Unedited press release follows:
Sony Creative Software Sells Majority of Products to MAGIX Software GmbH
Catalyst Production Suite Remains with Sony for Professional Broadcast and Production Applications
Middleton, WIS — Sony Creative Software (SCS) has sold the majority of its products to MAGIX Software GmbH.
SCS will remain a part of Sony Electronics and will continue to own and distribute its Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Production Suites. These products will continue to be developed by Sony for professional broadcast and production applications.
By purchasing the full Vegas Pro, Movie Studio, Sound Forge Pro, and ACID Pro product lines from SCS, MAGIX is further cementing its position in the market and accelerating its international growth as a leading creator of video, music, and photo-editing software and apps in Europe and the U.S.
“The MAGIX team has a unique expertise in software and will breathe new life into these storied media titles for professionals and consumers,” said Alec Shapiro, president, Sony’s Professional Solutions Americas. “Our suite of Catalyst products has carved a unique niche in the production community. We will focus on developing these technologies and making them even more powerful workflow solutions for our professional broadcast and production customers.”
MAGIX will continue to support all current SCS customers to ensure a seamless end user experience. The company has also hired several former SCS employees.
“These products from Sony Creative Software are the perfect addition to our portfolio,” said MAGIX CEO Klaus Schmidt. “We have already strengthened our presence in the United States in order to propel development and sales. This autumn, we plan to release new versions of the video-editing programs Vegas Pro and Movie Studio, which are heavily oriented toward the customer requirements of today.”
The Sony Creative Software team will continue to maintain a presence in the Middleton/Madison, Wis., area.
Questions and Answers
Which specific products were sold to MAGIX?
The following software titles were sold to MAGIX Software GmbH as of May 20, 2016:
• Vegas Pro software including Vegas Pro, Vegas Pro Edit, Vegas Pro Suite, Vegas Pro Production Assistant, and Vegas Pro Connect
• DVD Architect Pro and DVD Architect Studio
• Movie Studio software including Movie Studio, Movie Studio Platinum, and Movie Studio Suite
• Sound Forge software including Sound Forge Pro, Sound Forge Pro Mac, Sound Forge Mac, and Sound Forge Audio Studio
• SpectraLayers Pro
• Audio Master Suite and Audio Master Suite Mac
• ACID software including ACID Pro, ACID Music Studio, and ACID Xpress
• Sound Series Production Music and Sound Series Loops & Samples
• ACIDplanet Web Site and Music Assets
• CD Architect
• Noise Reduction Audio Plug-in
Will I still be able to use my existing serial numbers to activate my products if I need to re-install them?
Yes. You may still register your existing serial numbers. Initially the registrations will be carried out at sonycreativesoftware.com. After a transition period the registrations will be seamlessly redirected to MAGIX who is committed to providing continuity of the registration systems, allowing your existing serial number to be registered.
Who do I contact for customer support and what methods are available for that?
At this time, you can continue to send support requests via the Sony Creative Software support portal. Due to staffing changes our response times may be slower than usual, but we will do our best to answer your questions promptly. After a transition period, MAGIX will provide technical support and this site will be updated with further details.
Where can I purchase the acquired products?
You can still purchase software from Sony Creative Software in our web store or at any retailers that have current stock. In the next few months, MAGIX will begin to sell the software from their web store and reseller network at which time it will be removed from the Sony Creative Software web store.
What will happen to the Sony Creative Software community forums for the products that MAGIX acquired?
Sony Creative Software is providing MAGIX with a full copy of each community forum for the acquired products. MAGIX is investigating the possibility of importing this data into their existing forum system. Both parties recognize the value of the forum and past information and are investigating the best way to continue the community. This site will be updated with further details soon.