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Sonic Focus

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Area served  Worldwide
Founded  1995
Founders  Jim Barber, Tom Paddock
Key people  Tom Paddock (CEO)
Parent organization  Synopsys
Industry  Audio technology Audio engineering
Headquarters  South Lake Tahoe, California, U.S.

Sonic Focus Inc is a software development company located in South Lake Tahoe, California. It was founded in 1995 with the aim of improving the quality of live concerts broadcast over the Web. It now provides audio post processing technologies that recreate the original sound of digital recordings which have been reduced in quality by compression. Their products can be used to enhance the sound in many electronic products, including mobile phones, car audio, PCs, laptops, MP3 players, TVs and home theatre systems.

In early 2008, Sonic Focus was acquired by ARC International, a provider of consumer intellectual property to OEM and semiconductor companies. In 2009 ARC International was acquired by Virage Logic Corporation. In September, 2010, Virage Logic was acquired by Synopsys Inc.


  • Adaptive Dynamics - helps restore clarity and fidelity of compressed audio in music, movies and games.
  • X-Matrix - creates a surround-sound environment on stereo speakers or headphones.
  • Extrapolator - expands stereo audio to a multi-channel sound stage using physical modelling techniques.
  • Virtual Bass - significantly enhances bass response of speakers with limited ability to produce bass without compromising voice integrity or detail.
  • References

    Sonic Focus Wikipedia

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