is in keeping with a number of moves Apple has been making since acquiring Beats Electronics last year for US$3.2bn.

In recent weeks, Apple poached BBC DJ Zane Lowe, which it described as one of the foremost music tastemakers and curators in the world.

Music production image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years