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Applied Acoustics Systems was founded in 1998 and is based in Montreal, Canada. It is a privately-held company, specializing in innovative audio products for Mac and PC computers. Applied Acoustics Systems flagship product, the Tassman, a software-synthesizer program for amateur and professional musicians, as well as audio post-producers, is distributed worldwide through retail, direct and Internet sales.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marc-Pierre Verge co-founded Applied Acoustics Systems and is actively involved in the research and development of wind instrument synthesis modules. His expertise lies in acoustics and aero-acoustics research, as well as physical modeling for sound synthesis.
Prior to founding Applied Acoustics Systems, Verge was a researcher for the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), in France, and worked in the acoustics laboratory of the Université de Paris VI. He holds the position of vice editor-in-chief of Acta Acustica, the scientific journal of the European Acoustical Association (EAA).
Verge holds a doctorate degree in aero-acoustics from the University of Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, in collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique et Musique), in Paris, a master of science degree in optics from the Université Laval, in Quebec, a master of science in acoustics from Université du Maine, in Le Mans, France, and a bachelor of science in engineering physics from the Université Laval, in Quebec.
In addition to his scientific experience, Verge has studied music for many years and played the flute in different classical ensembles.
Chief Technology Officer
Philippe Dérogis co-founded Applied Acoustics Systems and is responsible for managing product development, as well as the research and development in vibro-acoustics for the modeling of mechanical objects.
Prior to founding Applied Acoustics Systems, Dérogis worked as a researcher at Espaces Nouveaux and IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination acoustique et musique), in Paris, where he focused on 3D sound and sound-synthesis projects. He holds a doctorate degree in acoustics from the Université du Maine, in Le Mans, France, a master of science degree in acoustics from the Université du Maine, in Le Mans, France, and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Université Francois Rabelais de Tours, in France.
Dérogis is also an accomplished jazz pianist and trumpet player.
Inspired by musical acoustics research done for their doctor's degrees, Marc-Pierre Verge and Philippe Dérogis founded Applied Acoustics Systems in 1998. Starting a musical acoustics company was a natural move for the two. Musicians themselves, Verge plays the flute and Dérogis plays the trumpet and piano. Founding Applied Acoustics Systems allowed them to combine artistic interests with their scientific backgrounds to create a unique business.
Verge, a physicist, and Dérogis, a mathematician, studied acoustics to utilize their backgrounds in science and music. A specialization in musical acoustics allowed them to use the laws of physics to study the ways musical instruments function.
After defending their doctor's degrees in sound synthesis by physical model at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique et Musique), in Paris, Verge and Dérogis worked with acoustics in French state research laboratories. At the same time, both researchers developed simple, real-time sound synthesis applications for producing music.
Quickly, they realized the power of PC now enabled them to adapt, with minor modifications, tools used in research laboratories to develop a unique musical software. Combining ideas from their relative fields of expertise, such as aeroacoustics applied to the modeling of flute-like instruments and vibroacoustics or sound radiation from mechanical structures, such as soundboards, yielded exciting and unexpected results.
Verge and Dérogis soon realized they could develop an innovative and powerful creative tool by adopting a modular approach, enabling users to combine different sound generating mechanisms, an extension of the "rediscovered" features of modular analog synthesizers.
In 1998, Verge and Dérogis formed Applied Acoustics Systems to make state-of-the-art research in acoustics available to musicians and audio professionals. In August 1998, they moved from Paris to Montreal, a city conducive to new business development, to work full time on the company project. Stéphan Tassart, another IRCAM doctor, researcher and signal processing specialist, joined the team in October 1998.
The result of their passion and knowledge of music and physics is the Tassman, a fully-modular software, integrating analog and acoustic sound synthesis modules with an easy-to-use, intuitive, hardware-like interface. The Tassman yields sounds that could not be created in real life, through the manipulation of acoustical formulas. Intriguing to individuals in a variety of professions, the Tassman is a stellar example of the benefits of melding art and science.
Applied Acoustics Systems provides a dynamic working environment in one of the most exciting areas of the Music and Technology industry. At the new head office located in the heart of Montreal's downtown core, the AAS team has spent the last year mastering the art of efficiently working at a lightning fast pace, and having a whole lot of fun doing it!
For further information or to submit your application, please contact us at:
Tel. +1 (514) 871-4963
Fax +1 (514) 845-1875
486 W. Ste-Catherine St., suite 301
H3B 1A6 Canada